Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preparing Green Smoothies for the Week

We are all pressed for time and making smoothies and juices can be time consuming. To save myself a little bit of time, I prepare my smoothies ahead of time. I have a tendency to go out of control when I go fruit and vegetable shopping. I always buy too much. What I do now is take half of the fruits and vegetables that I purchased and separate them into different combinations. I then take each combination and put it into Ziploc bags and place them into the freezer. 


When I am ready to make a smoothie, I grab a bag, put the contents into the blender, and add either almond milk or water. I then pour the smoothie into my Ball freezer jars (approx. $5 for a pack of five 8 ounce jars and $8 for a pack of four 16 ounce jars) and either place it in the fridge for the week or put in the freezer to drink later. Each bag made me about four 8 ounce jars and one 16 ounce jar, so a total of five jars per Ziploc bag. With that number, you can drink green smoothies five times a week, or all day.  The amount yielded, all depends on the amount of liqud placed in the blender. This has saved me time and I also get to eat fruits and vegetables that are no longer in season because I freeze them. 


Do you have any quick smoothie preparation tips?



***Lisa-Marie

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Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Make Pineapple Ginger Beer Float in 11 Steps


I love the pineapple ginger beer float I made this weekend. I got the recipe from a past guest blogger, Theodore De Dumas and made some variations

I had ripe ginger and pineapple, so I decided to give this recipe a go for a gathering I was having at my house.



Ingredients

2 lb of fresh ginger root
1 cup of sweetener (preferably date sugar, dates, figs, honey, agave nectar)
1 fresh pineapple (ripe)
14 cup water

Step One

 -Wash the ginger root, and grate the ginger until it yields about 2 cups.

Step Two

-Place half of the grated ginger into blender.
-Add 1 cup of water.
-Cover and set blender to high.
-Blend until ginger is well mixed in with the water.


Step Three

-Repeat with the second half of the ginger, again adding the 1 cup of water.
-Add the mixture to a large pot*.

Note: I ended up only using about 1-2 cups of the liquid ginger mix and saved the rest in Ziploc bags. Ginger is really strong and I opted for a more mild ginger taste.

Step Four

-Slice pineapple and transfer half of the pineapple into the blender.
-Add 1 cup of water and blend on high until pineapple is mixed in the water.
-Move to the pot with the ginger.

Step Five

-Repeat with the rest of the cut pineapple (and water).
-Add mixture to the pot

Step Six

-Add 10 more cups of water to the pot

Step Seven

-Half cover the pot with the top
-Bring to a boil on high and boil on medium for about 30 minutes

Step Eight

-Remove the pot from the stove
-Cover the pot completely and allow the mixture to sit for 8 hours or overnight (at room temperature)

Step Nine

-Pour the mixture through a metal strainer to remove the larger pieces of ginger and pineapple
-Use wooden spoon to press the liquid through the strainer
-Use cotton cloth to strain out small particle.
-Use hand to squeeze the ginger beer out of the cloth

Note: I did not have a cotton cloth, so I just used the metal strainer. I also saved the pulp in a Ziploc bag. I think it could make an interesting addition to muffin batter.

Step Ten

-Add the 1 cup of sweetener and stir (add more if desired)
-Chill for 30 minutes

Note: I had an empty juice container that was about 1 quart and the drink filled that container and I had almost 32 ounces leftover, which I put into another container.

Step Eleven

-Serve and enjoy!

My Notes

I had a gathering at my house and everyone loved the drink. A few suggestions were made: use more pineapple, less ginger, and make it sweeter.

Today I had the drink after the second day of it being in the fridge and the ginger taste was not as strong and overall everyone agreed it tasted better.

If you make this pineapple ginger beer, please let me know how it goes!

***Lisa-Marie

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