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I'm curious what meals you would suggest to someone who was going on a fruit and veggie detox for two weeks.  I'm preparing 2 meals a day for one who is attempting this garden endeavor and want to ask you, "What can you think of that would both satify one's hunger without breaking the 'detox guidelines' and excite their taste buds at the same time?"

 

I am told: Little to no oils and salt can be used, vegetables can be cooked but it is reccommended most of them be raw, if herbs are used they must be fresh, absolutely no breads/rice or other starches (with the starchy exception of sweet potatoes), and a maximum of 4oz of lean protien per day are the basic guidelines for this cleanse.  Think out of the box and get creative...

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That seems to be a new trend lately, especially among church groups, they call it the "Daniel" fast.

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It's too bad there's no "roll the eyes" smiley available.  However, I would suggest sticking with lots of salads, obviously.  I don't know if a foodie board is the best place to ask this question, but I assume there's several books geared towards the raw food diet and detox programs that would be more helpful.  No oils?  No salt?  No cooking?  We're good with food around here but we're not that good.

 

That said, vegetables do not lack flavor and this diet can be done for short periods of time.  Why do there have to be recipes?  Why can't the person just enjoy the simplicity of the raw vegetables without trying to make it into something fancy?

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the responses.  As the daily intake of food on this diet is not limited to only meals, single veggies/fruits sure can get monotonous after a few days; I knew meals could spice it up a bit and can integrate lots of flavor, even without a heating element.

 

I was only able to create a few cold soups and crazy salads for this gal after my brain couldn't seem to think up much else... hince my asking the question.  I agree completely that it's a new fad and this board may not be the best places for responses on this given topic, but I figured with all of the kitchen experience here, I may find a bit more than just "a few cold soups and crazy salads" since I hit my dead-end right then and there!

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By limiting your ingredients and cooking methods so much there's not much you can do.  I think the point of the diet IS to be limited and I find it really hard to expand on that.  We can't have it all.  If you choose to be vegan then you must accept the limitations of that diet.  It really irks me to see food dressed up as something else, it's just a personal pet peeve.  I don't like to see veggie burgers, tofu dogs, spaghetti made out of squash, etc.  I don't like food to be disguised or to fool.  Food is a philosophy and to be vegan the philosophy must change.

 

Good luck finding some more interesting recipes, I really think you would find more ideas on a vegan board or a raw food board.  We here are sleeping with the enemy, and that enemy is butter smile.gif

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ha ha that is funny but well said. my two boys are 100% vegan and ironically I'm a very well known BBQ champ throughout Texas so I truly feel Scarlets pain as I watch my boys try to invent and create all kinds of stuff and they do have alot of books but somehow everything still gets fried or is made up up all kinds of chemicals that kill ya anyway

 

Phoney balony I call it, its worse than the real deal imo.

 

That said i still try to get them to understand that in life a good balance is okay and anything in excess can be bad.

 

either way Scarlet good luck

 

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...in life a good balance is okay and anything in excess can be bad.

 

 


Ah the simple truth.  I get wary of fad diets as they don't seem to last.  I can understand someone with celiac disease having to give up wheat.  I can understand someone giving up twinkies because it makes them sluggish and gain weight.  I can understand someone giving up milk and cheese because they have a lactose intolerance.  I can even understand fasting for a short period of time to detox from animal fats and an overabundance of starches.  I do not however understand ongoing refusal of whole food groups and then expecting everybody else to invent new ways of cooking for you by disguising one food as another. 
 

 

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