I love Oregon. The people here are amazing. For instance, my husband and I are often the benefactors of garden overflow from two lovely people, who we’ll initial M and B, who have a spectacular 2 acre garden in Woodburn, OR. I went there once and felt like I was in the garden of eden. We sampled fresh figs, got to tour the filbert groves in M’s classic convertible and I left with about 7 (no kidding) boxes of produce. Jackpot!
Well this week, another bounty: Walnuts, and lots of them. Not only walnuts, but a recipe for roasted walnuts to accompany my treasure. Now that is full service generosity. So, I’m naming the recipe: “M and B”‘s. Its like “m&m”s, but healther and no sugar.
4 C walnut halves
2 tsp salt
Mix nuts with salt and water and leave in a warm place for at least 7 hrs. Drain. Spread on a baking sheet and place in a warm oven (150 or less) for 12-24 hrs. Turn occasionally until completely crisp and dry
2 Tbsp butter
2 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp cayenne
Melt butter with rosemary, salt and cayenne. Toss with nuts, spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 for 10 minutes. Store in airtight container
I am however, happy to report that I remained nut-free today, on day two of my detox.
Today’s feasts included:
Protein shake w/banana
stir-fried Swiss chard/Onions (hardly felt like a cleansing day, the food was so good)
baked spaghetti squash, eaten with a tomato sauce that had nothing but veggies/herbs
a handful of dates – I tell ya, they really help give a ‘treat’ to the experience.
I also topped off the day with a cup of nettle tea, which helps the liver and GI tract in general.
It amazed me how tasty eating light can be. Why do I always want “big” meals? granted, I can’t keep up this way forever, but my body does feel good and my mental energy is spectacular, and in only 2 days.
Tomorrow I’m snowshoeing and doing a little birthday shin-dig for my hubby, so I’m back to solid food, but no wheat/gluten/dairy/sugar. Weird thing, I don’t even miss the sugar and that is normally my biggest vice. Maybe all those long stretches of being free of sugar really have helped…who knows? Or maybe I just want to fit into my skinny jeans again (I’d be lying if I said that losing a few pounds isn’t also a motivation) and therefore have no desire of things that sabotage my efforts…
Okay, TTFN, time for bed. Tomorrow is an early day!