Spicy Green Juice

Today was super busy for a Thursday, hence the super late post. But I have a fun recipe for you to make up for it! I don’t own a juicer (I’ll probably add one to the registry for the wedding though!) but I do have a blender and I figured whipping up a smoothie/juice would be manageable.

spicy green juice

This is not a typical sweet smoothie and way more closely resembles a super-healthy tasting green juice but SL even loved it so I know its a winner.

Spicy Green Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into 2″ chunks
  • 2″ cucumber, quartered
  • handful of spinach or kale (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 fruit (I have used pineapple, frozen mixed fruit, peaches…play around here and see what you like)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  • Put everything in the blender and blend on high until fully blended together

This juice is full of health. It’s basically health in a glass.

 

spicy green juice

 

Cayenne, if you can handle the heat, has some health benefits too. It is said to stimulate circulation, neutralize acidity in your body and has metabolism boosting powers! I love all things hot and spicy so I added a couple of dashs of this strong spice to my juice but feel free to start small and see what works for you!

If you aren’t into juices/smoothies when a traditional green taste, check out my┬ásome of my other sweeter smoothies:

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Not gonna lie, I killed it in the kitchen last night! One of my goals for the week was to cook Monday through Thursday nights this week. Last night I had turkey burgers on the menu but since I jumped the gun and made those on Thursday night I hopped to Sweet & Spicy Mango Shrimp which was slated for tonight.

I am so happy I did! It was probably one of the top 5 best things I have ever made. Sweet & Spicy Mango Shrimp for the WIN!

But first, here is why I jumped the gun on making turkey burgers….

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

These came out amazing!

I went Hawaiian style for these cute little turkey burgers. I guess they should be considered sliders because I used 1/2 patties and those cute little Hawaiian buns. The patty is ground turkey, chopped mushrooms and green onion mixed with a handful of panko crumbs and a little pineapple juice. I topped it with a grilled pineapple ring, sliced avocado and a slice of bacon.

These were awesome but not quite as awesome as the Sweet & Spicy Mango Shrimp I made last night. I used this recipe and ended up only changing one thing; I used sriracha in place of the sweet chili sauce and omitted the red pepper flakes because sriracha has enough heat.

Sweet & Spicy Mango Sprimp

The recipe also called for adding flaked coconut but SL isn’t big on coconut then I forgot to add it to mine once I portioned everything out. Oops. Oh well, it was, like I said, one of the best meals I’ve ever made!

Continuing this streak, I whipped up a very tasty smoothie this morning after a short but sweaty run. I needed something cold and refreshing and this Pear & Pineapple Green Smoothie was the perfect choice.

Pear & Pineapple Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup cubed pineapple (I used the left overs from the Hawaiian Turkey Burger dinner)
  • 1 green pear, cored and chopped (Not sure of the actual type…I’m not a pear genius)
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1/2 banana, sliced (I sliced the other half and put it in the freezer for a future smoothie)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup of ice*

*The recipe calls for a full cup of ice but my blender gets a little testy with ice so I cut down and nothing bad happened.

Another kitchen win…I am on a roll.

I would brag about that fact that my cat enjoys a healthy diet and loves green smoothies but really she is just obsessed with straws…like obsessed and I physically have to remove her from straws. I don’t get it. I don’t get her.

Khaleesi and P&P GS

Weirdo.

Including the Chocolate Almond Coconut Chia mousse and Mexican lasagna I made this week I am up to 5 kitchen wins and its only Thursday! I think that means I do not have to feel guilty for having my mom cook me dinner this weekend!

Have a great Thursday and remember, tomorrow is Friday!