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Endive Tacos with Lentil and Sweet Potato Hummus

Endive Tacos with Lentil and Sweet Potato Hummus

  • 1.5 cups green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium yellow onion, julienned
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 and 1/4 cups water
  • Juice from 3-4 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • Celtic salt to taste (1-2 tsp)
  • 2 heads of endive
  • Ripe avocado
  • Paprika

Heat sesame oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the onion and stir, cooking for a few minutes until it becomes translucent. Add garlic, sweet potato, cumin, turmeric and coriander and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add water and lentils and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover until lentils are soft but still firm (around 15 minutes.) 

Pour everything into a strainer/colander and let drain and cool for at least 30 minutes. You can put this in the refrigerator if you want. When you're ready to finish the hummus, put the lentil and sweet potato mixture into a food processor. Add the lemon juice and sesame oil. Add 1/4-1/2 cup filtered water as necessary to get a good consistency. Slowly add salt while pureeing and taste every so often to make sure that it's seasoned well. It will not taste great if you don't season it enough! Feel free to add white pepper to taste as well. 

To put together the tacos, cut the end of each head of endive. Lay out the leaves on a plate. Scoop two tablespoons (or more!) of the hummus into each leaf. Dice an avocado into a bowl and add a bit of sea salt and a little lime if desired. Spoon the avocado on top of each taco and sprinkle with paprika. Viola!

Laying Down the Winter Beds

Laying Down the Winter Beds

Breakfast this morning was a slightly chalky roasted pumpkin shake and seven Standard Process cleanse capsules. Different.

My husband had his shake early and jetted out with my older son to school. I pulled my eyes open and got up to see my toddler on the couch. He woke at 2am this morning with an ear ache and my partner and I took turns gently massaging essential oils over his neck to drain the lymphatics, putting garlic mullein oil in his ears and giving him sips of water with internal Chinese herbs to prevent any infection: chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, white peony root, angelica, licorice and a cousin of Oregon Grape have already turned this around in just a few hours.

I feel exhausted, running on four hours of sleep. I think about some green tea, but it's not within the parameters of the cleanse. Instead, I make the shake and cleanup the bowls of oatmeal from the kids' breakfast. I start the hot water for some chicory root and reishi tea. I note to myself how blessed I am to have this yummy mushroom drink as an option.

Today is my day off and we're planting the winter garden. My guy prepared the beds yesterday and they look fantastic. They are more than ready for some baby kale starts. Our chickens cluck around, fertilizing the soil and eating any spider that's unfortunate enough to catch their eye. The air is crisp and the sun warms my bare toes in the grass.

It's lentil soup for lunch and lentil soup for dinner. I'm missing Auntie Krishna Shova, our beautiful host from Nepal. Her lentil soup was the best, poured over rice with curried cauliflower and steamed mushroom greens. Yum. And not so far off from what's okay on this cleanse. I know my kids will eat it: Score.

I'm tired, but I'm so very grateful for the soil in my yard, the bounty of vegetables in my fridge, a healthy family and the herbs that help us all to get there. I'm pretty sure there's even a chance for a nap today.

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Harvest Heart

Harvest Heart

My toddler is kicking around in the tub, squealing as he dives from the faucet into a near miss at the other side of the porcelain coated metal. Most of his dinner sits at the table, uneaten. This isn't unusual in our home, unless we're serving slices of pizza, tomato soup or lentils. They know that I take their opinions of the food personally, and my partner and older son tell me how delicious dinner was.

Everything on the table tonight was "cleanse friendly." In two days, we start the 21-Day Purification and we are gearing up. I bought two heavy bags of groceries at the Alberta Cooperative this afternoon: frozen berries, bananas, heirloom apples, purple cauliflower, yellow kiwis and red carrots. I've got bags of locally harvested, dried mushrooms and lots of jars of sunflower butter (no nuts on this cleanse.) Dark green pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and a big jar of mineral rich himalayan salt are sitting on the counter next to a bag of ground chicory that may help allay some of the coffee cravings for my man.

The beauty and color in everything I purchased today has reminded me about how radical this slice of life is. We spent the morning at a soccer game, where our goalie son repeatedly worked up the courage to kick the ball out to his team. After this, we mozied over to the Harvest Festival for his elementary school and drank some fresh pressed cider. The kids took turns hammering acorns and grinding the meat into flour. A man roasted chestnuts and handed them to families in warm cones of newspaper. Young friends ripped open boxes and slid on sleds of cardboard down a dry grass hill. I watched it all while savoring the taste of a bright green matcha latte, a last cup of vice before we get down to caffeine-free cleanse business.

Tonights dinner was a plate of roasted beets and eggplant (made two days ago), topped with warm red pepper puree. I steamed and mashed a celery root with some ghee and stir fried cabbage with fresh lemon and Hawaiian salt. Simple. Easy. Quick. My husband and I were stoked. My kids tasted it, but didn't want to eat it. Not any single part of it. Sigh. And here it is:

I am so excited to be embarking on this cleanse with my partner. I love that we've been planning food together and talking about what's going to be the hardest for us to give up: caffeine, caffeine, caffeine. I am excited to simplify all around and have a focus on more meditation, tai chi, yoga and daydreaming. Yet, my mind cannot wrap around the part of this configuration that includes two children.

As a family, we eat an 85-90% plant based diet. I know our kids eat really well and they are willing to try new things. They grab fistfuls of kale from the garden and happily shove them, uncleaned and raw, into their mouths. But it's not easy to feed children. After a decade working as a professional cook and helping to create plates for a number of picky folks, including some well-known celebrities, I can tell you this: I have never worked so hard to please another human being and felt as if I had continually let them down, over and over again. My homemade pizza, sourdough crust and herb-filled sauce, never compares to the cheap cheezy pie joint down the street.

For me, this cleanse is bringing up a lot of anxiety around how we plan meals with our children and eat together as a family with gratitude in our hearts. I know that my husband celebrates a good purple carrot, cooked to still-firm perfection. We are thankful as we sit next to each other. But how do we hold that thankfulness when we don't see it easily mirrored back in our children? This is a meal-time meditation for us, a part of what we are going to have to be present with.

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Autumn Cleanse: How to Register

Autumn Cleanse: How to Register

You can register for the Autumn Cleanse here. And you can find more information in last month's blog post.

21 Days: October 5th, 2015 - October 26th, 2015 (Optional first meeting on Monday, September 28th)

Cost = $247 for the complete Standard Process Purification Kit. (Optional support is complimentary as well as a .pdf cookbook with a ton of recipes and information specific to the cleanse.) (A non-refundable deposit of $125 is due no later than September 14th. You can pay the additional $122 when you pick up your purification kit between September 28th and October 4th).

The kit includes:

Who: Rebecca Groebner, L.Ac, Beth Fitzgerald DPT and You!!

What: Standard Process 21-Day Purification System with a Chinese Medicine Twist and Physical Therapist's Postural Mindfulness!

Where: The Local Healer's Clinic @ 728 NE Dekum Street, PDX 97211 AND our Facebook Page Community Cleanse group.

When: Whenever you choose, we'll be meeting Mondays, starting September 28th from 7-8pm (optional for you) and will be cleansing Oct 5-26 with an additional follow-up meeting the week after this.

Why: To get more mindful about what we're putting into our bodies and minds as we embrace the Fall harvest energetics. To let-go of what's no longer serving us and move into the essence of ourselves for the Winter season!

How do I register? You can register by emailing Bex with your name, phone number and address. We need a non-refundable deposit of $125 no later than September 14th. You can pay the additional $122 when you pickup your SP Purification Package.

Autumn Cleanse: 21-Day Purification

Autumn Cleanse: 21-Day Purification

Beth Fitzgerald DPT and I are getting really excited to start the fall cleanse this year. This is an intentional time for us to take more care in what we are putting into our bodies. It also represents an honoring of the energetics of the season as we slow down, turn inwards and get present.

We’re offering this as a community cleanse because it’s a great opportunity for support. You can choose your level of involvement. We’ll be offering optional Monday meetings at the clinic and an optional Facebook community cleanse support group. If you’d like to follow us for the October 5th to the 26th date, we would totally love that but we know life happens and you may need to modify your participation schedule.

We’re using the Standard Process Purification shakes and supplements because it makes cleansing easy. The program is not strict and allows participants to eat nutritious and filling whole-foods meals for all 21 days while avoiding sugar, caffeine, alcohol, meat, eggs and grains.

As we cleanse through our diet, Beth and I will also be looking at breathing exercises, postural awareness and core integration, as these pull us into the core of who we are and help us to be fully present.

We’d love it if you’d like to join us in this Autumn cleanse, to let-go, tune-in and slow down while focusing on a seasonal, plant-based diet for 21-days. Beth and I are providing the meetings and online group support at no cost. We will provide you with recipes and resources during the whole journey to help you with your meal planning.