As you’ve probably gathered, James and I are big potato fans. French fries are our favorite, but potato chips are a close second. We quit buying potato chips from the store a while ago, but occasionally get the craving for them. One day, I got out the mandolin slicer and realized I could slice potatoes thin enough to make potato chips. It was quite the aha moment!
Now, I make potato chips about twice a week. I make them fresh every time because they only take about 5 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to bake. They’re the perfect side to a sandwich or wrap and not to mention only have 3 ingredients. That seems to be my magic number lately: three ingredient peanut butter cookies, three ingredient strawberry jam and now three ingredient potato chips. I can’t imagine going back to store bought potato chips, these are just too good.
About a month ago I was making green juice every morning….for two days. It just took way too long and made a huge mess. I don’t have a juicer so I use the blender, but I was using cheese cloth, and it was leaking all over the place and took forever to strain it. Then, searching the internet for green juice recipes I found a great idea….a fine mesh strainer. I picked mine up at Dollar Tree! It makes the process SO much easier, cleaner and quicker.
UPDATE: I now use a nut milk bag, similar to this. It makes it even easier than the strainer AND there are less “chunks” in the juice!
Now you make ask why go through the trouble of making green juice? Why not just eat the vegetables. Well, I put spinach in our smoothie every morning, and incorporate vegetables with lunch and dinner, but I feel like adding some more won’t hurt. And honestly, this juice is packed with so much good stuff, I don’t think I could eat it all if I tried. However, I feel like I already have so many small kitchen appliances, I really don’t think its necessary to add a juicer into the mix. Making green juice with the blender works just fine!
I have done some research and know that when you juice you’re not getting the en
tire fruit or vegetable. This primarily means you won’t get the fiber that is in the peel of the veggies. I have weighed the risks and benefits and realized getting just a little more vegetables is b
etter than nothing. And, have you ever tried to drink a green smoothie? Something about the texture of vegetables in a blender is not very tasty. In fact, it makes me want to gag. However, everything in moderation. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to eat any vegetables and can get them all by juicing them. And I wouldn’t recommend a juice cleanse or anything of that nature. I have started doing a cup of green juice a day, usually in the afternoon before lunch. My juice is primarily made up of vegetables, but I do add an apple to my juice because well…an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and gives it just a little sweetness to make it palatable.
There are several variations of green juice. It is completely okay to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. And, if you feel like having pink juice, just add a beet! Try to buy everything organic and local if possible. If you have difficulties, at least make sure your greens are organic. Today, I used a mixture of spinach, kale and carrot greens all from my local farmer’s market and other veggies listed below.
Here is my favorite green juice recipe:
1 Large green apple
2 Celery stalks
1-1 inch piece of ginger
1-1 inch piece turmeric (optional)
3 C greens (kale, spinach, parsley, carrot greens, etc.)
2 C water
Place all ingredients in high powered blender. Blend on high until fully blended. Strain using a fine mesh strainer. Store in a jar in the fridge for 2-3 days.
** This recipe last 2 days for James and I, each having approx. 1 Cup per day. I usually make it at night and store it in individual jars so it's easy to grab and go!
This recipe was originally created to be a healthier version of banana bread. Here is the original recipe. Well, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there was really no purpose of eating these muffins. I put a banana in our smoothie every morning, and we get plenty of whole grains in all of the other foods we eat. So I decided it was time to improve this recipe so we were actually eating it for a purpose. Why not add some flax to it so we can get our daily flax in too? I was getting tired of my original flax muffins and decided it was time to switch things up a bit. James and I both enjoy having baked goods around the house. Muffins are a great morning treat to eat along with my smoothie.
They’re also a great late night snack!
My dogs love these treats. And I have received two paws up from various other dogs including dogs from the farmer’s market, my sister’s dog Charlie, Jennifer’s dog Ollie and my grandma’s dog Fancy. Fancy has a lot of allergies and has to eat special food so these are the only treats she can eat. Her vet approved all the ingredients!
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.
Day 12: Cranberry Banana Bread
I always love cranberry recipes cranberry cookies, cranberry bread, etc. This recipe is the perfect medley of cranberry and banana. Along with the apple chia muffins, this recipe is good for breakfast, for the office or for a holiday party.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.
Day 11: Apple Chia Muffins
I’m a huge fan of muffins and breads because they double as a treat and breakfast! I can justify muffins for breakfast especially when they have apples and chia seeds in them! They pair perfectly with a smoothie or a cup of coffee.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.
Day 10: Mini Pecan Pies
It only uses 3 ingredients AND….you don’t even have to bake it! Say what?!
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.