Savory Salad Starring Veggie Pulp

Simple things are just so wonderful… and this all-around do-gooder is a true win-win!

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If you have a juicer at home, you most definitely have the pulp.  And if you have a twin-gear masticating juicer like me that presses produce between the gears and then wrings it out as a second step, the leftover pulp is dry enough to have endless uses.  It’s just a matter of thinking about what to do other than compost or add to my puppies’ homemade food (which they gobble up by the way.  They love their wheatgrass and carrot juice slurps in the morning!)  Oops.. I digress, but I love my pups so much!

Okay… the veggie pulp I like to use for this salad is from juicing carrots and celery in equal amounts, then some beets and its greens, some dandelion greens, bit of garlic, and some turmeric and ginger.  I usually end up juicing the ginger and turmeric first and using the pulp to brew some fresh tea, but a bit of it goes in this salad.  However, I let it mostly be made of carrots and celery with a touch of the aforementioned greens.

INGREDIENTS/WHAT TO DO:

  • 2 cups of veggie pulp (celery, carrot, some beet with greens, ginger/turmeric)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of vegan “mayo”
  • 1/2 lemon to squeeze into it
  • 1/4 cup each sprouted pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and almonds (totaling 3/4 cup of nuts)
  • 1/4 cup of finely sliced celery (adding chopped parsley or green onions would be nice)
  • 2 Tablespoons (to taste) seasonings including harissa, turmeric, cumin, oregano
  • 2 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper, and cayenne to taste
  • dash of coconut aminos for a bit of flavor depth
  • JUST MIX ALL OF THESE INGREDIENTS OR ONES YOU CHOOSE TO INCORPORATE THOROUGHLY AND BE READY TO LICK THAT SPOON! REMEMBER, WHAT YOU DO WITH IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT IS LEFT FROM JUICING!

It’s so handy to have as an on-the-go meal with crackers or on a lettuce leaf or wrapped in nori… or as topping on a traditional leafy salad…or mixed (hidden) in meat dishes to sneak some extra healthy love into a loved one.

Try mixing it up!  A sweet version could be to use raisins and crushed pineapple and cut back on the savory seasonings… there really is no wrong way to go about cutting back on the food waste and enjoying this versatile dish.

So keep on enjoying your juice!20180904_171242-11293387572345250755.jpg

Day 7– first week down! :)

I blogged earlier about the internal, unseen benefits of a fast such as this… You can look up an entry called Bloom in Gloom.  I am blessed and enthused about this first full week…

I learned that my body doesn’t like too much EFAs all at once!  All the essential fatty acids can be too much in one drink.  I am making sure I get all my brain nourishing fats while my insides cleaned out by taking soaked chia seeds, ground flax, and hemp seeds when having a drink with vegan protein powder with a nut mylk, but I got even more overambitious this morning.  I added a green powder and my maca powder to all the above and half way through the drink, I got a wave a nausea.  “Too much.. too much!” my body was saying, but my first reaction was to shut it down and just try to finish what I planned as “good for me.”  Then, I just took an extra pause.  Who is the smart one here?  me and my rationalizing brain—the one who needs to get healthy or my body made by a loving Creator?    I paused enough to point to the Creator and I listened to the cry to stop putting in “too much” into my system.  After taking a bit of tea instead, my body relaxed and the nausea disappeared.  After a cleansing bowel movement, I felt all was well… sorry if that was too much information! LOL!

Once I felt some hunger signals arise an hour or so later, I was able to finish the leftover EFA-laden drink without a problem.  Without getting into too much detail, it is my rationalizations that have gotten me in to many a mess, so this extra pause was a good thing…maybe the beginning of taking on that good habit to supplant my inclination to bulldoze myself into anything that seems good.  I am going for the ideal, not just good…and only being in tune with my heavenly maker can guide me so.  On a practical note on that issue—I scaled back my heaping spoon of spirulina in my Nekter lemon cleanse drink to just a half a spoon.  I still felt satisfied.

I still cannot get over how my cravings and hunger are quelled by my liquid doses of impactful nutrition.  Sure beats the awful ramifications of mindless munching through an entire pantry of empty caloric foods.   Food is not necessarily fuel.  And nothing beats the taste of the Word—straight from the good book.  Nothing else can satisfy like that.

I think I will end this night with another melon (sweet cleanser), celery  (for natural sodium), cucumber (uber hydrator), basil (calms), & cilantro (relaxes) drink for dessert in the auger juicer, not the centrifugal one.  I want to see if it comes out as frothy as from the centrifugal machine or if it will just yield more juice. It will definitely get more out of the fresh herbs. Either will be yummy—and if not frothy, than merely having more to drink would not be a bad thing.  Not “too much” of a good thing either… hee hee.