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It’s OVER!

Today is supposed to be the last day of the 3-week “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse. But in reality, it ended for me on Friday night. I always knew that I was not going to participate in the last day because I threw a 50th Birthday Party for my BFF, Peggy, last night.


So although I thought that my last meal on the cleanse would be lunch on Saturday, I threw in the towel after lunch on Friday. I’d been cooking all day long for the party and just didn’t have it in me to make something from the cleanse for dinner that night. Instead, Dave stopped at Pei Wei and brought home Chinese food.  It tasted So Good!

For anyone doing the cleanse, here are the recipes for today – Day 7 of Week 3 – the LAST day!

Muesli Cereal

Spinach, Tofu and Brown Rice Bowl

Avocado and Black Bean Tacos

So what are my thoughts on the cleanse? It was OK. I would not do it again, that is for sure, but it wasn’t the worst thing either. The food was good tasting, for the most part. It was a lot of cooking, prep, and shopping.

I lost a grand total of 4 pounds – only 4 pounds after eating basically vegan the first week and only adding in fish the second, and eggs the third. No alcohol, no diary, no bread, no dessert, no fun – and only 4 lousy pounds! Yes, I know this wasn’t a weight loss cleanse, but still, it was disappointing!

Did I feel healthier, more energetic, less toxic. No, I didn’t feel anything but bored with the food and sick of it by the end of each week.

Now that it is over, I can concentrate on sharing with you all the party prep, photos, and recipes. That will start tomorrow. I’m a bit too hungover to share much more today!

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February 24, 2013   2 Comments

day 5 – week 3

tasty cereal

Nineteen days down of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse – only 2 days to go!

Everything on the menu today is a repeat.

There is light at the end of the tunnel!


I’m feeling SO happy this is almost over.

Enough Said.

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February 22, 2013   2 Comments

day 4 – week 3


The dinner meal on this forth day of the third week of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse was my least favorite meal of the entire cleanse. Additionally this recipe didn’t make sense. It originally had you start with 1/2 cup cooked rice and 3 cups of water. What? The end result of that would be 1/2 cup of overcooked soggy rice floating around in 3 cups of water! Even starting with uncooked rice, as I did, resulted in a flavorless rice bowl. The recipe also never told you to heat the tofu before adding to the bowl. Oh, it would be so bad if you didn’t.

If you really want to try the recipe, use either the cleaning broth from the first two weeks or vegetable broth…  maybe that would help.


On the plus side – this is the closest thing to a soup this week – and yesterday (when I actually had this for dinner) was the perfect day for it because it was a dark, cold, rainy… and snowy day here in Arizona! Yes, snow in the Valley of the Sun.

The rice bowl is dinner today and is supposed to be lunch again on the final day of the cleanse… not sure I’ll give it a second chance.

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February 21, 2013   3 Comments

day three of week three

buckwheat muffins

The breakfast muffin recipe of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse originally made four muffins, that seemed silly, so I adjusted the recipe to make six.

Don’t be afraid when the recipe directs you to fill the muffins to the top, it won’t overflow the papers or spill all over your oven, I promise.

The muffins are surprisingly good and nicely filling.

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February 20, 2013   2 Comments

double trouble



For Day Two of Week Three of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse they had you eating the same thing for lunch and for dinner, which I have to guess was a mistake. As a result, I’m improvising and switching out the lunch for the thing that I think sounds best out of all the lunch and dinner meals… TACOS!

Another heads up for today – you have to start preparing your breakfast the night before – happily, I caught that in time.

The original muesli recipe had you soak the oats and dried fruits in 2/3 cup water overnight in the refrigerator. That doesn’t sound very tasty to me, I soaked mine in 1/2 cup almond milk instead. Very tasty!

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February 19, 2013   1 Comment

week 3 prep and recipes

cleanse fritatta

Just as with the first two weeks, it’s best to do a little prep before you begin the week of recipes. Once again it would be helpful to cook up some quinoa and some brown rice for the week. Additionally, baked tofu is used, so get it ready ahead of time and cooking will be easier in this last week of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse.

acorn squash

While I had the oven on, cooking the tofu, I also pre-baked the acorn squash that will be used for tonight’s dinner.

bake tofu

Baked Tofu

(to be used in two different recipes this week)

One 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained
2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1   1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

press tofu

Place the tofu on a double layer of paper towels, lay another paper towel on top and press down lightly to remove the initial water. Remove the damp towels and replace with two fresh towels, weight down with a plate and let sit for 20 minutes.

Slice block of tofu into sixteen 1/4-inch-thick slabs and transfer to a large bowl.

Whisk together the tamari and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle dressing over tofu and marinate 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange tofu on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Flip and bake 30 minutes more. Let cool.

store tofu

Makes 16 slabs

(Refrigerate tofu in an airtight container up to 3 days.)

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February 18, 2013   1 Comment

end of week two – finally!

All I’m thinking about today, is getting it over with, food-wise, that is.

banana-oat pancakes

If I was to do this “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse all over again, and believe me, I have no intention of doing so, I’d skip Week Two and go straight to Week Three.

I’ve been making my shopping list for the next week, and the food sounds so much better; frittata, muesli, and muffins for breakfast and tacos, halibut, and poached eggs for lunch and dinner. So. Much. Better.

The only things I’d make again from this past week are the Kale Salad and the Pancakes. As for the rest of it – no thanks.

Thankfully, those two items are on the menu this final and Seventh Day of Week Two.

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February 17, 2013   1 Comment

day six of week two

I am wearing my new attitude today and I am ready to finish this thing! All of the recipe for the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse today are repeats.


Day Six of Week Two recipes are:

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February 16, 2013   4 Comments

past the halfway point

I’m so over this 3-week cleanse! I am nearly at the end of Week Two and I am beginning to wonder if I’m going to make it.


Today’s menu starts off with a strange meal for breakfast, not a good thing when I’m barely hanging on. I am not going to take the time to make a baked sweet potato with greens, let alone eat such a thing first thing in the morning!

Seriously, would you?

No, I’m going to have juice or a smoothie from week one and discard the baked sweet potato recipe until it shows up again tomorrow for lunch.

Here are the recipes for today. By the way, is anyone else doing the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse?

If so, how are you doing? I’m going to try and get myself a new attitude between today and tomorrow so I can finish this thing!

Day Five of Week Two recipes

Baked Sweet Potato With Greens

Roasted Vegetables With Quinoa (2nd portion from yesterday’s dinner)

and for dinner today… a sardine salad.  I wasn’t sure about having sardines, so instead of 2 cans of sardines, I used one can tuna and one can sardines. It was surprisingly good, sardines and all!

sardine tuna

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February 15, 2013   No Comments

pancakes … kinda

This is the recipe for breakfast of Day Three of Week Two of the “Detox Cuisine” Cleanse.

I know I said that I would be able to eat the porridge for breakfast for three more days, as the plan directs. After having it for the second day in a row yesterday – nope, can’t do it.

banana oat pancakes

Instead, I’ll be having these pancakes in place of the porridge for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Just in case you agree with me, I’ve gone ahead and doubled the recipe. This will make eight pancakes, enough for four meals.


The recipe calls for oat flour. I swore I had some, but I could not put my hands on it this morning. I ended up grinding my own by placing old-fashion oats in the food processor and going to town on those.


I then ran the resulting mixture through a strainer to keep the fine flour and remove the coarse remains.

The only change I made to the recipe was to add the zest of 1 orange to the batter.

These “pancakes” are made like regular pancakes and look pretty similar but the texture is not like any pancake you’ve had before. Don’t get me wrong, they are good, just don’t expect a light and fluffy pancake. These are dense, heavy, and quite filling.

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February 13, 2013   No Comments