Who's Got the Juice?

>> Friday, June 11, 2010

We recently bought a container of Lakewood 100% organic carrot juice. We're both not huge juice fans . . . so besides drinking it, we tried coming up with some creative ways to use it in our everyday recipes. This stir-fry experiment works beautifully.

Why carrot juice? It's one of the richest sources of vitamin A that can be used in the daily diet. It also ranks high as a source of the other vitamins, especially those of the B complex. Its mineral content is equally rich, and includes calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron. (Source and more info . . .)

In addition, Lakewood lists these benefits in the bottle:
  • Reduce Phytosensitivity and improve eye health
  • Strenghten the immune system and promote healthy cell growth
  • Help support healthy liver functions and fight anemia
  • Reduce the risk factors related to Heart Disease such as High Blood Pressure

What are you waiting for?
Go grab a container of this juice and get cooking!

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 tbsp potato starch (or corn starch)
  • 3/4 cup pure carrot juice
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 small parsnips, skinned and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • Large zucchini, chopped

Method . . .
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato starch and carrot juice, then add the vinegar, sugar, horseradish, soy sauce, ginger and pepper until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the garlic and onion in oil about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the parsnips and cook for five minutes over medium to medium-high heat. They should start to soften.
  4. Add the mushrooms and zucchini and stir-fry for another 2 to 3 minutes -- you want them still slightly crisp (not soggy).
  5. Add the sauce mix to the veggies and cook until mixture thickens, approx 5 to 7 minutes.

One of our other favorite juicy recipes includes POM pomegranate juice (and it's also inspired by Richard Simmons!). So, if you're looking for a perfect dessert compliment for this simple stir-fry, check out our Pomegranate Dream Cakes.

Have you ever used juice in your cooking or baking? Let us know! Just leave us a comment or shoot us an email at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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