Thursday, August 22, 2013

Plum Drunk Love + Feeling Grapeful (Juices)

Juicy fresh (and on sale) red plums!

Ok, ok, so I know I haven't been around lately but I've had an absolutely crazy week.  A looming dark cloud of "lay-offs" was hovering over my office at work.  As a result, I sincerely felt that entire bottles of red wine and stress baking were more appropriate ways to cope than blogging about juice.  =)  The good news is I kept my job (yayy!), so no use crying over spilt juice now is there?  So let's get to it!

Stress baking...aka kitchen takeover. 

While I was away from the blog-o-sphere over the past week, I was documenting my faboosh morning cocktails that got me through the day, so I could share them with you when I decided to be a sane person again.  To make up for lost time, today, I offer you TWO new juice recipes.  Yes, that's right: two.

Neon plum-drunk creation!  Mwuahaha!

A dear friend of mine recently suggested I add in some solid food recipes to shake up all the juicing recipe posts, and I agree.  I should also show the world the wonderful vegan plant-based goodness that I consume and create at dinner time on the regular...but the lighting in my kitchen really sucks by 6pm!  It really discourages me from sharing.  In any event, I will soon start sharing more foodie type delights...but for now...juice!  (And get yo' self some gin...its been one of those weeks!)

Awww, the plums 'er cuddlin'!

Last week, red plums were on sale at Whole Foods.  I had no idea what they tasted like or if they would juice well...I was slightly apprehensive as the sticker said both "red plum" and "prune"...yuck.  But, as any cheap thrifty shopper knows, when it's on sale, sometimes you just gotta try it.  Into the cart they went, and thank heavens because they are freaking delicious.   This juice ended up giving me a rainbow of love (see pic above) in a glass, which was just what I needed to make me feel better.

Note: I used baby spinach is this recipe...if you find your juicer is protesting the light and leafy greens, feel free to use romaine or kale...just note kale has a more intense leafy green flavor. Romaine is pretty legit though.  I now have "Too Legit" stuck in my head...I may or may not be doing the hand motions...moving on! 

Plum Drunk Love Juice
*Makes one big-ass glass of gorgeous juice.  Drink responsibly. 

2 ripe red plums, pitted
2 cups baby spinach
4 carrots
3 celery stalks
1 apple
1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup coconut water

To Make:  Run all ingredients through your juicer, except the coconut water.  Run your pulp back through the juicer to get some extra juice, if so desired.  With the juicer still running, run the coconut water through the juicer and into your glass.  Serve over ice and smile. =)

Another one of my favorite recipes from this week was ironically created the day I found out I was not getting axed at work.  (Always a good thing)  It happens to have grapes in in an attempt to be punny, I offer you a grapeful treat! ha!  Ahh, that one never gets old for me.  I do love a good pun...and so often in speech they are made in vain...thank goodness for blogs about juice...and grapes.  Enjoy!

Feeling Grapeful Sweet Green Juice
*Makes just over one 16oz glass of juice.  Sip and feel grapeful (ha!  See what I did there??) for the blessings in your life.  Namaste, lemons into lemonade, and all that jazz, etc.

1 cup red seedless grapes, removed from stems
4 large kale leaves
1 orange, peeled
1 red apple
2 cucumbers
1/4 cup coconut water

To Make: Run all ingredients through your juicer, except coconut water.  Run pulp back through juicer to get every last bit of goodness if you so desire.  With the juicer still running, pour the coconut water through your juicer and into your glass.  Sip, smile, relax, and feel goooooood!

Have a wonderful week kiddos, I'm off to do some power flow yoga...hopefully all this pent-up stress doesn't manifest into yoga rage again.  On the other hand, could be fun.  Juice up and enjoy!  Holla!

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