Broccoli + Roasted tomato quiche

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Pie crust:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tbs butter, chilled and cut into small dice
2 tablespoons ice water

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Filling:
3 eggs
1/3 cup egg whites
1/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup cottage cheese
5-6 broccoli florets
1/3 cup roasted tomatoes
Dash salt and pepper
Pinch of grated nutmeg

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Making the pie crust (without food processor):
Mix the flour and salt into a bowl. Add butter into the flour mixture. Using your fingers, break up the butter into pieces that resemble coarse crumbs. Make sure this process doesn’t take too long as your fingers will begin warming the butter. Add the ice water gradually until the dough comes together into a ball.
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Make the Quiche:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the pastry out to fit a 9 inche pie pan. Line the tart pan with the pastry.
In a medium bowl, using a large fork, beat the filling mixture until well blended. Pour the mixture into the uncooked tart shell. Pop the tart pan onto the hot baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set.

Cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

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Dr. Oz 3 day detox cleanse

I recently completed the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse. I began this cleanse as a challenge for myself to see if I would feel any better and hopefully lose some weight.

I must admit I didn’t follow the cleanse to the T as I substituted some of the ingredients with what I already had in my fridge.

Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-Sheet

Day 1

Morning detox tea – It was a bit difficult for me to have tea in the morning so I generally have it after my breakfast. I also skipped the stevia as I didn’t feel like I needed it.

Breakfast – the smoothie is delicious and kept me full all morning! I would have it around 7:30am and wouldn’t experience any hunger until 11:30am – 12:00pm.

Lunch – This has got to be by far the most disgusting thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. The recipe yields a LOT. It was so bad I actually couldn’t drink it at work and had to wait until after I got home to hopefully make it taste better with some added fruits. I went home and added a cup of strawberries and 1 mango which still made it taste volatile. There was so much to drink that I actually had it for the next 2 days.

Snack – my lunch smoothie was my snack and it kept me full enough that I didn’t need to have dinner

Day 2

I only had 3 smoothies – breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also managed to work out for about an hour with cardio and weight training. I wasn’t tired but after my workout I usually replenish myself with some high protein foods such as cottage cheese however, in this case, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to take. I just showered and went to bed feeling the workout was quite ineffective.

Day 3

I had 3 smoothies on my last day. I must admit, I had a macaron making class with a few girlfriends and had some treats – 1 macaron, 1 truffle, and 1 lemon meringue during our get together.

Overall, the cleanse made me less toned. I had to pee more often and the colour of it was yellow. I drink about 2 – 3 litres of water regularly so usually it’s quite clear. I lost about 2.5 but felt like most of it was muscle mass.

Personally, I wouldn’t do the cleanse again as it didn’t make me feel any different from my regular eating habits. And the weight loss didn’t make up for the muslces gained from all those gym sessions!

For more information on the cleanse: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-3-day-detox-cleanse-one-sheet

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