Clarkson Potter, 2014
As a parent, I'm totally guilty of putting my child's needs first and not taking care of my self in the process. When it comes to food and meal prep, I often spend so much time and energy thinking about what E is eating, making sure his meals are healthy, well-balanced and that he's regularly being exposed to new things that my own diet suffers in the process (like a whole day without eating any fresh fruit or veggies, or chugging coffee instead of water). So I was interested in checking out Clean Slate, a new cookbook and guide from the editors at Martha Stewart Living, promising to help you "reset your health, detox your body and feel your best." I was craving fresh recipes to inspire me and help me eat cleaner.
Clean Slate opens with golden rules for eating clean, information on nutrients, helpful tips for restocking your pantry, and 3- and 21-day detox plans. The bulk of the book is, naturally, recipes, which are divided into 6 sections:
- Replenish: breakfasts
- Reboot: smoothies and juices
- Recharge: veggie-heavy dishes
- Reenergize: snacks
- Restore: meals with substance (good choices for dinner)
- Relax: sweets (that won't derail your progress)
Two must-have features in a cookbook for me a photo of each recipe (how do I know I want to make it if I don't know what it looks like?) and a well-written index. Clean Slate exceeds expectations; the index is robust and the photography is drool-worthy.
In addition the index, there's also a chart indicating which recipes are vegan, dairy-free, nut-free and gluten-free. If you follow a particular diet it's super easy to find the recipes that would be of most interest to you.
My one complaint is that some recipes make very large portions. The black quinoa with avocado, almonds, and honey sounds amazing, until I see that it serves 6. Servings for 1 or 2 would make much more sense for a recipe like this. I'm sure you could store the leftover quinoa for the next day, but some information on this would be helpful.
I decided to give one of the recipes a try for lunch yesterday. I opted for the baked sweet potato with greens since I've been craving dark, leafy greens (a sure sign I need more in my diet!).
This ended up being a really easy during the week lunch option. I prepped the swiss chard and onion the night before. I turned the oven on when E and I got back from running errands, then popped my sweet potato in, since it bakes for 45 minutes. Once I got E settled with his lunch, I sautéed the chard and onion, and sliced the avocado. The potato was done right about the time E was finished eating, so I got him down for a nap while it cooled. I piled my sweet potato with swiss chard, avocado, a dusting of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon. In a short amount of time and with not a lot of effort, I had a really healthy, delicious lunch (which I ate in peace, without having to get up and fetch something every third bite).
I have all the necessary ingredients on hand for the Almond-cinnamon frappe and the Grapefruit, carrot and ginger juice, and I'm excited to try them out this week (especially after my sweet potato success).
Overall, Clean Slate exceeded my expectations. You can bet I'll be turning to it often for meal planning inspiration.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.