Cleanse Day 3 & Carrot-Spinach Soup


Someone has had it with Martha…

We’re in the home stretch of our “clean eating cleanse” and we are feeling…hungry. All of the recipes have been quite tasty, but I definitely feel like I need something more to sink my teeth into. Like the Beet Slaw & Arugula Salad for lunch is delicious, but I wish I had some quinoa in there to hold me over throughout the afternoon, clementines and nuts can only go so far. Or this Carrot-Spinach Soup, which is surprisingly flavorful despite the short list of ingredients, but could really use some shredded chicken or a crusty piece of whole-grain bread to sop up the broth. I have to admit, I caved and had a cup of coffee yesterday afternoon – I’d been getting bad headaches and just couldn’t take it anymore. But besides that minor slip, I haven’t been craving my usual culprits – grilled cheese at work, sweets after dinner – I really just want some whole proteins and healthy carbs. So far, I wouldn’t say the past few days have been life-changing, but I do feel they’ve helped to reset my system after a month-long holiday binge. While I hope to incorporate the principles of eating clean, unprocessed foods into our daily routine, I will definitely not deprive myself of wine, coffee, or cheese after this cleanse – in moderation of course.


Carrot-Spinach Soup adapted from Clean Slate

makes 6 servings


3 tbsp olive oil

2 yellow onions, diced

14 carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

16 oz baby spinach

1 handful fresh dill, chopped

juice of 3 lemons

1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Add the carrots, turmeric, and salt. Pour in 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Add the green beans to the pot and cook for 2 minutes more.

4. Add the spinach, dill, and lemon just before serving. Cover the pot for a minute or two until the spinach is wilted, then serve.


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