Juicing flow / kitchen mojo

Having a great kitchen week, thinking its because of my recent trip (loved all the good food but missed my healthy feeling!) & because of this great cookbook I just bought.

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As usual, IG was also a source of inspiration @theleangreenbean does a weekly Sunday healthy food prep

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I made egg “muffins” with veg & quinoa, quinoa & cous cous for salads, roasted beets, & chopped veggies to eat my hummus with.
I kept this kitchen inspiration going in my juicing – improving on my prep & my juice flavour blends. While prepping my fruit for juice this weekend I made flavoured water (which I have been enjoying all week)

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I also made changes to the way I prep my juicing station – changing the juicer placement on my counter, putting a “trash” bag in the corner, & turning up the spout so that the juice doesn’t dribble out while I’m adding juice to my jars (bagging the pulp I have done for a while – makes it easier to keep, give away, or throw away depending)

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Learning to work with my new Breville, realizing that ginger is a hard veg so should be at level 5 but if I drop it in by itself it just spins away into pulp collector without giving a lot of juice. So I started putting slices of ginger & my cloves of garlic between the halves of my apples. (I halve them to take out the seeds which can be bad to juice in large quantities)

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I feel like I have also gone to another level with my juice flavour combinations. Trying to make more complex flavour profiles so that the juice is more filling/satisfying.

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My Van Helsing’s OJ – blood orange with carrot, yellow squash (doesn’t really give flavour but I like the extra water content & veggie vitamins), strawberry with ginger, garlic (to keep vampires away) & chili (to give it bite lol).

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I’m loving the addition of garlic & cilantro to almost everything! I added everything in the picture above (ginger, chili, garlic, parsley, cilantro & mint) to my green juice & I fell in love even more!!
At happy hour enjoying my cocktail

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Off to make some juice for breakfast tomorrow & I think it’s going to involve some of these beauties… Or should I say cuties? Lol

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All in all a great kitchen week & I’m looking forward to many more!

Land of Lost Wages aka Las Vegas

So I had a great time in Vegas, as usual. This time I gave myself permission to fall completely off the healthy diet wagon… So I had this a couple times for breakfast.

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My stomach slightly rebelled at me so I had to balance the badness with the good. Warm water with lemon to start my day.

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I did not play poker like I usually do since I had other demands on my time, such as shopping…

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hanging out with my cute goddaughter…

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eating great food…

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drinking yummy cocktails…

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taking pics of beautiful desert skies…

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hanging with this chick…

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& enjoying these!

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Since this was as close to the night life as I got…

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Vacation!!!

So sorry it’s been so long since my last post! I’m on vacation at the moment with a total reversal of time usage lol. I love vacations but I hate prepping for them. Usually requires a deep clean of house for dog sitter, on top of trying to work as much as possible (with 3 jobs, none of them pay while on vacation – sigh welcome to self employment lol). Plus my little buddy (my shih tzu/Pekingese) always gets an eye infection so I spend the week before travel cleaning him & giving him meds all the time lol. So by the time I get to vacation I’m busted. & when I return home I’ll hit the ground running with clients (juice & Pilates). Most times vacations just make me need a stay-cation at home to catch myself lol. Hoping green juice next week will prevent me getting sick.
One of the things I always end up doing on vacation is deleting photos on my iPhone to make room for more lol. One of the bonuses of this activity is that I get to revel in the memories… Of food & fun times gone by.
I was blessed to come across this photo amongst my roll of thousands & it really made me smile.

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One of my favourite things about IG is that it is a daily source of inspiration for me (to be healthier, fitter, more artistic, more crafty, stylish… etc. etc.) so to be an inspiration to someone else thru IG is an honour.
Will post a vacation write up very soon! Hope you all are having a great day wherever you are. xo

Chicken Soup – round 2

So now my hubby is sick, which means another round of chicken soup. This time done with flavours I know he enjoys. It all begins the same way, chicken thighs (I like bone in & with skin, gives the soup more flavour), garlic cloves & stock (I used a combination of chicken & beef). I added basil, Italian herbs, potatoes, cannelini beans, corn, mushrooms, local carrots & local onions. Turned it up to boil then cooked it low on simmer for over an hour.

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It was a hit! That is one of my favourite things about cooking soup – you can change the seasonings, and add a few different ingredients to the exact same base & get a totally different flavour!

Damn Flu! A good reason to perfect my Ginger Garlic Chicken soup!

So I’ve been sick all weekend. Friday I felt fine, enjoyed my time flying kites with my hubby & brother-in-law (well laying in the sun watching them lol)…

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but Friday night it began. Stuffy, runny nose with a sore throat. Saturday morning I managed to drag myself to work thanks to DayQuil but was sent home early when the drugs began to fade.
I spent Saturday & Sunday only able to drink juice & tea, & eat fruit, as I had no appetite at all & a sore throat that felt like I swallowed a porcupine.

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So finally yesterday I had the will & the energy to cook myself some healing soup. Full of garlic & ginger to fight my infection, and chicken because who hasn’t heard of the healing powers of chicken soup?!?! I originally thought up this recipe when a friend came to visit from Canada bringing strep throat with her. By the end of her short stay her throat looked like some alien growth. I had made the soup for her but she was only able to drink juice (which I made her some fresh & bought her some ocean spray cranberry) so me being a waste-not-want-not-kinda girl I ate the whole pot myself (the hubby, my boyfriend at the time, is not a ginger fan, and this soup was a ginger garlic chicken soup, emphasis on ginger).

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I took 4 chicken thighs, lemongrass, garlic cloves, chilies, & hunks of ginger in the bottom of a pan. I then cut up yellow & orange carrots (2 of each), 1 Bermuda onion, & a bag of potatoes I’ve had hidden in my cupboard. I covered it all with beef stock & set it to boil. After the soup was good & boiling, I turned it down to a simmer & left it on the stove for a couple hours. Turned off the heat & added sriracha, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, coconut water, turmeric & roasted ginger powder.
To serve I added in more goodness, trying to cram in as much healthiness as I could in one bowl.

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After 2 bowls last night & a bowl for breakfast, I am starting to feel a bit more human. Yay for the healing powers of soup! Anyone else have a favourite soup recipe?