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

ON DAY 31…A MEAL MOST UNCOMMON

Happy Easter this Resurrection weekend…!   Do you ever experience something or have feelings you could have others feel for themselves?  I feel that way most acutely this day… my juice fast of 30 days is now broken…and I am free…

As I sat dwelling upon the past month of discoveries and revelations ushered in by a most loving Heavenly Father, I am humbled joyful and amazed.  I learned how much He cares about me, how every step I take and hope to make He has already  thought about and offers to lead me the best way, even showing me during this fast where my body was in need nutritionally through dreams in the night.  Remarkable.  This juicing journey was a deliberate fast undertaken to break bonds that tied me to a comfortability in habits and routines that serve nothing but gluttony and self-consciousness.   Thus, it was not always easy, but the release from them and unto greater liberty is incomparable to the discomfort–not even worth a categorical mention.  The simplest profundity in all of this is truly embracing OH, HOW LITTLE I TRULY NEED … AND THAT IN WALKING WITH HIM, I AM FULLY SATISFIED… in every way.

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After a predawn quiet-time, I shared my first meal with the One who led me through the past month.  Grateful, confidant, hopeful, more fearless than I have been in after many years of great trials and illness, I sat pondering about His goodness, might, mercy, and promises and we broke bread.  The, scored, toasted/burnt, unleavened kind–matzo symbolic of Jesus’ stripes with berry juice in lieu of wine.  This is the greatest blessing of all… the promise of peace offered, the wholeness left up to me to accept. This communion alone with Him was different–more special somehow in that it was the first food I had in a while that was sheerly for spiritual nourishment and in being able to really hone in on what this “bread” symbolized, it was a really a beautiful partaking.  A meal most uncommon as mentioned above.  I cherished  honoring Christ’s finished work as the “substance” lamb who is the passover-everlasting. As is my right as a child of G-d, I received wholeheartedly the infusion of the incorruptible life of Yeshua in me!

As I pondered how the blood in the heart of my Jesus drained out, I understood how he literally poured out his heart, his thoughts, his very soul into mine so that through his love, I can be and am as he is now–in glorious victory and triumph over all oppressiveness.  I am free…free…free indeed!  AM I; IS MY FAITH EXTREME?  YES… AND I AM EXTREMELY BLESSED!

In brief, my physical body feels stronger– I am lighter upon my feet, feeling more energetic, thinking more clearly…I even had the lightest p.m.s. and menstrual cycle in years with no pain or cramping.  Yes, I have lost a couple pounds, so not much at all really.  One might expect more, but all the essential fatty acids I took in kept my body in a healthy balance.  Plus, weight loss was NOT the point, nor objective–I had faith that what my body needed to reboot and heal would be facilitated during the process.  Just the bodily changes listed above testifies to that, but the emotional and mental clarity, soundness, and buoyant optimism outweighs the measurable, physical benefits…  Even my marriage has gone through a surprising distillation process, a purging of sorts…we feel relationally renewed and free to love unhindered and wiser in our togetherness.

Then, of course, is the spiritual growth.  How do I even begin?    Hearing my Father’s whispers and seeing what He needs me to know…prayers for loved ones answered, shackles broken off of my beloved friends and family evidenced by breakthrough jobs, financial assistance, and priceless hope… how do I even begin to count the ways and the blessings that have invaded my world?  I cannot … so I urge you to find the journey you are to take into a deeper oneness with the One who created all and is my all in all.

As I try to remember this, I share something I have just realized myself… that God and His supernaturalness does not necessitate any dramatic fashions, but is most often purely simple and so truly sweet.

With ALL MY HEART AND SOUL… May GOD bless YOU!!!!

DAY 9

CANtaloopy CCheers to you with this… my tasty dessert from last night- CANtaloopy C.  Cantaloupe, 1 carrot, 1 celery stalk, basil, and 1 stalk of swiss chard, ½ orange and ½ lime.  Do you see that name?  It ties in to this day’s ponderment…

Today my challenge was to ponder upon the word YES—all that it means and the can-do-attitude it takes to receive and act upon good things!  I wonder how deeply I believe in what is possible …. How much; how deeply; how truly do I BELIEVE?  I wish to waver not and move mountains… I guess this is a season to dig deeper to reach higher and much further than  I could have otherwise…

Restocked, washed, dried, and juiced some produce for the next couple of days.  Lots of melons this week for many night caps …and just got a 10 pound bag of organic carrots at Costco for only 5 dollars.  That is the steal of the season, for sure!!!

I admitted to my husby that this juice fast is easier than I expected… and right after I got hit with a compulsion to reach for the pineapples I cut up and the raw granola he is chomping on next to me and chow down.  Ah… the challenge.

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.