Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The day in the kitchen...
After I finally finished juicing, I started making my smoothie (I think it was around 4pm)...
I had pulp from apples, pears, navel and Clementine oranges, strawberries, pineapple, carrots, small cucumbers, kale, bok choy, rainbow chard, parsley, celery, broccoli stem. (Carrot pulp I;m saving for carrot soup) I had the fruit and cucumber pulp separate from the veggies pulp (so I can put veggie pulp in my soup. Fruit pulp doesn;t sound good in soup)
Since I have two blenders (one is more powerful than the other). I decided to put the green pulp in the powerful blender and the fruit pulp in the other blender (I thought if there were chunks, fruit would be better)
I added some extra frozen fruit to the fruit pulp mix. I have been noticing that when you use a lot of mango or bananas the smoothie is smoother.
There was a lot of green pulp so I didn;t add any other greens. I did add some green powder to the green pulp.
The fruit tasted good but I still added some cinnamon to the fruit smoothie.
The greens did not taste good, wow what a difference green smoothie taste without the fruit and I added a lot of cinnamon.
Ok here is the messy part (like it hasn;t been messy already) is to mix up the fruit with the green smoothie. I got two big containers out and poured half fruit and half greens and then put in the blenders and blend until all the green and fruit smoothies were blended together.
Then I put them in these tall cup with lid that screwed on and it made 6 containers (I froze some)
While I was making the smoothies I was making some soup to.
Next blog....Veggie Soup
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The day in the kitchen...
First I had to clean and cut all the fruits and veggies. That took over an hour...whew (I started around 2 pm)
I had apples, pears, navel and clementine oranges, strawberries, pineapple, carrots, small cucumbers, kale, bok choy, rainbow chard, parsley, celery, broccoli stem.
Now I get to juicing.
First I juice the fruit, apples, pears, navel and clementine oranges, strawberries, pineapple (one big jar goes to my friend) and I have about one cup of fruit at this point.
I take out all the fruit pulp out and put in a bowl.
Next I juice carrots (around two pounds) And then take out the pulp and put in a container for a carrot soup.
Now I juice the five cucumbers and add the pulp to the fruit pulp.
The last veggies are the greens kale, bok choy, rainbow chard, parsley, celery, broccoli stems get juiced.
I put the veggie pulp in a container.
I end up with two jars of green juice.
Now to make smoothies with the pulp.
To be continued...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sauteed Veggies # 3
Veggies I used: Broccoli, parsnips, asparagus, brussel sprouts, grape tomatoes, red pepper, mushrooms, kale, collard greens, cabbage (I just use a combination of what I have, its a great way to use up what you have)
Beans I used: Great northern beans, black beans
Various types of spices: Onion powder, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, spike. lemon juice, vinegar, liquid aminos, ect.(I just use what I have) and I use a lot of the spices.
Start chopping up the veggies into small pieces. (I;m chopping and adding to the pans and sauteing at the same time)
Heat up some big pans with some water (you could use broth)
In one pan add broccoli, parsnips, asparagus, brussel sprouts sauteed on low. Add just a little water let the veggie grill and get a little brown, (it;s tricky cause too much water and it steams and not enough water and it will burn.)
In the third pan add all the rest of the veggies (except the greens) in the pan. (It;s the same this but I do add a little more water cause there are more veggies, so still add just a little water let the veggie grill and get a little brown, it;s tricky cause too much water and it steams and not enough water and it will burn.)
I will add the veggies as I cut them, first onions, red pepper, cabbage and grape tomatoes.
Keep stirring to make sure all the veggies are covered in the water.
Start to add some spices to taste.
Turn the heat on low and add the greens, stirring until all the greens are covered.
When one of the pans of veggies are done usually one pan is done first, I will put beans in the pan and sauteed them.
I was baking sweet, white and red potatoes while cooking everything else.
This is my fast and easy meal when I need to cook something in the evening.
This recipe never turns out the same because I never measure anything and I always have something different to add to the recipes.
I use fresh, raw, frozen, cooked and canned veggies and beans.
Other types of veggies and beans I have used:
Peas, snow peas, peas in a pod, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, artichokes, pepper, green beans, corn, zucchini, spinach, kale, bok choy, swiss chard, collard greens, lentils (I like this one because they are small), kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, edmmen(soy) beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, black beans, ect (I just use a combination of what I have, its a great way to use up what you have)
You could add some whole grains too.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
1/2 cup onion
1 cup bok choy
1/2 red and green pepper (or more)
1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
big pile of chopped up greens
1/2 cup of water or veggie broth
1 small can of tomato sauce (or paste)
2 cans of beans (I used Red Kidney and Pinto)
1 can of pumpkin
1 can of tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, chyenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin, veggie spice
In a large pot cook the carrots half way with some water.
Saute the onion, bok choy, green and red pepper in a large pot with some water or broth.
Add mushrooms, tomato sauce and pumpkin and stir.
Add beans, tomatoes, all the spices and more water or broth if needed. Stir.
Cover and heat on medium to low for around 30 minutes.
Add greens at the end and stir in.
I topped it on a potato.
These measurements are just estimates because I didnít measure anything.
I just got all these ideas from various recipes and put the different ingredients together.
The pumpkin may sound weird but it makes it thick and a little sweet without adding fats and sugar.
I use some chopped up grillers this time (I had some to use up) but it taste good without the veggie meat.
I used some tomato sauce with hot sauce mixed in it that I had leftover and still tasted good (maybe it even made it taste better)
I say to heat for around 30 minutes but it seemed by the time I got every thing in the pot, the chili seemed done. So once I stirred in the greens I turned off the heat.
The first time I made this chili I didnít cook the carrots first and they didnít cook all the way, this time I cooked the carrots first.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Vegan Taco Soup
Navy beans, red beans, black beans, chickpeas, white beans
red and green pepper
small can of tomato sauce with some water
First I sauteed the onions, summer squash, red and green pepper.
Then I throw all the different beans (rinsed and drained!), corn and can of tomatoes in a pot, add home made or store bought taco seasoning, small can of tomato sauce with some water (or broth)
Let simmer for 15-20 minutes (or longer)
Then add some greens and let simmer for a few more minutes and it done.
I don't measure anything so everything is a guess.
You can use as many different beans as you want. And use any type of veggies you want.
You can top it with vegan shredded cheese and use some organic black corn chips.
I'm going to try it with brown rice.
I'm going to make it thick and put with a baked potato.
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