Golden Beet, Basil & Mint Juice (and the Larchmont Farmer’s Market)

I have a confession to make. Before Sunday I had only been to one farmers market in LA the entire 2.5 years I’ve been here (embarrassing, I know). But that spell was finally broken last Sunday, when I went to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market.

It was amazing! And so cheap! I got fresh, organic Golden Beats for $2. Then I found a table with rows of different greens and herbs; each bundle was only $1! I picked up a gigantic thing of Basil, Mint, and two bundles of Kale. My new plan/goal is to try to buy the bulk of my produce from farmer’s markets.

One of the best things about the Larchmont Farmer’s Market is that it is exploding with free samples. Everywhere. Everything. I pretty much ate a meal off of free samples.

And they had some interesting things, like these mushrooms:

And there was a puppy adoption going on nearby. I’m not even a dog person, but these guys were way too cute:

If you ever visit Larchmont, definitely check out Lette as well. The $1.70 price per cookie is a little expensive, but oh-so-scrumptious. I got an Earl Grey macaroon and came back for seconds to try the Caramel. I have to say, the Pistachio is still my favorite, but the Earl Grey comes close. (The caramel was a little overpowering.

Nom nom nom.

Back home at my juicing station, I have more Kale, mint, and basil than I know what to do with, so I juiced it all together (well, not all of it — I still have enough for like, 10 juices). I have to say, this one of the best juice concoctions yet!

Give it a shot. The mint and basil make it super sweet and super delicious. I’m also a huge fan of the golden beets. You get so much juice out of them!

Golden Beet, Basil, & Mint Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Golden Beet
  • 1 Pink Lady Apple
  • Small Piece Ginger (like 1/2 inch)
  • 2 Handfuls of Mint
  • 1 Handful of Basil
  • 1 Large Handful of Kale (about 1/2 a bundle)
  • 2-3 Handfuls of Baby Carrots

 

 

Blend, enjoy, and feel healthy!

I think I may have a juicing problem. 🙂

Pantry Essentials + Recipe Mondays: Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce

Welcome to the first post of an upcoming weekly tradition: Pantry Essentials + Recipe Mondays (aka PERM), where I’ll post every Monday about an item I love and give you a recipe to try out as well.

I realized there were so many delicious things I love, and so many ways to prepare them, that why not share them all!

I’m also open to any companies sending me free samples (I mean, who doesn’t love free samples?), and I will always let you know what delectables I have discovered on my own versus what has been provided.

Let’s start it off with another one of my impulse buys at Whole Foods (yes, I found this on my own): Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce. This sauce is fantastic. I use it in stir-frys, as a dipping sauce, and even on salads. It gives dishes that extra pizazz.

Tofu Stir Fry with Lentils & Sweet Chilli Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Firm Tofu (cut in to 1/2 inch thick squares)
  • 1/2 C Broccoli Florets
  • 1/3 C Frozen & Shelled Edamame
  • 1/2 C Precooked Lentils
  • 1 Clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1.5 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 2 TBSP Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce

Heat the olive oil over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place the tofu in the skillet. Let it fry on each side for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Add the garlic, mix it around, and cook for another minute.

Add the broccoli and edamame, and about 2 TBSP water and cover with a lid (the water will steam the vegetables as it is sauteing at the same time!). Let it cook for 4 minutes.

Uncover, add the lentils and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add to your plate, cover with sauce to taste (I suggest about 2 TBSP).

Quinoa “Pudding”

I call this quinoa “pudding”, because it reminds me a lot of rice pudding. It’s super delicious; I could eat this all day long! And so fast and easy to make.

Ingredients:

Simply make quinoa the night before: boil 2 parts water, and add 1 part quinoa in. Reduce to simmer, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. (Note: most quinoa must be rinsed before cooking!).

Let it cool completely (I usually let it chill in the fridge over night), and then add it to the yogurt in a 3 parts yogurt: 2 parts quinoa. A good starting ratio is 1 C yogurt with 2/3 C cold quinoa.

 

Great Way to Start the Day (Juicing, Of Course!)

I am totally obsessed with juice. The problem is, when you’re buying tons of produce, it can add up quickly. But here is a simple recipe, and using the ingredients below, it comes out to about $1.50 per juice. Not too shabby when you compare it to $5 or $6 drinks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of Organic Carrots (I use the Organic Trader Joes Carrots which has about 10 medium carrots)
  • 1 Lemon (I usually cut off some of the peel)
  • Ginger (1 square inch)
  • 1 Clove Garlic

Raw Cashew Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Buckwheat

All I have to say is: nom nom nom.

Aside from the lengthy time it takes to sprout buckwheat, this recipe is very simple and totally delicious. Not to mention, sprouted buckwheat has tons of great health benefits. It is gluten-free and wheat-free, and high in protein. It is high in lecithin, which can lower cholesterol, high in rutin, which strengthens veins, high in iron, brain-boosting, colon-cleansing, and all sorts of other great things which you can read about here.

HOW TO SPROUT BUCKWHEAT:

What You Need:

  • Buckwheat
  • Fine Mesh Colander
  • Water

STEP 1: Soak Buckwheat in Water

Place the buckwheat in to a bowl and fill it with water, about an inch above the buckwheat. Stir once or twice while it is soaking.

You can soak it anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. I soaked mine for 3 hours and it worked perfectly.

STEP 2: Rinse & Drain

After soaking, the buckwheat will start to make this slimy liquid. Place the buckwheat in to the colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Then place a bowl underneath the colander and buckwheat to catch any liquid that drips down.

STEP 3: Continue for 2-3 Days

Rinse the buckwheat in cold water 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days, until you start to see little white “tails” growing. I rinsed mine 3 times a day for 2 days and it definitely sprouted!

RAW CASHEW YOGURT PARFAIT RECIPE:

Once you have sprouted the buckwheat, you can start on the rest of the recipe! And if you have any buckwheat left over, you can always mix it in to some Oatmeal or cereal.

Ingredients (For 2 Parfaits):

  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup – 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Dates (don’t forget to take the pits out!)
  • 2/3 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat
  • 1 Cup Fruit

Soaking cashews & dates

Soak the cashews and dates in a bowl with room temperature water for 10-15 minutes (this is mainly for people with weak blenders, myself included).

Drain the water from the cashews and dates. Place the dates and cashews into the blender. Add about 1/2 cup of water. Start on a low setting and blend. Add more water as needed, up to 1 cup total for water in to the yogurt. Once you have the desired consistency (should be a thick paste), blend an extra 1-2 minutes.

Now, split the cashew yogurt between 2 bowls, add 1/3 cup buckwheat (more if desired) to each bowl, and then 1/2 cup fruit to each bowl. And ta-da! You have a tasty raw yogurt parfait!

Ideas For Fruit:

-Oranges, Green Apple, Banana

-Apple, Figs, and Dried Raisins

-Papaya with a squeeze of Lime

-Persimmons and Banana

-Blueberries and Rasberries