Have you met Megan Gilmore, the radiant Detoxinista? I’m sure many of you already adore here nutritious recipes. But even if you haven’t stumbled across her clean eating site, you might want to take to look at her new cookbook. No Excuses Detox was just released and has “100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day”. Read on for some details on this beautiful new book as well as a sample recipe for healthy, flavorful Rainbow Lo Mein.
The Details on No Excuses Detox
No Excuses Detox contains a plethora of dairy-free and vegan recipes. Just a small smattering use cheese or eggs, and all appear to be vegetarian and gluten-free. But before jumping into the recipes, Megan helps us shed our excuses and preps us with quick tools. You’ll find time-saving tips, meal plans, shopping lists, and more.
The chapters then include recipes for Speedy Shakes & Morning Favorites, Salads & Dressings, Soups & Sides, Game-Day Appetizers & Snacks on the Go, Comfort Food & Casseroles, Skillets & Stir-Fries, Sweet Treats, and Healthier Homemade Staples. Roughly half of the recipes within include pretty full-color photographs.
Megan’s recipes all have an easy, doable appeal, with ingredient lists that aren’t overwhelming. And for the most part, she uses foods that are readily available in almost any grocery store. I also like how Megan includes special diet icons and practical labels on each recipe. For example, the Rainbow Lo Mein recipe below is labeled as a “30-Minute Recipe”, “Kid-Friendly”, and “$3.32 per Serving”. Wow, that is affordable nutrition!
But speaking of nutrition, a quick heads up that No Excuses Detox does include nutrition facts for each recipe but they’re in the back of the book in a chart. I had totally missed this at first, and don’t want you to!
Recipe Examples from No Excuses Detox
Just a few dairy-free recipes that caught my eye from Megan Gilmore’s No Excuses Detox include:
- Orange-Mango Creamsicle Smoothie
- Frozen Chai Latte
- Cashew Butter Spice Muffins
- Creamy Herb Dressing
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Avocado Caesar Salad
- Tuscan Bean Soup
- Mexican Quinoa Stew
- Creamy Cauliflower “Potato” Salad
- Garden Spring Rolls with Creamy Tahini Dipping Sauce
- Roasted Vegetable Rice Bowls with Carrot Ginger Sauce
- Rainbow Lo Mein (recipe below!)
- Singapore Sweet Potato Noodles
- Cauliflower Jambalaya
- Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
Special Diet Notes: Rainbow Lo Mein
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, plant-based, and vegetarian.
For a strictly vegan rainbow lo mein, swap in agave nectar for the honey.
- 4 ounces brown rice spaghetti noodles
- ¼ cup wheat-free tamari
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 (8-ounce) zucchini
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2 large carrots, julienned
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- Prepare the spaghetti according to the package directions.
- To prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, honey, ginger, Sriracha, and sesame oil and set aside.
- Use a spiralizer to turn the zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles or use a vegetable peeler to create long, thin zucchini ribbons, then set them aside.
- While the spaghetti is cooking, in a large Dutch oven, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and sauté the onion and bell pepper until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms, along with the reserved sauce, and sauté until tender, another 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add the pasta and toss well to coat in the sauce. Adjust any seasonings, adding an extra splash of tamari or Sriracha, if desired. Once everything is tender and heated through, the dish is ready to serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
MAKE IT AHEAD: This dish is delicious served hot or cold, so feel free to make it up to 3 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve cold, or reheat in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until piping hot, 5 to 8 minutes. (Add a splash of water to prevent sticking, if needed.)
RIGHTS: Reprinted with permission from No Excuses Detox, copyright © 2017 by Megan Gilmore, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography copyright © 2017 by Erin Scott