Detoxifying Red Lentil Dahl

Detoxifying Red Lentil Dahl

Hellooooooo beautiful foodies!!!

I promise I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth. To be completely honest with you, I’ve been eating the same effin shiznit for the last few weeks (rotating it of course and a few days of eating at my moms house and celebrating some birthdays, mine included). I also finished up my cleanse which seemed to take about 2-3 weeks. The preparation, the testing, the pre-cleanse and the post-cleanse.

So after all of this, I’m ready to get myself back in the kitchen.

We’re in this in-between place right now. It’s warm, the season is really kicking in and we’re getting some new sexy veggies in season. Asparagus anyone?!! And I can’t wait for the Strawberries. Those babies are coming soon. Like 2 weeks! YAAS!

As we are in limbo with the diff veggies coming into season,(and I’m tryna figure out what to make based off of seasonal availability) I’m sticking to the simple foods. This soup, basically the non-Indian way of explaining dahl, is one of those comforting and detoxifying recipes that’s easy to make and it really sticks to your ribs, keep you full and feeling sexy af.

What’s good about this recipe?

  • It’s easy
  • It’s FOODGASMIC (SOOOOOO GOOD)
  • It tastes better over time (leftovers yo)
  • Your poops will be glorious

Need I say more?!!

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Not Your Mama’s Tostones

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Let’s take a moment to celebrate the fact that #1 this isn’t another sweet potato recipe (although I’m going to do one later this week, so ha) and #2 I’m OFFICIALLY DONE WITH MY 21-DAY SUGAR DETOX!!!!

Okay so technically I finished on Monday but I’m really excited that I can eat my millet bread and PASTA. I can’t forget pasta. I did miss sourdough bread and the Challah of Easter Sunday but…I think I can hang without it. For most of the detox I was really hangry (hungry + angry) and really just wanted to say f*ck it, I’m done, this is stupid. But something inside of me gave me a huge push (besides the internal countdown). I realized this was not forever. A sugar detox is not a way to deprive myself. It’s a way to become more aware and mindful of every part of my body. And I dig that.

Wait, so my point was what?

This sugar purge really gave birth to some freakin’ amazing creativity. I pulled recipes out of my utility┬ábelt daily and really focused on creating balanced meals (not 100% sure what that is yet, maybe 80% sure and I’m about 80% ok with that).

And that is where this tostones (fried plantain) recipe came from.

AND for my level of this sugar detox (click here to learn more, in case you’re curious), I was allowed extra starchy veg. Sweet potato was already on my list and on the menu prettttttty much errday. So the plantain became my friend.

I’ve had plantains smashed, fried, molded into a sexy mofongo (look it up- it’s amazeballs), made into crunchy chips. I just never made them myself.

The KEY is to have a vibrant, tangy, citrus sauce to dunk these crispy thangs in.

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Sweet Potato + Black Bean Casserole {Heaven in your mouth}

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I must really really love myself. I made the bold decision to do a 21-day sugar detox. But wait. “G, don’t you already treat your body so good and don’t eat many sweets or use sweeteners?” This is true. Really true. Still…sometimes our bodies just need a break and need us to switch things up a bit.

See now this is no ordinary detox. I’m not eating BREAD or grains or my favorite fruits. I AM THE QUEEN OF AVOCADO TOAST! And I love rice. So this is no ordinary cleanse and this also means no pineapple or berries but I can have sour/pungent fruits (grapefruit or green apples- this tricks yo brain into thinking you’re having a sweet treat and lays those desires for sweets to rest).

It’s a ton of juggling but really an opportunity for me to train my palate and give my body a nice break. And when the poops are good, and the energy feels good, it’s aalllll good man.

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AVO-HUMMUS: The Only Hummus Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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I feel like hummus is one of those things we see in the store and think, yea I can probably make that at home (for a fraction of the cost) but you just don’t make it.

Guilty as charged.

I LOVE hummus but sometimes I just want to save myself the effort (this is complete bs) and just buy the next best thing. Tribe is one of my favorites (their Everything bagel flavor- heaven) and when it’s on sale, it’s like heaven.

But when you’re lucky enough to have the basic ingredients for hummus in your pantry, why bother going to the store.

You just can’t beat the freshness. I tested this recipe on 3 dudes who are probably not hummus people but the sounds of “mmm” “crunch crunch crunch” and when they ask “wait this is hummus!?” reassures you that you’re doing something good with your life and culinary skills.

Okay, it doesn’t really take much culinary know how to throw some shit in a blender or food processor, but it sure does take some serious mental strength. You have to be like, “okay, I’m going to get up and make hummus. It is not that hard and it is going to be delicious because I made it.”

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Moisturizing Overnight Hair Mask

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Who would have thought I would post a DIY deep conditioning hair mask recipe on No Beef Here? Okay, it’s not THAT surprising. After all, the best ingredients for our hair, skin and nails (and all that jazz) are in the kitchen. I mean, seriously, you can whip up an endless combination of possibilities for hair masks, deep conditioning treatments, body scrubs, face masks. I promise you I can go on and on.

I’m a huge fan of making my own stuff. Not only does it save you a sh*t ton of money, it’s way healthier because you’re not loading your sacred temple with garbage. I mean, if you can ultimately cut down the chemical sh*t storm, I’m all for it. I feel like the stuff we put in and on our bodies should be similar. If you wouldn’t eat it, would you want that in your body (you know the chemical crap).

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