Monday, June 15, 2009

Cruciferous! (cleanse friendly "healthy slaw")

Luminous and Cruciferous Cabbage

The tricky bit to this blog, is that not only do I need time to cook, but I also need time to BLOG! Today I spent what would have normally been some blogging time and went to the beach for an hour or so. The sun has rarely reared her head in the last few weeks, and today though windy and cool, the sun was out and the beach was beautiful. I have been looking forward to digging a hole for my belly and seizing the opportunity to lay on my stomach, which is just what I did. I am a stomach or back sleeper and at this stage in my pregnancy I can't really do either, so I role from one side to the other all night (bringing all my support pillows with me). As soon as I dug the hole and got comfortable, I fell asleep instantly (I had applied my sunblock before leaving the house), it was lovely!

After the beach I stopped at the market for some cruciferous vegetables (these veggies are particularly high in sulferophane which helps to neutralize toxins as they get carried out of the body). Cruciferous vegetables also happen to be primarily members of the cabbage family, like cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and kale. My plan was to make the "Healthy Slaw" recipe from my cleansing recipes.

I am currently working with 19 people in 2 groups through a 10 day cleanse. This is the same cleanse I did with 20 others in May, the response was great and I decided to do it again. The first time around I followed the cleanse along with everyone for about 5 days, before I simply was too hungry and realized I probably was not getting enough fats for me and my baby. This time around I have decided to follow the regimen, although I am restricting my diet less. So with that, comes creating some of the dishes, and feeding Chop and I these healthy morsels.

"Healthy Slaw"

1 small to medium head of cabbage
1 onion (small sweet ones are the best)
2 carrots, shredded
about 10 radishes, sliced
1/3 cup flax oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 T dry mustard
1-2 t cumin
1 T dried dill (or 3 T fresh and chopped)

Chop the cabbage, onions and mix with the shredded carrot and radishes.
Wisk dressing ingredients in bowl
Mix with veggies and refridgerate.Aren't they cute? Radishes always seem fun to eat, pretty color and fresh snappy flavor.

This salad packs a kick and a punch. Between the radishes and the mustard it has nice sharp flavor. Although dried fruit is not cleanse friendly (too much sugar), I think this salad would be complemented nicely by some raisins or dried cranberries, although it does stand well on it's own. The dill adds a nice pickling flavor. Very fresh and very easy to make!

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