Kale-Navy Bean Mix in a Green Pepper Bowl

Plant-Based. Fast. Flexible. Delicious. Four principles I strive to bring to every Juice Junky post. And this meal hits the jackpot! A quick, delicious, vegan entree that doesn’t call for any fancy schmancy ingredients or some 50 hour prep time. … Continue reading

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Day 4- Clean Eating Cleanse: Roasted Cabbage and Fresh Salad

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I have to say, one thing I love about a fridge stocked with whole foods is the versatility I have with meals.  Combinations, portion sizes, and prep time are all totally in my control.  Sometimes, I get home and I’m ready to take on that intimidating new ethnic recipe I’ve wanted to try.  Other times, I want to branch out on my own and do a little experimentation.  And other other times like tonight, I just want something fast, light, and satisfying. Cooking from scratch means the fridge is always full, and the possibilities are truly endless.  While I did plan on tackling a particularly interesting recipe tonight, I came home from work mentally exhausted, and was able to throw together a dinner that was much more suited to my mood. 

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Roasted cabbage is something literally ANYONE can cook.  All I did was pre-heat the oven to 375 and toss a couple hunks of cabbage in.  I lightly drizzled some olive oil, and completed the dish with some garlic and onion powder, pepper, and basil.  Pop those suckers in the oven for a half hour and you’re in business!

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I also threw together a salad with produce from my trip to the farmer’s market last Sunday.  Chopped romaine, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, & pepitas with a little balsamic drizzled on.  That’s the stuff.

All in all, dinner took about a 20 minutes to prep (the cabbage obviously took a little longer than that to cook, but prep time was super short!).  Yes, my salad WAS prepared in a pot.  I just threw all my dishes in the dishwasher and had to improvise!  Still tasted amazing though! 

I know foods I post sometimes have lengthy prep times, or seem complicated to reproduce, but hopefully today’s post proves to you that eating a clean, unprocessed diet can be both healthy AND simple! Food is either as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and tonight I ate a clean, vegan, totally unprocessed meal that I was able to enjoy less than 40 minutes after walking in the door after a long, crazy day of work. 

What healthy meals do you prepare when you’re short on time?

When life gives you Apples… You Better Get Your Juicer Out!

Ahhhhh…. Happy Lazy Sunday everyone!  Well, as lazy as it can be, anyways.  My idea of lazy still entails a run, some yoga, and, of course, blogging!  A quick 2-mile jog this morning was over before I knew it, and I had a successful trip to the Sunday Farmer’s Market. Yay! Now I’m home and I’ve got a pretty sweet set up on my couch: a huge salad on my left, my laptop to my right, and a House of Cards marathon on Netflix.  I’d say this is a pretty great day! 

A few days ago, a large donation of apples was dropped off at the animal shelter where I work.  I’m talking like a moving crate, full of apples and pears.  There was no way we would be able to use them all before they went bad, so guess who brought home enough apples to feed an entire elementary school? This girl!  

After washing and cutting everything up, my kitchen was beginning to look like an applesauce factory!  There were apples everywhere!  On my counter top, on the stove, in the sink, I was practically swimming in them! I have to say, it was probably the best apple juice I’ve ever had! At the end of the day, my fridge was full, and my apartment smelled like HEAVEN!  Here’s about half the apples in juice form, hanging out in my fridge!

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I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails from people letting me know that my recipes look delicious, and they love the idea of juicing, but they just aren’t that savvy in the kitchen.  You wanna talk about kitchen savvy?  This girl, this girl right here, didn’t know how to cook pasta until she could legally drink.  I was 22 when my ex-boyfriend taught me how to cook rice.    And baking?  My mother still doesn’t trust me to use the oven without supervision when I come to visit.  How’s that for kitchen savvy?  Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can make health-conscious, proactive choices about what they put in their bodies!  Even the (sort-of) grown-ups who need parental supervision in their own kitchens!  I’ve learned a TON in the past year about food and how to prepare it, so don’t be discouraged!  I’m STILL learning the ropes, and I still mess up recipes on a daily basis!  It’s all about the journey though, and I would much rather be putting whole, natural foods into my body than a processed, refined frozen dinner. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m by no means an expert chef, and by no means should anyone feel intimidated, especially by me of all people.  In the beginning, it was so easy to get frustrated with even the simplest recipes and run down to Cosmic Dave’s for a sandwich instead.  Now, I would much rather stick it out in the kitchen and eat something made from scratch, where I know every ingredient I’m eating, rather than eat some questionable, pre-packaged whatchamacallit full of refined sugars and hydrogenated oils.  Cooking doesn’t have to be some stressful terror at the end of a long day.  It can become a de-stressor, something to look forward to at the end of a crazy day, if you let it.  Cooking can be calming, relaxing, an escape.  That’s what it has become for me, and I get more comfortable in the kitchen each day! Plus, fresh food just looks so gorgeous! Have a great Lazy Sunday, and remember that it’s never too late to make a change!

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Stay healthy everyone!