Last year I did LaVieSage's Cleanse & Revitalize 'cure'. An 11 day body & mind 'reset'. After that time I felt so wonderfully light in body & mind (not that I need to lose weight - but tighter legs - less cellulite, I like that!), that I planned to do the cure again this year. Spring, summer, I kept postponing anyway. While the previous cure was so good - even though I work a lot of hours a week - and I didn't really suffer from hunger or other discomforts during the cure.
Now I have exactly 11 days between two holidays, no more delay, but do it! It sounds super attractive: 'Gives your immune system a boost, afterwards you have more energy, you feel strong and you are on your way to a nicer, slimmer and healthier body...' Who doesn't want all of this ;-) ? Last course I did indeed notice that my skin was tighter and cellulite had also become less. Even though I'm slim, I still have some problems with my legs,
Monday I started! Yesterday was the last day of the two-day Preparation Phase. With a delicious dinner recipe - sweet potato casserole. So good that I want to share it! Also recommended if you don't follow a cure (I'm going to make these more often!). According to the recipe 'a rich source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C'.
Below the video the written recipe for four people - with the adjustments I made. (The video shows the recipe for 2 people + 75 gr instead of 100 gr arugula per person)
Necessary (for 4 persons)
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 400 gr chickpeas (from a glass jar) - white beans are also tasty (see modification 1)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- black pepper
- bunch of parsley or chives
- 150 gr Organic yogurt or goat yogurt (see adjustment 2)
- juice of half a lime (I used lemon)
- Celtic sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- 1 garlic clove (without heart)
- 4 large tomatoes (or 12 vine tomatoes)
- 1 bunch of spring onion (I didn't have at home, I used red onion)
- 400 gr (wild) spinach and/or arugula - in the video (see below the recipe), 75 gr arugula/spinach is used per person.
- Preheat the oven to 200 C (convection oven to 175 C)
- Wash the potatoes, cut them into thick slices and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Drain the chickpeas (keep the liquid) and sprinkle them on the baking tray with the potatoes,
- Pour the liquid from the chickpeas over the chickpeas and potatoes on the baking tray (see adjustment 3)
- Sprinkle the potatoes and chickpeas with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and add black pepper (if you like spicy, you can also use a pepper or spicy red pepper powder). I also added a sprig of rosemary.
- Place the baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes
- Finely chop the parsley or chives and put this together with yoghurt and lime juice in a bowl (see adjustment 2). Add salt and pepper and mix the whole into a dressing.
- Press or finely chop the garlic, cut the tomatoes into wedges or slices and the spring onion into rings,
- Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic, spring onion and tomatoes on high for 2 minutes.
- Remove the potatoes and chickpeas from the oven.
- Serve the potato/peas with the tomato-spring onion mixture, the arugula or spinach and the dressing. The spinach and arugula is really a lot. You can put everything on top of each other on a plate (see photo), but also carefully mix the potato/bean mixture and spinach/arugula (except for the dressing) and then put it on a plate. In addition, the tomato mixture and dressing. If you use goat cheese mixture instead of yoghurt, sprinkle this over the spinach/arugula/sweet potato/bean-peas. I used both spinach and arugula (together 400 gr), but only put a part on the plate first. And later refilled. Otherwise, the dish will barely fit on even a large plate! If you add the spinach to the warm potato/bean-peas, it will shrink a bit and you may be able to use everything right away.
- NB: if you don't like it as much - or if you can't handle 'raw' less well, you can also stir-fry or boil the spinach for a short time.
Adaptation 1 - Chickpea alternative
I myself do not use beans or chickpeas from a jar because my intestines are sensitive to saponins. The soapy substance that beans produce to protect themselves against insects, bacteria and fungi. If you suffer from flatulence after eating beans, you are probably also sensitive to this. When I make beans/chickpeas, I soak dried ones. And boil it with a piece of seaweed until the foam comes to the surface. I skim the beans, drain them and then let them cook in new water with a new piece of seaweed in the water (tip from Amber Albarda in her book 'Eat yourself beautiful, slim and happy' ). Good tip, because my intestines no longer bother me after eating legumes. PS Do you have a steam oven; I cook the beans in a pan on the stove. Cooking (after skimming) in the steam oven.
More about saponins on Wikipedia . These also have good properties for your body. Interesting to read!
Adaptation 2 - Yoghurt alternative
Because we didn't have goat yogurt, but still had a piece of goat or sheep cheese feta, I used it. I mashed the feta and mixed it with herbs and lime juice as indicated in the recipe. I sprinkled this mixture over potatoes/beans/spinach/arugula on the plate. Tasty! Gives a slightly spicier taste than yogurt. Personally I liked this alternative better than with the yogurt dressing (used last year).
Adjustment 3 - Moisture of the chickpeas
I used a little bit of the liquid from the '2nd bean water'. Because I assume that the saponins have already (largely) disappeared from it. Optionally, you can omit the moisture (I did last year) and use some plain water mixed with the coconut oil or some vegetable broth. The liquid of the beans also contains proteins. On the one hand it's a shame to wash it away, but for me it's more important to avoid the saponins.
And, I already notice from my intestines that there is something to drain! During the entire treatment period you take two 'tablets 1' per day, to contain toxins from the intestines and to drain them naturally. Apparently even I have something to take away! While I eat almost no sugar, use almost no alcohol - only a glass of wine or bubbles now and then - and don't drink coffee, only water, herbal and green tea, don't use gluten and cow's milk products, eat little meat , eat a lot of vegetables and buy and eat almost everything organic. I also exercise a lot. My only challenge is going to bed earlier! I often work late into the night and then get up early again. Even though I sleep immediately and very deeply (even if the ceiling collapses, I will sleep through ;-)), I still miss recovery-charging time for my body including intestines. And maybe my gut is still confused, due to too little recovery time after flying - we came back from NYC on Friday afternoon, I was back to work on Saturday.