Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Best Juicer Recipes EVER! ~ The Pink Lady with Pomegranate and Grapefruit

This is one of my favorite juicer recipes, not least because it's so pretty! But of course, if you add together three lovely pink things - pomegranate, grapefruit, and a pink lady apple - you're going to get something pretty! I'm sure this juice is great anytime, but I think it's especially nice in the winter when fresh produce is so sparse, and pomegranates and citrus are just coming into season. In the doldrums of yet MORE winter vegetables, this sparkly, tangy pink juice is a treat!

Best Juicer Recipes EVER! ~ The Pink Lady

I have heard that some people have trouble juicing fresh pomegranate arils (the seeds), and I think this is a juicer by juicer problem. I have a Jack LaLanne power juicer AND a Breville Juicer, and I have never had a problem with either. If anything, I feel like the arils sometimes go through the juicer too fast and don't get quite all the juice extracted, if you can call that a problem.

1 pomegranite, seeds removed and collected (about 1 cup)
1 large pink grapefruit, peeled with a kitchen knife
1 pink lady apple
optional: small sprig rosemary

Run the ingredients through your juicer according to your manufacturers directions, starting with the least juicy, and moving to the most juicy, to ensure any reside of the less juicy ingredients is washed into the cup by the more juicy ingredients: rosemary (if using) pomegranate, grapefruit, pink lady apple. Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh rosemary or a few extra pomegranate arils. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Best Juicer Recipes EVER! ~ Pineapple Ginger Paradise

Pineapple Ginger Juice

 I don't know about you, but I spent a good 6 weeks, from Thanksgiving to New Years, feasting. The butter! the cookies! The roasted meats smothered with gravy and served with creamy scalloped potatoes! 10 kinds of pie! And lest us not forget, all FOUR (yes, FOUR) Christmas celebrations!

It's enough to leave anyone feeling a little heavy.

Especially around the middle.

By the time I get to January, I am so done with feasting and holiday cheer that I just cannot wait to turn over a new leaf and get the year started right. I am practically itching to pull out my juicer and start replacing all those heavy, meaty, buttery holiday foods with sparklingly light, refreshing juice. I think by the time I get to these dark days of winter, when fresh food is so sparse, I am just so hungry for some fresh vitamins and minerals, and I really start craving juice.

This one one of my most favorite recipes, and it's perfect for the dead of winter, when you are really craving a glass of liquid sunshine. This is definitely a drink that will help out your digestive system and clean you out!

For the last couple of years I have been using my mom's old Jack LaLanne juicer which I stole borrowed one weekend and neglected to return... like, ever. Then a couple of weeks ago my friend (Hi Anita!) passed on her Breville to me and WOW. This juicer is an animal. I'm actually a little put afraid of it, it's so powerful. I've used both of these juicers personally and I can't recommend either enough, but whatever juicer you have, you are going to love this recipe!

Juicer Recipes: Pineapple Ginger Paradise

1/2 a pineapple, skin cut off with a kitchen knife
1/2 a ripe mango, peeled
1 Link lady apple
1/2 a lime (skin on!)
1" piece of peeled fresh ginger

1. Following the manufacturers directions for your juicer, process the ingredients in the following order, from least to most juicy (that way the more juicy ingredients wash any residue from the less juicy ones into the cup): the lime, the ginger, the mango, the pineapple, and the apple. Mix well with a big spoon, and serve over lots of ice. Enjoy!

(PS: If you have a  popsicle mold, this juice would be SO GOOD as a popsicle. Because I am sure you are thinking about popsicles right now in the dead of winter! :)