Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'm Making Plant-Strong Dinners with Help from Clean Start by Terry Walters

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It seems like my life is beginning to organize itself around our special Friday night dinners. These days, I'm gladly sticking with recipes from Clean Start by Terry Walters because I'm continually blown away by the results I'm getting from this cookbook. The three Clean Start dishes below are all amazing. Terry's delicious recipes are all uber-healthy, but not all super low calorie, so balancing them out with  low calorie salads and raw veggies on weeknights is important for me. But on Friday nights I relax a little, and here's what that looks like for me:

Challah with Clean Start's Carrot Cashew Miso Spread
Trader Joe's unfiltered grape juice
Organic Energy Chana Dal Soup (picked it up from the restaurant this afternoon)
Clean Start's Deep Dish Greens with Millet Amaranth Crust
Simple Baked Tofu with Tamari
Clean Start's Cocoa Brownies

Whew! That's a lotta food! Why does it seem that way to me? Because weeknight dinners, for the most part, have become completely uneventful affairs in my house. I work full time, for one. And secondly, I have found that keeping dinner really simple has helped me to maintain my weight loss. Yeah! Less stress and an easier time with the scale. It's a win-win situation.

Contrast this with the home I grew up in, where a friend jealously remarked, "Every night is Thanksgiving at the Schkolnick's." My mom has spent the greater part of her life in the kitchen, something I envy, as I too inherited the cooking gene. Everything in my household growing up seemed homemade. Mom even went through a make-your-own-yogurt phase. Much to my sugar-lovin' chagrin, there were no Devil Dogs in my house, well, that's not totally true. I think they made an appearance once. But they were kept in the freezer. I think my mom thought that it might help me eat them slower. Not!

Anyway, back to the fabulous Clean Start Dinner.

Clean Start's Deep Dish Greens with Millet Amaranth Crust.
A total winner. I'd gladly make this again and again and serve it to guests.

Clean Start's Carrot Cashew Miso Spread--CRAZY GOOD!
 Better than butter on your bread any day!

Simple Baked Tofu with Tamari

Clean Start's Cocoa Brownies--way TOO good, I've gotta watch myself around these. All of the kids and adults loved 'em and they are made with wholesome real healthy ingredients--bananas, dates, almond meal, maple syrup, etc.--but they are easy for me to overindulge on!

What was dinner like in your home growing up? Are things different in the home you live in now?

What is a typical weeknight dinner for you these days? Do you pretty much stick to the same-old same-old or are you creative during the week? 

Do weekend dinners differ from weekday dinners for you? 


Bonnie said...

I grew up in the fifties on an eclectic diet of produce fresh from the garden (or freezer), homemade chocolate chip cookies, Campbells soups, etc. I raised our four kids in last quarter of the 20th century on what I thought was a healthy diet loosely based on the food pyramid. At the start of 2010 my husband and I (both in our 60s) decided to become mostly vegetarian after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. After reading Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease last summer, however, we chose to embrace the Esselstyn diet. We both immediately dropped to our lowest high school weight, feel great, love the new food adventure and feel like we're being proactive about our health.

JL goes Vegan said...

You had me at Deep Dish Greens! YUM. I need another cookbook like I need a.... but, I'm tempted.

We were a sit down dining family. Six of us, pot roast, potatoes, veggie; mac & cheese and hotdogs; fish sticks and veggies; fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

I eat a vegan diet now, so that's the biggest change. I do have "real meals" during the week, though. I cook in bulk (or prep raw foods in bulk) on the weekend and re-heat or plate during the week. For instance, I made raw burgers and raw bread last Sunday and one night this week I turned on the dehydrator and warmed both up at 105 degrees. So a burger on a "bun," diced avocado on the side and a massaged kale salad for dinner. I tend to go out on the weekend for at least once meal, but weekday or weekend, I mostly enjoying home cooked meals.

Sindy said...

I cannot wait to make ALL of this! In my house growing up, there was not a lot of real cooking going on. Ding dongs and ring dings were also available any time. Now, I love to cook (I taught myself a few years ago). We are usually out on weekend nights, but I try to make 3-4 nice meals a week. All vegan, love Terry Walters. Sometimes I'll make a piece of fish for my poor husband who is not a vegan.

katshealthcorner said...

This post is SO colorful!!!! YEAH FOR COLORS!! :) Sometimes our weekend dinners are different -- generally, they vary depending on the day; it depends on if my dad is going to be home that night or not. Since it is Tax season right now, we don't see him very much at all. But at least starting in April we'll see him more. :)

Lillian said...

I made the carrot cashew miso spread for the super bowl at your suggestion and it was a TOTAL hit amongst all...even the sceptics....will make again for to eating this way and your blog and suggestions have been a HUGE help...

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey said...

Oh my goodness, amazing!! All your food looks incredible. I read a bit of Terry's Clean Food and was very impressed. Sounds like I need to check out Clean Start! I bet those brownies are amazing. :)

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Dinner today is so much different than it was when I cooked for my family. Now I pretty much eat leftovers for dinner.. or soups, salads and the like...

Sometimes, I will eat a higher calorie dessert (raw and mostly sugar free) as part of my dinner...

Anonymous said...

Where are the recipes for these beautiful dishes? Tried to click on the names but goes nowhere! Help me please.....

peaceful mama said...

Whoa, I found this blog searching for Fuhrman recipes, but that deep dish greens looks totally totally unbelievable. I must eat it!! I'ma have to check that book out quick!!!

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