Adventures with New Gadgets – Part 1

May 25, 2011 at 9:03 am 4 comments

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I have two new fun kitchen tools to report on! In the spirit of being more adventurous with her fruit and veggie eating, my mom decided to splurge on some sale gadgets at Kohl’s. She knew that she needed a better food processor with me in the kitchen (I really think that this is an essential cooking tool!), and the food processor she found also came with a slicer/grater and a juicer! I have been enjoying fresh juice for the past two mornings, with some pretty great results! I still have mixed thoughts on fruit juices and juicers in general, but here are my initial impressions… Fresh made juice is a much healthier alternative to most store-bought juices because you aren’t adding any sugar to the juice. You can also sneak more varied ingredients in there, like carrots or spinach or mixed fruits. It also simply tastes much better – it is fresh, and the unique notes of each ingredient shine through. Plus, if you are having fun using your toy, you might get more fruits and veggie goodness than if you were simply to buy a bottle of vegetable juice and let it languish in the back of your fridge. Juicing is also a good way to use some of your less pretty produce. Call us biased, but if a fruit is bruised or wrinkled or just a little funny looking, it tends to lead a sad and lonely life in the fruit drawer. As long as the fruit isn’t going bad, then it can be used to make a delicious glass of juice! If you don’t have less than pretty produce, juicing can be a really expensive process. To get one glass of juice, you need a lot of produce! You are also not using the whole fruit or vegetable, since all of the pulp is left over. Not only are you not getting the fiber benefits, but it also seems a little wasteful. I have been throwing the juicing scraps in our new compost pile, which makes me feel like they at least have some purpose! I am going to continue to have fun with the juicer for a weekend or an occasional post-run treat, but I definitely don’t think I would run out and immediately buy one for my apartment in Boston. While I have a toy at my disposal, however, I think I will continue to experiment with juicing!

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If you don’t have a juicer at your disposal, here is another fun breakfast treat. I call it Tropical Overnight Oats, inspired by this recipe at Clean Eating Chelsey. I absolutely love coconut and pineapple, and having them for breakfast reminds me of a mission trip I went on to the Dominican Republic in college. The fresh mangoes and papayas there are so flavorful, and the pineapple literally grows on the side of the road. I have literally never tasted pineapple so sweet. Every morning, they would put out a fruit salad of banana, mango, papaya, and pineapple, and I would eat at least 2-3 bowls before leaving for the days work. This bowl of oatmeal is reminiscent of those flavors, and is a great breakfast as we move into hot summer days.

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Challenge: Based on the picture above, can you guess what the second new kitchen tool is? Leave your comment below – a small prize to the first person to guess correctly!

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Carrot Apple Juice

makes 1 large juice glass

2 apples

4 small carrots

Splash sparkling water or club soda (optional)

Quarter the apples and place in juicer. Then place the carrots in the juicer. Stir and top with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.

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Clementine Citrus Juice

makes 2-3 small juice glasses, or 1 large juice glass

7 clementines

1 grapefruit

1 lemon

splash of pineapple juice from canned pineapples (optional)

Peel the fruit and place into juicer. Mix well with a splash of canned pineapple juice.

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Tropical Overnight Oats

single serving breakfast

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup coconut milk (for stronger coconut flavor) or milk-of-your-choice

3 pineapple rings, sliced

2 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp shredded coconut

Combine oats, water and milk in a covered container and let stand overnight. In the morning, stir in fruit and top with shredded coconut. Serve cold and enjoy!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EmandM  |  May 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ooo that’s such a good idea to top it off with sparkling water or club soda!
    I’m gonna guess slow cooker? …that is the extent of my kitchen appliance knowledge =P

    Reply
  • 2. Elizabeth  |  May 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Is is a salad spinner?

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  • 3. Helen  |  May 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

    a vegetable chopper/dicer?!

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