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Celery Pear Juice

Celery Pear Juice

You know that funny face people make when they are skeptical about trying something that looks or sounds strange, and when they finally agree to try it, they are surprised that it actually tastes good? Well, that was us… and you could be next!

We have been thinking about posting another beverage recipe made with our hydroponic veggies. As it turns out, it is not so easy to choose something that would not give the instant feeling of: “ugh, are you serious? That must taste like medicine” or “I would rather have a super fruity smoothie, or even a soft drink”. But, we finally found a recipe we liked for our celery! The key here for the sweetness is the fruit; in this case, we are using pears, but you could also use green apples.

Although Annie’s recipe is very different, we loved her inventive way of selling it to her son, by giving it such a cool name! How would you name our juice to persuade a child (or your inner child) to try it?

Ingredients

2 celery stalks

1 ripe pear

1/2 lemon

1/4 cup water

Method

Chop the pear, discard the seeds. Chop the celery stalks. Place everything together in a blender. Pulse several times until it has shredded everything. Strain the liquid, use a spoon to press the mixture to get the most juice out, and chill for 30 minutes or serve with ice.

Note: if you have one of those mighty juice makers, you could drink the whole mixture.

Source: Adapted from Essential Wellness.


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Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

We like today’s recipe as it incorporates four of our hydroponic veggies: celery, scallionbell pepper and lettuce. We also like it because it is very fulfilling and practical for making a quick lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup bell pepper

2 scallions

1/2 cup natural yogurt

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

4 whole wheat sandwich buns, split

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices of mild cheese

Serves: 4

Directions

In a medium bowl combine the first seven ingredients. Warm the sandwich buns. Place a slice of mild cheese, like Provolone, and a lettuce leaf on each of the buns. Fill with the chicken salad and you’re done!

Source: Original.


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Tuna & Pasta Shell Salad

pasta shell salad

Our hydroponic celery and red pepper add a nice pop of color against the pasta in this salad. As it contains pasta, it can be served warm (just about when the pasta is ready) or you can let it chill for a few minutes and serve cold. We believe in keeping a healthy diet and avoid extra fat; therefore, we use natural yogurt as the dressing instead of mayonnaise.

Ingredients

5 stalks celery

1/2 small onion

1 red bell pepper

6 heaped tbsp natural yogurt

250gr small pasta shells

240gr tuna (can) in water, drained & broken up

salt and pepper to taste

Serves: 4

celery onion pepper

Directions

Cook the pasta shells following the manufacturer’s instructions. While the pasta cooks, dice the onion, celery and bell pepper and place them on a medium bowl. Add the natural yogurt, salt and pepper. Carefully open the tuna cans, drain the water and separate the pieces and place them with the vegetables. Mix well. When the pasta is ready, drain it and toss it into the bowl. Mix everything together.

Source: Original.