Monday, November 7, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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  • 3 1/2 cups flour (I used 1/2 spelt and 1/2 whole wheat)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 3/4 cup EVOO
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 4 cup juicer pulp ( I used carrots, apple, spinach and celery)
  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 2 large handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  1. Preheat the oven at 350F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flours, salt, baking soda and spices.
  3. In a larger bowl, whist together the olive oil, sugar and maple syrup.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between each time. 
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix using a spatula until well combined.  Do not over mix. 
  5. Add the juicer pulp, pumpkin puree and chocolate chips and fold until just incorporated. 

Grease the muffin tins and fill each about 3/4 full.  Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

The muffins are not light and fluffy.  They will be pretty dense, but oh so tasty.  Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.  Makes about 24 large muffins. 

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I think I’m going to try these using applesauce at some point. 

Do you have any other favourite recipes using juicer pulp?



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Juicing Heaven

Happy Sunday everyone.  Hope you remembered to turn back your clocks  by one hour.  I enjoyed sleeping in an extra hour.  Smile

I’ve been meaning to write this post for so long…guess better late than never, right?  ( I actually wrote it last night..hehe)

One of my most vivid memories of my childhood was when my mom and grandma would make fresh carrot juice that I would drink like water.  There is something about the sweetness of carrot juice that makes it addicting.  Not to mention the healthy benefit of it:  rich in Vitamins A, K and C and an excellent source of beta-carotene.  On one of our camping trips through the USA, we picked up the Porsches of all juicers… the Norwalk!

Norwalk juicer

I wanted to buy a juicer for so long for many reasons.  The main reason is to enjoy fresh healthy juice at home.  When you buy juice at the supermarket, it’s been pasteurized for obvious reasons.  However when you heat up the juice to kill any of the bad bacteria, you are also killing some of the nutrients and vitamins.   The Norwalk is the most amazing juicer out there.  First it grinds up your food, then you take the grinds, place them in a cloth bag and press the juice with a hydraulic press with about 1000lbs of pressure.  What does this mean?  Lets just say the carrot pulp was like cardboard, so dry the chickens wouldn’t even touch it. 

When I began researching juicers, I wanted to find one that gave me the most juice yield, with relatively dry juicer pulp, comparable to that of the Norwalk, but that didn’t come with the price tag of a Norwalk.  I also wanted one that would juice greens easily.  I was surprised to find so many different kinds of juicers on the market.  I learned they fall into 3 categories:  masticating, centrifugal and triturating (twin gears).  Oh boy!  What’s the difference? 

1.  Masticating = they work at slower speeds.  It basically chews the food you put threw them, so you get more fiber, vitamins and enzymes.  The most popular brand of this type is the Champion. 

2.  Centrifugal = these ones grind up the food, then the grinded produce gets pushed through a strainer as the basket spins at very high rpms.  Supposedly these types of juicers yield more volume of juice, but I doubt you get the same nutritional value from these juicers.  Most of the juicers sold in supermarkets are these types, such as the Jack Lalane juicer and the Breville juice fountain. 

3.  Triturating (twin gear) = these juicers turn at a slower rpm and have a two step process. First the machine crushes the produce, then the crushed bits get pressed to extract the juice.  This process gives you more fibre, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. These juicers also have magnetic and bio-ceramic technology that slows down the oxidation process, which is good if you want to make and store your juice. These juicers are excellent for juicing leafy greens, wheatgrass, sprouts, root vegetables like beets and carrots and most water dense (non-pulpy) fruits. Juicing time is longer with twin gear juicers due to the slower juicing process which gives you a higher quality juice.  Clean up is also a little more time consuming, but if it gives me better quality juice, I will take the time to clean it properly.

So which one did I go for?

I originally purchased the new Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro. 


I read many good things about it, but I was somewhat sceptical as it’s very much like a centrifugal juicer.  However, the website claims that this juicer uses a revolutionary 2-step extraction process. It has a powerful low RPM motor, which allows for more nutrients and juice,  delicious pulp-free concentrated nutrition and greater value from your food dollar.  One reason I also purchased this one was because it is supposed to easily juice leafy green vegetables and Wheatgrass, in addition to being able to make almond milk.

When it arrived at my doorstep, I was so excited to begin juicing.  I was very happy with how quiet the machine was and how easy it was to put together.  It looked great on my counter top.  The juice yield was pretty good too and the clean up was a breeze.  However I was disappointed with how wet the carrot pulp was. I could still squeeze alot of juice out of the carrot pulp. After about a week, I returned it and started researching other juicers. After a few weeks of exploring the internet, I found one that is comparable to the Norwalk. 

Let me introduce you to my newest addition to the family…..

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The Green star Elite 5000  Smile 

I Love Love Love this juicer.  It has a very good juice yield (comparable to the PowerGrind, if not more) and the carrot pulp comes much drier than in the PowerGrind.  I find that fruit pulp is usually wetter than the veggies.  Here are just a few of the other pros about this juice extractor: (information taken from

  • low RPMs (110) – powerful but slow turning precision twin gears, so there is very little heat generated and this means it delays oxidation. 
  • 3 step juicing due to the triple-stage twin gears
    • crushing + mixing + squeezing.


  • More than just a juicer
    Not only juicing, but also homogenizing fresh or frozen fruit (sorbets) is extremely simple with your Green Star Elite Juicer. Confectioneries with nuts and dried fruit are especially delicious
  • More minerals in optimal bioavailability!
    Bio-magnets have been integrated into the Green Star Elite Juicer's twin gears to optimize the juice quality. They "pull" more minerals into the juice while increasing the minerals' bioavailability. This means that your body can more effectively absorb and utilise the dissolved minerals.

I now make juice twice a week regularly.  Since I’m making larger batches of juice each time, it takes me about 1.5 hours.  This includes cleaning and preparing the produce, juicing, and cleaning the machine.  And I am convinced that because I’m drinking fresh juice daily, I’ve managed to fend off all those nasty colds that others have dealt with already this year.

I cannot be happier with this juicer.  The carrot juice is so sweet and comes out in a bright deep orange color, apple juice is amazingly sweet and you should see the color of the spinach juice.  The gears just gobble up celeri sticks, but I do have to use a little more pressure when pushing carrots through the slot. 

My go-to combination of juice is carrots, apples, celeri and spinach.  Here is the batch I made the other day and it yielded just over 2L (8 3/4 cups = 5 mason jars)

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  • 5 lbs carrots
  • 4 apples
  • 2 lbs celeri
  • 5 oz spinach

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The question now is….what to do with all the juicer pulp?  My friend has chickens, so I’ve been giving her the pulp to feed her flock.  I’m hoping to have some muffins to show you soon as I’m going to try and use some of the pulp to make muffins.  Excited to share my results with you. 

Does anyone else use their juicer pulp?  What’s your favourite juice combination?



Saturday, November 5, 2011

It’s been so long

Oh my!  It’s been such a long time since I’ve blogged.  Has life ever gotten away from you?  Mine did, which explains my hiatus from blog land.  And life doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.  Therefore my posts are going to be very sporadic from here on out.  I'd love to have time every day to blog something new, but it doesn’t look like that will be on my agenda any time soon. 

So what have I done in the last 2 months?  Here's a recap:

  • Back to work.  I have a class of 28 grade 4’s this year.  I love my kids.  It’s a great group of kids, more girls than boys, but an active class.  I have a couple of challenging kids in the class too, but nothing that this teacher of 8 years can’t handle.  Lots of planning and marking has been happening this year.  Once again I’ve taken on the Salmon Hatching program.  We just went to our local hatchery to collect salmon eggs (coho), then we fertilized them and put them in our school’s aquarium.  They should be at the eyed age in about one month, and we should see alevins in about 2 months.  In the spring we will release them into one of our local streams. 


  • I started my graduate studies program in Education.  This will take 2 years to complete.  I haven’t quite decided my concentration yet, but we have our first project to complete by December 2nd.  My cohort meets about once per month for a Friday evening and all day Saturday.  Friday’s are tough, especially after a long day of work, followed by a 1 1/2 hour drive to get to my class.  Luckily, I can stay with someone that lives close by, so I don’t have to drive home Friday night. 


  • Juicing heaven!  I decided in August that I would finally buy myself a juicer.  Yes, I already have a Vitamix which I enjoy using often, but I still want to be able to make fresh vegetable and fruit juices that are full of nutrients and vitamins.  After doing a lot of research, I finally decided on the Jay Kordich Powergrind Pro Juicer.  The reviews were good and the price was desirable.  The pros?  It was an easy cleanup, the machine was quiet and the juice yield was pretty good.  As for the bad news?  I was disappointed with how wet the carrot pulp was.  I could still squeeze alot of juice out of the carrot pulp.  After about a week, I returned it and started researching other juicers.  I did find a very good one, but the price was twice as much.  I will post more about my juicing experiences later. 


  • October 7th I left for Germany with my family for my grandfather’s 100th Birthday celebration.  It was a quick trip, as I returned on the 16th.  How amazing is it to be able to say that my grandfather is 100 years young?  It was awesome to be able to spend time with my family.  I realised I have a large one too.  There are 42 of us, including all of my aunts, uncles, 1st and 2nd cousins.  Wow!  The party was held at my cousin’s house and everyone was able to make it.  I believe it was the first time that everyone came together in the same room.  Memories were made to last a lifetime.  Then one week ago, I received the unfortunate news that my grandmother passed away.  I am so grateful that I was able to see her one last time before she passed.  I know she held on just long enough for the family reunion and celebration.  RIP Oma! 

Well, since being back from Germany, things picked up right where they were left off.  I’m back to working full time and really enjoying my class this year.  The craziness of Halloween is over (thank goodness).  I’m back to bootcamp as well and just made a fresh batch of juice today. 

As for coming up with fresh, new, healthy concoctions in the kitchen?  It hasn’t been happening much.  I’ve been eating lots of oatmeal, sandwiches and quick dinners like spaghetti, stir-fries and salads.  I’m hoping to have a new creation for you very soon.  Something yummy is baking in the oven as I write this and if it comes out tasty, I will share it with everyone. 

Back soon I hope.