Friday, February 26, 2010

Last Day of Liver cleanse - White Been Purée with sautéed chard

So I am in the home stretch of the liver cleanse and I am so happy that I did this! I feel wonderful, lost a couple pounds and I think I have kicked my dependence on caffeine for good! I have been eating surprisingly well but have started craving all of the foods I am not supposed to have of course. After today I can re-introduce gluten, dairy, eggs and soy one at a time to see if I have any adverse reactions which may indicate a food allergy. I really hope I am not allergic to dairy - I don't think I could live without cheese! Throughout the day I will post a few of the recipes I have tried during the week. First up:

White Bean Purée with Sautéed Chard
(adapted from A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop)

Creamy Puréed White beans with roasted garlic perfectly compliments sautéed Onions and Swiss Chard for a balanced healthy snack or side dish to fish or chicken. You can use fresh chopped garlic that has been sautéed for a spicier flavor but I love the mellow sweet creamy taste of the roasted garlic with this. This is delicious, protein packed substitute for starch when following a low carb diet!

Bean Puree:
1 1/3 cup vegetable broth
3 , 15 oz cans of Cannellini or Great Northern beans no salt added (or low salt)
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 roasted garlic cloves peeled (whole garlic bulb is needed)
Kosher or sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Drizzle olive oil on the garlic bulb and wrap a the whole bulb of garlic in tin foil. Bake in toaster over or regular oven at 400 degrees about 45 minutes.
2. In a medium sauce pan bring the broth to a boil. 
3. When garlic is done remove and peel 6 cloves and place in a food processor with your white beans and broth. You may have to do the beans in batches depending on the size of your food processor. Purée until smooth.
 4. transfer the bean puree back into the sauce pan and cook until thick. Salt and pepper to taste.

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves Minced
2 1/2 lbs well rinsed Chard leaves rough chopped, thick stems removed (you can roast the stems so save them if you like!)
1 Teaspoon minced herbs ( I suggest fresh sage or thyme)

1. In a large Stockpot heat oil over medium heat, add onions and cook until just golden. Add garlic and herbs until fragrant - about 1 minute.
2. add Swiss chard, turning in the pot to coat with oil. Cover and cook until wilted stirring occasionally.
Reheat the White Bean Purée is necessary, portion out in to a shallow bowl and top with greens!
I love to top this with slivered almonds as well!


  1. I did a liver cleanse a few months ago - 5 maybe? - for 14 days and it was Awesome! I am still off of caffeine and it is lovely to have energy without caffeine. Congrats!

  2. Thanks A-M! Yes, liver cleanses are awesome and I wish that everyone would do one. I am glad to hear you kicked the caffeine! I have had a few cups of Green tea so I am not completely off, but no more 2 cups of coffee, every morning habit for me. I will probably do a cleanse every 6 month - 1 year. I have not tried a 14 day one but I will ask about it next time around



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