Good morning all!!
How are ya today? I’ve got a super early start this morning because I’m off to a training conference for work in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. I love the little village feel that Niagara-on-the-Lake has in the summer, but I’ve never seen it in the winter so hopefully I’ll get a chance to take a few photos. In other news, I am so, SO excited to tell you all about my new things this week. Yesterday I was absolutely bursting with excitement as I ate dinner, and as a result, I’ve got not just one, but TWO recipes for you today! First, let’s start with my usual….
1. Recipe of the Week: As I mentioned on Monday, one of my goals for this month is to drink 3 green (or veggie-based) juices each week. it seems that just about everyone I talk to is fighting some sort of flu or cold bug these days, myself included. I think that for me, part of it has to do with our all-over-the-place weather, as well as the stress of work and other things going on in my day to day life. If you’re feeling even a little under the weather, I’ve got just the thing to help boost your immunity and your energy. It’s not just apple juice, it’s Lean Mean Green Apple Juice!
I’ll just start off by saying that this doesn’t actually taste like your standard apple juice, but it’s rather mild as far as green juices go. If you’re new to juicing, it’s a great recipe to start with. Citrus fruits are given a ton of attention in flu season due to their vitamin C content, but just as important are dark leafy greens. They contain heaps of vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants that help to keep your immune system running along as it should. Greens are also a great source of minerals that do the same job – zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium and copper. The darker the better, so feel free to mix up the ones you use for this.
Not only do greens give my Lean Mean Green Apple Juice an extra punch of nutritional power, but fresh ginger gives it a nice zing. Over time I’ve come to love fresh ginger, but if you’re not as huge of a fan, go ahead and add a smaller amount. Ginger is fabulous for its anti-inflammatory and cancer prevention properties, so if you’re dealing with any sort of nausea, discomfort, or pain, it’s a great whole food to add to your diet.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can also make this juice by adding some water and using my Vitamix and tights method. Be sure to strain it really well because you won’t want to lose any of this green goodness.
2. Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze. Look what I found!
I know this has probably been available for a long time and therefore isn’t such a new thing, but it’s certainly new to me. I found it at one of my local health food stores (Fiddleheads) a couple of weeks ago and have had it stashed away, waiting to be used in a Try Something New Tuesday adventure. Unlike other flavoured non-dairy bevvies, this one hasn’t been pumped up with sugar and other ingredients that take away from its greatness. But does it work like coconut milk?
It’s been a while since I cheffed up a Thai curry in my kitchen, and with the soggy/snowy/rainy weather we’ve been getting lately, this was exactly what I craved for dinner last night. Rather than using coconut milk, I decided to put my new find to the test to see if it would work as a creamy substitute. I recruited some of my staple curry ingredients….
…then went about adding them to a pan in quantities that I just assumed would work. When all was said and done, I plated my dinner and sat down to give it a taste.
Initial thoughts: I can’t even remember because I was too busy enjoying the euphoric foodgasm that came from that first bite. It was amazing!!! Notexactly the same taste as you’d get from canned coconut milk, but darn close and just as delicious. In fact, I think I liked it more.
I didn’t experience that heaviness that I often feel after having eaten rich coconut milk-based curries, and the milder coconut taste allowed the other flavours from the fish sauce, curry paste, and chillies to come through.
This was so flippin’ good that I’ve posted it as a separate recipe, Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas. If you only make one recipe from this blog this week – heck, if you only make one this year, I hope this is it. I’d offer you my leftovers, but….umm…. I’m going to need to make more.
So tell me…
- Have you tried the coconut-flavoured Almond Breeze yet? What did you think? I’ve got another recipe idea up my sleeve and if it’s a success, you can bet you’ll be hearing about it soon!
- What’s your go-to cold fighting remedy? Apart from making sure I drink lots of water and get tons of sleep (well, as much as my schedule will allow), I amp up my consumption of all fruits and veggies, and if all else fails, it’s Advil Cold & Sinus. I don’t like taking medication, but sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!