Now that I’ve been juicing for awhile (which a friend pointed out makes me sound like Lance Armstrong), I’ve started to experiment with using the pulp too.
We make a tasty juice from yams, oranges and carrots. That pulp is marvelous in smoothies and in baked goods like pancakes and quick breads.
We also make a fabulous green juice using kale, cucumbers, lime, green apples, and celery. I love that one, too. I couldn’t figure out how to use the pulp, though — because it’s a weird combination of flavors — until it occurred to me to separate it and just use the kale, which is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. So now, I put the head of kale through the juicer first, then scoop out the pulp.
I’ve been using it in my scrambled eggs. I like it much better than using spinach. First, because the pulp is completely dry so it doesn’t make my eggs all runny. And second, because it has a much milder flavor that’s easier to swallow so early in the morning.
You can see how dry it is. Like moss. Tastes better, I’m guessing, but I don’t know for a fact, having been lucky thus far in my life not to need to eat moss. I fill those little containers with my kale pulp, some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer.
This kale can certainly go in smoothies, but we have so many other things for smoothies, it’s nice to have something quick and easy for other stuff. I also use it on my sandwiches, topping my baked potato, and baked in my chocolate pancakes. Excellent on all counts.
We’ve already gotten into somewhat of a rut with our juicing — a good one, but a rut nonetheless — making mainly the orange and the green juice. I try to juice with veggies rather than fruit, since it’s easier for us to eat plenty of different varieties of fruit. I’m also trying to buy the veggies that are economical and aren’t so fragile that if you look at them cross-eyed they wilt. I’m looking at you, asparagus.
It would be nice to have one more veggie drink in our rotation. I’m also thinking of interesting and useful ideas for pulp in our continuing juicing journey. Any suggestions?