Apple ‘Juice’ Smoothie

I felt like a smoothie today, but I also wanted to juice…so…..

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I juiced some spinach, a carrot and some ginger…I peeled and cored 2 small green apples.  I poured the juice into my Magic Bullet added the apples and came up with Apple ‘Juice’ Smoothie.

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Menu For Dec 6-12

I actually made everything this week, so I do have pictures. Everything I made can be found on line, so you will be able to make the dishes as well 🙂

I wanted a lasagna but didn’t want to make the ricotta cheeze, so when I found this recipe Pea and White Bean Puttanesca  from Laura Theodore’s website knew this would hit the spot. Noodles, peas, beans and homemade sauce- YES!! This will serve four people when you pair it with some garlic bread, and or a salad.

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For the sauce, I used this Dad’s Marinara. This recipe is quick and easy and good! It’s a nice hearty sauce. I used onions and added about 5-6 cloves of garlic, because I love onion and garlic. This makes for an excellent dip as well. For pizza, bread, or grilled cheeze.

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To make up a new dish so it wasn’t like eating left overs all week, I put some pea and white bean puttanesca in between two slices of bread, topped with chao cheeze and grilled it. Now that was tasty. I think next time I will use garlic butter instead of plain butter on the bread.

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Kathy Hester has a new recipe for the instant pot. Don’t worry, she has a slow cooker method as well. This hits the spot considering I’ve had a cold, and feeling really lazy- so when I read that I only need to chop a few carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic and throw in some spices- cook it for 10 mins, I knew this was a must. Trust me, it was worth burning my lips to taste it before it cooled.

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Today Dec 4 is national cookie day, so it’s only natural for me to turn to Dreena Burton and make her chocolate chip cookies. These bake in 11 mins, and it takes all of 20 mins to prep and bake. Word of caution, you might want to make a double batch if your kids are anything like mine- because they go fast. Here’s the link for the Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies. There’s a wheat-free, soy-free option.

I’m also going to be making home fries, some tofu dish and baking some bread, muffins and I’m wanting an apple/pear crisp, or apple/pear  cake or something fruity sweet and sinfully good. Kathy Hester posted this recipe not too long ago and I bought pears just for this Vegan Holiday Gingerbread Pear Crumble From OATrageous Oatmeals. Check out her site for the picture of it. I wish I could reach into the internets and grab that dish. I’m drooling.

All of the dishes I made had enough for left overs. I had to freeze the left over pasta sauce (stored in a mason jar) because I wasn’t planning on using it all. I’ve all put some soup in the freezer for a quick healthy option when I don’t feel like cooking. My meals for the week cost next to nothing. I did use canned beans, but normally I use my instant pot to cook them in.

For my juices this week, I made carrot, granny smith apple and lemon juice. So cheap right now. a 2lb bag of carrots 2.00, a 5lb bag of apples 3 something. Lemons were expensive they were 6.00 but there was at least 10 in the bag. (or they were .77 each)

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Do you buy canned beans? Or do you buy a bag of beans and cook them?

 

Juice & Soup

This is what I made from some of the produce I bought:

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Kale, spinach, carrot, green apple and ginger juice.  I drank some of the juice and used the rest as broth for the soup I made.

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I used about a cup and a bit of the pulp in my soup…why not?…I asked myself.  I added some of the juice to the pot then added onions, garlic and a bit of the pulp to saute.  I then added potatoes, carrots, smoked paprika, s&p, red chili flakes, thyme, oregano and sage.  I added water to cover veggies then added a cup of pulp from veggies I juiced, pearl barley, 6 bean blend and 2 teaspoons of potato/carrot/ginger soup mix….brought to a gentle boil then simmered.

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Mmmm, mmmm good!  There is enough soup to last me a few days…that is if I can control myself and not eat it all in one go…hehehe.

Soup Broth

2 bowls later…yes, I had 2 bowls…LOL.  I’m saving some of the broth for another time to make some spicy rice noodles.  The broth is tasty enough that you could have it on its own.

I Never Juiced a Pomegranate Before…

This is going into my juice today:

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Kale, green apple, ginger and a pomegranate.  I’ve never juiced a pomegranate before.  From what I’ve been reading they can be a bit of a pita (pain in the…) to juice.  🙂  Apparently if you don’t remove the seeds (pearls) from the white pith, the juice will be bitter.  I just wonder how bitter bitter really is.  More or less bitter than when you don’t peel a lemon or grapefruit before juicing?