Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gluten-Free Curried Spinach and Chickpeas For a January Detox!

Oh January. Month of new beginnings. Month of bitter cold. Month of getting back on the diet band wagon. I know how it works...I used to work for Jenny Craig, remember? January is the month when you tell yourself everything will be different and you'll make a permanent change. 


Let's not talk diets. Let's not talk extremes. Let's not talk about "willpower." Let's talk about digestive health instead. 

The 2012 Core Values Detox is a 10-day program that you can do from home, beginning on January 9th. I've been working with Andrea Nakayama for the last few months to develop recipes for her program that will have you feeling satisfied and keep those annoying carb cravings at bay. Andrea is a functional nutritionist whose programs are designed to help each individual discover how to eat right for his or her body. With the Core Values Detox, you might lose weight as a side benefit, but that's not the main purpose. This is: 
  • ditch the routines that make you feel disheartened, deprived and defeated
  • determine where your digestion is preventing you from looking and feeling your best
  • develop healthy habits that will feel so good you'll be inspired to make them last a lifetime 
  • dive into delicious and nutritious options that appeal to your cravings and your waistline
To join in on the Core Values Detox, click on this link (or any of the others in this post), and scroll down to the Core Values Detox bar. The class begins on January 9th, but you can get started today with a survey once you sign up. This will help Andrea to understand what your personal needs are for this program. And don't worry, you won't be alone. Although I already have the recipes (I designed them), I'm excited to sit in on Andrea's classes and learn from her, so I'll be doing the detox right along with you! 

And just to give you an idea of what some of the recipes will be like, here's a vegan recipe I designed for the program (which will include a mix of vegan, vegetarian, and chicken/fish recipes).

Curried Spinach and Chickpeas
(Print Friendly Option)

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 5-ounce package frozen spinach
1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1 15-ounce can organic garbanzo beans (or 3.5 cups cooked beans)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients (except black pepper) and turn heat up to medium-high until the coconut milk begins to boil. Turn heat back down to a gentle simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add black pepper to taste. Serve hot.
Serves 4. 

Now onto 2012! What would you like to see more of here in the new year? I'm in the mood for some fun changes, so let me know what you like and what keeps you coming back!  


Anne said...

This was amazing and so simple! I tend to shy away from coconut milk but could hardly taste it. This is definitely a keeper! I'm a fairly new follower of your blog but have been enjoying it. Thanks!

Iris said...

So glad you enjoyed it, Anne!

Heather @ Life, Gluten Free said...

This recipe is right up my alley! I love sauteed greens and onions. Chickpeas are a favorite too :) Lately we have been enjoying rainbow chard in stews. Warm and hearty!


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