Saturday, October 6, 2007

Green stuff

Oh Green Lemonade how I love you! (That's drink foam..not chunks :) )

After reading post after post at (based off Alissa Cohen's book which we don't have lol) about green lemonade I sat here actually wanting one. I did a quick search on the site and found a basic recipe and whipped a couple up for us. This is the first time I've had to rinse all my parts in between making juices. Normally I make up his and then mine with no problems. Not the case here. I wasted a good amount of spinach finding this out.

Spinach (the recipe posted actually said Kale but after a quick use of google found out that they are in the same family so I subbed)

2 handfuls of spinach, 2 stalks of celery, 3 apples (I used Gala this time around), and 1.5 lemons (peel and all!). Mmmmmm! Aside from the neon green color it tasted just like lemonade! I'm sad that we have no more spinach...I would totally start every morning with that! I think I might post the recipe on the fridge where he can see it and then maybe he'll make it for himself in the mornings. It's supposed to be great for energy. He loves coffee for that extra boost so maybe this can be his coffee replacement.

Last week for lunch we had some pretty unremarkable wraps. My own creation based off some recipes I had been reading. I wanted a sauce for them though so I whipped one up. That's where the loveliness was!

Avocado dressing (or spread depending on how thick yours turns out)

1 large avocado
2 teaspoons olive oil
dry chives
sea salt
1 lemon (I juiced 1.5 lemons so I have no idea how much I used in regards to tsp./tbls.)

Add avocado and olive oil to blender and blend until mixed together. NOTE: It will not mix entirely right away. It will still be slightly chunky. Add in seasonings and turn on blender. While running add in lemon juice (you can do this before turning it on..I find it mixes easier if I do it this way). Blend until smooth.

It turned out sooo good! I had a bit much lemon juice though. If that's the case you can always add in more avocado. As written there it'll be more spread like vs. dressing like. You can make it thinner though. I wouldn't do it. This was great like this! I spread it onto some lettuce leaves and then topped them with shredded carrots, cucumber, and radishes. Then I folded/wrapped them up. Super simple and super tasty. I plan on making this again but am going to use different leaves. I used plain ol' lettuce ones (can't remember the variety) so it had a spine which made folding/rolling them difficult. The spines split in half (which I knew they would) so these weren't nearly as neat and tidy as I wanted. I also had rinsed my veggies well and then didn't wait for them to dry. I shredded them first and by the time I got the spread made and on the leaves all the water from the washing and the natural water in them had settled into the bottom of my food processor making them wet. I think next time I'll rinse, dry, and then strain the mix before using it. I would love to try these on a seaweed wrap of sorts. It'd make a tasty appetizer for sure.

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