Bon Appetit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse Day 13

I have indeed gone rogue with the Cleanse menu; I am picking and choosing breakfasts and lunches based on what’s left over in the refrigerator, rather than following it exactly as written. I have cooked the dinners according to plan this week, though, so here are two more.

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Thursday night we had Curried Brussels Sprouts, Chickpeas, and Sweet Potatoes, and Confetti Lentils (with a substitute ingredient). I will be making this dish again, because it’s easy, quick, and has that warm, spicy curry flavor that I love. I only made a half-batch, because LEFTOVERS OMG, but next time I will make a whole batch. It’s a perfect lunch for The Husband to take to work. While it paired well with the lentils, I might serve it with naan or just on its own, because the two together really needed that dollop of yogurt to freshen them up. Some cilantro leaves sprinkled over it at the end wouldn’t hurt, either.

The Confetti Lentils required a celery root which was NOT on the grocery list (o_0)

but I had a fennel bulb in the vegetable drawer that WAS on the grocery list last week and has never been used (o_0)

so I substituted fennel for the celery root, and it worked quite well.

Last night’s dinner was straight-up comfort food, even without a starch of any kind.

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This is Braised Chicken Thighs with Mustard and Chestnuts, and Chard and Chard Stems with Sautéed Shiitakes. I knew this would be a good combination, because chicken goes with mushrooms go with leeks go with mustard goes with chard. The chestnuts added nutty flavor and unexpectedly creamy texture, which was a lovely surprise. The Husband said he would have liked something to sop up the sauce with, like rice or potatoes, and I tend to agree, although I found the chard sopped up the sauce quite well.

This dish used boneless, skinless chicken thighs that were NOT on the grocery list (o_0)

instead of the bone-on, skin-on chicken thighs that WERE on the grocery list (o_0)

and are now in the freezer. I’m really glad I read the recipe a few days ahead of time, so I could make the correction, because chicken on the bone would have taken too long to cook using this recipe, and the sauce wouldn’t have survived.

You may be picking up an irritated vibe around the grocery list. You would be correct.

One more dinner to go, and then I will be back to my own devices. First stop, Leftover Junction.

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