Salad Queen Favorites

I am so backlogged with salads! Here are some of my favorites from the last week or so…

First up – Enoki & Kelp Medley.

16 raw salad

  • base: weird lettuce from Han Kook (labeled as kale, but not)
  • toppings: kelp noodles, sprouts, watercress, cilantro, onions, cluster tomatoes, enoki mushrooms
  • dressings: liquid gold elixir (olive oil, bragg’s liquid aminos, rice vinegar, lemon juice, stevia, tons of garlic) & salsa (post-pic)

Next – Shout for Sprouts.

19 raw salad

  • base: red leaf and iceberg lettuce
  • toppings: avocado (massaged in), tomatoes, cilantro, sprouts, enoki mushrooms, kelp noodles, raw corn
  • dressings: liquid gold elixir (see above) & salsa (post-pic)

And then – Charming Parm.

01 parm salad

  • base: iceberg lettuce
  • toppings: chopped purple cabbage, tomatoes, raw corn, scallions, chopped seaweed, PARMESAN
  • dressings: liquid gold elixir (see above) & salsa

Along with Charming Parm I had some more parm – on top of steamed broccoli stalks (I ate the heads raw). So good. I also added some olive oil.

02 parm broccoli

Lastly – Simply Scrumptious.

18 raw salad

  • base: red leaf & iceberg lettuce
  • toppings: chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, seaweed, purple cabbage, raw corn
  • dressings: liquid gold elixir (see above) & salsa

I think I’ve figured out the perfect combination. It has a base of red leaf and iceberg lettuce. The toppings are raw corn, tomatoes, seaweed, and cabbage. All salads must be topped with liquid gold elixir and salsa.

Do you have a favorite salad combo?

Jazzy juicing, the return of kabocha, and Japanese deals!

Today’s juice was a keeper. I think it’s pretty much the same as yesterday’s.

15 juice veggies

  • greens – romaine lettuce, celery, 1/2 a cucumber
  • jazz – 1/2 granny smith apple, 1/2 lemon, mint leaves (more than yesterday), big knob of ginger

I love the cucumber and mint flavors – they go so well with the ginger, apple, and greens. It’s a wonderful combo – try it out.

16 green juice

Can you see that crazy candle in the background? I love the way it melted around the other candle. I don’t want to get rid of it.

17 weird candle

I had a few delicious things last night. First up was kabocha… with guacamole. Unfortunately, the avocado I got was watery and bland; I guess that’s what I get for getting cheap avocados at Han Kook (Korean grocery). I had more bowls than this, but didn’t have guac with the rest. The kabocha was to die for.

12 kabocha guacamole

I also had raw corn the same way I have popcorn – with sea salt, chili powder, and cinnamon. It was great. I liked it even more than I like popcorn.

13 corn cinnamon chili

This morning I was out running errands and I decided to stop by Mitsuwa, a Japanese grocery store that I don’t go to often (Han Kook is closer) but that I love. I got all this for $15.25. I do know how to bargain shop when I want to.

14 mitsuwa groceries

  • whipped butter (not organic, but from non-hormone cows): $2.79
  • 2x iceberg lettuce – $0.69 each
  • 2x bag of tomatoes – $0.99 each
  • package of green beans – $1.00
  • package of snow peas – $0.35
  • bag of (3) granny smith apples – $0.99
  • 2x pack of 2 ears of corn (4 ears total) – $1.19 each pack of 2
  • bag of (2) asian pears – $0.59
  • head of romaine – $0.79
  • 2x package of mushrooms – $0.29 each
  • package of ginger – $0.87
  • napa cabbage – $0.49/pound

I like to stalk the bargain shelves at Asian grocery stores. Han Kook doesn’t have one, but most do. Not everything I got was from the shelf; the butter, napa cabbage, ginger, romaine, and corn were all full price.

I’m off to read something… I’ve been spending entirely too much time on the computer recently and I need to stop. I did write about linguistic determinism last night if you’re interested in some linguistics info.

What’s your favorite way to save money? Do you shop sales, have a special store, use coupons, or something else?

More juice!

Last night our friend from Cornell (who works with Bobby) came over to hang out. We watched Dexter (love this show!), played with the kitties (who are mostly getting along – they’re doing well), and made some juice. I just got into Dexter this weekend and I’m almost done the first season (it’s on Netflix streaming).

08 griff juice

This juice had…

  • 1 fuji apple
  • 1 asian pear
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • bunch of mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 big stalks of celery

It made 3 decent sized glasses. It was so good. Griff liked it a lot, and was surprised at how sweet it was even though it was bright green. We served it over ice.

09 juices

This morning I made a slight variation on my first juice from yesterday. It had…

10 morning juice

  • romaine leaves (1/3 huge head)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • mint leaves
  • 2 knobs ginger
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 granny smith apple

I love the way juice separates in layers. It’s so pretty.

11 morning juice

Before my juice this morning I found a posting on Craigslist for a used mini-trampoline (rebounder). I drove over, tied it to the top of my car, and brought it home. It was only $10. It’s 4 feet in diameter. I rebounded for 30 minutes while watching something trashy on E! and followed it up with 10 minutes of yoga-like stretching.

Words

  • juice – first recorded around 1290AD, this word comes from Old French (and Latin) jus = “broth, sauce, juice.” The PIE base was *yus- (also appears in Sanskrit as yus- = “broth” and Lithuanian juse = “fish soup”). The meaning “electricity” was first recorded in 1896.
  • rule – from Latin regula = “straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern.” It appeared in 1225AD. Before that, the word for rule was wealdan (Old English… same root as wield).

I decided to start another blog called A Love Of Words. I’d love it if you want to stop on over, but no pressure. It’s going to be my place for talking about linguistics, words, and language. If you’re into that stuff definitely check it out.

What’s your favorite TV show? Or what are you watching now? I’m glad I have 2 more seasons of Dexter to catch up on… I love finding new shows to watch.

P.S. Shelby made my homemade ketchup… have you?

Our first juice & our second baby

Second cat baby that is 🙂 Yesterday we adopted a sweet tomcat who is just as big as our other one. Couscous is the cat we already had; he’s about 8 years old, very big, very sweet, very loud, and we thought he would like a friend. This is Couscous:

06 couscous

The new addition to the Miller family is Bo, short for Kabocha. He’s somewhere between 2-4 years old. He was found in a trailer park just hanging around and was in foster care until we adopted him yesterday. He is incredibly sweet, he loves food just as much as Cous, and he’s huge. We didn’t go to the pet store intending to get another cat; we just needed cat food… but we walked away with this pile of mush:

07 kabocha

The other addition to our family yesterday was the Breville JE95XL Two-Speed Juice Fountain Plus. I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. You can get them refurbished on Amazon for cheap too but I didn’t want to take any chances.

juicer!

I had to make a nice green juice with it this morning. This went in…

03 juice veggies

  • most of a head of celery (organic)
  • 1/2 head of romaine lettuce (organic)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 granny smith apple
  • 2 knobs of ginger

And this came out…

05 green juice

Plus this… I can’t bring myself to throw it away. I’m going to have to come up with some pulp recipes.

04 juice pulp

The juice was fantastic. Bobby had a bit of it too and he actually thought it was pretty good. We loved the lemon and ginger taste. I am definitely going to keep juicing. If you are considering getting a juicer, this one is great so far. It’s really easy to clean – I just rinsed it off as soon as I finished juicing and it was a breeze. It even comes with a brush to scrub the juicing mesh part.

I had to keep shaking the juice; it separates. The last few sips were very strong with ginger, but I didn’t mind.

What’s your favorite juice recipe?

Kabocha Pie!

As promised, here is my recipe for Kabocha Pie. It’s based off of a raw recipe from Natalia Rose. She’s quite inspiring. You could easily substitute another squash or sweet potato for the kabocha. This combines as a starch for those interested; if you don’t cook the kabocha it’s neutral, but my food processor isn’t strong enough to handle raw squash. Maybe if I had a Vita-Mix 🙂

Maggie’s Kabocha Pie

18 pumpkin pie

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups chopped kabocha or other squash or sweet potato (you may leave the skin on; I did)
  • 1/2 cup water (or additional carrot juice)
  • 1/4 cup carrot juice (I used Earthbound Organic)
  • 1/4 of a large avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • stevia or other sweetener (optional; I tried it with stevia and it was way too sweet; it was perfect without any sweetener and Bobby even said it was still too sweet)

Directions

  1. Steam the kabocha OR microwave it in the water for 3 minutes.
  2. Blend the cooked kabocha, water, carrot juice, avocado, spice, and (optional) sweetener in a food processor. Add more water/juice to get your desired consistency.
  3. Serve! I like mine at room temperature or chilled, but hot is good too.

I’m glad I started eating kabocha again. Sometimes after eating something so much I just stop for a while, but my kabocha love is now back with a vengeance. Last night I enjoyed a big bowl of “pie” along with a huge raw salad.

20 kabocha pie salad

  • base – red leaf lettuce, organic iceberg
  • toppings – tomato, raw corn, kelp noodles (!), cilantro
  • dressings – liquid gold elixir (garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, bragg’s liquid aminos, rice vinegar, stevia) & trader joe’s salsa

This morning I did rebounding for another 30 minutes while watching Millionaire. I’m trying to decide if I want to do some yoga now, or maybe later this afternoon.

Word of the day

  • vinegar – first appeared in the 13th century. break it down: vin = “wine” + aigre = “sour” (same root as eager!). in Latin it was vinum acetum = “wine turned sour”. so vinegar is sour wine 🙂

Hope you’re all planning to have a lovely weekend! What are you going to do?