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Monday, May 27, 2013

Green zmuti (raw vegan)

When I saw this recipe first at Saveur it seemed like a marvelous idea. Getting some green into your system in an unconventional way that cut back on all that waste we generally produce when we throw away the stalks and leaves from broccoli, radishes, kohlrabi and so on. It seemed marvelous in terms of a harmony between us and nature; and in terms of health I shouldn't even get started, it being so obvious.
But I postponed actually trying to make this until I saw the recipe again on a blog I really like: Andie's Veggies. :) Hopefully when you'll see it here it might give you an impulse to try getting a really good habit - for you and the world :).
P.S: If you imagine something yucky when you hear of a smoothie made with green and raw and conventionally inedible leaves, you couldn't be more wrong. :) Just try and see for yourself. And maybe you'll make a habit out of drinking this every morning.
P.P.S: In case you're wondering, "zmuti" comes from "smoothie", being a cute mispronunciation.  :)

Last year: Thai chicken and crab curry.
Two years ago: Spaghetti with olives, basil, red pesto and yellow tomatoes, Salată de ardei copți (Roasted red pepper salad) (Romanian) and Pork salad (with olives, roasted peppers and Parmesan).

Ingredients (for 2 big glasses):
  • leaves from 1 broccoli bunch (+ the stalk)
  • leaves from 1 radish bunch
  • a few rucola leaves
  • 1 banana (peeled)
  • half an orange (peeled)
  • 200-250 ml water

Note: Feel free to use whatever other leaves you have lying around the house - like kohlrabi etc. The combination of ingredients presented here is just a guideline.
Another note: Both Saveur and the blog linked above suggested filtering the juice at the end so you only drink the liquid without the pulp. I was feeling hardcore and I drank it unfiltered. Bogdan and my mom had no complaints either - so I think everyone should drink it like this - you also get lots of fiber and you won't be wasting any of the banana and orange. But choose whatever suits you best. :)

So, to get started put all the greens in your blender:

Start blending and adding bits of water as you go, to make it more fluid and more blend-able.

When it's all pretty blended add the fruit:

Blend some more and you're done. Bottoms up!

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