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2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 2 (New American Theme)

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce

As a follow-on to Week 1 of the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse, we did a New American-focused menu. Again, we really only incorporated a few of the cleanse recipes, but those we did were really delicious this week! Also, by the end of these two weeks, I have taken off the ~4 pounds of holiday weight I had gained. Hooray!

Sun: Grilled Rib Eye with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Mon: Roasted Root Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce (vegetables roasted ahead on Sunday with the sweet potatoes)
Tues: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Oregano (not a cleanse recipe, and really not a winner…)
Wed: Root Vegetable Salad (with leftovers from earlier in the week)
Thus: A somewhat decent pasta dish (a recipe of Audrey's creation) made from leftover chicken thighs
Fri: Out to Table to finish off the week

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 1 (Asian Theme)

Lemongrass Chicken with bok choy and black rice

So, I definitely felt the pounds go on this holiday season. In an effort to get those off quickly, and jump start our healthy eating for the year, we incorporated some meals from the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse into our meal plan for the week. We by no means went all-in. Breakfast and lunch remained largely unchanged, and I did fudge some of the recipes to make them more delicious. All in all, it was okay. None of the recipes were really winners, though I recorded many of them because they are healthy.

Sun: Lemongrass Chicken with Coconut Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy
Mon: Soy-braised Short Ribs (admittedly not part of the cleanse diet) with more of the delicious Bok Choy
Tues: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame (with fried won ton wrappers added for crunch) with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
Wed: Cheat and go out to Bluejacket (but we ate healthy, I swear…)
Thus: Chicken, Mango, and Black Rice Salad
Fri: Sushi at home

XMas Dinner 2013

Duck Leg Confit

We experiment a bit with our xmas dinners - while the Thanksgiving menu is well locked-in with the annual turkey and dressing with sides, we don't feel as bound to repeating that for xmas. Last year, we tried goose, but ... well, let's say we didn't instantly adopt it as a tradition. This year, we're going with duck confit:

Duck leg confit with spicy pickled raisins

Brussels Sprouts with chestnuts (not a repeat dish)

Beets with citrus and nuts

Hot rolls

And for dessert, a classically over-complicated Cook's Illustrated French Apple Cake

Menu for the Week of October 14

Arancini

Sat: Wild mushroom and mozzarella risotto arancini with homemade Ciabatta
Mon: Bernice's Fried Eggplant with marinara sauce, as eggplant parm
Tues: Meats, cheeses, bread, and pesto
Wed: White bean ragout + side salad
Thus: Panzanella Salad

Menu for the Week of October 7

Sun: Steak with corn and tomato salad
Mon: Pomegranate Lamb http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pomegranate-marinated-lamb-with...
Tue: Fatteh bel djaje
Wed: Dinner out with friends
Thu: Basmati Rice and Summer Veg Salad http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/basmati-rice-and-summer-vegetab...

Menu for September 16th

Kofta

Mon Salmon and tomato/olive salsa w/ Moroccan Carrot Salad
Wed brick chicken w/shallot sumac yogurt sauce and peavine side-salad
Thus wheatberry salad, pita

Week of July 13: Mediterranean/Persian week

Spiced Eggplant with Bulgar salad

Sat: Lamb chops with mint something
Sun: Chicken Kabab with shallot/yogurt sauce and Tabbouleh
Mon: Leftover tabbouleh and hummus with pita pockets, dolmades
Tues: Shirazi salad w/leftover chicken kebab

Menu for the week of July 1

Malaysian Steak Skewers

Sunday: Malaysian steak skewers

Monday: sushi

Tuesday: Cold sesame noodles with leftover skewers via http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/quick-recipes/2012/07/cold-ses...

Wednesday: Black rice salad with mango and peanuts, via http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/06/black-rice-salad-with-...

Thursday: Brisket

Menu for the week of June 22: Italian

Tomato Tart

Sat: Tomato Tart
Sun: Steak
Mon: Gnudi
Tues: Panzanella Salad
Wed: Strawberry-fennel gazpacho with leftover tart
Thus: Antipasti
Fri: Leftovers or out?

Levantine Menu for the week of June 1

Melon and Mint Tabbouleh

Saturday: Steak
Sunday: Lamb burgers with melon and mint tabbouleh
Monday: Kolrabi Salad with Drinker's Choice
Tuesday: Lamb Kofta (meatballs)
Wednesday: Fattoush salad with Hummus
Thursday: Kofta Leftovers
Friday: Dip night / leftovers

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