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The Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse and Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal

Confession: I am really bad at diets.  You’re like, “Wait, what? Aren’t you always on a diet?” No, grasshopper, if you’re “always” on something, you’re not on it — it’s a change in your whole life style. Like I said before, post-surgery, it’s really easy not to eat the things that are bad for you because your body immediately rebels.  That being said, I was kind of curious about the “Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse“. A) I did overeat during the holidays and B) I love Bon Appetit. Their recipes haven’t led me wrong yet.

They kindly have a two-week menu broken down into meals and grocery lists (PDF). Here’s the problem: I do not have the majority of these foods and/or ingredients already at my house. And really… wtf are pink peppercorns? harissa paste? I don’t own bamboo skewers… or whole brown mustard seeds, cardamom, or flaxseed. The chances of me going out to get them just for these two weeks are nil.  However, I am with them on the spirit of the cleanse… and the oatmeal breakfasts, which I did start this week. I’m not sure if oatmeal can qualify as a recipe, but here’s what I put in mine:

Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal

1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup water (as per instructions)
a little 2% fat milk
2 tsp sugar
sprinkling of cinnamon
half a handful of dried blueberries
a few chopped walnuts

Cook oatmeal according to instructions. When almost done, add a little milk to give it nicer color and flavor.  When I say “a little”, I mean like no more than 1/4 cup. Cook till it’s thickened to a desired consistency. Add cinnamon and sugar (to taste, really). Add dried blueberries, or other dried fruit of choice and any kind of nuts you like.  Stir around for a bit, let cool before you dig in.  See, told you it’s a not a “real” recipe.  Not so much on the exact measurements.

Bon Appetit does have a list of detox foods to incorporate into your diet if you can’t follow their schedule, so I will probably do that instead. I just got more chickpeas and pink beans, as well as broccoli, and I do love me some sweet potatoes. Recipes will keep coming!


One response to “The Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse and Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal

  1. LDT January 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    But you have koya dofu? (= And don’t get me started on flaxseed – there’s a whole debate on whole vs. ground up as the best way to ingest it for your body. Too high maintenance for me.

    On a side note, you should give steel cut oats a try. I overcook mine but I prefer them to regular oatmeal.

    I sadly have been led astray by Bon Appetit. There was a recipe a while back for a vegetable soup that had mostly canned vegetables and then vegetable broth. Why I thought this would magically taste better than it sounded is beyond me, but I check reviews now before I go headfirst into one of their recipes, or at least I’ve become more discriminating in my recipe choices.

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