Posts tagged vegetables
Posts tagged vegetables
Short Story: One day I bough a juicer, I opened up the box super excited to start juicing AND the top was chipped. Sad day. I later returned it and didn’t get another. Surprise, the boyfriend’s Mom had one they hadn’t used. Happy day. So I headed out to the grocery store to get lots of fresh, bright, and lovely produce.
This is what I bought for around $40:
Vegetables: 4 bunches of kale, 3 beets, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch celery, 4 carrots, 1 head of broccoli, 2 bunches of parsley, 2 inches of ginger
Fruits: 2 lemons, 2 limes, 3 oranges, 4 kiwi, 1 pre-cored pineapple, 1 pint blueberries, 6 small black plums, 2 tomatoes, 2 granny smith apples
As a newbie to juicing, I wasn’t quite sure how it would go. But here are a few pointers:
I will attempt to post some new recipes from the above fruits and veggies that I used as well as the sweetness, combo, consistency and color. And some fun facts about natures greatest gifts.
Want to know what is stupid? The price difference of bell pepper colors. I guess I just need to buy a house, build a garden, grow and harvest my own bell peppers, and stop complaining about the price. Simple.
For the zero to four people that read this blog, sorry for being MIA. I had a move, a new lifestyle change of waking up in the morning and going to a job (what?!), and I eat at the hospital cafeteria a lot because it is free, I am poor and often more convenient after a long @$$ day dealing with crazies. But on the weekends I should have more time to make some awesome food and relax.
Makes about 1.5 to 2 cups
Cut up all of your produce in small pieces, the mango can be a little bigger than the others. Place everything in a medium bowl and toss together. Let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge if you have time.
Use on top of fish, on chicken, in tacos, with a spoon, on a chip. The sweetness from the mango and the mild spicy kick from the jalapeno is a combination that I CRAVE!
Does anyone know when I can find a fully functioning brain? Because mine has just vanished. Seriously. It seems as though after my capstone presentation day, I have not been able to function normally. I can’t form sentences when speaking, I keep tripping and falling, I feel it is unsafe for me to drive, and all I want to do is nap and be extremely sedentary.. and I’m NOT EVEN DRUNK! Ugh so frustrating. It needs to turn back on and QUICK because I start my residency in about two weeks and I am going to need it to be sharp and smart!!
While I search, please enjoy this savory quinoa recipe. Yum!
Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad
(Revised from Ambitious Kitchen)
Cook the quinoa as directed on the package. When it is done, let it cool for about 10 minutes. While it is cooking, chop your veggies.
Add peanut butter and agave in a small microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, juice of a half lime and both oils. Stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. Thin with the lime juice.
Add all of the dressing to the cooked quinoa. The more the merrier.
Next fold in the red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and chickpeas into the dressed quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
The longer this sits, the better it gets. All the flavors dance in the fridge as it waits for you to eat more. This is a GREAT meal to take for lunch! If you are going to pack it for lunch wait to add the cashews or they will get a little soggy.
If you happen to locate my wandering brain, please email me!
Yeah. Jacki and I are did a three day cleanse. The beginning of May was a wee bit stressful which means I make poor food/nutrition choices (why I do this, I don’t know. But I wish I didn’t). SO now that I have completed my last
suggested eight page paper, I attempted to flush all of my toxins and bad grad school memories from my system.
The cleanse comes from Dr. Oz. Yes, I think he is weird and actually don’t care for him much. But this cleanse looked
the easiest least difficult and painful. I can’t afford a juicer and all you need is a blender for this; another reason I chose this one.
Step 1: Right when you wake up in the morning. (7am-9am)
Start the morning off with some detoxifying green tea with lemon.
<I enjoy tea, so having a cup in the morning was not hard for me>
Step 2: After you have finished your tea (7:30am-11am)
Red Beauty (Breakfast Drink)
<The red beauty is tart from the raspberries and lemon. You can taste a hit of the almond butter, and it is thickened by the chia seeds. Overall not a bad smoothie>
Step 3:After you have finished the breakfast drink. **Many people I know, including myself get very upset stomach/nausea if you do not eat before talking certain supplements.**
One probiotic supplement and half of a multivitamin
<Probiotics are really freaking expensive. Oh the cost of beauty…>
Step 4:Take this around your natural lunch time (12pm-2pm)
The Green Monster (Lunch Drink)
<I call this the green monster because it is very green and there is a lot of it to drink! Aside from the fact that it is kind of unpleasantly chunky, it really doesn’t taste that bad. The pineapple and apple give it enough sweetness so that you don’t really feel like you have to choke it down>
Step 5: Again, take these after you have finished your lunch drink.
One omega-3 supplement and half of a multivitamin
Step 6: No blender needed! Drink during your afternoon snack time. (2pm-5pm)
Spicy Lemonade (Master Cleanse)
<This tastes like lemonade but with a kick, or a hot punch in the back of the throat. The faster you drink it, the faster it is over. Take it down like a champ>
Step 7: Dinner time! Obviously, drink for your dinner! (5pm-7pm) Try to finish this drink at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed so it has time to digest.
Purple Spice (Dinner Drink)
<This one is tasty as well. Aside from the cayenne punching you in the throat again, it is very do-able>
Step 8: This was more challenging for us because we do not really fit in our bathtubs. Small tub + large human = cold knees or cold chest (lose-lose situation). But we figured this was an important step so we attempted it anyway. (Before bed)
<Even though I’m not really able to fit in my tub, it was still very relaxing. The lavender helps with that too>
In conclusion, things I have learned:
Eat. These. Pot. Stickers. They are soooooooo gooooood!!! The bottom is crispy and dough is soft and the vegetables are still slightly crunchy and salty.
Vegetable Pot Stickers
Makes 20-24 dumplings
(Revised from Ming Tsai)
In a large saute pan over medium to medium-high, add 1 tablespoon oil and saute the onion, ginger and garlic for 2 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and cook for 3 more minutes. And in the cabbage, carrots, salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Place in a colander to let drain. When the mixture has cooled, add sesame oil.
Lay a wonton wrapper on a clean work surface and add a large tablespoon of the filling in the middle. Wet the edges with water. Now attempt to fold the edges to make a purse/pouch/dumpling that has a flat bottom to stick to the pot.
In a flat bottom skillet that has a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium to medium-high. Add dumplings to the pan to sear the bottom of each dumpling, about 3 minutes. You might have to work in batches because you do not want to overcrowd the pan. After 3 minutes, add in 1/4 cup of water and cover immediately. The dumplings will steam as the water evaporates. When all of the water evaporates the bottoms will get crispy again and stick to the pot, about 5 minutes. They are now ready to enjoy.
For a dipping sauce use soy sauce or add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and some scallions together.
My roommate was watching TV and saw this recipe. It is meatballs, made healthier with eggplant and ground turkey. So naturally as girls trying to look good for Vegas in a few months, we will try anything that tells us it is relatively healthy/lower calories and fat. Funny thing, I had the recipe the whole time in a cookbook on my shelf. I did some fiddling with the proportions to make my life easier (because Jennie-O ground turkey comes in packages of 20-oz, not 12-oz… Duh Rocco DiSpirito).
Mini Turkey Meatballs
Makes 24 Meatballs
Turn your broiler on. Place the eggplant on a sheet pan under the broiler to char the skin until it is blackened and the flesh is cooked through, about 10 minutes depending on the size of your eggplant.
Allow the eggplant to cool slightly then cut in half, Scrape out the flesh being careful not to incorporate the skin. Measure out 1/3 cup of the flesh.
Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a mini-muffin plan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a blender, combine the cooked eggplant, chicken broth, onion, garlic and egg whites. Puree until it is a smooth consistency.
In a large bowl, combine the mixture with the ground turkey, parsley, 3 tablespoons cheese, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
In each muffin cup, add 1 teaspoon of marinara sauce in the bottom.
Drop a rounded tablespoon of meat mixture into the cups. Top with another teaspoon of marinara sauce. The cups will look overfilled, but the meat will shrink down a bit when they are cooked.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are done. While the meatballs are cooking make some pasta to go with it!
The sauce will run off the sides of the muffin pan so have some aluminum foil underneath the pan to save time on cleaning it!
Time to eat: pasta + meatballs + more sauce + more cheese = in your mouth. YUM!
I thought that these were super delicious. You get to eat a traditional comfort food and I felt way less guilty. The meatballs are super savory and juicy from being cooked with the sauce. Thrown on top of some spaghetti and I was in heaven! You couldn’t taste the eggplant so if that scared you no worries, it is just a secret skinny ingredient.