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Wild Rice + Quinoa Power Party In a Bowl



You know those people who go on those re-donk-you-lus cleanses that essentially sound like they’re spending a week, crash course style living the way you’ve been living for the last five years, only to go back at the end of it and start eating like the slothy fatty McFatter standard North American processed diet full of wheat, cheese, booze and sugar?

Wait a second! You’re not one of them too are you?

Here’s the thing most people have to learn about detox. It’s not a diet. A detox should not be a crash anything. It’s not something you can do twice a year where for 1 week you drink epsom salts, consume only lemonade and enema your poopershnickle out the hooha. The best of the best way to detox is to make 80% of what most people would consider a cleanse, your everyday way of living. Make sense?

This means that most of the time you are drinking loads of water, eating mostly organic/local/seasonal plant based foods, showering in clean water, drinking herbal teas, reducing stress, getting loads of sleep and then once in a while you have some chocolate cake, maybe a glass of wine, perhaps get dolled up in all your makeup, eat a pizza- whatever it may be.

Now, doing this once in a while is not considered cheating. I hate when people go on diets and call Friday a “cheat day” or give themselves “cheat meals”. Sounds a bit too much like deprivation to me.

What if we ate the good stuff most of the time, maybe even hid some of the good stuff in already amazing dishes and then whether you pay attention or not, you are always on a sweet living, healthy eating, body detoxing lifestyle? Well you know what? You end up feeling great, experience less pain and illness, rest better, are active better, and look better. Isn’t that what we’re all after anyway?

Yes, you know by now that my kits of goodies have been a raging hit. Makes it easier for you to know what you need. And I love the challenge of mixing as many of these goodies into my fave recipes.

Four of my most fave detoxing ingredients are included in both this awesometown Pot Luck dinner winner, and in my Detox Kit.

They are:

  • Spirulina: Blue-green microalage that contains an abundance of minerals, protein and the superpowers of chlorophyll. Great for thyroid support, reducing fatigue, increasing endurance, and supports cellular detoxification. Brings the good in and pushes the bad ickies out!
  • MSM which stands for Methylsulfonylmethane, is a building block for joints, hair, skin and nails. It promote energy production, alleviates inflammation and helps detoxify the liver. It’s kinda bitter and sulphury on it’s own but easily disguised in salad dressings and smoothies.
  • Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton. If you’ve been to my classes, you know how this goodness makes my energy sing. This unique super-nutrient from the ocean provides the body with an increase in energy- the cells of this talk to the cells of our body and say- let’s kick this being into high gear without the need for digestive power or any other wasted energies. It detoxifies on a cellular level!
  • Wheat Grass Powder, most sweet on it’s own, the powder is like a wheat grass shot.  It improves blood flow, increases red blood cells, skin cleanser, supports immune system, improves hair health, anti aging.
The bottom line is that whether you have these goods in your kitchen as regular things you sneak in, or just reduce your intake of crap, your body spends less energy trying to process and fight through waste on a daily basis. The bottom line- you feel better!


Ready to get cooking this amazingness?

Wild Rice and Quinoa Power Party In A Bowl

(note, vegetable measurements below are approximates- feel free to improvise)

1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked) + 1 cup water
1/2 cup wild rice (uncooked) + 1 cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion,  finely chopped
4 cups green beans, steamed
2 carrots, grated
1/2 zucchini, spiralized
3 cups broccoli, steamed
4 leaves of kale, shredded
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, lightly toasted

  • Cook quinoa in water- bringing to a boil and reducing to simmer for about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  • In a separate pot, cook wild rice in water with onion and garlic. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until water absorbed, about 35-40 minutes.
  • Allow grains to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together raw and cooked vegetables.
  • Add grains and seeds and mix thoroughly.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs or more to taste of maple syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced (or 2-3 Tbs)
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp MSM powder
1/2 tsp spirulina
1 tsp wheat grass powder
1 dropper full of Ocean’s Alive
sea salt to taste

  • In a blender blend together all dressing ingredients. Add more maple syrup, lemon juice and sea salt to taste.
  • Add dressing to salad and toss thoroughly.

23 responses to “Wild Rice + Quinoa Power Party In a Bowl”

  1. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) says:

    Eat Your Veggies. #Cleanse Your Cells. Detox Loving #cleansing #diseaseprevention #entree

  2. Alexia @ NamasteYoga says:

    I totally agree with you on the DETOX topic. There is no such detox where you take salts or juices for a week and you are clean. It’s a change in lifestyle! I just love your salad and will definitely recreate it! I sometimes put wheatgrass in my salad dressings but I dont like the taste of spirulina powder :(

  3. Jesse says:

    This salad sounds delicious, I never thought of putting MSM or spirulina in dressing! Will the dressing last a couple days in the fridge with these ingredients if I make a big batch for the week?

  4. Anne Dimon (@WellnessTravel) says:

    Wellness begins with what we eat. RT@meghantelpnerLove Easiest way to detox- eat the good not the bad:

  5. Andie says:

    This salad looks amazing! I’m especially excited to see that it’s made up of all the seasonal veggies I got in my CSA box this week and need to be eaten ASAP!

  6. Laura (NourishandBloom) says:

    Holy WOW that looks Yummy!!! I love the crunch of the seeds in there … can’t wait to try it! Is there an added benefit to getting your MSM powdered in food instead of as a pill supplement? And you are so right about 80% good, healthy eating/living and 20% what calls to you… If we can change our mindset about “cheating” then we won’t punish ourselves for those choices! I always love your posts Meghan! : )

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      I prefer taking as many supps as I can with food- feels better for me and I am terrible at remembering to take pills. With MSM- best to take with food (whether in it or as a pill). All by itseld can cause digestive stuff.

  7. Laura Bloom (@NourishAndBloom) says:

    Detox Living instead of a crash diet … @meghantelpner – #detox #health #nutrition –

  8. Jessi McLennan says:

    Love your posts, this salad looks fab and i can’t wait to try it, but what are the white noodlie looking thing in it?

  9. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) says:

    Eat your veggies. Cleanse your cells. Detox that bod of yours. Easy riiiiight?

  10. Jenn says:

    Ah, I think I need spirulina to help give me energy as a still nursing and tired mama. Been looking for something to do just that. And phytoplankton, too! Great recipe…I hope to make something like it soon!

  11. Erika says:

    This looks great. Just the thing to make for me and my tired guy as we go into the autumn.

  12. Glow (@Glow_Sydney) says:

    Great info finished off with a delicious-looking recipe….

  13. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) says:

    Yes you can detox while still chewing actual food…and it’s delicious food too!

  14. Irene @ H.E.S.H. says:

    What could be a better way than eating a delicious dish to detoxify your body?? Nothing can beat this! It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

  15. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Heavy Thanksgiving weekend? Lighten the load #recipe #detox

  16. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Detox doesn’t have to taste bad! This amazing veggie-tastic recipe is super tasty

  17. Debra says:

    What is the difference between spirulina and chlorella?

    Love this and all your other blogs! As a former cook and current acupuncturist, I talk nutrition all day long. I refer lots of my patients to your site so you are making an impact here in the Cambridge, MA area too!


  18. Sherry says:

    Detoxing is such a great thing to do.. I have become a juice cleanse addict! I go to Juice Crafters in Brentwood once a month for their 3 day master cleanse. I feel so refreshed after. They not only have great juices, but smoothies as well. You can add anything to the drinks- flax, ginger, maca, etc. All their vegetables and fruits are locally grown and natural which is definitely a bonus :) Drinking green is my new and improved way of life!

  19. Sheryl Tughan says:

    This looks really good. How do you spiralize a zucchini?

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