Eyes wide open

March 2, 2010

Wow, what a weekend a couple of days. Sorry everyone for the lack of posting for the last couple of days! Yesterday, being Monday, and back at work, I would have posted something but my work computer died. It would not turn on at all. So, yesterday at work was interesting. And when I got home I decided to keep the trend going by not even touching my laptop. It was nice.

But I’m back! And it’s good to be back.

So, how was your weekend? How was your Monday??

This weekend, after a friend recommended that I see the documentary, Food Inc., the boyfriend and I watched it. Let me start by saying, everyone should watch this documentary. Everyone. This documentary forever changed my way of thinking on so many subjects. Taken directly from the Food Inc. website, here is the synopsis of the film:

“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.” –Food Inc. 

Not only has it changed my views on the government, the supermarkets, farmers, and (my already disgust of)
packaged foods, but it changed my boyfriend’s views, as well. Right after the movie, we sketched out our plans for our organic home garden. And honestly, it’s going to be a very long time before I eat meat again.

Yes, this is a documentary with a mission to change minds. It is bias. But the information it is sending is 100% correct and justified. And the message it is sending is one that will hopefully make you think before you just grab anything to eat.

My recommendation to all of you is to watch Food Inc. if for no other reason than to be a bit more educated on where and how your food is coming from.

Phew! Sorry to bombard you with this hot topic but I needed to get that out there.
Thank goodness she’s done! Right?! Ok, onto the foooooooood.

I have been doing a lot of juicing lately and I love it. I’m making a green juice once a day, usually when I get off of work, right when I get home. And now, my boyfriend is asking for his green juice too. I love converting people to the healthy side. (And he’s already having me make extra green smoothie for his breakfast too!) Since consuming my daily liquid greens, I have felt better. My digestion is much better (in all areas) and I feel lighter (in spirit and body). And they taste so damn good. 

So, as you probably know, when juicing veggies and fruits, you are left with the nutrient void veg/fruit remains, or the pulp. Now, if you have juiced your own green liquid love before, you will know that this pulp accumulates quite fast. I hate to waste anything. So instead of just throwing the stuff away, I make food with them. Check out some of my latest creations….

First we have Exhibit A: 
The Vegan Tropical Pulp Cupcake with Cherry Frosting
(made with lime, lemon, carrots and tops, parsley, celery pulp with oats and dates for the base)
It was quite interesting, but good.
(Pre-frosting)
Onto Exhibit B:
Savory Pulp Millet Bread, topped with coconut butter and unpictured Raw honey
So amazingly good.
I would give you the recipe, but I got it from one of the most amazing book ever written,
I can’t tell you the recipe but I can tell you it has a lot of vegetable pulp in it
along with millet and chickpea flower (my version, anyway), Dijon mustard, onions, honey, olive oil, eggs, and seasoning.
 
I do realize that looks pretty gross…
 But it makes something pretty tasty.
 
My next pulp project will include muffins… and who knows.
Do you have any recipes using your juice pulp??If so, send them my way in a comment! I’ll try some of them out and post back the results!

Have a great Tuesday!

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