What to do with all of that extra…?

Little Chef and  I juiced today for the first time this season! Littlest Chef has been sick the past couple of days, and Little Chef was sick at the beginning of the week, so I haven’t done much of anything fancy with our vegetables. We’ve had some rockin’ salads, and we had the kohlrabi hash. Last night, my in-laws came over, and I made a salad with half of the remaining spinach, the arugula, and the radishes. I’m crossing my fingers that my cilantro makes it to tomorrow and Tuesday, so that I can do an an Asian-inspired meal and tacos, respectively.  I found myself with apples from Chelsa’s share, and a whole bunch of beets that I had also gotten from Chelsa.

Little Chef is not a fan of beets, so he made himself (!!! He’s growing up, oh man.) apple-cucumber juice. I made myself beet-apple-spinach juice. Having a tasty drink like this feels decadent, but it’s also a nice way to sneak in some extra vitamins with my lunch. It’s a bonus that it helps me finish off some veggies in the fridge.

What are your favorite juicing combinations? I’m looking forward to experimenting this year.

Applesauce Therapy

Sometimes, when the outside world feels like it’s too much to process, self-care looks like homemade peach applesauce.

Please ignore my messy table. I’m only on cup one of coffee for the day.

I don’t follow a recipe for applesauce anymore, though I got my start with this one. I found it to be good but too watery, so I often use just a splash of water, rather than measuring anything out. I use whatever pile of apples I’ve gotten from the CSA – usually a plastic shopping bag’s worth. I like adding cinnamon and vanilla extract, but you can experiment with what you like. To make a two-fruit applesauce, I just add in a smaller amount of the other fruit – today I used two large peaches to my bag of mackintoshes. Bring to a boil, and then simmer on medium heat until everything is mushy enough to be mashed with a potato masher. It freezes well, thank goodness. My son is an applesauce fiend, and it’s nice to always have some on hand.