Hi Lovelies!

Happy Halloween! How are you this morning? My week has been flying past so far and I can’t believe it’s already October 31st. Do you have any Halloween parties to go to tonight? Sadly I’ll be missing the trick or treaters because I’ve got a flight to catch for work but maybe I’ll get lucky and the airline will have some sort of fun Halloween treats to hand out? You never know! I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that this whole hurricane thing doesn’t mean we have to cancel our travel plans. I don’t know about you but I’ve had more than enough of this cold rainy weather!

Alright, it’s time to tell you about my new things for this week!

1. Recipe of the Week: If you read my post on Monday about my weekend full of foodie adventures with Leanne, you may be anticipating a recipe re-creation from Fresh, and that’s exactly what I’ve got today! I don’t know about you, but big bowls full of colourful veggie goodness make me feel awesome. The combination of ingredients in my dinner at Fresh on Saturday night was so delicious that I knew I had to attempt an encore at home. The “Eat Your Greens” bowl on the menu consists of greens, cucumbers, sunflower sprouts, and edamame. I’ve been on a crazy beet kick lately, so I ordered some spiralized beets at the restaurant, and grated some myself for my at-home version. (My spiralizer and beets are a very messy combination!)

Fresh has a Protein Boost topping made from nuts and seeds, and the mixture I’ve put in this salad is very close to the restaurant’s version. To break down some of the larger nuts, they just need a quick whirl in the food processor. When combined with the seeds, you’ll have a delicious, crunchy addition that adds serious flavour and texture to the dish.

May I present you with my Re-Created “Eat Your Greens” bowl, inspired by Fresh.

The dressing on this salad is a green goddess-like mixture containing cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, and a few spices. It may take a little while to prep the dressing and the nut and seed mixture, but I promise that the end result will be SO worth it. With a hefty scoop of edamame and a smattering of goji berries, this bowl will leave you smiling ear to ear, with a very happy belly too!

2. A new kitchen gadget: The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Deluxe. Meet my new best friend!

Well actually, let me rephrase that… the Vitamix is still my best friend but this juicer is the new cool kid on the block and we’ve been getting very well acquainted over the past 2 days. For months I’ve been going back and forth in my mind wondering whether I should purchase a juicer. I’ve made plenty of veggie juices in my Vitamix in the past and know that it can certainly be done (you can check out my Vitamix juice-making tutorial here if you’re interested) but some days I’d rather have a machine to do the messy pulp straining for me.

Now before you go thinking that I’ve splurged and spent silly amounts of money on yet another kitchen appliance, let me explain that this was SUCH a deal. Rather than heading out to a store, I decided to do a little Kijiji search for juicers in my area. I was amazed at the number of results that came up and began reading Amazon reviews of the various models I found. One ad was for a very lightly used Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Deluxe, and the seller was offering it for less than half its retail price. After exchanging a few Q&A emails with the owner, I agreed to buy it.

Naturally, I was practically running to the kitchen yesterday to christen my new juicer. Into my mix went several very large handfuls of spinach, 5 celery stalks, 1 Granny Smith apple, and a big hunk of fresh ginger root. I read in the Juicing Tips booklet that came with the juicer that it’s best to squish leafy greens into a ball, then follow them in the feeding chute with harder items like apples or celery. This is what I did, and the result was fantastic!

The celery definitely produced the most liquid of any of the ingredients and pushing the stalks down the chute helped to move the spinach along as well. After all of my ingredients were juiced, I added a little fresh lemon juice and drank up. I’m thinking green juices are going to be replacing green smoothies in my breakfasts for the coming weeks because I’m obsessed with them!

As far as the juicer’s performance, here are the pros and cons from my point of view:

Pros:

  • The components were really easy to assemble and take apart.
  • The juicing process was also simple  – from start to finish (including cleaning) it only took me 15 minutes, and that included reading the instructions to make sure I was doing it right.
  • To save on clean-up time, I took the suggestion in the owner’s manual and lined the pulp catcher with a plastic bag. It caught it all beautifully.
  • All parts are dishwasher safe, except the base.
  • Price – $60.00 – enough said.

Cons:

  • Kinda heavy, but not much heavier than a Vitamix
  • The spout height is a bit low, so I have to juice into a bowl, then pour that into mason jars.
  • When removing the bag of pulp, it wasn’t as dry as I thought it would be. From what I’ve heard, masticating juicers are better than centrifugal juicers (which is what mine is) at really squeezing juice out of produce. This isn’t that big of a deal though, because I’m not letting it go to waste. I used my pulp in a big fat veggie omelette yesterday and it was delicious. It also decreased my prep time, which is always a welcomed perk! no need to waste fruit and veggie pulp and I plan to use what was left from my juice in an omelette. 

Now I just need to get myself some more mason jars so I can make the juices in the evening, seal them, and store them overnight so they don’t lose their lovely nutritious superpowers. Expect to see some juice recipes in the near future!

So tell me…

  • Do you own a juicer? If so, what brand/model do you use? What do you think of it?
  • Are you on team juice or team smoothie?