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The great “Holiday Weight” Juice Escape

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Dear Readers,

With a successful Thanksgiving potluck behind us, the Holiday Weight season was upon us. To combat this members of the IronAmma household banded together to do a pre-emptive juice fast for 10 days. We have successfully fasted for a total of 9 days with Kale, Spinach, Tomatoes, Celery, and other vegetables. However, since this is our 10th day and most important day we thought we would go jungle wild with fruits.

For today’s juicing adventure we are going to tackle Grapefruit with 3 juicing recipes including a homemade sparkling cocktail. All the juicing has been done with the OMEGA 8006 Nutrition Juicer.

Our ingredient list is as follows:

          FRUIT                       JUICE YIELD                          TASTE

  • 4 lbs of kiwi                        27oz.               Prickly & Med Sour
  • 10 lbs oranges                     85 oz.             Bland & Little Sour
  • 10 lbs ruby grapefruit       80 oz.    Tangy: Low Sweet/Low Sour/Slight Bitter
  • 1 pineapple                         25 oz.         Mellow &  Medium Sweet
  • 12 limes                               13 oz.              Sour & no sweetness
  • 1 large ginger root              5 oz.        Fiery, Intense, no sweetness
  • ¼ large watermelon         32 oz.           Refreshing Med. Sweet
  • Organic apple juice for sweetness (bought fresh squeezed from Costco)

Juices galore

Combo 1: SUNRISE  

  • 1/3 cup Orange
  • 1/3 cup Pineapple
  • 1/3 cup apple
  • 1 spoon ginger

TASTE: Mellow & Sweet with orange front and a pineapple back down the palette, slight ginger kick throughout

 Combo 2: ORANGUTAN

  • 1/3 carrot
  • 1/3 watermelon
  • 1/3 grapefruit
  • ½ spoon ginger

 TASTE: Flavors compete; tastes healthy but not tasty (not recommended)

Combo 3: SWEET N’ SOUR

  • 1/3 apple
  • 1/3 watermelon
  • 1/3 grapefruit

TASTE: Flavors go nicely; watermelon mellows the apple sweetness and mellows grapefruits sour tang

Combo 4: SPARKLING VIRGIN ISLAND

TASTE: Sparkling water dilutes kiwi, apple and pineapple sweetness while lime balances flavors. On the rocks tastes the best *** substitute vodka (Grey Goose) and serve on fruits to ease boredom of 2 hours juice squeezing.

Ironamma’s favorite:

The Sweet N’ Sour was my favorite combination. Grapefruit juice is one of my favorite flavors and the sweet warmth of the apple/watermelon really complimented that sour tang. It was an excellent way to finish my last day of juicing.

All in all juicing was a big success everyone in the household lost 4-5 pounds. Most importantly we had to think about our food based on nutrition and health. The juicing only allowed for fresh produce, so the act of buying fresh produce and getting used to preparing meals at least for an hour a day was a practice that we developed along the way. Juicing is the start to building healthy practices and giving the body the nutrients it needs. We hope to stick with a healthier kitchen, supporting more vegetable and fruits than usual. Stay focused and fit.

Lime Tart Delight

Festivities have started! Time to polish those sweet making skills……..Bring out the pans, the whipping cream, and let’s have a party! One of my dearest friend put together an awesome potluck Diwali Party. My contribution was a lime tart and it was wonderfully greeted with hungry smiles!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (food process)
  • 5 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds

Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (use Florida key limes for their tartness and aroma rather than the Persian ones that are readily available)
  • 1 tbsp grated lime zest

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp grated lime zest
  • Fresh berries – blackberries and raspberries; lime wedges

PREPARATION:

  • Food process graham crackers, butter, ground almonds and sugar. Pulsate to mix.
  • Press onto the bottom and sides of a greased 9″ tart pan.
  • Bake at 325* for ~ 15 min or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, lime juice and zest. Acidic reaction between the lime juice and condensed milk will cause it to thicken.
  • Pour over crust. Continue to bake for 12 – 14 min.
  • Cool on wire rack until warm enough to handle to transfer to a serving plate. Tart crust should be warm to remove from the tart pan intact.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs
  • In large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken
  • Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form
  • Fold in sour cream and grated lime peel
  • Spread whipped mixture over tart
  • Then garnish with the berries and lime wedges

*Note:

  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Nutrition facts: 1 slice = 288 calories
  • Try; fold in 2 tbsp coconut powder for the topping spread

Halloween Pumpkin Pudding with Spooky Blackberries

Happy Halloween!

Don’t be a scaredy cat this holiday and settle for mere  mortal treats.  Tonight IronAmma dares you to find a new way to dine on the guts of pumpkins and raven eye blackberries!  BUT! Be wary the ghosts of boring pumpkin pies!  For this Hallow’s Eve your dessert beckons for new blood and tricks.  BOO!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 1/2 cup milk (can use cream or evaporated milk depending on how rich desired  – I used milk)
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin scraps* (Preparation:*Scrape the inside of a pumpkin that has a fibrous texture to get pumpkin scraps. Then place 3 cups of the pumpkin scraps into the microwave covered with 4 tbsp butter and 4 tbsp honey for 4 min)
  • 2 cup caramelized pumpkin scraps* (Preparation:*Scrape the inside of a pumpkin to get 3 cups pumpkin scraps and then place in the microwave covered with 1/2 cup brown sugar for 4 min)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ~ 4  big slices of rustic sour dough bread, any baguette or 6 pieces of raisin bread

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1 /4 cup real maple syrup (use 1/3 cup for more sweet)

PREPARATION:

  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl.
  • Blend 2 cups cooked pumpkin+milk+maple syrup on medium speed and last pulse in the ricotta.
  • Mix pumpkin blend+spices with eggs.
  • Pour the mixture in the buttered or canola sprayed 3 quart casserole dish.
  • Break the bread into big pieces, place and soak them in the casserole dish.

  • Top it with the berries and caramelized pumpkin.
  • Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for ~ 15 min to soak.
  • Preheat oven to 350*. Bake for 40 min. Insert a knife and when it comes out clean, the pudding is ready.
  • Cool and top with whipping cream.

*Note:

  • EGGLESS (Eegan) – Add ~3 tbsp of corn starch or use fruit pectin (Kraft brand). There are many egg replacers (egg substitutes) in the market that can be found in the aisle of allergen free products and mixes. Also, online!

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