Hey there RYPEness!!
OK, so day one of the 7-stage detox is DONE! It did prove itself to be challenging….so much so that water could not sustain me, I had to make some vegetable broth. HOWEVER…..it was perfectly legal within the guidelines of the diet. 🙂 AND!!….I discovered a really good vegetable broth recipe! Need to add some flavor to your brown rice, couscous, etc.? Then try making this broth, freezing it in useable portions and incorporating it into your favorite recipes!
- 10 cups water
- 1 medium-sized onion, unpeeled, studded with 4 whole cloves
- 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and lightly bruised
- 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into large chunks
- 8 white mushrooms, halved
- 2 carrots, unpeeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 leeks, trimmed and cut into large chunks
- 2 medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
- 4 medium-sized new red potatoes, halved
- 8 fresh parsley sprigs
- 2 fresh dill sprigs
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
1. Place water in a large, heavy pot. Rinse all the vegetables well, then add to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Adjust the seasonings to taste and simmer for 30 minutes longer.
2. Strain the broth; discard the bay leaf but reserve the vegetables to eat as is, or pur e them and use to thicken soups or sauces for stews. Let the broth cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, covered, in a storage container or freeze. Refrigerated, it will keep about 4 days. This recipe is easily doubled, and you will need more than 4 cups of broth for three of our soups. Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fresh-Vegetable-Broth-106690#ixzz2OebCzsCZ
It was super tasty!! And because it requires you to use the vegetables with their skins still on, it is packed with nutrients!
So glad I made it. Even though today we could add fruits, I realize that I am a person that needs a savory taste. That broth does the trick! As a matter of fact, that was my go-to option on the run portion of my Ironman race in 2010. I could not stomach another e-Gel, Gu, or what-have-you. I had no desire for a piece of fruit or anything sweet! Thank goodness they had hot broth (it was pretty cold during the run) to satisfy that craving and allowed me to focus on the task at hand.
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