This weekend I tried balut for the first time. For those that don’t know, balut is a fertilized, partially developed duck egg. It is considered a delicacy in the Philippines. It was…interesting…
Check out this clip of me trying balut. my first balut


Repurposing Leftovers: Mashed Potatoes

For dinner tonight, I made Shepherd’s Pie with Lamb from the Cleanse Sample Meal Plan. However, I made a couple of substitutions to better utilize my leftovers from Christmas. Instead of making the roasted cauliflower top layer, I used leftover mashed potatoes. For the meat filling I substituted goose stock for the chicken stock. The addition of potatoes kept it from being a truly Clean meal. However, it was still pretty darn good and was a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture until I dished it out. It looks much nicer coming out of the oven.Image

Clean — Keepin’ It Smooth

Around March of this year, Jenn was watching Dr. Oz and heard about a new cleanse called Clean by Dr. Junger. She was very excited about it and wanted to give it a try. She told me about how this program could clean your body of toxins and reset your system. I was interested to learn more so I ordered the book. We stuck to the program pretty faithfully for three weeks. I really felt healthier and lighter and while doing Clean. Doing Clean got us both in the habit of eating more fruits and veggies and less meat. We also have been drinking shakes for breakfast almost every morning since. However, some of our unhealthy habits (Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with Limon) have made their way back into our diets.

A week or so ago, we decided to give Clean another try. While the book contained a lot of great information and laid out the founding principles and benefits, the recipes were lacking. So I went to the internet to find more recipes. I searched the web and found a website which featured a wide-range of recipes. We’re not going to do it religiously, but we are going to eat Clean on a more regular basis. As part of that journey, I plan to make all of the recipes in the Cleanse Sample Meal Plan. For breakfast this morning I made the Keepin’ It Smooth smoothie on page 21 which features avocado, peaches, and raspberries. It’s not my favorite smoothie ever. The flavor of the fruit doesn’t really shine through. However, it’s decent and packs a nutritional punch. Raspberries are my favorite fruit, so I made sure to throw a few extra on top for good measure.Image