spelt oat date banana bread

We just got back from a first-ever, possibly annual, trip to the beach with my family (almost in its entirety!). There were 15 of us in a large, gorgeous house right on the beach. We haven’t gotten a chance to do our official Squicciarini Family Debrief, and we might not get to do it at all, but I think the consensus was overall very positive, which is why it might turn into a family tradition.

Amazingly enough, even though Joshua and I have been married for almost 4 years, we have never really taken a beach trip. We went to Beaufort for my birthday one year, and that’s as close as we got. The beach house, beach towel, sand and sun experience hasn’t really happened until now. Even so, we do have one tradition: beach cookies. Apparently, Joshua’s family always brought pecan sandies to the beach (apropos!), and I have a vegan almond version that I make and we eat by the handful. Check it out – it’s already on the blog.

Something I brought this year, which was also a huge hit, was a new recipe from A Cozy Kitchen – banana bread, featuring dates and millet seeds. It was yummy! Not very sweet at all (tempted to replace the cocoa nibs with mini chocolate chips next time, quite frankly…), and the millet seeds add this cool crunch. I also really liked the addition of the dates. Not your normal banana bread (or, rather, not *my* normal banana bread). Definitely a keeper!

P.S. – I used a gluten-free flour mix instead of spelt flour.

the joy of cleansing

Hello! It’s me!

I’m back.

I was recently reminded that this blog of mine existed when my brother-in-law was laughing about the title (so literal, he said!). And then I’ve been keeping up with my sister’s new blog she launched a few weeks ago, and I thought, wait a second! Don’t I like to blog? And I thought, yes. I do.

So here I am! Another reason I am jumping back on the blogging bandwagon now is because my husband and I are actually starting a liver cleanse today.

Oh joy.

I know, you’re so excited about all the amazing and tasty cleanse recipes I’m going to post.

I know how you feel.

No, it won’t be exciting. But I thought I would post throughout the cleanse (it’s only 10 days), not every day, but enough to tell how it’s going. And then next year, maybe we’ll cleanse again and I will know exactly what I did and how it went and we can just replicate the process. #soeasy And then maybe you would also like to cleanse! And you would have my plan at your disposal. 😀

So, for starters, we are using the Metagenics brand UltraClear protein powder and method for our liver cleanse. It comes with a little booklet of instructions and lists of food you can eat and a handful of recipes in the back. If you like to cook healthy food, the cleanse doesn’t sound too hard. I do, and I also like to plan things out very carefully, so I spent what turned into a couple of hours planning out the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks we would be eating for these 10 days. It took me a while, probably because it was nighttime and also because I didn’t have any caffeine in my system, and then also because I wasn’t hungry. My mom says to always plan your menu when you’re a little bit hungry. She is so right.

Anyway. We are starting today! Yay! This first day is one of the easiest. We are having oatmeal for breakfast (homemade, unsweetened), with berries and bananas. Joshua is having brown rice pasta and a homemade tomato sauce with mushrooms for lunch. And then we are having a spicy black bean recipe over rice for dinner. We are allowed to eat some starches and grains at this point, so it’s relatively easy to fill up and enjoy the meal. We’re having sugar snaps and clementines for snacks; life is still very good.

The liver cleanse booklet says that being hungry the first few days is normal, but that it will subside. Also, they say if we feel muscle aches, that’s normal, and it means the cleanse is working. (!) They also say to lay off strenuous or prolonged exercise while cleansing, as your body needs the calories you’re consuming, and it can’t really spare any for rebuilding muscle and such. So we’re cutting our workout routine in half for the days of the cleanse. (It’s actually kind of exciting.)

If the spicy black beans are tasty, I will post the recipe. If they are not, I will save you from them.

In the meantime, cheers! And here are a few of my favorite recipes I’ve made the in recent past – enjoy:

  1. Spicy Vegan Pad Thai
  2. Baked Corn & Tomato Risotto
  3. Grilled Chicken, Burst Tomato, and Artichoke Skewers w/ Goat Cheese Dip
  4. Nigel Slater’s Banana Bread
  5. Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka