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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

We make a lot of smoothies in my house and I love them, but sometimes I actually crave juices. Sounds crazy, I know, especially if you haven’t tasted a green juice. I have to say though, if you do, I think you’ll be surprised by how fruity and refreshing green juices can be. There are so many opinions on juicing and debate over how nutritious they really are, but I look at them as a great way to get veggies and fruits into your day. I don’t feel that juices should supplement eating whole fruit or vegetables, but they make a great addition. I sometimes start the day off with a green juice for breakfast. It leaves me feeling light, refreshed and restored.

This particular combination is really delicious. The pear adds just enough sweetness without being overpowering. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, adding lots of Vitamins A, B6 and K and even minerals like calcium and iron and potassium. Then there’s the cucumber. Cucumber is a wonderful addition to juices. It’s made up of ninety-six percent water, so it really adds to the volume of your juice, but it also contains electrolytes and minerals that are so good for you. Finally, I love adding lemon to my juices. Not only does it give a bit of a boost of Vitamin C, its citrusy tang perks up the flavors of the greens and balances out the sweetness.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

So, with all of this juicing and smoothie drinking we do, you can imagine how many straws we go through. I mean, it’s a bit contradictory to put so much effort in doing something so healthy for our body, only to fill our landfills with plastic straws. Did you know that plastic straws are one of the largest component of plastic pollution? They are also one of the top ten items found during beach clean ups. I’ve tried using paper straws, but honestly, as pretty and decorative as they can be, I find them really unpalatable to drink from. So, when I received a message recently from Glass Dharma asking if I’d like to try their glass straws, I was intrigued! As soon as I tried one, I knew I wanted to work with them and to share their product with you. I love the selection of straws they carry. There are a variety of diameters, lengths and even bent and decorative straws. They have a great feel when using them without altering the flavor of your drink the way paper straws seem to.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

1/2 large cucumber, about 5 to 6 inches, peeled unless organic or home-grown
1 large pear, peeled unless organic and seeds removed
4 large stalks organic kale
1/2 lemon

Place the cucumber, pear and kale into your juicer and juice according to manufacturer’s directions. You can peel the lemon and juice that in your juicer as well, or simply use a reamer or citrus juicer. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefit or store in a sealed jar for one day.


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Cumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Red Quinoa Tabbouleh

Red Quinoa Tabbouleh from Taste Love & Nourish

My Mom doesn’t own a computer. She became so frustrated with the one she had, she threatened to throw it out the window. So, she only gets a glimpse of my blog every now and then when she visits my sister. It does make me sad that the most influential person in my life doesn’t always see what I’m doing here. Today, I’m OK with that.

Each time I give her a ring, she always asks me what I’ve been cooking for the blog. I usually end up explaining how I took something traditional and gave it a healthier twist with unusual ingredients. She’s my biggest fan, but my Mom is a purist through and through. I can almost hear her say…

“You didn’t use bulgur in your tabbouleh? Hmm. You like quinoa? What’s wrong with bulgur?”

I love her dearly.

So, there is nothing wrong with bulgur. Nutritionally, bulgur and quinoa are more similar than you’d think, although quinoa is a better source of minerals, aminos and it’s gluten-free. Changing things up a bit is just in my nature and yes, I do like quinoa. It soaks up the dressing and the flavors of the vegetables and makes this tabbouleh one of my favorites.

I gave my Mom a call today. I mentioned nothing of this crazy quinoa tabbouleh.

Red Quinoa Tabbouleh

1 C. red quinoa, rinsed
1 C. water
1 pint grape tomatoes, diced
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
1/2 seedless cucumber, finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped or 2 T. dried mint
juice of one lemon (about 1/4 C.)
1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 t. fine sea salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t. ground cumin

In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and the water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool while you chop your vegetables.

Combine the vegetables and the quinoa in a large bowl.

In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Red Quinoa Tabbouleh from Taste Love & Nourish

  • I love red quinoa because it is a bit nuttier and a bit less bitter than white. No matter which quinoa you use, always give it a rinse before using. Rinsing removes saponins that give it that bitter flavor. Once you rinse, you’ll never taste it.
  • I rarely ever use dried herbs. I just prefer fresh because I love the brightness they bring. That said…my family prefers dried mint in this recipe. I think the flavor of the dried mint is a bit milder. Personally, I love the fresh mint best!
  • This salad is so versatile. Use whatever you’ve got in the fridge or in your garden. Just chop finely by hand. It’s a labor of love…but worth it. You’re able to control the dice by hand and you eliminate the chance you’ll end up with a bowl of mush if you use a processor.
  • Serve this as a side dish or pack it up for a great lunch.