The Ten Week Challenge Syllabus

I walked people through a ten week challenge, using the following syllabus.

Week 1 - Sugar-free
Week 2 - Whole grains
Week 3 - Wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats
Week 4 - Raw dairy
Week 5 - The microwave
Week 6 - Fats and oils
Week 7 - Cultured and fermented foods
Week 8 - Local and organic produce
Week 9 - Processed foods
Week 10 - Implementing lifestyle changes

Visit my Recipe Index over at Going Green in a Pink World.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Week 5 Menu

This week's challenge is to go without microwaving any of your food. Can you do it?! It may require some advanced planning, but I think it's well worth it. (Did you know the Nazis invented the microwave?) The kitchen's desperate for a cleaning before yoga tonight, but all recipes will have active links soon - check back again!

On the menu this week are some more quick, easy meals. I've been getting positive feedback on the crockpot meals, so enjoy! Hopefully you were able to make stock during week 4, so you'll have a rich base for the soups.

All of the meals will include enough for two nights' dinners, for two people, so you'll be preparing dinner just three evenings (or if you're like me, all in one day to minimize cooking!). Adjust recipes accordingly if you are cooking for more than two.


When necessary, prepare these early in the week so you have them on hand for recipes and munching!

Grain - Quinoa (keen-WA)
Bread - Yogurt Herb Bread
Soup - Butternut Squash Soup
Snack - Popcorn (Pop a huge pot so you have some to munch on all week!)

Must-Make Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Pancakes

Prep: Soak flour in yogurt for yogurt dough

Day 1
Breakfast - Smoothies
Lunch - Red Pepper Quiche
Dinner - Beef Stew

Day 2
Breakfast - Dirty Scrambled Eggs (scrambled eggs with bits of veggies mixed in)
Lunch - Crockpot Chicken and Red Quinoa (keen-WA)
Dinner - Beef Stew

Day 3
Breakfast - Oatmeal
Lunch - Red Pepper Quiche
Dinner - Crockpot Chicken and Red Quinoa (keen-WA)

Day 4

Breakfast - Kiku
Lunch - Yogurt Parfait
Dinner - Butternut Squash Soup

Day 5
Breakfast - Kiku
Lunch - Turkey bacon sandwich on sourdough or homemade bread
Dinner - White fish, steamed greens with lemon and garlic, and quinoa

Day 6
Breakfast - Gingerbread Pancakes
Lunch - Butternut Squash Soup
Dinner - Leftover White fish, steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic, and quinoa

Day 7

You'll probably have enough leftovers to take you through the day! Most people enjoy a meal or two out once a week as well, so these recipes should take you through.

Power Bars

Crispy or sprouted nuts

Natural yogurt (no added sugars or "vitamins") with unsweetened coconut, soaked nuts, and cocoa powder

Hummus with veggies or crackers

Homemade popcorn, popped on stove in coconut oil

celery with all natural peanut butter and raisins

potato skins or sweet potato fries


  1. Do healthy people actually own microwaves? It kills me to see microwave directions on health food products. I don't even know how to work a naziwave. hee hee! Please share about the Nazis- that sounds interesting...maybe I'll google it if I get time.

  2. Money talks, and powerful industry leaders have effectively silenced research that may point to the microwave being a hazard. And of course, because the modern American life is so scarily busy, the microwave is an "attractive" alternative to the slower oven or stove top. I'll definitely be doing some posts next week on the history and (relatively scarce) research RE: microwaves.

  3. Hey- I love Most of The Balanced Plate- BUT- it is a vegan cookbook- AND it does have some parts on Ayurvda- BUT it is a wealth of super researched backed book/cookbook on food. The recipes are KILLER!!!! there are even home cleaning recipes and such- I LOVE this book.Its FRESH FRESH FRESH!!! check out her websiten there are some recipes and info there.

  4. Your link for Butternut Squash Soup connects to Beef Stew. FYI