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Delicious Detox

February 14, 2011

Hello, friends! Happy Monday, and happy Valentine’s Day!

There’s really no smooth transition that you can make when you want to start talking about black crap coming out of the pores of your feet, so I’m just gonna dive right in.

Remember a few weeks ago when we got our foot detoxes and black crap came out of the pores of our feet? 

Well, according to the woman administering our detoxes, a lot of it was heavy metals.  Apparently our bodies are hosting an entire Ozzfest on the inside, which, though it sounds cool because it makes you think about a tiny Ozzy Osbourne living inside of you, biting the head off of a tiny bat, is really not a good thing.  Our detox instructor gave us advice for some supplements that you can take to rid the body of some of these heavy metals, but she also said that we could simply up our intake of…cilantro! Who knew?  Apparently cilantro is supposed to be very effective at helping to rid the body of heavy metals. 

This was good news to me, ‘cause I love the stuff.  I know some people are born with a cilantro-hating gene—not me.  Whenever we serve it as a “garnish,” I usually make more of a side salad out of it. 

Therefore, I was happy to create the following recipe in an effort to make our bodies a little less Ozzfest and a little more Lilith Fair:

Cilantro Lime Pesto:


1 bunch of cilantro, stems chopped off

juice of 1 lime

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp. olive oil

1/3 to 1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. salt

1 heaping tbsp. curry paste

dash of cayenne pepper (optional)


In a skillet, heat olive oil.  Cook onions until brown and soft, seasoning with salt and adding a bit of water to soften if necessary.

In a food processor, combine cilantro, onions, lime juice, salt, curry paste, and cayenne pepper.  Process until smooth, pouring additional water in if needed.  Refrigerate and allow to sit for at least two hours so that the flavors can meld.

That’s it! Seriously, this pesto could not be easier—and, it’s really low in fat and calories, which most pestos are definitely not. 

Because of the flavors, this would go well with a variety of dishes—we used ours for Indian food, but I could also see it working really well with a Thai-inspired dish.

Here are some pictures from the process:

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For dinner last night, we enjoyed the pesto with garam masala-roasted chickpeas and warm naan. 

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I can feel that tiny Ozzy packing up his set already.

Have a great day!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 3:26 pm

    Yum to pesto! So delicious and you can use it in a variety of ways. I wish I liked cilantro….it always tastes soapy to me. Hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s day!!

    • February 14, 2011 3:27 pm

      You have that gene!!! Happy Valentine’s Day, girl!

  2. February 14, 2011 3:43 pm

    I’m a broken record, and I’m okay with it. You gotta stop with the crazy, ridicuously good photos. I am so hungry right now.

  3. Ali permalink
    February 14, 2011 4:11 pm

    “…though it sounds cool because it makes you think about a tiny Ozzy Osbourne living inside of you, biting the head off of a tiny bat, is really not a good thing.” — HILARIOUS!!
    ~Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. February 14, 2011 5:49 pm

    Love this! So colorful and creative 🙂

  5. February 14, 2011 5:50 pm

    Haha such a funny mental picture. I must have that cilantro hating gene, something about the taste bugs me.

  6. February 14, 2011 5:53 pm

    Hi-not sure what foot detox thing you did but I’ve read that when you do foot detoxes, the stuff you see and think is gunk coming out of you is really just the wrap/product being exposed to air. For what it’s worth!

  7. February 14, 2011 6:32 pm

    I’ve never liked cilantro. Looks like Ozzy and I will be getting down to crazy train for a while yet.

  8. February 14, 2011 7:10 pm

    It looks fantastic, but does it taste like cilantro???

    • February 14, 2011 7:13 pm

      Yep! Cilantro and lime, with a hint of curry from the paste.

  9. February 14, 2011 7:12 pm

    Interesting on the detox! And the pesto looks wonderful and great with chickpeas!

  10. February 14, 2011 7:24 pm

    This sounds like a personal problem…

    bahahaha! You crack me up girl! The cilantro pesto looks divine! and those chickpeas? sign me up!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  11. February 14, 2011 7:34 pm

    I am with you on the cilantro! I eat it like a salad. YUM! This is the perfect meal for detox!

  12. February 14, 2011 8:56 pm

    Freaky, my friend and I were just talking about toxins, feet and that whole process yesterday!

    I’m dying at the thought of a tiny Ozzy inside of me hahahah

    Love the ciilantro pesto idea!

  13. February 14, 2011 9:12 pm

    GREAT recipe post! We’re always on the look out for great detox recipes and LOVE cilantro. When Ryan heard awhile back that cilantro would help do the trick we’ve been going to town on the stuff! 🙂

  14. February 14, 2011 9:56 pm

    YUM! that looks so delicious!

    I love cilantro.

  15. February 15, 2011 12:40 am

    oh man I wish I like cilantro so I can cleanse my body!

  16. February 15, 2011 2:05 am

    Yummy. Cilantro pesto will make its way onto my table soon enough! I can’t wait to get my cilantro plant up and running again this summer….

  17. February 15, 2011 3:16 am

    haha I went through a phase once when I was trying to get rid of metals (i have done a lot of embarrassing things before to heal my body) anyways good to know about cilantro 🙂 I love it! Pesto sounds perfect!

  18. February 15, 2011 11:39 am

    This sounds and looks incredibly satisfying. Thanks, doll!

  19. February 15, 2011 12:50 pm

    Holy yum factor! Ryan got hooked UP for Valentine’s Day!! Jealous 😉

  20. February 15, 2011 1:17 pm

    The dinner as a whole looks amazing. Pesto and warm naan….yum city. Now I’m craving bread!

  21. February 17, 2011 9:51 pm

    Oh wow! I am a cilantro lover! I can never seem to use it all before it goes bad but now I’ve got an idea on how to save it! The whole meal looks fab =)


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