I have to confess, I’m a bit of a green juice addict. They’re so refreshing and nourishing, it’s like drinking a glass of pure health. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that juicers are an absolute pain in the arse to clean, I would genuinely be an addict!
With all this said, I have just one particular favourite juice that I pretty much make all the time! The only trouble being is that it has apple in it and right now, in the height of summer, we are all out of last seasons apple stores and a few months away from this years season – so I’m having to come up with summer juice alternatives!
This one is made with refreshing fennel and cucumber, giving you the perfect taste of summer! It is a pure green juice as it contains only vegetables with only a tiny piece of sneaky lime. It’s not too sweet but it’s crisp and fresh, perfect for a hot August day!
Summer Green Juice
1/2 small fennel bulb
3 stalks celery
2 large handfuls of spinach
1/4 lime, flesh only
A few mint leaves
1/4 tsp spirulina
- Wash the ingredients and chop them into large chunks.
- Process everything through your juicer apart from the spirulina.
- Put the spirulina into a glass and pour over a small amount of the juice. Whisk together until smooth.
- Pour the rest of the juice into the glass, stir and enjoy.
One of the things I love about summer is salads. I know…..salad….boring! Wrong. You’ve just got to make it more interesting. Now we’re well and truly into summer I’m starting to get some more vegetables in my veg box to make my salads that little bit more exciting.
One thing I love about getting a veg box is the variety of lettuces we get to eat. I’m not talking about your typical iceberg or your cos lettuce here, oh no sir-ee. I’m talking flavoursome salad leaves, peppery leaves, unidentifiable leaves…..basically you’ve got to get some flavour in the base layer of your salad.
This week we also received a bundle of vibrant pink radishes. They look just how radishes should look, all different shapes and sizes, slightly different to the uniform round ones you get in the supermarket. These taste so good.Any good salad isn’t complete until you’ve got the dressing. This is where you make or break it. Often I just drizzle a little olive oil or balsamic vinegar but nothing beats putting a little bit of effort into making a tangy dressing.
Peppery Radish Salad
A couple of handfuls of lettuce (washed)
4-5 radishes (washed and sliced thinly)
1 cup puy lentils (cooked and cooled)
1/4 cucumber (sliced as you prefer)
1/2 raw beetroot (grated)
A handful of fennel leaves
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
For the dressing:
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 garlic clove (crushed)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1. In a large bowl add your lettuce, radishes, cucumber, and seeds. Mix together.
2. Once cooled, add the lentils to the lettuce and mix together along with the beetroot, and fennel leaves.
3. In a cup, add the garlic, mustard, oil and vinegar and stir thoroughly. Drizzle over the salad and stir to coat all the leaves.
This is perfect to eat for lunch or box it up and enjoy for a couple of days at work.
Happy salad days.
If you are a regular reader you may have (or you may not) noticed we have been a little quiet around here for the last few weeks. We hadn’t planned to have a two week break, but we both went on holiday (yay!), getting our butts into gear and planning posts doesn’t always come strongly around here! We both tend to write our posts on Sunday evenings ready to go live the next day!
I haven’t been doing so well on my clean eating lifestyle, sugar has been creeping back into my diet, and I spent two weeks on holiday consuming my body weight in pizza, pasta and prosecco – and what a great time I had!
Now it’s back to reality, life goes on and it is time to get back into my clean eating. In our veg box this week we got a lovely fennel. Roasted fennel is one of my new favourite flavours and this warm fennel salad is so tasty you just have to try it! This salad makes a perfect weekend lunch or make it to take to work. It is full of flavour thanks to the lemon and thyme.
Roasted fennel salad
Half a fennel bulb
2 cloves of garlic
1 red onion
A handful of fresh thyme
1 tbsp coconut oil
Half a courgette
100g bulgar wheat
1) Set the oven to 160C , chop the fennel into slices, in a large roasting tray melt the coconut oil, then add the fennel, chopped onion and cloves of garlic. Chop the tomatoes and add to the tray. Add the sprigs of thyme and squeeze the lemon and throw in the rest of the lemon wedges. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, remember to stir it around every now and again.
2) Cook the bulgar wheat in a saucepan, as per the packet instructions, it usually takes 15 minutes and the water soaks into the wheat.
3) Once the fennel, onions and tomatoes are roasted, remove from the oven and remove the sticks of thyme, the leaves should just fall off into the pan. Add the bulgar wheat and stir through the vegetables. Place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
4) Season with salt and pepper and serve with watercress and thinly slice some courgette. You can remove the garlic cloves if you prefer, but I love to eat roasted garlic. Serve with the lemon wedges.
Enjoy this delicious warm salad