Healthy Detox Recipe

A popular term this time of year as we revise our New Year’s Resolutions is to pursue eating the types of foods that will help us detox.  However, the word detox implies that our body is filled with unwanted toxins.  This may or may not be true.

So, in the spirit of positive change and sticking to resolutions that you may have made for the New Year, let’s instead consider a detox recipe (like the one below) to help build a solid platform towards healthy eating patterns.

Wild Rice and Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

Serves 8 | Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 medium sized butternut squash
  • 1 bunch of baby spinach leaves (you can use frozen spinach, just make sure you squeeze out all of the water first)
  • 1 cup apple juice (or water)
  • 2 cups chicken broth to cook the rice in (refer to your package for measurements, usually twice the broth as rice)
  • Big handful of grated mozzarella
  • 1 tsp cinnamon1
  • TBSP fresh Thyme (this is where having a little herb garden comes in handy)
  • 1 TBSP fresh Parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook rice according to directions minus about 10-15 minutes (it will cook more in the oven).
  2. Cut squash in half length wise, remove seeds. Pour apple juice into a casserole dish, place squash facing down and bake at 400° for about 20 min. You want it a bit firm so you can cut it into cubes.
  3. Meanwhile, in non-stick skillet, brown turkey. Add chopped onion, saute 3 more minutes. Roughly chop spinach and add to turkey. Cook just till wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove skin from squash and cut into 1″ cubes.
  5. Put rice, turkey mixture, squash, herbs and spices into prepared casserole dish. Cook at 400° for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

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