Carrot, Beet, and Greens Juice

When I first purchased the juicer, I had many conversations with my friend J about what kinds of juices to try (she’s been juicing for a while now). I was getting a bit bored of making the same juice every day, so she suggested a beet and carrot juice.

I immediately declined to try it. I don’t like carrot juice.

I am so glad that J encouraged me to give it another try with a few other yummy ingredients! I could barely taste the carrot juice and still got all the fantastic benefits of drinking carrot juice! The apple give it some nice sweetness. And I loved the suggestion to finish it off with some fresh ginger!

YUM! I think this is my new favourite juice!

Carrot, Beet, and Greens Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots – approximate cost $0.30
  • 2 beets – approximate cost $0.30
  • 2 handfuls spinach – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 handful (about 5 leaves) romaine lettuce – approximate cost $0.40
  • 1 Macintosh apple – approximate cost $0.30
  • 1 knob ginger – approximate cost $0.05

Method

  1. Add the ingredients to the juicer one at a time, starting with the softest ingredients and moving to the most dense:
    1. Spinach
    2. Romaine lettuce
    3. Macintosh apple
    4. Carrots
    5. Beets
    6. Ginger
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving (approximate cost: $1.85 per serving).

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Sweet Green Juice

I made a kitchen purchase. And sold a few other items. And oh I’m so happy with the decision!

I said goodbye to a few items that I found I hadn’t been using. Goodbye pasta maker, ravioli maker, bread maker and waffle maker! It’s been good, but you were taking up a lot of space in my kitchen. Thank you Kijiji for helping me re-home these functioning but unused items (and helping to get a bit of cash towards the purchase of my new item).

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I’ve gone a bit overboard with the juicing. I’m buying more fresh vegetables than ever before (which is great, except that they’re quite expensive in the winter months). I’ve had a fresh juice every morning and a few evenings since I made the purchase. A friend recommended that I go to the discount grocery store that is a bit further than the usual store at which I shop. That has helped very much in keeping the cost down.

So, I’m sorry in advance if I’m overloading you with juice recipes over the next month or more. But they’re so healthy and delicious! And already I’ve noticed that I’m getting more adventuresome in what I will try.

Today, I’m sharing a sweet-tasting green juice. The pear, apple, and grapes make it sweet and helps you ease in to drinking greens. If you have been wanting to try green juices, this is a great way to start out!

Sweet Green Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 small handful of parsley – approximate cost $0.30
  • 1 russet pear – approximate cost $0.30
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 Macintosh apple – approximate cost $0.30
  • 30 red grapes – approximate cost $0.60

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Method

  1. Add the ingredients to the juicer one at a time, starting with the softest ingredients and moving to the most dense:
    1. Parsley
    2. Spinach
    3. Grapes
    4. Pear
    5. Apple
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving (approximate cost: $2.00 per serving).

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Day 1: Breakfast

I’m sick. (What a way to start the month…) Today’s breakfast photo is of a very healthy smoothie, full of vitamin C, that will hopefully contribute to a speedy recovery.  I need to be better by Sunday, when I will be participating in the Power of Movement, Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser that donates to arthritis and autoimmune research. I’m part of the Fearless Heart Yoga team, check out our team’s page for more details.

I realize that sharing the recipe for my breakfast is not part of the challenge, but this smoothie is fantastic, so I must share!

Get-Well Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1 cup baby spinach – approximate cost $0.40
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds – approximate cost $0.25
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced – approximate cost $1.00
  • 1/2 cup banana slices (or 1 ripe banana) – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and sliced  – approximate cost $1.00

Method

  1. Place pineapple juice and chia seeds in the blender. Allow the seeds to soak in the juice for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (baby spinach, coconut water, orange, banana slices, and granny smith apple) to the blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into two tall glasses and enjoy!

Makes about 2 servings (approximate cost: $2.33 per serving).

Raw Apple Pie in Cupcake Tins

I’ve been making a lot of raw apple desserts lately, so when Chef Renee said we were going to make a raw apple pie I was excited to learn a few things about how I could improve the desserts I was already preparing. And the answer was obvious… play with the ingredients! I was using walnuts exclusively for many of the desserts, including the raw apple crisp and the raw apple cobbler. I hadn’t thought of including dried coconut flakes, pecans, or any other type of nuts.

Raw apple pie

Renee’s apple pie was fantastic! Although when I made this again myself I left the dates out of the filling to tone down the sweetness of the dessert. Just a personal preference.

B and I both enjoyed this pie. For his, I heated the apple mixture before serving and prepared my own at room temperature. Because you don’t put the crust and the filling together until you are just about to serve the pie,  it is easy to cater to various preferences.

Raw Apple Pie in Cupcake Tins

Recipe by RAW food chef Renee Shaidle

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts – approximate cost $2.25
  • 1 cup pecans – approximate cost $1.50
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut (optional) – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – approximate cost $0.05
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
  • 1 cup raisins – approximate cost $1.00
  • 10 medjool or honey dates – approximate cost $2.75

Crust

Filling

  • 6 apples – approximate cost $2.00
  • 1 lemon, juiced – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1/2 cup raisins – approximate cost $0.50
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted  – approximate cost $0.80
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – approximate cost $0.05
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup – approximate cost $0.75

Filling

Method

  1. Soak the raisins and dates in warm water for at least 20 minutes, this will make them more sticky. This step is optional. You will likely need to use more raisins and dates if you do not have time to soak them first.
  2. Prepare the crust
    1. Blend the walnuts, pecans, dried coconut, cinnamon and sea salt in a food processor until coarsely ground.
    2. Add raisins and dates until mixture begins to stick together.
    3. Reserve half of the crumble (to sprinkle on top of pie).
    4. Press the remaining half of the crust mixture into muffin tins lined with plastic wrap (Or a 9” pie pan)

      crust

  3. Prepare the filling
    1. Peel, core, and thinly slice 2 apples.
    2. Coat sliced apples with 2 tablespoons lemon juice (this will keep them from turning brown) and set aside.
    3. Peel, slice, and core 4 apples and blend in the food processor with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
    4. Add dates, cinnamon, and maple syrup and continue to process until smooth.
    5. Remove mixture from processor and combine with the sliced apples.
  4. Putting it together
    1. Pour the apple mixture into the prepared muffin cups or pie plate.
    2. Top with remaining crumble.

Crust

Note: Raw apple pies will keep in fridge for approximately 5 days. However, you might want to keep the crust and filling separate until you are about ready to serve the dessert.

Makes about 12 servings (approximate cost: $1.08 per serving).

Raw apple pie

Raw Apple Cobbler

I’m not one for sweets. Yet, you’ll notice that lately I’ve been writing more about desserts such as Raw Apple Crumble, and Raw Chocolate Truffles with Cashew Kream. I’m sure you’ve already noticed a theme: these desserts are raw. I usually skip desserts because they taste too sweet for my liking. Raw desserts, on the other hand, I enjoy. They use natural sweeteners such as honey or agave nectar. And I find that there’s more flexibility to tone down the sweetness than with traditional baked desserts where, if you cut down on sugar, you could potentially ruin the dish (e.g. a pastry doesn’t thicken).

This Raw Apple Cobbler is only slightly different from the Raw Apple Crumble. I really like the added apple sauce, which I find distributes the flavours well throughout the dish. Whereas, with the apple crisp, the apple filling and the crust are distinct.

apple cobbler

As I mentioned in my post about Raw seaweed wraps with vegetables and herbs, B isn’t fond of raw foods, so I heated his portion in the microwave to soften the apples a bit. While he still prefers a traditional baked apple cobbler, heating this dish allowed him to enjoy it as well.

Raw Apple Cobbler

Adapted from Loving it Raw

Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 medium Macintosh or Cortland apples (or any other type of apple that you prefer) – approximate cost $2.50
  • 1/2 cup raisins soaked for at least two hours – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – approximate cost $0.10
  • 1 lemon cut into slices – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) – approximate cost $0.10
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey) – approximate cost $0.50

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts – approximate cost $1.50
  • 1/2 cup almonds – approximate cost $1.00
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil – approximate cost $0.25
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey) – approximate cost $0.50
  • 3/4 cup (approximately 9-10) medjool dates, soaked and pitted – approximate cost $1.50

apple cobbler

Method

  1. Soak raisins and medjool dates in separate bowls for at least two hours. (I tend to start soaking in the morning and prepare the dish when I get home in the evening.)
  2. Prepare the crust.
    1. Combine walnuts and almonds in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped.
    2. Add coconut oil and medjool dates (ensure they are pitted) and process until the mixture starts to become sticky and is well blended.
    3. Press the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and drizzle with agave nectar (or honey).
    4. Place crust in the fridge to harden while you prepare the filling.
  3. Prepare the filling.
    1. Core all of the apples and set three aside.
    2. Slice 3 apples in the food processor and place in a large mixing bowl.
    3. Squeeze half of the lemon, covering as many of the apples as possible with the juice.
      Note: Add the lemon juice before any other ingredients to prevent the apples from turning brown.
    1. Sprinkle apples with ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon and raisins.
    2. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of agave nectar (or honey).
    3. Toss the apple mixture until it is well coated and set aside.
    4. Add remaining 3 apples, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to the food processor and process until mixture becomes a sauce.
  1. Put the cobbler together.
    1. Pour the apple slices on top of the crust. Move the slices as needed to create a mostly even layer.
    2. Pour the apple sauce mixture over top of the apple slices.

Serve immediately or put in the fridge and save for later. I find it tastes best when served at room temperature

Makes about 8 servings (approximate cost: $1.15 per serving).

Raw Apple Crumble

I’ll be participating in a bake sale tomorrow, with the proceeds being donated to a local charity. You might have noticed from the nature of my posts, I don’t often bake sweets. Honestly, because I rarely follow a recipe step-by-step the result usually isn’t quite right. At first, I thought it might be nice to prepare some finger foods such as dumplings or other such appetizers. Being that I would have to prepare this on a weeknight, I ruled out that option as too time consuming.

Then, I looked to the Raw Cooking Workshop that I attended at the beginning of the month. I sifted through the recipe book that Renee prepared for us, but nothing was quite what I was looking for. As my mind drifted and I began looking forward to a weekend shopping trip at the market, I found my inspiration: it’s apple season! I will make something with apples. What can I make with apples? Apple pie, apple sauce, apple crumble, baked apples, candied apples… the options seemed endless. However, I still liked the idea of making a raw dish.

Apple crumble seemed like the least intensive item to prepare on a weeknight. I searched the Internet for “raw apple crumble” and found two recipes that seemed appropriate: Raw Apple Crisp from Raw Food Passion and RAW Vegan Apple Crisp from A Taste of Raw. I ended up taking suggestions from both recipes and came up with the following recipe for apple crumble.

Raw Apple Crumble

Adapted from Raw Food Passion and A Taste of Raw

apple crumble

Ingredients

Crumble

  • 2 cups raw nuts (any combination, 1 used ½ cup walnuts, 1 cup almonds, ½ cup cashews, could also include pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.) – approximate cost $4.00
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut flakes – approximate cost $1.00
  • 8 (about a ½ cup) medjool dates, soaked and pitted – approximate cost $2.00
  • 2 tablespoons of agave nectar – approximate cost $0.25

Filling

  • 4-6 apples (I used Macintosh), cored and thinly sliced – approximate cost $3.00
  • 1 lemon, squeezed/juiced – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked – approximate cost $0.50
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon – approximate cost $0.10
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg – approximate cost $0.05
  • 2 tablespoons of agave nectar – approximate cost $0.25

apple crumble

Method

Preparing to make this dish

  1. Soak the medjool dates and raisins for 2-3 hours or until softened.
  2. Core and slice apples into thin pieces. (This can be done with a paring knife and a lot of patience, or much more quickly using a food processor).

Prepare the filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice and agave nectar, then set aside.
  2. Let the mixture marinate on the counter for 1-2 hours.
  3. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins to the apple mixture and mix well.

Prepare the crumble

  1. Place nuts and coconut in a food processor (or blender) and process until coarsely ground.
  2. Add dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together.

Assembling the dish

  1. Press the crumble into 8″ square glass baking dish to make an even and solid crust.
  2. Drizzle the crust with 2 tablespoons of agave nectar.
  3. Pour the apple filling mixture over the crumble and arrange into a mostly even layer.

Enjoy immediately or chill and save later. Serve at room temperature or warm it slightly in an oven turned to its lowest temperature with the door propped open.

Makes 9 servings (approximate cost: $1.29 per serving).

apple crumble

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