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Sample Recipes

Lentil, Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Soup
from the
Fall 5 Day Detox

with Amba



  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 C French green lentils or brown lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 6 C broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 bag frozen butternut squash or 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into small chunks
  • 1 bunch Swiss or rainbow chard, cleaned and cut into thin ribbons
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Sea salt and pepper



  1. In a large Dutch oven, sauté onion and garlic cloves until they are fragrant. Add lentils and stir to combine. Pour broth in, bring to a low boil, then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in butternut squash and bring back to a low simmer. Cook for another 15 minutes or until lentils are cooked and squash is tender.
  3. Add Swiss chard, cumin, curry powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt and pepper and stir to combine. Simmer five minutes more or until the Swiss chard has wilted slightly, then serve.


Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
with Chimichurri Sauce
from the
Summer 5 Day Detox
with Amba

Serves 2




  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into one-inch chunks
  • 6 cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and foot trimmed
  • 1 small zucchini or summer squash, cut into one-inch chunks
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut into one-inch chunks
  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into large chunks


For the chimichurri:

  • 1 C lightly packed chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves pulled from the stem
  • 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
  • ¾ C olive oil
  • 3 TB apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • Juice of a lemon




  1. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers, brush lightly with olive oil, then season with salt & pepper. Thread the veggies onto different skewers and repeat.  
  2. Heat your grill to medium high heat, and grill the skewers until they are lightly browned and the chicken is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes total.
  3. Meanwhile, make the chimichurri by combining the chimichurri ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, then serve as a dipping sauce with the skewers. Store in an airtight glass container for about a week in the fridge.


Note: If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, you’ll need to soak them in water for 15 minutes before using in order to keep them from catching fire while on the grill.



Salmon, Arugula and Sweet Potato Salad
from the
2018 Spring 5 Day Detox

with Amba




  • 1 small sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into small chunks
  • ⅓ lb wild salmon fillet, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 TB white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 TB olive oil, divided
  • ¼ C finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 10 oz arugula, washed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 



  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 TB olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then roast for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  2. After 10 minutes, toss the sweet potatoes again and move to the side of the baking sheet. Place salmon on the other side and roast for 8-10 minutes, until salmon flakes easily. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place vinegar, Dijon mustard and remaining oil in a small bowl and whisk together. Season with sea salt and pepper. Place arugula in bowl and toss to coat with the dressing.
  4. Top with salmon and sweet potatoes, then serve.


Coconut Yam Soup
from the
2018 Winter 5 Day Detox

with Amba

Makes enough for 3 lunches




•     2 large or 3 small garnet yams, peeled and cut into chunks

•     1 small yellow onion, diced

•     5 garlic cloves, minced

•     1 TB extra virgin olive oil

•     2 C vegetable or chicken broth

•     1 (14-oz) can full-fat coconut milk

•     1 TB wheat-free tamari

•     1 tsp grated fresh ginger

•     1 tsp dried thyme

•     Sea salt and pepper to taste




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place yams or sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until soft, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat and sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large blender and turn on low. Gradually blend until smooth, adding water by the TB if you need more liquid.
  4. To reheat, place in pot and warm slowly over medium-low heat, stirring until warmed through.


Note: It’s very important to place a towel between the blender and the lid if the sweet potatoes are still hot to prevent the lid blowing off when blending. Heat expands in blenders and can create so much pressure that the lid can come off and spray hot soup all over you and your kitchen.

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