Friday, February 22, 2013

Raw Almond Milk in Omega Vert 330

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Raw Almond Milk is a creamy, tasty alternative for dairy milk and there is nothing like making your own.  It's packed full of protein but is so much healthier if you can make it yourself.  If you look at the back of some of the almond milks in the store, you will find some other ingredients in there that you may not want in your almond milk.  I have been making almond for a few years now and have always used the blender and nut milk bag method to do it and had no idea that you can make it using a juicer.

For years I used a Jack La Lanne high powered juicer to make my green juices. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, so after a few months, I was finally able to purchase a new juicer. After a lot of research, I decided to purchase an Omega VERT 330. The main reason I chose this one was not only because it was a cold pressed juicer, but because of how easily it can make Almond Milk. So far, I have made a few green juices and Almond Milk and they all came out great! I am very happy with it so far! Here's how I made my almond milk...

First you need to prepare your nuts for juicing. You will want to soak 1 cup of almonds over night.  The next morning you will want to rinse and drain them.   Add rinsed almonds to 3 cups of water.

Slowly add 1 spoonfull of the almond and water mixture to the juicer. Make sure to do this slowly because if you put them in the juicer too fast, your juicer may jam. You also want to make sure to have a good amount of water with the almonds as it goes through the shoot to help the almonds to break up and become a creamy, frothy milk. Do this until all of your almonds and water mixture is gone.  You should end up with a pretty good amount of almond milk and a very dry almond pulp.

You can strain the finished milk if you like in case small bits get through, but I didn't need to do that. My milk came out very creamy and smooth. You can also leave your milk plain or you can flavor it.  To flavor all you need to do is transfer your juiced almond milk to your blender.  I added 2 dates, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and a dash of sea salt. You can play around with it and add honey, maple syrup and even things like almond extract to give a little boost of flavor.   It will make a lot of foam, but because I like to froth my almond milk, this was ok with me. 

I steamed some milk in my nespresso milk frother and I was able to get a nice amount of froth from this milk!   Clean up is much easier than any of my other juicers.  I simply pour water through the spout to rinse it and then take the pieces apart and rinse.  It really did not take much time at all.  This was definitely a lot easier than the blender/nut bag method! 

Here's my video on you tube so you can see how the milk came out! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup and Vegan Hot Chocolate

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We're waiting for a possible snow storm here at the Jersey Shore, so I decided to make some soup in my crock pot today... I have to say that this soup came out really-really good and I will definitely be making this again!  Here's the recipe...

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup


1 cup red lentils
3-4 cups organic vegetable broth
1 sweet peeled sweet potato (I softened in the microwave first)
2 carrots sliced in small pieces
4 celery stalks sliced in small pieces
1 small yellow onion diced
1 tablespoon chopped raw garlic
1 can fire roasted chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon Moroccan Seasoning by McCormick
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon tomato basil garlic by Mrs. Dash
1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon red miso paste
1/2 teaspoon cayanne pepper

Cook approximately 5-6 hours in your crock pot

Serve topped with fresh kale or spinach and a dash of  lemon

This soup is perfect for a cold winter nights dinner... 

We've been bracing for a huge winter storm here in New Jersey and luckily, it seems like the Jersey Shore is not going to be hit as hard this time.  It's still a weekend of staying inside and praying that we do not flood again,,, already this afternoon our driveway and lawn started to flood ... but I am hoping for the best!  

Sooooooo while we wait... let's have some hot chocolate!  Since I can't have dairy... here's my recipe for a dairy free hot chocolate, topped with some Dandees Vegan Marshmallows... I also top with some steamed almond milk and cinnamon ...

Vegan Hot Chocolate


Blend 1 cup Almond Milk
2 Dates
1 teaspoon raw peanut butter or powdered peanut butter
1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
dash of sea salt

Heat in microwave and top with vegan marshmallows, cinnamon and a dash of coconut sugar!