Arbonne detox Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Okay so life has been busy and I haven’t been blogging as often as I would like during this challenge. I have been cooking diner almost every night and putting it on Facebook live. That has been fun. So I wanted to share with you how I am feeling, my results and one of the recipes we really liked. Well, actually we have liked them all. There were two that really stand out though as super yummy and I will post both of those.

I will say that I feel great!!  I have tons of energy and I have been sleeping very well. No problems falling asleep. I did think I was going to have a problem with the no eating after 8 because I am a night owl, but I just have a detox tea and that works GREAT!

And the BEST part: I lost 3.1 pounds last week!!!!  Y’all don’t even know how huge that is for me!!!  Well, if you have been reading my blog for awhile maybe you do know how huge that is for me!!! It is HUGE!!!!!!

So here is the recipe I made for Arbonne detox: Cauliflower Shepherd’s pie! It was really good. Substituting cauliflower for potatoes.  I do not like cauliflower but I really enjoyed it and I would eat it again!

Yumminess on a plate!
Yumminess on a plate!

 

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

    2 tablespoons EVOO
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 carrots, peeled and diced
    2 celery sticks diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 cup chicken broth
    2 teaspoons chopped parsley
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen English peas
    for the cauliflower mash
    1 heads cauliflower, chopped
    salt and pepper
    splash of coconut milk
    chives
    Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
    2. Chop 1 head of cauliflower and place in a large pot of water to boil
    3. While the cauliflower is boiling, sauté onions and carrots in the oil in a saucepan over medium heat until they begin to get soft.
    4. Add garlic and stir to combine then add beef, salt, pepper, and cook until brown. Then sprinkle the meat with the flour, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
    5. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, and parsley and stir to combine.
    6. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer about 10 minutes.
    7. Add the peas to the beef and spread evenly into individual ramekins or an 11.5 by 8inch baking dish.
    8. Put boiled cauliflower in food processor and
    season with salt pepper ( I also added a splash of milk).
    9. Top beef mixture with cauliflower – and sprinkle with chives. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 25 minutes.

30 Days to Healthy Living- Arbonne- Day 1

So if anyone reading this has been reading my blog posts over the years you know the things I blog about are generally the things I struggle with. Such as blending our families, LGBTQ issues, social justice issues, dark spots on my face, and FOOD!

I have a problem with food….well to be honest I have a problem with my love of food. I love it. Unfortunately I am NOT in love with vegetables and healthy fish I am in love with baking and luscious creamy things. I am in love with high calorie foods!  Trust me I TOTALLY wished I loved kale as much as I love a great piece of cake. But I don’t. Sadly.

And this love of less healthy food has caused another problem- weight gain. Now when I was in my 20’s and even my 30’s all I had to do was work out extra hard and I cold balance the scales. As I entered my 40’s and DEFINITELY now that I am in my 50’s, that doesn’t work anymore.

So I have decided to try the 30 Days to Healthy Living Program using Arbonne products. Now just to be totally transparent I am an Arbonne Consultant and have done the program before, but have ALWAYS cheated. I have NEVER done it for a full 0 days correctly. So I have decided that this time I am DOING IT!!!! Completely!

So Day 1 was good. I did have a low key headache from coming off of the sugar, but nothing I couldn’t manage.

For Breakfast I had a vanilla protein shake with spinach and strawberries and almond milk. YUM.

For lunch I had a chocolate protein shake with cherries. Also Yum!

And for dinner I made Turkey Picadillo

 

So Day One is done!!

Delicous meals with The Neighborhood Harvest

I have been blogging for many years. In those years I have been contacted by companies to sample their products and write about them. Some have been fun, some have been okay and some not so great. Recently I was contacted by Rebecca from The Neighborhood Harvest about trying some of their locally grown greens and writing a review about them. This one I was really excited about! For complete transparency I received these greens for free, but that will not keep me from writing a completely honest review. The great news about that is I TRULY did REALLY like everything I tried!! If you want to sign up for delivery and use the coupon code COFFEE your $15.00 fee will be waived!!!  Whoop Whoop!!!

So The Neighborhood Harvest is a company that delivers greens to your door in Hampton Roads.

From their website:

“Simply put, we farm the Finest Greens, Lettuces and Herbs for Delivery To Your Door Within A Day of Harvest.

You’re gonna love this service!

Our greenhouse farm is not weather-dependent allowing us to deliver freshly-cut greens year round.  Delivery within a day of harvest yields plants with two-three times more shelf-life than store bought greens.  Yet we are comparably priced.

There is no other source of greens and lettuces that are: 

*Delivered to your door the day after harvest.

*Sustainable, Beyond Organic, Pesticide and GMO free.

*Locally grown in Suffolk, VA reducing your environmental footprint and supporting the local economy.

*The most incredible flavor!”

We received quite a few of their products to check out and I was happy because the things Rebecca sent were not greens we usually eat so on top of checking out their items we were able to try some new things also. Win Win!

We received the following items from The Neighborhood Harvest:

Two heads of Bibb Lettuce

Bibb Lettuce
Bibb Lettuce

Two baby Bok Choy

Babyu Bok Choy- was in the fridge, hence the condensation
Baby Bok Choy- was in the fridge, hence the condensation

Arugula:

Arugula
Arugula

Microgreens:

China Rose Microgreens
China Rose Microgreens

Basil:

Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil

Okay, so here is my assessment of the greens. I really liked the Bibb lettuce. We mixed it with our romaine and made a salad. It was fresh and lasted a week in the plastic container. (it probably would have lasted longer, but we ate it all within a week, it was so good. NONE was wasted!). Mixed with a head of romaine there easily enough lettuce for two salads for Karol, my 17 year old and myself. It was tasty and crisp and very fresh. It had a taste like it was just picked and was clean and didn’t even need to be washed. I was very happy with it.

We added the microgreens to the salad for some variety, but they definitely could have been eaten on their own. I think they would be very tasty in a sandwich! I had never tasted these before, and they had a fresh radish taste. I am not a fan of radishes, but I really liked the way the microgreens tasted. They had that bite that a radish has but it wasn’t too pungent, it was fresh and tasty. We added the greens to the salad, and it was truly delicious!! The greens added a really nice taste to what could otherwise be a boring salad.

Romaine, Bibb lettuce and China Rose microgreens. YUM!
Romaine, Bibb lettuce and China Rose microgreens. YUM!

It was so good y’all!!!  For real!!!

We had a stirfry and used the baby bok choy. It was fresh and tasted so good! When we usually use store bought bok choy I don’t always use the leaves because they are a bit wilted. These leaves weren’t and we used the whole thing (but I forgot to take a picture).

Because I want to be completely transparent I have to say that I tried the arugula and didn’t like it. Not because their arugula was not good, but because I didn’t like the way arugula tasted. So I gave it to my neighbor who loves arugula on the condition she sent me a picture of what she made with it and gave me an honest review of the Arugula, and this is what she said:

The salad my friend made with the arugula
The salad my friend made with the arugula

Her review: “I made a Greek salad with balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and black olives. I consider that it was very good and tasted very fresh. I noticed that it was stronger in flavor than my regular arugula so it was maybe a little harder to get used to it but I suppose it’s because it’s more natural. On appearance it looks great I also noticed the leaf was bigger in size, more similar to spinach leaf. I liked also that it seems to last longer, staying dry and crispy without spoiling versus the regular one you get from the supermarket.”

The last thing we used was the sweet basil. I used it to make one of my favorite summer meals, caprese panini.

before grilling
before grilling

After grilling with the yummy salad:

Best. Dinner. Ever.
Best. Dinner. Ever.

Now I will say that the basil from The Neighborhood Harvest, while tasty, did not have as much flavor as the basil I grow in my backyard. Not sure if that is because it is grown hydroponically, or not, but while it was good, it could be more flavorful.

Overall I was very very pleased with the greens I tried, and my friend Yancel was pleased with the arugula. The cost is awesome: a large weekly box which is only $16.00!! Here is a description of what is in a large box:

This box option is perfect for subscribers who like a changing variety in their weekly delivery.  We bring you different flavors each week depending on what is growing best!

Feeds 3 – 4 people.Details:

– 1 Large clamshell of Mesclun Mix

– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #1

– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #2

– 1 Tray of Microgreens

A medium box is $12.00 and a small box is $10.00. For more information you should definitely check them out at The Neighborhood Harvest.

There is a one time $15.00 fee to set up your account but you can use your own cooler on the front porch and then the cost is just for the greens you order. There is a $2.00 delivery fee for any orders under $10.00.

Their delivery area is quite large:

“What areas do you deliver to?
Currently we deliver to most of north and east Virginia Beach as well as areas around the farm in Suffolk.  These areas include Towne Center area, Kings Grant, Little Neck, Northhampton Blvd to Shore Dr, Shore Dr at Northhampton to the Oceanfront, Oceanfront to Laskin to Great Neck corridor; Suffolk city, north Suffolk and Western Branch. If you are unsure if you are in our delivery area, please give us a call or email, or complete a customer profile using the Sign Up button on the homepage and we will contact you asap.”

So my advice for you if you are a local to Hampton Roads is the The Neighborhood Harvest is a great way to get delicious, fresh, safely grown greens, herbs and microgreens delivered to your home for your family’s eating pleasure!!!
I know I will be ordering from them!