vegan pulled pork sandwiches

Hello all! I know that title might sound weird, especially as my husband and I are religiously pork-free and don’t eat it at all, so why would we even want pulled pork sandwiches?

I don’t really know why I tried this recipe, but it might be because when I watch the Food Network, there are tons of pork recipes and juicy-looking pork stuff going on, and sometimes it does look good. I’m being honest, here. Sometimes it does look good.

Often I will see pork recipes that read tasty, and I will make them with chicken – usually works ok. But it’s not the same, and I also have plenty of recipes for pulled chicken what-have-yous. This is completely different! (And, side note, lentils and carrots are a lot cheaper than organic chicken!)

Not only that, but Joshua LOVED them! I mean, I didn’t even know he liked pulled pork sandwiches back in the day. But apparently yes! And these really were “the best”, as Minimalist Baker has said. Messy, and best eaten with a hard apple cider on the side…

Just saying.

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lemon garlic tempeh

It turns out that you can’t substitute psyllium husk powder for hemp seeds. Perhaps, like me, you did not know this. Don’t be like me.

<sigh>

So this recipe is for a salad with broccoli, quinoa, and tempeh – a great combination! I’m not vegan, but I’ve always been a fan of tempeh. This recipe marinates the tempeh for an hour or overnight (I went with overnight), which gives it so much flavor. Instead of boiling my broccoli, I roasted it with olive oil and salt, because that is the only way broccoli should ever be eaten.

As for the delicious turmeric hemp dressing…I did not get to try it. If you want to know why, make the recipe using psyllium husk powder instead of hemp seeds, and you’ll see the problem. It was kind of gross. But let that not reflect at all on this awesome recipe! I’m sure the real dressing is delicious!

I’m saving it just for the tempeh!

 

marrakesh carrots

So! We are DONE! We made it through all ten days of the liver cleanse, *plus* a fast on the eleventh, finishing with cheddar chive waffles made into BLCATs (turkey bacon, of course). That is the best use for a savory waffle. You might want to try it.

Those ten days of liver cleanse did not pass quickly for me. They did not fly by. I did not feel extremely hungry throughout, as I might have expected. The protein shakes they had us taking really staved that off. But being kind of achy and having a slight headache for pretty much an entire week is not a recipe for time passing quickly.

I will say this:ย at the end of the fast on the eleventh day (something we specifically planned, so that we were not fasting during the cleanse, as that would be a mistake), when we had waffle sandwiches with turkey bacon (not part of the cleanse) and cheese (reintroduced cheese on Day 10) and also downed a full glass of wine (definitely not part of the cleanse), I felt fine. I ate *two* sandwiches (fasts make you hungry!) and had wine for the first time and I did not go to bed with that kind of alarmingly full feeling that I generally get after a fast (because your eyes are SO much bigger than your stomach at that point). I really feel like my digestive system is working better, more efficiently. I’m really hoping it keeps up the good work!

**This is the part where I tell you to ignore all of my ranting and moaning about the liver cleanse and do it yourself if you need/want to. It wasn’t that bad! I mean, not in hindsight. ๐Ÿ˜€ And if you want my menus, you are welcome to them! Happy to share! Did so much work on them!

I asked the doctor today what I could be doing to keep this newly-cleaned liver in tip-top shape, since obviously I don’t want to trash it after putting so much effort into cleaning it up. She said we’d talk on Thursday………. hum.

Anyway, in the meantime, I will leave you with the Marrakesh Carrot Saladย [from Joy the Baker] I made to bring to our congregational potluck on Saturday. It has feta in it, which is how Joshua and I reintroduced dairy that day (followed by several slices of white cheddar as a snack at home – yum!). It’s one of my go-to recipes for a time when I need a dish that doesn’t need to be kept hot or cold. Because of the preferences of my family (i.e., my mom doesn’t like cumin), I leave out the cumin. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sometimes I replace it with coriander, but I didn’t this time, and I think I liked it better. So there’s that. Enjoy!

the nine days: day 2

Next up, a recipe I haven’t made yet, but look forward to trying! We all have a falafel recipe (right?), but how about one that uses lentils instead of chickpeas, and you don’t even have to cook the lentils? Doesn’t that sound cool??

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