Phase 1 is the most restricted and difficult phase of the diet so it is helpful to have more ideas. The green apple salad dressing recipe below is a creation of mine but some of the other ideas and recipes here come from a good friend who recently did the diet.
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The complete 28-Day Elimination Diet is detailed in our cookbook, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. This post is meant to provide additional information and a few more Phase 1 Elimination Diet recipes.
If you have anything else to share please do so in the comment section at the bottom of this post. I am sure others reading this would greatly benefit from your ideas!
Green Apple Salad Dressing
Here is a great salad dressing that is citrus-free and vinegar-free. The tart apple adds the needed zing to balance the oil. Those of you who are not on the elimination diet will enjoy it too. I made this for dinner tonight and drizzled it over mixed organic greens, sliced avocado, and toasted pumpkin seeds. I am sure you could make a more elaborate salad and make a meal out of it. You can add as much or as little ginger as you like. If you add too much though, the dressing could become a little bitter. Enjoy!
1 green apple, cored (Granny Smith)
1/2 cup filtered water
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 to 4 cloves garlic
1 to 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
Herbamare or sea salt, to taste
Place all ingredients into a blender or Vita-Mix and blend until very smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste and blend again.
Pumpkin Seed Smoothie
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, soaked in filtered water2 cups filtered water
1 apple, cored
2 cups frozen blueberries
2 medjool dates
Soak pumpkin seeds in water all day OR all night. Rinse, and then place into a blender with 2 cups fresh water, apple, frozen blueberries, and dates. Blend until very smooth and creamy.
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 large or 2 medium shallots, sliced
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Thai chili powder or ground cayenne (Phase 3)
3 tablespoons maple syrup or a little less agave, to taste
Saute sliced shallot in coconut oil until near translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients, heat through and serve right away. Serve this over Quinoa with mung bean sprouts, sliced green onions, and cilantro.
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 bunch basil, rinsed
1/8 cup olive oil
1/8 cup water or more to smooth it out
3-6 cloves fresh garlic
Process in a food processor until smooth. Serve it over spiralized raw zucchini. It would also work over a cooked whole grain. Sprinkle with sprouted lentils if desired.
On our Red Lentil Dal recipe (page 154), substitute the red potato with a sweet potato, and leave out the tomatoes. Serve with cooked quinoa and roasted Brussels sprouts, or steamed broccoli.
Try our Sunny Sunflower Seed Burgers (page 263) using cilantro in place of the parsley and adding about 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder to the mix (you can make this version once nightshades [chili powder] have been added back in during Phase 3).
Try our Coconut Vegetable Curry (page 255) and substitute cooked adzuki beans for the chickpeas and sweet potatoes for the red potatoes, and remember to keep out the tomato paste.
Lightly saute a variety of Phase 1 veggies with Brown Jasmine Rice in a little olive oil. Add a few dashes of Adzuki Bean Tamari or drizzle the Apple Salad Dressing recipe over it.
In Early spring, if you are experienced at harvesting nettles, try adding them to your daily green smoothies. I did a green smoothie/nettle cleanse 2 years ago this month and it felt great.
Our Nori Rolls made with Sticky Brown Rice dipped in our Ginger Plum Sauce is another great Phase 1 meal. Just be sure to leave out the salmon until Phase 3.
Snack on dried organic figs dipped in pumpkin seed butter.
You may want to read an overview of the Elimination Diet before beginning.
For all of the elimination diet recipes and ideas on this blog, please click here.
For more Phase 1 meal ideas or to order our cookbook, please visit our website and as always, we welcome your ideas.