Friday, September 20, 2013

Homemade Green Juice

It's funny that a couple days before Hubbs and I moved away from NY, both our juicer and blender broke.  Problems with the motors on both.  The juicer motor had been on its way out for months admittedly, but the blender came as a surprise to me.  After spending a ton of money on the move and relocating, we would have absolutely loved to continue juicing or blending green smoothies as soon as we arrived in Michigan, but we had neither tools, and couldn't really afford to purchase both items.  So we didn't drink either for weeks.  We had a family reunion soon after arriving and one of my aunts discovered that my grandmother (the one that passed away in February) had one at home and was willing to donate it for Hubbs and I to use.  A very kind gift!  As soon as we brought it home and washed it down, we made a giant, never-ending green juice and chugged huge glasses of it.  It sure hit the spot!  The recipe below makes quite a bit - about 2 quarts, so you can definitely halve it, but it was damn refreshing, something the whole family was able to enjoy!

Homemade Green Juice:

So vibrant and delicious!

Yields: about 2 quarts

2 cucumbers, quartered
4 stalks celery
4 apples, quartered
2" piece ginger, washed well, unpeeled
1 lemon or lime, washed well, unpeeled
1 bunch kale
1/2-2/3 bunch spinach
1/2 bunch dandelion greens or chard

1.  Push each of the fruits and vegetables through the juicer, using a juicy item, followed by a leafy vegetable, then another juicy fruit/vegetable so as not to overwhelm the motor.
2.  Once everything has been juiced, stir it well in a large container until well combined.  Adjust vegetables or fruit to your taste preference.  (We make enough to have a couple jars extra that we drink in the morning before work.)



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