Homegrown Detox Plan

Lake Superior kitchen, duluth food, detox

Another Homegrown Music Festival is in the books.  Well done, everyone.  You made it through a full eight days of late nights, endless walking, and possibly filling your body with less than nutritious food and drink.  If you are like many Homegrowners, you’re ready to go to sleep for the next eight days.  However, since most of us don’t have the luxury of staying in bed for the next week nursing ourselves back to health, let’s work on getting those bodies back up to speed.  I’m here to give you your Homegrown Detox Guide.  We’re going to get you and your liver back in shape with some real, healthy food.  There are seven recipes for you to use in the next few days to rejuvenate yourself!

For those that did not partake in the Homegrown festivities, this is for you too!  It's great to give our bodies a little time to rest and recuperate.  You can detox for a day or a week, but taking time to be intentional about eating cleansing foods is always a good thing!

Lake Superior kitchen, Duluth food, detox tea

Hibiscus Detox Tea

5 min, makes about 1 c dry leaves

Your first recipe is for a batch of tea that should last you at least a week, probably several.  You can make it hot or iced, either way is delicious.  Don’t be intimidated if you have never purchased these ingredients before.  It is so easy to find them in bulk at the Whole Foods Coop.

Ingredients:

4 T hibiscus

2 T milk thistle

2 T stinging nettle

3 T marshmallow root

1/2 T lavender

Directions:

1.Place all ingredients in mason jar, put the lid on, and move the jar gently to mix everything together.

2. Use about 1 T per 8oz of hot water.  Steep for 5-6 minutes.

Lake Superior kitchen, Duluth food, rye oats

Rye Oatmeal

10 min, serves 1

This is a really simple breakfast with minimal ingredients.  You can find rye flakes in bulk at the Whole Foods Coop.  Rye can be helpful for increasing your metabolism.  The fiber it contains is really helpful for easing stomach issues and keeping you feeling full longer.  It also gives you some great vitamins and minerals.  

Ingredients:

2/3 c rye flakes

1 2/3 c water

1/2 t cinnamon

1 T maple syrup

1/2 T chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Place rye flakes and water in small saucepan.  Bring to simmer and let simmer for about 6 minutes, or until rye flakes are soft and the water has evaporated.  Stir occasionally and watch to be sure you don’t run completely out of water.
  2. Stir in chia seeds, cinnamon, and maple syrup.  Top with fresh berries.
lake superior kitchen, Duluth food, squash soup

CauliSquash Soup

1 hour, serves 4-6

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 4 c)

3 c chopped cauliflower

32 oz broth (vegetable or chicken)

1/2 can full fat coconut milk

3/4 t salt

1/4 t pepper

pinch cayenne

Directions:

1. Put squash, cauliflower, and broth in large bot and bring to simmer.  Let simmer until chunks are soft, about 45 min

2. Pour soup mixture into blender (or use immersion blender) and puree until smooth.

3. Pour soup back into the pot.

4.  Stir in the coconut milk and all the spices.

Lake Superior kitchen, duluth food, detox salad, kale, cabbage

Cleansing Kale Salad

10 min, serves 4-5

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods around.  It has tons of vitamins and it targets your liver to help you detoxify!  Red cabbage is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  It is a great source of Vitamin C.  Asparagus has been called “the hangover food.”  It is a great source of fiber and has tons of vitamins.  It is also an antioxidant and a natural diuretic.  Walnuts & sunflower seeds are going to give you some good fats to help in the detox process.  Hemp seeds are incredibly nutrient dense and a great source of protein.  Avocado has vitamins, potassium, and good fats to help you detoxify.

In the dressing:

The acidity of the orange is great for your digestive system.  The olive oil will again give you more healthy fats.  Ginger helps with indigestions, among other things.  Vinegar is antibacterial and an antioxidant and is great for your gut.

Ingredients for Salad:

5 c chopped kale (about 1 bunch)

2 c chopped red cabbage

12 stalks of asparagus, cut lengthwise twice and then chopped into 1 in pieces

1/2 c walnuts, chopped

3 T hemp seeds

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/2 or 1 full avocado, cubed

for Dressing:

1/4 c olive oil

3 T Clover Valley Farms Rhubarb Vinegar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t minced ginger

juice of 1 orange

1 T real maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss
  2. Put dressing ingredients in mason jar and shake to combine.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing on salad.  (I don’t like too much dressing so I used about 2/3 of it, but feel free to use it all!)
Lake Superior kitchen, Duluth food, detox, beet soup, sweet potatoes

SweetBeet Soup

45 min, serves 5-7

You really can’t do a cleanse without beets.  They’re too awesome.  Beets have tons of health benefits but the one we’re really looking at here is their ability to aid your liver in the detoxifying process.  This combined with the great fiber you’ll get to keep you regular are a must-have for your detox.

Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

3 beets, peeled and cubed

5 c veggie or chicken stock

1/2 can full fat coconut milk

1 T coconut aminos

1 t salt

Directions:

  1. Place sweet potatoes, beets, salt and stock in large pot and bring to simmer.  Cover, leaving a crack open, and let simmer until the veggies are soft, about 40 min.  
  2. Add coconut milk and coconut aminos and stir to incorporate.
Lake Superior kitchen, duluth food, detox, asparagus, omelette, healthy breakfast

Roasted Asparagus & Tomato Omelette

1 hour

Like I said, asparagus is your detox buddy.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus

2 T olive oil

1/2 c cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1-3 T olive oil

2-6 eggs

pinch garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 F
  2. Place asparagus and tomatoes on cookie sheet, drizzle on olive oil, and roast until soft, about 40 min to an hour depending on how thick your asparagus is
  3. Heat 1 T olive oil in nonstick skillet
  4. Whisk eggs, 2 per omelette, in small bowl.  Stir in spices
  5. Pour 2 whisked eggs with spices into the pan and cover.  When eggs are cooked, place some asparagus and tomatoes on half of the omelette.  Flip the bare side on top of the other side and remove from the pan.
Lake Superior kitchen, Duluth food, green smoothie, healthy breakfast

Supergreen Smoothie

5 min, serves 1

Green is always good.

Ingredients:
2 c spinach
1 banana
7 ice cubes
1/4 t spirulina
1/3 c coconut milk
1 apple
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

Puree in blender and top with desired toppings.  I used blueberries, bee pollen, hemp seeds, and coconut cream.  If using bee pollen, please research it first!  It is rare, but some people have very negative reactions to it.