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a clean slate (giveaway)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

chai tea latte | the vanilla bean blog
This week I took part in a ‘mini-cleanse’, which was much needed after weeks and weeks of baking and recipe testing. Recently the editors of Martha Stewart Living put out Clean Slate, a cookbook and guide focused on clean eating. The book describes clean eating this way: “Start with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins; prepare them simply, and take the time to share and enjoy them.” It also involves “focusing on every aspect of our meals – turning away from our screens and devices and avoiding other distractions, so we can savor the process of cooking and eating.” I like this mindset, and while I do cook a majority of our meals from scratch, they tend to be focused on dairy and carbs, especially in these cold winter months.

The book has a great variety of recipes; everything you’d need to get through the day. It also has a 3-day plan for a ‘mini-detox’ and a 21-day action plan. I started with three days, although I must admit I cheated a bit. The book has a serious detox that involves the same meals for each day, but I knew without some variety I would quit early. So I made smoothies each morning for breakfast (blueberry-green tea from the book, and this strawberry-basil one), soup for lunch (a pot of this Buckwheat Noodle Miso Soup with Bok Choy was perfect all three days), and Ginger-Scallion Chicken in parchment was a favorite for dinner. Afternoon snacks were also a must! Chai lattes with almond milk were perfect alongside chocolate bark, and garlic-herb yogurt cheese was the best way to enjoy a little dairy. Overall I thought the recipes were great, and I also felt great eating so well.
clean slate cookbook

Bok choy and shiitake mushrooms in miso-lime broth | the vanilla bean blog

Ginger-scallion chicken in parchment | the vanilla bean blog

garlic-herb yogurt cheese | the vanilla bean blog

chocolate bark with cacao nibs + fleur de sel | the vanilla bean blog
The kind folks at Martha Stewart Living are giving away a copy of Clean Slate, as well as a bottle of the Martha Stewart Essentials Women’s Mutli-Vitamin and the Hair, Skin & Nails vitamins! To enter the giveaway: leave a comment with your name and email address below.

The Martha Stewart Everyday Entertaining Collection is available exclusively at Macy’s.

Although I was provided with a copy of Clean Slate, all opinions are my own.

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    Julia waters
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I do the clean slate thing every year

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    Tara Lee
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I adore Martha!

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    MelissaW
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    You had me at Martha.

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    Cory
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    It’s been very hard eating healthy over this long winter! I’d love to check out the recipes included in the book! The ones you tried look and sound great!

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    Amanda
    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I’m always looking for new recipes to try that nourish my body! This is such a great find!!!

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    Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The buckwheat noodle soup looks so delicious!

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    Virginia
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Such a nice offer. I really appreciate Martha’s work and yours, as well.

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    Jen
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I would be so pumped to have this book. After eating all of the comforting foods this winter a detox is much needed. The recipes look so good.

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    Crystal
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I love the cover of this book!

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    Isabella
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I love this! That soup looks SO GOOD. And perfect for the cold.

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    gayle gildehaus
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I would love to read this book.

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    Elizabeth
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

    this book sounds great and the photos are lovely!

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    Jessy
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I watched the videos of the recipes on youtube and they look fantastic !

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    Laurie
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I need to rediscover my Martha love. She lost me a few years back with some unkind comments about bloggers that was less than inclusive. Up until then I had nothing but praise and would jump to defend for this singular, tough and smart businesswoman.

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    abby ytzen-handel
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book, my family is very into clean eating (we have some disease / health concerns that we are contending with) and we are trying to move in that direction, this book would be a wonderful resource!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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    Jayne
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

    It does sound like a good book! I’ve been struggling with following through on my New Year’s resolution to eat better, and this may help.

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Sounds like a fantastic book!

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    Shaunie
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    How nice! I would love this and great for the start of the year.

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    Steph Fields
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Intense curiosity and a push toward clean eating has me wondering about this cookbook…

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    jodi hammond
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    i’ve been listening to my body..so i am going to respond by treating it better…which includes what you’ve listed…looking forward to it and to feeling and looking better…just in time to celebrate a new season!

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    Kara Merrill
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I love this concept, and your pictures are gorgeous! Would love to win!

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    Katie Fitzpatrick
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I have tried to start clean eating but always feel uninspired by the recipes I find online. This may the kick in the buns I need. Would love to win a copy!

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    Simone Sika
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I’d like to have a clean slate with the Clean Slate cookbook 🙂

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    Abigail I.
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

    The Miso Soup looks lovely! Would love to have this cookbook in my arsenal! Beautiful photography!

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    Janet
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I think Martha’s books are well done and helpful. I’d like to win this one.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I’ve been seeing this book pop up everywhere online lately, and now I’m dying for a copy. That ginger-scallion chicken in parchment sounds like a real winner. Lovely photos as usual, Sarah!

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    Florence
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I’m new to your blog and luv it! Thx for the giveaway! I luv clean eating! Simple and easy!

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    Donna
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Looks like a good book to add to my collection!

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    Beth
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for a chance to win this… I really would love to try this and the book looks great!

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    Seema
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Chai lattes with almond milk sound heavenly!

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    Streusel, aka Tiffany
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

    As a fellow blogger of baked delights I too have appreciated a ‘clean slate’ in January and February!

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    Emma
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I am definitely someone who needs to sort out her eating habits!

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    Dione
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This book looks amazing! I’m always looking for recipe inspiration that tastes good and leaves me feeling good.

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    Camila
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    A great addition to my collection.

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    Sarah H
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Adding this book to my list!

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    Anna
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Oh what a lovely giveaway – and just in time to keep the resolutions going…! Would be fantastic to win an get some Martha marvel on this side of the Atlantic

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    Evelyn
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    These photos look fantastic, and the Clean Slate recipes sound amazing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Jill
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Last few weeks have been full of visitors, parties, entertaining, and eating, eating, eating – would love to give a cleanse like this a go!

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    natalie clagg
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    this looks like a great book!

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    Nitika W
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Oh Martha can do no wrong! I have been eyeing that book for a while. Such a treat this would be!

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    June G.
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I have been trying to eat clean, this book would definitely be helpful. Thank you for making the giveaway simple:)
    June Gibbons
    Coastiejune@gmail.com

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    Ashley
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Oh! I have been wanting to read this cookbook! Here we are in February and I am still feeling the side effects of the holidays. Will add this to my list.

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    Amy
    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Looks like a divine cookbook- would love a copy

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    Beth
    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    ‘Clean eating’ would be a great way to start or re-start the new year! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Carla Noelle
    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Pick me, please! 🙂 Thank you!

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