In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been eating out at restaurants or cute little cafes as much. Oh, I've hit up a few, but mostly to watch other people eat since I ate beforehand.
Brando and I have been doing a Fat Flush Plan, from a book by Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman. WHAT FOR?!?! you may say, but the truth is we mostly needed it for a detox. From all the junk food over the semester to alcohol nearly every day (and not decent alcohol, like wine, no this was fruity drinks, beer, and who knows what else) we seriously needed one. When faced with a choice between eating better or getting bigger clothes, I had to go with with eating better.
And when Brando said he would do it with me I jumped all over it.
As a totally unexpected benefit, I learned to cook again. I used to know a looooong time ago, maybe four years, but had completely forgot. An even better unexpected benefit was we learned to cook together!! Talk about romantic as all hell. If you've never tried cooking a meal together with your significant other, you definitely should try. I'm talking about get me in the sack now kind of hot and romantic. *ahem* Any way. After learning how to cook following their recipes, now either one of us can throw together a simple, healthy, nutritious meal without even looking at the book. There were lots of other unexpected benefits to the detox, but I'll save those for another post.
By the way, my favorite part about this detox was that they had every single thing we needed to eat, including every meal with recipes if needed, already written out for every single day. Oh, and most of the recipes? Used four ingredients or less, took less than 15 minutes to throw together, and were DELICIOUS. Inexpensive, as well. Because real food usually is.
These are mostly, save one exception, our own variations on recipes within the book. My apologies for the many blurry iPhone photos - I was just looking forward to eating too much to run upstairs and grab my camera. Without further adieu:
My first attempt at breakfast - Scrambled eggs with red peppers, and bok choy.
A late night snack - raspberries and blackberries.
An invention of our own - Chicken sauteed in chicken broth, and covered with a fresh lime juice, tomato puree, and garlic sauce.
Cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley, red onion, and ground turkey.
An afternoon snack - deviled eggs with nothing but flax seed oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and ground mustard from the book. Sounds strange, but oh so delicious! Better than regular deviled eggs.
Scrambled omelettes with ground turkey, cherry tomatoes, italian parsley, and red onion. I walked downstairs on Monday morning to Brando making this. So hot.
And of course I got right in there and started cooking with him. The prep for the omelettes - cherry tomatoes, red onion, and Italian parsley.
By the way, the detox lasted two weeks. Brando lost 10 pounds, and I lost eight. My clothes fit again, yay! I feel FANTASTIC, my skin is clear, and I've had SO much energy.