I mentioned a few posts back that I bought a juicer.
I know what you’re thinking… They’re kind of trendy right now.
But the the thing is this: I am, without a doubt, the top consumer of vegetables in my house and even with all of the creative, wonderful ways I have found to cook vegetables since joining the CSA two years ago, sometimes I can’t keep up each week. Although I add the green leafy veggies to breakfast smoothies, I couldn’t use up my weekly share of kale and spinach. I even attempted to blend vegetables in my blender with a bit of water and then strain it (a suggestion from a few fellow bloggers)-gross and messy!
Enter the juicer. I did my research, and you should too, if you’re considering buying one. One of the great things about a juicer is that there is minimal prep time in getting the fruits and vegetables ready. Sure, you have to wash everything, but if you eat organic you don’t have to peel a lot of things (depending on the type of juicer you have). Whenever I juice, I’m still in absolute awe at the sheer number of vegetables and fruit I consume in one tall glass! Several people have told me that they know someone who even uses the pulp in muffins and cakes, but I’m not quite there yet.
The first couple of times I followed some of the green juice recipes out there it tasted, well…less than awesome. I let my husband try a sip. He scrunched his face up. “Tastes like I’m drinking the ground”, he said. I had to agree. After doing a bit more research on flavor combinations, along with distinguishing the flavors in juice that I liked and dialing back the flavors I didn’t like so much, I came up with this recipe after some tweaking.
my favorite green juice
5 kale leaves (at times, I have replaced half of this with other green leafy vegetables-spinach, collards, chard, etc.)
1 medium cucumber
1 apple, cored
1 lemon (some recipes and web sites say you can use the lemon whole, but I prefer to peel it and remove the pith, which gives it a bitter taste)
a knuckle of fresh ginger root, unpeeled (about an inch)
Cut vegetables down to size to fit your juicer. Pass through a juicer and enjoy over ice.