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Radish, Apple, & Mango Salad

My new favorite cookbook!

My first experiment of 2009, a light and flavorful fruity salad.  I was a bit skeptical at first with some of the ingredients being mixed together for this dish, but it came out absolutely wonderful!  I found the recipe in a cook book my mother gave me called Five-a-Day Fruit & Vegetable Cookbook. I have already tried a few recipes from this book and have loved every one so far.  This recipe calls for a mango, which I have never actually purchased or cooked with before.  I believe the mango was a bit un-ripe while I was prepping it, it was a bit difficult to cut and remove from the inner husk, but it still tasted wonderful.  When I make this again, I will be sure to let the mango ripen a bit more.

Radish, Apple, & Mango Salad

Ingredients:

  • 10-15 radishes I used 10
  • 1 eating apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 small ripe mango, peeled and cut into small chunks

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 c sour cream I used light
  • 2 ts creamed horse radish All I had was Beaver, but it worked fine
  • 1 TB chopped fresh dill
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper I used garlic salt because I garlic
  • sprig of dill to garnish

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1. To prepare the dressing, blend the sour cream, horseradish and dill in a small bowl and seasonwith salt and pepper.

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2. Remove the ends of the radishes and then slice them thinly.  Ad to a larger bowl together with the thinly sliced apple, celery and mango chunks.   Cutting the mango was a bit difficult when it wasn’t ripe, so make sure it is before toy cut it into square chunks.

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3.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables and fruit  in the bowl and mix thoroughly but gently with a spoon so all of the ingredients are coated with the dressing.  Spoon desired amount onto a plate or bowl and garnish with a small sprig of dill!

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Ta Da!  This dish was surprisingly VERY delicious.  The combination of flavors was very playful.  The crunchy celery and radish with the smooth and sweet fruity apple and mango was delightful.  I can definitely imagine this as a new healthy and tasty party substitute for potato salad or fruit salad with whip cream.  Amazing!  If I ever have my own restaurant one day this is going in as a side or complimentary starter for sure!

While chopping the mango, I came across the seed which was something I had never seen before.  It was large and looked like a lima bean and was inside a large husk which I carefully pried open with a knife.  I immediately jumped on the Internet to learn how to germinate and grow a mango plant from seed!

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Day 10

January 7th 2009 – 9:35pm

Done Done and DONE!  Tonight marks my final evening of the master cleanse!  I have to admit that I have become used to the routine of lemonade, movements, and not eating.  I have even been able to prepare small meals for Steve without feeling tempted to nibble at all.  I suppose it would take this long on a fast to reach a point of satiety and content with ones goals.  I am very proud of myself :)

Today was, again, much of the same.  Although I didn’t feel nearly half as hungry today as I have felt the past two days at work.  I think I was getting used to it.  I made some orange juice with maple syrup for tomorrow and filled my Sigg bottle with it.  Tomorrow should be a similar day as I still wont be eating anything.

I really really REALLY can’t wait until I can cook some meals again!  I heated up some of Steve’s clam chowder and was able to resist it.  It sure smelled tasty though.  Damn MSG, why must you entice my senses so.

Also, as mentioned before, I did weigh in this morning to see how much weight I lost during the entirety of the cleanse.  I weighed in at 118 even before the cleanse and weighed in at 109.4 this morning!  Nearly 10 lbs gone!  I sure as heck feel great fitting into my jeans much more comfortably now :)  I am sure I will gain a few back but I am always trying to go off of how my clothes feel to make sure I am maintaining a comfortable and healthy weight.  109 sure feels good though, I haven’t weighed this light in ages.

I will go ahead and write down a quick menu plan for my ease-out phase of the master cleanse, for my own re-iteration and for anyone who may be curious:

Day 11:

  • 32oz Fresh squeezed orange juice with grade b maple syrup and water.  32oz of water.  Drink these all day.

Day 12:

  • B: Orange Juice and water
  • L: Vegetable Juice heated hot and eaten like soup (I wonder how this is going to taste…) and blueberry pomegranate juice during the day
  • D: Organic Miso soup

Day 13:

  • B: Orange Juice and water again
  • L: an apple or a banana
  • D: Homemade hot vegetable soup

Then I will resume normal eating on the days following the ease out.  I’m so excited to cook again!  I am going to begin posting in a new category called “Cooking & Recipes”  when it comes to healthy food experiments I might conduct.  I have a nice menu of meals I am going to try over the next few weeks and will love blabbing about them in my new category :)

Day 9

January 6th 2009 – 9:35pm

Almost done!  Today was a bit hard.  I wanted to eat something so bad today.  I think I just really miss the ritual of eating and especially cooking.  I spent about an hour tonight going through some cook books and creating a healthy veggie rich menu plan for the next 2 weeks.  We will be going food shopping this Friday to stock up.   I can’t wait to try some of these new healthy recipes!

I packed my boyfriend some easy-on-the-tummy snacks today.  Some brown rice cakes, cut up fruit, and broccoli with some artichoke Parmesan dressing to dip them in.  I’m glad he is feeling better.  I think the acidity in the lemonade was really starting to wear him down.  So I am glad he decided to ease off the cleanse.  He even went out to get a sub sandwich with some co-workers, and saved some for his dinner.  I guess his appetite is coming back, so that’s a good thing.  He will be nice and ready for all my home cookin’!

Today was basically similar to yesterday symptom wise.  Woke up in the wee hours of the morning to go.  Its become routine now.  I thought I was a bit more cleaned out, but today’s movements yielded some more nasties.  I drank lots of lemonade to stave my growling stomach.  Others around me were eating at their desks all day and I could smell their food.  I think the smell just triggers my tummy to growl instinctively because it is empty.  I didn’t necessarily want their food though.  And looking through those cook books this evening had a similar effect. Mmm…tasty tasty food will be consumed soon.

So tomorrow is my last day and I have already prepared my lemonade for the day.  I am having my tea right now and will have my last cup of tea tomorrow morning.  Hooray!  No more upset stomachs leading to massive movements!  I was thinking about having some peppermint tea or some of my weightless cranberry tea tomorrow night as a treat since I won’t be drinking the smooth move tea.   Then the following day will be an orange juice/maple syrup drink and lots of water.  I’m going to experiment with the orange juice.  I may not even need to add the maple syrup, but I might just to keep my energy levels up.  The grade b maple syrup has more calories in it to keep me more energized (which is also why it is in the lemonade).  I’m excited to have a new taste in my mouth tomorrow besides the lemonade.

I think I am going to hit the sack a little early tonight.  I am also going to weigh myself tomorrow and see how much weight I lost….*gulp*  I know most of it will be water weight and I will gain some back because of that once I start eating, but it was nice to have an all-day flatter tummy for the past few days (:

Day 8

January 5th 2009 – 10:45pm

Well we are almost done with the cleanse!  Unfortunately my boyfriend decided that his body couldn’t take it anymore and decided to break his fast tonight with some hot chocolate I got him for the holidays.  He was complaining about lots of gassy bloating and claimed he just couldn’t handle the lemonade anymore.  I have to admit that it is really acidic.  It burns my bum some days.  He had issues with a flaming rump all throughout the cleanse.  So hats off to him for at least making it this far!  It was a great accomplishment.  And although his original reasons for going on the cleanse were manifested from myself, he still stuck through it and gave it a great go.  He says he feels ‘cleansed’ so I guess that is the best he could hope for (:

I am still committed to the 10 day minimum.  Although I feel relatively cleansed, I think I just want to be sure.  And I also want to keep the promise I made myself about using this cleanse as a precursor to better health and I feel if I were to break it off early, it might create some bad ju-ju in the near future in terms of my nutrition.  I decided to continue to make the lemonade until I run out of lemons.  I believe I will have just enough to carry me through day 10 so that should work out perfectly.

As far as my daily symptoms go, I had a movement during the night and one in the afternoon.  It sucks to sit at work and think…”Oh crap, I think I gotta go…”  Then having to walk all the way to the restroom on a false alarm.  There is always cramping before a movement and you pretty much have to wait until its about to come out before you know anything will.  Its a hassle, but doable.  I did get a bit hungry today, but I believe that it was my mind so used to me eating at certain times of the day at work that sort of tricked me into thinking I was hungry.  The lemonade sure did a great job of staving of the hunger though.  There is at least once a week free food somewhere in our building, either leftover catering from a lunch meeting or something someone brought in to share (today someone left some rum cake outside the conference room).  These are hard to resist.  But knowing I have this cleanse set in stone helps.  I just can’t help wondering how much self control I will have after I am through with the cleanse.  I will just need to think positive and remember about my accomplishments and new found health (:

My tongue was much pinker this morning, but throughout the day it did get coated again.  I think the lemonade does it.  Either way I’m just glad to see it gone in the morning rather than having it 24/7.  Also, my period has gotten MUCH lighter.  I believe it should be over in the next day or so.  That’s a relief.  Oh and I had the most random craving for steamed brussel sprouts today.  That will definitely be one of the first things I eat (:  I am also looking forward to making a garlic lemon pepper talapia dish next week as well. Mmmm…

Onward to day 9!  Almost there!  I can almost taste the orange juice!

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