Curry Chicken Thighs with Carrot Salad

Curry Chicken and Carrot Salad_Natalie Paramore

We’ve been cooking quite a bit when we are home lately and I’ve been loving it! Well, at least for the most part. It’s certainly easier to cook when I take a little time on Sunday or Monday to plan things out and order or grab our groceries early on in the week. When I get the week started off with healthy foods, then the rest of the week seems to fall in line and it makes going out all the more enjoyable. Plus, when we eat out for every meal when we travel, it’s really nice to have good, healthy food when we are home! Sometimes, I do fall prey to making the same things over and over. Which is why¬†have been trying to switch it up a little and this is one of our favorite dishes that we made last week.

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How to Make Juice Without a Juicer: Carrot Ginger

I’m not a huge juice drinker, hence why I don’t have a super expensive juicer. But juicing is all the rage. So I’ve tried different juices with friends… I’m not really into crazy juice fasts or fad diets. I really prefer to actually chew and eat my meals. Go ahead, call me a foodie, but there is something about sitting down to a meal that brings me the utmost pleasure.

I have yet to find a green juice that tickles my fancy, but I did fall totally in love with Snap Kitchen’s Carrot Ginger Elixir. After trying a few other carrot ginger juices here and there, I decided it was time to make my own!

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I love a good ginger drink, I think that’s why I love this particular juice so much. I made my juice extra ginger-y but you can adjust that according to your tastes.

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You’ll need:

2 cups chopped and peeled carrots (about four large carrots)
2 cups cold water
4 tablespoons chopped and peeled fresh ginger root (about one three inch piece)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (the juice of half of one small lemon)

Yields approximately 16 ounces of juice.

Kitchen supplies:
Blender
Pitcher
Cheese cloth
Runner band

You can find cheese cloth in the baking or kitchen supple aisle at the grocery store for $2-$3. I have used this method to make iced coffee before with great success! I have not tried it yet, but I think you green juice lovers will be able to use this set up too.

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Start by peeling the carrots and ginger.

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Give everything a good chop!

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Put everything into the blender and add the water.

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Now squeeze in the FRESH lemon juice. It must be fresh, muy importante.

Blend for three to four minutes. You want everything to be as smooth as possible.

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Cover the top of the pitcher with the cheese cloth. Attach it tightly with the rubber band. Make sure it’s secure or the weight of the pulp will cause it to fall and you’ll have to start all over.

Pour the content of the blender over top the cheese cloth.

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Squeeze the pulp in the cheese cloth. You’ll be surprised how much extra juice you can get out of there!

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Now you’re ready to drink up! I think carrot ginger juice is best served extra cold.

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I think this is a great way to make juice at home without a juicer. What’s your favorite juice?

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Have you tried out the new Vine app yet? Click to see this fun video I made of carrot ginger juice!

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