Posts tagged ‘vegetables’

September 29, 2011

Suess Juice

A haiku for my love, Ben:

Saturday: sore throat

By Monday a scratchy voice

Tuesday: buh-bye voice

Can you imagine a voiceless Mr. Ben in his over-filled special education classroom? <– chaos! 

We knew we had to get him back in tip-top shape ASAP, which meant a) lots of local honey + lemons from the yard and b) lots of greens!  We’re talking as many as the boy can possibly ingest.  The best way to get in the most micronutrients [vitamins + minerals]?  Juice. 

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We absolutely adore our Champion juicer, but we don’t use it very often because we’re good at eating a heap of veggies each week [literally].  Every once in a while, though, if we’re feeling under the weather, or if we have an abundance of fruit or veg, or if we get a random hankering, we’ll bring out the juicer.  Even if we don’t use it every day, I still believe it was one of the best investments we’ve made. 

For Ben, we got as many greens as we could find and got to work. 

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Suess Juice

tell me that color isn’t straight from a Dr. Suess book…

[ingredients]

  • 5-6 stalks kale [high chlorophyll content / calcium / vits A, C + E]
  • 2 c spinach [highly alkaline / carotenes / folate / manganese/ iron / iodine / amino acids (protein!)]
  • 5 stalks celery [vits B(1,2+6) and C / potassium / folic acid / magnesium / iron / phosphorus]
  • 1/2 large or 1 small cucumber [silica / electrolytes / vit C / highly alkaline]
  • 2 apples [anti-oxidant / anti-inflammatory / phytonutrients]
  • 1’’ ginger [warming / full of anti-oxidants / phosphorus / choline]

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All together, it made about 20 oz. of delicious, nutrient-packed juice to be packed alongside Ben’s lunch. 

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He’s been drinking the stuff for a few days now, and I’m happy to report that his voice is making a come-back!  Smile

What’s your staple food for when you start feeling under the weather?

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September 8, 2011

Riceless

Thank you for all the positive comments on the r.i.c.e. discussed yesterday!  I know they’re just races, but they mean a lot to me, so having a few shoulders to lean on means the world to me.

But I’m done talking about r.i.c.e.ing for now.  Today I’m talking about real rice!

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Here in Hawai`i, we have tons of amazing sushi – made by people who study in Japan and use only the freshest fish available.  I’m a huge fan of sushi, and am actually pretty adventurous with my food, but I have a ridiculous secret to share with you all: It doesn’t matter where we go for sushi, I always crave California rolls. 

It honestly makes no difference to me whether the crab meat is real or imitation, either [yes, I taste the difference, but either does the job Winking smile].

This recipe came about from a random California roll craving I had the other day.  Making sushi at home is super simple and will cost you way less.  Plus, since I really feel like rice – whether it be white or brown – is just filler, it takes out the entire sushi rice component.

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Riceless California Roll

[ingredients – all to taste]

  • sushi nori [toasted seaweed] – cut into half sheets
  • 1 carrot – either sliced thinly or peeled using the vegetable peeler
  • 1 small avocado – sliced
  • 1 cucumber – sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1 package imitation or fresh crab
  • 2-3 Tbsp veganaise
  • small glass of water [to seal sushi]
  • tamari + wasabi to taste [optional]

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[This set-up was ready for either sushi or rice-paper/summer rolls.  The brown rice was for Ben to add to his rolls.]

Mix crab and vegenaise together.

Lay sushi nori shiny-side down on a flat surface.

Pile on the veggies and crab mixture at a 45 degree angle.

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Wrap the nori from the bottom left corner, forming a cone. 

Dip your finger in water and run it across the end of the nori to seal.

Enjoy!  Dip in tamari + wasabi if desired. 

You can make all kinds of personal sushi this way, adding rice or other ingredients as desired.  Get creative and have fun!  Smile

What’s your favorite type of sushi? 

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