Green Juice Recipe
Everyone should have a green juice recipe in their repertoire, and this one is a ringer. Its heart and soul is straight green, not at all sweet, with a good amount of lemon-lime tang, and invigorating ginger lift. Like many green juices, it makes you sing from the inside, and is reason enough to invest in a juicer, or dust one off. When I traveled to Paris last year, I spent a beautiful first day and night there, then came down with a (particularly miserable) cold - throat on fire, raspy cough. Being sick away from home is hard, begin sick in a city like Paris, when you're there for just a short time, is spiritually deflating. So, in preparation for my most recent trip, I became a vigilant hand-washing, snotty three-year avoiding, soup eating individual with a juicer on the counter. I religiously drank a glass of this green juice every day, punctuated with a gingery version of this turmeric tea a few times along the way. It's a variation on one of the (many) green juices highlighted in Pressed Juicery's Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well, a book I purchased recently, before realizing we share the same editor!
Juicing can be time intensive. I think that is why so many people are inclined to purchase fresh juices instead of making them at home. Quite honestly, I do both. There are stretches when I don't get around to making fresh juice, and other times I make it regularly. I like how fresh juice makes me feel.
A few things to consider to make green juice easier.
- Wash, trim, and prepare your produce when you come home from the market. Then refrigerate. This way, it's straight into the juicer when you're ready.
- Make more then you need in one go. Certainly, fresh, immediate juice is the best. That said, I make a three day supply, and keep it refrigerated (you can even freeze it). And it's good. With this juice in particular, you can use it as a soup broth, I even used it to make dumpling wrappers in place of water.
- Clean up as soon as you're finished.
Keep in mind, this is a juicer recipe, not really a blender/smoothie recipe as written.
Also, unrelated - I know my Paris map from a few years back is quite out of date - it needs an update. Soon! In the meantime, I posted the cards of a handful of cards from shops, flea markets, and restaurants I love to the QK instagram account - that way, if you go, you can see exactly where they are on the map, and have their contact info as well. I'll work on more from SF as well.
Green Juice Recipe
2 to 3 kale leaves, to taste
large handful of spinach
1 head romaine
2 celery stalks
1 small bunch of parsley, trimmed
1/2 lemon, peeled, deseeded
1/2 lime, peeled, deseeded
1 1-inch cube of peeled ginger
2 small cucumbers, peeled
Combine the above in a juicer - serve, refrigerate, or freeze immediately. Refrigerated, I've found the green juice to be pretty great on day two, as well as the morning of day three.
Prep time: 10 min