I invented a new soup! I had wanted to make The Domestic Man’s asparagus with bearnaise sauce, but it occurred to me that bearnaise wouldn’t keep very well for leftovers and perhaps it would be a recipe better left for when I have guests (if anyone wants to come over… you know, so I have an excuse to make this recipe!) I still liked the idea of cream + tarragon + asparagus, and I still had some of a bag of orange tarragon spice from World Spice Merchants, my favorite spice store ever (with the exception of the The Spice Lady at our local market in Ukraine, whose spice blends and all-around loveliness go unmatched), so I threw together a bunch of veggies I had in my fridge and prayed to the cooking gods for good fortune. Luckily, it worked! So I thought I’d share this soup with you guys. I’m trying to go easy on the sugar in preparation for my sister’s wedding, but a splash or three of dry white wine would probably kick this soup up a notch, as well.
This salad has a story behind it. It came from a Mexican restaurant that used to exist in Zaporozhia, Ukraine, where I lived last year. The Ukrainian told me that the name of the restaurant was ‘Potato House’ and I burst out laughing: “Mexicans don’t eat potatoes!” At least, when I think of Mexican food, […]
I’m beginning to realize that a lot of the success of a sugar detox comes down to good preparation and making it easy to make good choices for yourself. After falling flat on my face with my last sugar detox effort, I’ve decided that this time around, I am going to be better prepared.
I’ve compiled a list of twenty-one 21DSD-friendly recipes with no sugar; hopefully it can provide some inspiration for you, too! These are mostly nightshade-free, so many of these will suit those of you on the autoimmune protocol. I don’t plan on religiously sticking to this list like a meal plan and I probably won’t make every item on the list, but it’s a starting point.
I’m a little over one week into the sugar detox now and… so far, it’s been a little unsuccessful.
I would love to tell you that I’m ‘over the hump’ of the carb flu and that I’m beginning to feel the glorious effects of sugar-free-ness (yep, that’s a word. Well, it is now.)
The reality is that I’ve been using not-really-sugary treats as a crutch to prop myself up when the cravings hit. At the same time, I’ve been busy training at my new job (yay!) at a health foods store, and I haven’t had as much time to cook for myself as I normally do.
I’m going to come right out and say it: doing a sugar detox is one of the hardest things I’ve done.
And because sugar is by far my biggest trip-up in my clean-eating journey, I’ve had to do a sugar detox multiple times.
That said, it’s taught me a trick or two about surviving a sugar detox and how to deal with carb cravings when they hit.
The idea of doing another sugar detox has been brewing for some time. I’ve sort of been strategically avoiding it, despite the fact that ‘tis the season for such things. But, there’s no denying it anymore; it’s definitely needed. So, today is day one of my 21 day sugar detox, and I have decided to do a few sugar-detox related posts in order to help other people that are going through the same thing. Today’s post is about how to know if you should do a sugar detox!
These are my version of Ukrainian meat patties (kotleti) which I was taught to make while I was in Ukraine. Kotleti are kind of like American burgers, but sexier. They’re moist and tender, and they are so flavorful! Everyone that I’ve made them for since I’ve been back in the States has loved them. With nearly endless combinations of meats and spices, they are versatile enough to have multiple times in the week without getting bored. (Plus, they’re ovular. And who doesn’t love that word?! Oooovular. Fantastic).