Friday, February 17, 2012

Clean Day 8 & 9

Re-cap post from Clean Day 8 & 9

Thursday we started out day with Matcha green tea with some Meyer lemon zest and the juice and our Island Paradise shakes.

Lunch was mmm, mmm, gooooooddddd!!!! I made a really hardy salad. I think you will love this recipe. Especially any guys out there. Totally guy friendly hot salad.

Turkey Bacon, Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad:

1 butternut squash peeled, seeded and chopped into bite sized chunks
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 package of nitrite free, organic turkey bacon (peppered worked great!)
1 large shallot clove or enough to for 1/4 cup chopped
1 splash of grape seed oil
2 tbsp of water
1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
a few of cranks of a pepper mill
four huge hand fulls of organic baby spinach or hearty leaf salad mix
1 cup of cooked red quinoa( I make a batch about twice a week to add to salads or to use as a fast side)

Turn oven to 400 degrees.

Prep your squash and lay a piece of parchment paper. Toss your squash in cayenne pepper, some salt and lay spread out on paper. Set timer for 40 minutes
Grab another cookie sheet and lay more parchment paper down. Lay turkey bacon out on paper and add to the oven on a lower rack. Butter nut squash should bake for about 20 to 30 minutes. Bacon will take 20 to 40 minutes depending on how crispy you want it. Flip bacon about 10 to 15 minutes into bacon and flip the squash around as well.
Put your salad leaves together and add the quinoa and set aside.
Now add some grape seed oil to a pan and turn stove to about medium heat. Add the chopped shallots.
Once the shallots are soft and cooked down add two tablespoons of water and they should steam a bit then add the balsamic, Dijon and pepper and combine.
It should look like this. If you want it more runny add more balsamic and water and then when ready and comined turn off heat.

Bacon and squash should be ready. Top salad with the squash and then the dressing. Toss together.
Plate salad and top with bacon add a few cranks of some black pepper and serve.

Our shake was the same. We have been keeping it very easy and only be creative with lunch the rest is the same ol, same ol. Including our lite dinner. Hummus roll-ups packed with veggies. Easy quick and simple. 

1 comment:

Debbie Young said...

This looks AMAZI NG! I would love it if you could post the pics and recipe on the Clean community site.
Great blog too!