But I'm still going to give you a recommendation for what to eat the day after, when you're done with rich, heavy food. This is a wonderful light meal, full of crisp, clean flavors. Better than a celery or green grape cleanse, I bet.
Warm French Lentil Salad (adapted from Simple Suppers by the Moosewood Collective)
Cook 1.5 cups lentils with 1/2 tsp. salt until tender, but not mushy - using about 3 c. water (they recommend du Puy/French lentils - I just use my regular old green ones) . Set aside.
Saute until the fennel bulb is just softened:
1 fennel bulb, chopped (or several stalks celery)
3-6 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground fennel seeds (I have whole ones and I just grind them around in my mortar & pestle a little bit)
1 and 1/2 tsp. thyme
Mix the sauteed stuff with the lentils.
chopped salad greens, especially escarole or endive or something hearty and bitter like that
lemon wedges or some vinegar
feta or chevre
Make a bed of greens, pile some warm lentils on top, then some walnuts and feta with generous sprinklings of the fresh lemon. Eat with crusty bread (for example) dipped in olive oil and salt.
My children think all the dipping and sprinkling and garnishing is fantastic.