January is a great time to detox after a period of extravagance, travel or your grandmother's special chocolate pecan pie. It's also the perfect time to make — realistic! — New Years resolutions, start getting into shape physically and try to be the best versions of ourselves. However, non, this is not the time to become a Liquitarian or completely change your habits, only to revert back to them later.
Going on a week-long juice cleanse in the dead cold of winter in New York City or going from a steak, burger and Diet Coke diet directly to an all-Kale meal plan isn't exactly a healthy "detox." It's all about balance. Ease your body gently into a healthier lifestyle instead of attacking it. And, while you're at it, ENJOY yourself!
While January in America is all about "going on a diet," "getting back to the gym" or "working off those Christmas calories," January in France is the season of "king's cakes" and everyone is sipping champagne and taking bites out of crispy pastry shells with cream inside.
Let's start off the year someplace in the middle of these two extremes, shall we? This magnificent millefeuille (that's French for "Napoleon" or a layered treat) manages to strike a nice balance between warming, filling comfort food and a healthy, nourishing meal. Sure, it's a très liberal interpretation of a traditional lasagna, but come on, it's 2015, why not try something a bit out of the ordinary?
This is a perfect light lunch with a side salad or you can even serve this as a side dish with a larger portion of protein (preferably plant-based, but it's eater's choice — do your thing!) You can replace the quinoa with your favorite grain and the lentils for another legume for an extra protein boost. Sub another nut for pumpkin seeds or even trade the tahini sauce for another sauce like pesto, cashew crème or tomato. This is also easy to make ahead, layer into a (glass or BPA-free please!) storage container and take to the office.
So as you watch your co-workers peer over as they sip their spinach juice slowly in envy, enjoy this delicious and nutritious detox-friendly meal. Oh, and extra bonus: it just happens to be vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and packed with protein, beta-Carotene, vitamins and minerals. This is a wonderful dish to serve to friends. Bon appétit!