My 2020 Vice Detox & Tahini Dressing Magic
VEGAN (and dry) JANUARY.
That’s what’s up.
I love a good vice detox — you know, when you cut out some of the things in your life that are preventing you from being your best self, for an extended period of time (they don’t always have to be food related). And I love a good challenge. I also love trying new things especially when they pertain to a health or fitness goal, because if I’m being honest with myself: nothing in my life feels attainable or on track if my health and wellness is not 100%.
Every January I do some sort of a vice detox. I also bring it out at various times throughout the year if I feel like I’ve had a good run of boozing, overindulging or just want to shake things up and get back to basics. My normal vice detoxes involve abstaining from alcohol, caffeine, sugar, chocolate, and/or social media. My husband usually joins me in some version of what I’m doing, which is gold because then meal prepping and motivation is so much better. PSA: Highly recommend getting a buddy to join you when you attempt one of these!
Last year we did the Whole30. Loved it. This year we watched @GameChangersMovie and immediately decided that a plant-based diet would be our January thang. Plus dry January because after our wine-filled holidays we always need it #NotSorry. Also, even my #ChampagneDiet needs a break every now and then 😉
Cut to this bomb @$$ plate of plant based goodness:
Grilled firm tofu, seasoned with turmeric, garlic and cumin
Chopped romaine lettuce
Sliced cherry tomatoes
Roasted garlic brussel sprouts
Coconut oil and garlic Brown rice
*Tahini dressing magic
It was glorious and delicious.
And here’s the recipe for the *TAHINI DRESSING MAGIC:
1 c tahini (ground sesame seeds – I love the organic jar is tahini from Trader Joe’s or organic jar of 365 brand from Whole Foods)
1 whole lemon
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper, add more to taste
Water (add slowly for desired level of viscosity during mixing)
Put all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse away. Store in your favorite dressing vessel and enjoy on basically everything.
NOTE: I start with the minimum amount of what I listed above and add until the flavor reaches my desired level of taste. When I start to pulse everything, I go slow to start, and then gradually watch everything integrate and add water as things thicken. This dressing recipe is great because you can really make it your own. As the tahini starts to emulsify, you’ll want to slowly add the water to prevent clumping. I like it fairly liquify because I put it in a squeeze bottle for serving. Pro tip: don’t add salt until the end, and less is more.
Squeeze bottle FTW!
Happy healthy eating!