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Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Radish Salad

Radish Salad

16 oz shredded radishes
1/2 cup sliced cilantro
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs sugar
juice of 1/2 orange
black pepper

Whisk apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, orange juice, and olive oil together.
Shred radishes in food processor or manual slicer.
Combine all ingredients with liquid dressing.
Toss and let sit in fridge for about 30 minutes. 
Mix again.
Season to taste.

This simple salad has a light and fresh summer feel.  It would work perfectly as a side or as a filling entree with the addition of beans. 

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Hot Tomato Pops

I’ve started using my vintage Juiceman II again.  I’m focusing on using what I already have in the house to meet my wellness goals without blowing up the budget. I recently realized that I have no interest in sacrificing my youth to rotting away in a cubicle. While I don’t enjoy stacking paper and pushing pencils all that much, I do love writing, eating, and traveling.  I have decided my life would be much better spent committing full-time to doing things that I love, no later than 2020. That means I have 8 years to get my affairs in order for early quasi-retirement.  One part of fulfilling the early retirement mission involves shutting down the nonstop consumerism that was going on at the house.  I think I kinda have the Hubs on board.  I was able to convince him to read Miss Minimalist and I’ve been blasting him with relevant Dave Ramsey links.  Slowly I think he is starting to realize that simplicity tends to breed happiness more than aimlessly accumulating clutter.  I’m finding simplicity appealing in areas of life that I previously made overly complicated, particularly in the kitchen.  Juicing to make homemade frozen pops is a fast and inexpensive snack idea.

Step 2
Hot Tomato Pops

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2″ ginger root
  • 1 apple 
  1. Follow manufacturers instructions to juice ingredients
  2. Pour into pop molds and allow to freeze
  3. Remove from freezer.  Enjoy!
Step 3 – Enjoy your snack

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Tomato and Onion Salad $3.67

1/3 C Tahini Paste ($1.16)
1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin (10¢)
2 Tbs Lemon Juice (2¢)
2 Tbs Garlic Wine Vinegar (10¢)
1/2 Diced Red Onion (22¢)
1/2 Garlic Clover (13¢)
2 Large Chopped Tomatoes (95¢)
1/2 Cup Chopped Parsley Leaves (69¢)
10 Sliced Olives (25¢)
Salt and Pepper  (5¢)

Blend ingredients in order listed. Enjoy.

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 | 2 comments

Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Revolution

One cantaloupe + Organic Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

I just fell in love with this book, concise and extremely useful.  I incorporated green smoothies into my diet over a year ago, but my choices had become redundant. I knew I wanted to broaden out and try to mix it up a little more but I was concerned I would end up wasting the grocery budget on gross recipes. When I saw Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health available as a download for less than 10 bucks I figured I’d start there.  I was really pleased with my purchase.  The highlight for me was its sections on the importance of rotating your greens and the long list of recipe ideas.   I was skeptical about some of the smoothie recipes but so far they have all been delicious.  I really appreciate that Vitoria acknowledges that most people probably need to work up to the super green smoothie level and has a designated section for beginner recipes.  I am determined to try every recipe in the book at least once.  The first recipe I tried was the Cantaloupe and Parsley Smoothie.   I loved it.  It tasted light and fresh, a smooth combination of sweet and green.

Plenty of leftovers for breakfast

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Green Smoothie Shopping

Lots of great deals- thinking in terms of dollar to nutrient value
Spent approximately 50 dollars on all organic produce for 7 smoothie recipes to be enjoyed twice a day
If everything goes as planned – that is about 3.60 for per organic smoothie

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Posted by on May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

How can you resist hot pink fruit?

The dragon fruit called out to me while I was shopping for green smoothie ingredients at the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market.  I wasn’t sure  exactly how the dragon fruit was meant to be eaten, but it was so gorgeous I had to pick it up.  I was glad to find that the dragon fruit is a simple one.  All you have to do is cut it, scoop out the meat, and enjoy. The texture will remind you of kiwi.  The taste is reminiscent of mild melon. 

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