Weekend madness-Saturday

Saturday started off great with a 3 mile walk and breakfast at Orange. I got fresh squeezed grapefruit-orange-carrot-lemon-ginger juice. Brian got watermelon-strawberry-lime juice. Both were tasty, but I liked mine best. We enjoyed an order of frushi(fruit sushi). I got the vegetarian breakfast burrito with a side of mixed greens. Brian got the honey themed pancake flight(honey banana Cheerios, honey quince, honey blueberry and honey rosemary pancakes).

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On the way home, we stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond and I got a milk frother. I had been wanting one for quite some time. We had to have lattes as soon as we got home.

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One of the most exciting things of the year happened when our new mixer(also our first wedding present) was delivered this week. I wouldn’t let myself open the box until I had cleaned out our pantry, so after a thorough cleaning, I got to play. Her name is Mo. Mo Mixer. I immediately made a batch of pizza dough and some rolls.

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I used the pizza dough to make a pesto flat bread and put the other half in the freezer.

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After moving nonstop all day, I treated myself to a little non-alcoholic cocktail that tastes almost exactly like the coconut Italian sodas I loved getting from the Java House in college. Lots of ice, 1 tablespoon coconut coffee creamer and lime La Croix.

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Shah, refreshing.

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Green juice

juice

I have the constant struggle to justify making green juice when I could be making  a glowing green smoothie instead. Well, sometimes I just want something smooth to drink. Last night I made a pitcher of my favorite green juice.

Green juice:

  • 1 bunch kale(stems and all)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bag baby spinach
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear

I love this juice because it has so many nutrients but still tastes delicious. The apple and pear make it slightly sweet and easy to drink. A pitcher of juice make about 3 glasses. I don’t drink the juice all day long, but like to have one glass a day, usually first thing in the morning.

If you are thinking about getting into juicing, now is the perfect time of year. There are sales on juicers everywhere. I personally got mine at Aldi for $34.99 at this time last year and have used it several times with great results. It works as well as other models that cost $200. It’s the perfect machine for people that want to try juicing without the commitment of a really expensive machine. Starting this Wednesday Aldi will be carrying the juicer again for about 1 week or until supplies last.

Homemade almond milk

I have cut way back and have almost completely eliminated dairy from my diet for over 6 months now. I always struggle to justify paying the high prices for soy, coconut or almond milk at the store and will often just go without. I also don’t like all the additives found in it. I have seen a lot of people all over the web making their own almond milk. Not immediately realizing that I could dry out the left over almond bits into almond meal, I thought it was a waste of almonds.

Then I saw a claim that you can make an entire pitcher of almond milk using only 10 almonds. I have no idea where I saw this, but it stuck in my mind. I have tried to Google it since and can not find the blog. So, I decided to make a modified version.

Ingredients:

  • 10 almonds
  • 2 cups of water
  • pure vanilla(optional)

Soak almonds in 2 cups of water in a covered container for 8-12 hours.

At the end of the soaking time, put in high-powered blender and blend. Add in a few drops of vanilla is you would like. Some people also add honey to sweeten the milk, but I do not.

You will be left with bits of almond and skin(if you didn’t remove it before blending). Some people say leaving the skins on can cause it to taste bitter.

Pour almond milk through a strainer with an old, but clean dish towel(NOT terry cloth) into a receptacle.

Refrigerate and use within 4 days.

After a few sips, I decided that it tastes like a skim version of almond milk, which is fine with me. I really like it. If you want a thicker version, definitely add more almonds. [UPDATE]: After letting it refrigerate for a day, I have decided that it tastes like regular almond milk. And it only took 10 almonds? What a good deal!

Moving on. Heat a nonstick skillet on low. Scrape the leftover pieces of almond into skillet and heat until dried out.

Save and use as almond meal.

You have now made liquid and powdered gold for less than $1.00.

Mean green juice

This weekend I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. While I’m not down with going on a 10 or 60 day juice fast, I did want to try the stuff. So, I juiced it up. I googled for the recipe that they used in the movie and this is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • 6 kale leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 piece of ginger

Put in juicer and turn it on.

Pretty good stuff. While I’m not convinced to go on a juice fast I could see myself substituting a big glass of juice instead of or in addition to a meal one or more times a week.