Salmon Spelt Bowl and Cleanse

Let me tell you something: If you are planning to do a cleanse of any kind, write you food blog posts in advance!! Don’t be as stupid as I was here. Let me tell you about the cleanse before we’ll get to the recipe I’m going to share with you today.

Why did I even do something silly like this? Well, I experienced some kind of allergy over the last couple of months and didn’t know where it came from. After experimenting a bit I came to the conclusion that it’s probably perfume. Mainly the bed sheets and clothes that are washed with washing powder that contains perfume to be exact. Even though it got better since we’re using perfume-free washing powder I wanted to find a way to get rid of this allergy. After reading many articles about it, I knew that a cleanse sometimes helps. The absence of food in our system can help clearing it and the allergy goes away. I thought I should try it. The boyfriend decided to join this little party by the way. Much better not to do something like that alone, let me tell you that – you can whine together!

I don’t know if you’ve ever done a cleanse. But it is definitely something you should try once in your life. I’m not saying that I like it so far but it’s interesting what the lack of solid food does to you body. I had bad headaches during the first two days and felt ill and lightheaded on the third day. Yesterday was much better at first but in the evening it was horrible. I still felt weak and was REALLY hungry, like stomach ache hungry. Also I’m not the biggest fan of the lemonade you are supposed to drink. Before we started our goal was only 5 days but then we thought why not do 7 – we hadn’t even started then, how foolish we were. We even thought about 10 days. We’ll see how many days we’ll do.

It’s really interesting how your social life is changing. As you cannot mingle over some nice dinner or have lunch with your colleagues it is not the best time to make friends or even meet the ones you already have. A great part of our lives does evolve around food or drinks! I miss that already after four days of the cleanse. But oh well, I hope it will get easier, that’s what my colleague keeps telling me at least – he compares it to the runner’s high and I only know that one from hearsay.

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Let’s get to the hard part of this post. I made this dish with spelt, a type of farro. In German it’s called Dinkel and very popular among health addicts. My mom used to be very careful about what to serve us when my brother and I were younger (health addict – haha). We would always get homemade bread and only very healthy food. I will never forget the Dinkelkekse – spelt cookies. We would always make fun about her being so overly cautious nowadays – especially about those cookies. Today I think it was great of her buying solely unprocessed food, making her own flour and only serving us healthy food! I know that it takes much more time and effort to prepare dishes without any processed foods. Also I do get to like the taste of healthy unprocessed foods myself.

This was the first time I ever cooked with spelt and I really liked it! Despite this dish being healthy, it is also very tasty and flavorful with all the onion, garlic and ginger in it. I immediately loved it and so did the boyfriend. Well, it was our last meal before the cleanse so it better taste good. Of course you can also use other grains you have on hand – barley, kamut, bulgur, rice, basically whatever you like best. As you always need some healthy alternative at a party, I’ll bring this to Angies’s Fiesta Friday.

I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine. For me I hope this cleanse get’s a bit easier.

Mademoiselle

SALMON SPELT ZUCCHINI BOWL

SERVES: 2-3   |  PREP TIME: 15 min   |  COOK TIME: 20 min

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INGREDIENTS

SPELT

1 cup spelt
2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
5 finely diced spring onions
1 teaspoon finely diced ginger
1 tablespoons finely diced garlic
1/2 medium hot pepper
1 teaspoon coconut oil
salt to taste

SALMON

1-2 salmon filets
2 finely diced challots
1/2 finely diced medium hot pepper
1 teaspoon coconut oil
salt to taste

ZUCCHINI

2 medium sized zucchini
1/2 finely diced medium hot pepper
sprinkle oil
salt to taste

HOW TO

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Cook the spelt in 2 cups of vegetable broth. Cut the zucchini and place it in an oven proof dish. Mix with a sprinkle of oil, the pepper and some salt and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Preheat a medium sized frying pan. Add the coconut oil and when the pan is nice and hot add the salmon. Fry for one or two minutes each side. When turning add the shallots and the pepper. Afterwards place the salmon next or on top of the zucchini in the oven to keep it warm.

See if you need another teaspoon of the coconut oil. Maybe what is left from frying the salmon is still enough. Add all the diced ingredients – spring onions, garlic, ginger and pepper – to the pan over medium heat. Fry for about two minutes and then add the spelt. Stir until everything is combined and fry for 3-4 minutes.

Serve the spelt in bowls with zucchini and salmon on top.

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