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Clean Slate Challenge: Variety, Vegetables, and Happiness

In celebration of our newest book, "Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide" (Clarkson Potter, 2014), the editors at Martha Stewart Living invited some of our contributors to take the three-day #CleanSlateChallenge! The mission? To eat nothing but whole foods. "Clean Slate" underscores the beneficial impact of whole foods, refreshing fruit and vegetable juices, satisfying snacks, and healthy desserts (yes, even desserts). Can we do it? We’ll be blogging about our progress. Stay tuned ... and join us!

2013 American Made Winner

Today is Day 3, the very last day of the challenge. I liked the Green Machine Smoothie so much that I made it again for breakfast today. I ran out of mango, but I substituted blueberries and green apples (skin and all) to brighten the smoothie and add some tartness. I’ve always felt acidity is a great component in smoothies. Having this for breakfast is a great start to the day; I felt fresh, alert, and satisfied until lunchtime.

Photography by: Lena Kwak

As I continue with the challenge and make new recipes, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to pick a favorite! The red lentil soup is a real contender. The easy preparation, short cook time, and huge flavor all make this soup a winner. It took me only 30 minutes to prep and cook this dish. It was so tasty and flavorful, especially considering the very few ingredients. The cooked-down red lentils added a creamy and rich texture. I drizzled a bit of extra-virgin olive oil over the top before serving, which added another beautiful layer of flavor. The soup is perfect for a chilly winter day. Next time, I think I’ll double the recipe and freeze some so I can have extra on hand.

For dinner I chose the cauliflower stir-fry. It is a great recipe to use when you have a ton of vegetables in your refrigerator that need to be used! I suggest cutting the cauliflower into tiny florets with a knife, to avoid over-pulsing them into mush while using the food processor. I added leftover celery, toasted coconut and jalapenos to the stir-fry on top of the ingredients specified. All of the flavors worked wonderfully together, and the extra veggies made it a nice, hearty entree. This is a light, tasty and creative dinner I will definitely be making again.

Thanks to Martha and her team for a wonderful three days of meals. I’m inspired to continue the challenge and try many more of the unique, healthful, easy-to-prepare, flavor-rich recipes!


Like this Soba with Salmon and Watercress: