Monday, June 23, 2014

Ruby Red Juice

I love red grapefruit juice so I knew I may like this recipe. It's very refreshing and tasted great! The carrots help sweeten it a little but you'll still find some of that grapefruit tartness. This will be a keeper!

Do you juice? Have any favorite recipe to share with me?

Ruby Red Juice
from The Little Red House

1 grapefruit, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
2 carrots, peeled
1/2" ginger

Add all to your juicer and enjoy!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wink's Homemade Dog Food

Having a dog hasn't always been in our family future, I am more of a cat person, so I thought. We've been petless for 7 years since I had to put my last cat down, it was heartbreaking. We've always told the kids they can have a dog when they're grown lol. WELL, that all changed one day last November at the kid's race banquet when our friends brought one of their fosters with them to hang out. His name is Winks. He's a mix chihuahua (we think Chipuggle) and he's had eye trauma sometime before in his short 2 years so he only has use of his right eye, thus he's called Winks. Well Mr. took him as well as the kids, I was still hesitant but I LOVE the idea of a rescue pet. SO we decided to try out the 2 week foster to adopt with him. We loved him from the get go as well as he loved us! So he became ours. You can find him on Instagram as #MrWinks. :)

I got the idea of making his food from a friend online. I love the idea of making real food and not some processed dog food with who knows what. I've done a lot of reading and decided to combine some recipes to make mine. It's everything that you'd eat, chicken, veggies and brown rice. NO seasonings, they're not good for dogs. Winks loves it!! 

(I used chicken pieces this time)

Wink's Homemade Dog Food
1 batch should make 36 -1/4 cup size balls

4-5 C. cooked brown rice
2 plain whole chickens, about 4 lbs each
2 medium orange sweet potatoes (yams), chopped
8 whole carrots, chopped
16 oz frozen peas
2 small bunches fresh parsley leaves
2 small-medium bunches kale, stems removed
8 eggs
*I also now add an apple or two (peeled, quartered)

Roast chicken in 350' oven for about 1 hour 25 minutes or until juices run clear. As chickens are roasting, cook the rice (4 C. water & 2 C. rice) and let cool.

Peel and chop yams, and carrots, add to a large stock pot with about 1/2 cup water. Add in peas, kale and apple. Allow to boil then simmer until carrots and yams are tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to remove any liquid to a food processor, add fresh parsley and pulse until pureed.

Cook scrambled eggs, plain.

Cool chicken, then pick apart and add meat to a large stand mixer. On medium speed, mix until chicken is shredded. Add in cooled rice, veggie puree and eggs . Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out portions onto a lined baking sheet. Flash freeze then place portions in a freezer safe container/baggie.

To use, keep a day or two worth in your fridge to thaw. I microwave thawed portions for 22 seconds, frozen for about 45 seconds. Feed to your furry baby.

Our dog is about 11 pounds and eats 1/2 C. - 3/4 C. of food a day.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Homemade Green Monster Juice

I acquired a used juicer for a great price from our local yard sale group on Facebook (check your area for one near you, they're great!) and decided to give it a try. This was my first ever juicing recipe and I have to say it was delicious and sweet  BUT strong of ginger so just use a teeny piece (I used about 1"! eek!). This make about 3 1/2 cups worth. Since I am diabetic I have to watch my sugars including those naturally found in fruits so I drank about 1 cup worth and left the rest for my oldest. I have a few more recipes I want to try so watch for those coming soon!

Homemade Green Monster Juice

2 apples
1/4 pineapple, peeled
2 handfuls spinach
1 banana
1/4" fresh ginger (more if you like)
1 mango, peeled, seeded
1 kiwi

Add to juicer and drink. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

My container is too small, will use my big measuring cup for now on.

I heard placing a plastic bag in the compartment makes for easier cleanup. Sure does work! I also read that using that pulp in other recipes is great too.


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Veggie Sandwich

A few weeks ago, I found a little health food store called Veer Market and they also have a deli sandwich menu. With gluten free sandwiches too!! I actually looked it up on an app called Find Me Gluten Free and it was just across the freeway from where I was at the mall. I ordered the Veer Veggie and they made it on Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread which I am familiar with. I ate it when I got home and was pleasantly surprise how full they packed it! WOW have I missed a good deli sandwich like that!

Well I loved it so much and couldn't stop thinking about it, I decided to make it myself at home. I can find Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread in a few stores nearby. It's one of the few GF breads I can eat fresh and not toasted. For this sandwich I did lightly toast mine.

So they used a chipotle mayo and lots of fresh veggies. I mixed a little gluten free chipotle/adobo into mayo. Just a little because I find it spicy.

Veggie Sandwich
Gluten Free sandwich bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse 7 Grain)
Chipotle/adobo sauce (be sure it's gluten free!)
Alfalfa sprouts
Tomato, sliced
Red onion, sliced
English cucumber, peeled and sliced
Avocado, mashed
Salt and pepper to taste
Toast the bread if you like. Combine enough mayo with how ever much chipotle/adobo sauce you want. Assemble sandwich. I like to smear the mayo then add the lettuce, smashed avocado, sprouts, tomato, cucumber and onion with a little salt and pepper. 

This post is of my own personal review, we discuss this bread often in a facebook group for being gluten free.

I make this at least a few times a week as long as the sprouts are fresh. I shared this one ^ on Instagram before.

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