Category Archives: Nutritarian

 Nutritarian Taco Night

Yes…some things you’ll never be able to make the same and when you do they just don’t taste right.  I have great news though…you can have a taco night and things are pretty good!

I love Mexican food…I love the flavours and when we recently had a Mexican Fiesta at home I didn’t want to be stuck eating  just a salad so I got to work and made my own stuff for nutritarian tacos.  Since I was already making so many different fillings for the meat eaters I didn’t want to have too much more to make so I used Yves Cuisine Mexican flavour ground round.

It was all awesome!

Here are some ideas for you if you’d trying to figure out how to have your own taco night.

Shells – whole wheat tortillas, lettuce leaves, even whole wheat pitas will work or skip the shell and make a taco salad with all the other items below!

Veggies – Tomatoes, lettuce, corn and whatever other things you like in your tacos

Meat – Veggie meat – you can opt for a commercial one if you’re pressed for time or make your own…there are great recipes for lentil or nut based taco meats.  If you make your own you can cut down on sodium even more.

Guacamole – I make mine with avocados, chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, cumin, lime juice and a dash of chipotle hot sauce…no specific measurements though..just wing it until it tastes rights

Cheese!! – ok, I know there are commercial cheese substitutes however I have a hard time paying so much for something that just doesn’t taste too good to me.  You HAVE to try this nacho cheese recipe.  It is tasty, economical and nut-free! I love it an it shreds up very well.  Take a look at the picture of the “cheese” shreds.

Refried beans – I love this recipe.  So easy and no added fats or oils.  

With all these items you can have a lots of fun eating a similar meal with others if it’s taco night for a group.

  

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Those days I did a juice cleanse…

So yeah…if you haven’t tried one yet, you’ve probably considered doing one.  A juice cleanse or fast.  After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I’m sure a lot of people have jumped on the juicing bandwagon.  I can’t remember how I got into juicing since I’m not really a juice drinker in general.

My first two juicers were centrifugal juicers that were annoying to clean and didn’t really do a good job at juicing kale or leafy greens.  I graduated to a masticating juicer that doesn’t heat up the juices as much and apparently keep juices fresher as a result.  I like the clean-up of this one and it’s much more calm (ie. less noisy).

At the end of a vacation to Mexico and lots of opportunities to eat I reached a point where I didn’t feel like cooking anything and wasn’t planning properly.  At times like that it usually means I need to step away and simplify stuff.  Enter the juice cleanse idea.

I figured if you’re considering it I might as well share what I did and make it easy for you too if you’d like to do the same.

I planned, researched and made lists.  I also bought pretty mason jars!!  Three days before the cleanse I ate only fruits and veggies to ease into the cleanse and not cause too much of a shock to my system.

Armed with a list I bought the following from my 3 Day Juice Cleanse

Shopping List

6 pint mason jars with lids

11 beets

17 carrots

3 bunches of celery (32 stalks)

7 oranges

13 lemons

2 bunches kale (24 leaves)

5 cucumbers

14 apples

1 pineapple

2 yellow peppers

60 red grapes (2-3 bunches)

4 cups fresh blueberries

 

After spending almost $60 on all this produce I put it in the fridge and the evening before my cleanse I prepped each juice recipe’s veggies and fruits into a bowl…that was three juices per day so I’d prep everything for each juice into its own bowl.  I also washed and sterilized my jars and lids by either washing them in the dishwasher or washing them by hand and letting them sit in boiling water.  I felt that I wasn’t losing too much of the juice’s nutrients and enzymes by juicing the night before because my juicer is rather gentle and doesn’t heat up the juice.

I got the recipes from here. Here are the recipes I made each day…

Recipes

Day 1

Mean Green

Purple Passion

Sporty Spice

Day 2

Australian Gold

Green Lemonade

Sunrise

Day 3

Sporty Spice

Mean Green

Carrot Apple Lemon

 

After everything was prepped I made each juice.  Each day I would drink the juices throughout the day.  I would alternate the juices throughout the day.  Typically I’d have hot water with lemon upon rising, then the juices would be breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, mid-afternoon, dinner and after-dinner.  I’d also have water throughout the day.

On the first day I packed 5 of the six juices with me because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel.  That was way too much to carry back and forth during the work day in a backpack with a frozen thingy to keep them cool.  My neck and trap muscles are still not too fond of me.  The next two days I found that I only really needed 4 juices throughout the day.

After three days of just juice I must say that I was looking forward to a tasty salad.  It was a nice way to reset my palate and stop craving over-stimulating foods.   You must start slow once you reintroduce food or you may make yourself sick so I ate fruits and veggies for three days after the cleanse too.

I didn’t do this to lose weight so I didn’t weight myself on purpose.  I really just wanted a break from food in general and I wanted to cleanse my palate.  It was very successful.  I must admit that I was tired of all the prep and juicing each evening because it would take 2 to 2.5 hours in total to do.

If you find a good cleanse for $60 to $100 then scoop it up because I paid $60 for produce and spent about 8 hours total for planning, shopping, prepping and juicing.  I will point out that you won’t get as much juice as I did for that amount of money.  I’ve seen some places offer 4 juices and a salad for about $80 or 6 much smaller bottles of juice for much more than $100.  Ultimately it all depends on what you are willing to spend and how much work you can do yourself.

Alternatively, plan this so you’re home all three days and you can break up the prepping and juicing.  If you’re doing one juice to drink now and save some for later each time then it may not feel so annoying to prep and juice everything all at once.  In addition you’re not having to carry so much back and forth with you.

I hope my experience gives you a good idea of what to expect.