As Green As Elphaba

December 7, 2009

Guess how I made this???!!

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I was all squeals when I got a call from a reader last week who had an extra juicer just sitting around her basement unopened.

Why did Marla have an extra juicer just sitting around? She was in the audience of the Martha Stewart Show in January with her husband and Breville was a guest. See that show clip here! Everyone in the audience got a juicer, so Marla’s family went home with two. Nearly a year later, she hadn’t opened either box and when she saw I wanted one, she decided to ship it to me as an early Xmas present. Marla, I can’t say thank you enough!

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I feel pretty cool that my new juicer is connected to Martha Stewart :)

Since I’d just gotten home from class, I opened it right away and got to work on a snack!

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I decided to use the same mix that Kate makes for me – kale, apple, carrot and I added two oranges. (Forgot to grab the apple for the photo)

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A few minutes later…

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The kale stink has really grown on me!! But this was still sweet as can be from the fruits. Matt tasted it and asked me if I’d added sweetener! 

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Yes, it’s got many parts, but like my Cuisinart, it’s worth it to get out every now and then. And since fresh produce is mostly clean – meaning no oils or fats to get stuck in blades – it was a breeze to rinse and dry.

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Leftovers!!! I do hope to be creative with these as well. Just not sure how yet and if this batch will get used!

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Now I know you guys are going to ask me a million questions about juicing. To be honest, I don’t really know much about it! This site looks like it has some good info (but do take it all with a grain of salt!) I know that the nutrients are super concentrated and that you do lose the fiber. I’m pretty sure most of the calories are in the juice and not the fiber leftovers, so nutritionally I think it’s comparable to eating all of the produce.

I’m not going to juice everyday, but I do find the juice to be really, really refreshing and good. I hope to experiment with some cool recipes!!

Juice vs. Blender? Obviously fiber is a big plus of blending, but that doesn’t mean juice without fiber isn’t excellent for you. Plus my blender cannot handle carrots or apples!

As for the Breville, from the 2 times I used Kate’s to this time, I love it. Great powerful machine!! Love that it’s dishwasher safe too. Will probably take advantage of that other times.

All I wanted for dinner tonight was roasted caramelized veggies!!! So that’s what we had.

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I found what I thought was a kabocha squash at EarthFare today. It was labeled as "Buttercup" and a Wikipedia search has me still confused. I don’t think they are the same, but correct me if they are!?

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We cut up that guy along with a pint of mushrooms, 2 tiny sweet potatoes and a tiny eggplant and roasted at 425* with a little canola oil, salt and pepper for an unknown number of minutes (likely 40?) since Matt was in charge of the timer.


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The squash ruled the show, so I mixed in a half cup of navy beans for some protein along with cinnamon and some cracked pepper and called it dinner. (Matt added BBQ sauce to his!)

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Sooo simple. Soo perfect.

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I am full of fiber!! I think the Zoe’s Granola had inulin in it. I am not a fan of added fiber! It tends to go through me like a bumpy roller coaster 😳 I’m sure my big salad, apple, and all these veggies + beans won’t help!! Thank goodness I had the fiber taken OUT of my juice!!

Matt brought home a few plain shortbreads from work today and I had one after dinner. Mmmmm. Plainnn thingssss…

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Open Sky Xmas

So the Open Sky promos continue…

This time in the evening for the West Coasters!!

Today is a great day to become an OpenSky customer: from now until midnight on Wednesday, you guys can sign up to receive coupons ranging from $15 to $100 off and 10% to 50% off. The best coupons come first, and the smaller ones closer to tomorrow. Everybody gets a coupon! I’ve got a number of the best coupons to my name, so type in KATHEATS as your favorite shopkeeper (but you knew, that, right?! 😉 )


Not sure what’s up next – probably some more WICKED reading! Might save GG for the AM.

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1 Karla December 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I love making green monsters in my blender! I’ve never had anything from a juicer to be perfectly honest. Sounds kind of fun though! Lucky you!


2 Sheila | Live Well 360° December 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I have a thing for squash as well. LOVE it with just a pinch of cinnamon… Awesome about the juicer, Kath!


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

That’s awesome that you got a juicer! I’ve always wanted one!

I’m not a fan of inulin either! It’s doesn’t give me the same “full” feeling that whole fiber does.

Happy reading!


4 Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I think roasted veggies (sweet taters and brussels sprouts for me) might be my dinner too — great minds and such :)

I wish we registered for a juicer when we got married! I’d love to make my own fruit and veggie juices, but I can’t bring myself to spend the $$ on it…


5 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl December 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Yay! Congrats on your new juicer, Kath! Your reader sure was nice to send it to you as a Christmas gift!!! 😀

I LOVE fresh, raw juices. I think carrot-spinach is my all-time favorite but I love almost any raw juice concoction – they’re soooooooooo good and make me feel alive!


6 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) December 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm

What an awesome reader! I am jealous that you even have space for a juicer- I wish I could fit one in my kitchen! Someday…
I had roasted squash + beans for dinner, too! But I had butternut and garbanzo, and mixed it with Angel Hair pasta- it was excellent!


7 Brie (The Fit Bride) December 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Check out the Glee Cast version of Defying Gravity, even if you don’t like the show. It’s my favorite!


8 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm

i just bought a kabocha at the farmer’s market – can’t wait to cut into it!!!


9 Kristie Lynn December 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

K, I’ll admit, I’m super super jealous of that juicer. I have been wanting one so bad! Must be patient though :)


10 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Shortbread is my faaavorite! And LOVE Elphaba :)


11 Whit December 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Green juice! It looks fantastic!

Let me know if you are still down for a movie or something soon, now that it’s SO COLD, I am down for things like that. :)


12 Jennifer December 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm

What a great looking juicer. Very generous reader!


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Lucky duck!! I want a free juicer!

Your vegetables look divine, and that piece of shortbread looks just like a tiny slice of tofu! I imagine it tastes much better, though :-)


14 Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I got the same juicer for my birthday and I LOVE it, like wouldn’t be whole without it 😉
Try my green lemonade, it is seriously amazing and I know you love lemon!!!!
Happy juicing!!!!


15 Tracy Stokes December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

If Marla wants to part with her other juicer, I’d love to buy it from her! I have been wanting a juicer for awhile now. I work with a Nutritionist and she is always giving me amazing smoothie/juicer recipes.
And your squash dinner looked so delicious! Love it!


16 Erin December 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Wicked is SO good, both the book and the show. I could listen to that soundtrack on repeat over and over and over — and have! 😉


17 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Yummy green concoction!!

The roasted veggies looks delicious, as well 😉

Thanks for the OpenSky opportunity!


18 Kristen December 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

All I want for Christmas is a juicer… NOW! Haha it looks great Kath!


19 DPG December 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Pretty sure that that is indeed a buttercup — kubochas (which can be either orange or dark green!) don’t usually have the lighter-shade “cap” that this squash does.

I also find that they two varieties look quite different from one another when cut in half. Kubocha typically has an oval-shaped crevice; buttercup’s is flatter at one end, and more pointy at the other.

Both are, of course, wonderful!

-Squash Enthusiast


20 Ameena December 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I have a juicer but it just seems so imtimidating so it’s still in the box. :(


21 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Ooooh, a juicer!! I’ve always wanted a juicer.

And shortbread is THE BEST! It’s seriously the devil’s food it’s so addictive :)


22 Gelareh @ Orange Truffle December 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I have had a Breville juicer for 4 years now and I LOVE it… here is a green juice recipe that I think you will like

I also have other juice recipes..


23 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

ooo thanks!


24 caronae December 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Kabocha and buttercup are the same, according to one of the farmers at my farmer’s market!


25 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Seriously, KATH=SANTA. It should be called SERF for the month of December!! I like juicing but the clean up is a bit of a hassle!! I agree, it is refreshing and fun! I would love to know how many emails you get about juicing after this post hahaha


26 Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

haha Kath, in reference to your comment on my green lemonade: you don’t even taste the romaine and cuc. they just add a lot of liquid to the juice. Really, the dominant taste is lemon, and a touch of sweetness from the green apple. Let me know if you do try it, it’s my favourite juice to give to people who are scared of green veggie liquids because they have all liked it! :-)


27 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

Oh good!! I like bulk without too much cuc flavor. Going to pick some up!


28 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

That is so cool! I want a juicer SO badly.


29 Jenna December 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm

congrats on the new juicer, looks great!
your dinner looks simply delish!


30 Mara @ What's for Dinner? December 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I wish i had a neighbor with a juicer I could borrow, because while I love juice I don’t know how often I’d use my own juicer!

That’s definitely not a kabocha, and indeed a buttercup. Kabochas look more like green pumpkins.


31 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Oh that dinner looks wonderful! I never understand why some people think they don’t like vegies! They are so FULL of flavour – especially roasted :)


32 Gena (Choosing Raw) December 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Amazing, K!!! Congratulations on the new toy. You’ll never go back! Check out my flax crackers if you want some ideas on what to do with pulp, and enjoy it :-)


33 Stacy December 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I’m in juice envy!!! That looks so delish as does your dinner, simple yet full of flavor and nutrients!

And YAY for Opensky coupons!! I was so bummed I missed out on the first one due to living on the West Coast!!!


34 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I loveeee Wicked. It’s coming to Providence soon and I really need to get tickets!

Those roasted veggies look SO good.


35 Mae December 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Hey Kath! That juice looks so good…
As fa ras the squash, Farmer Carl (the man who works next to me) told me kabocha is a variety of buttercup squashes, particularly fertile in Japan. It’s a little sweeter and more tender, but most supermarkets (and even farmer’s markets!) don’t advertise the distinction. He said his were all of the kabocha variety even though they were labeled buttercup, and when I had just buttercup from the supermarket it was drier with a slightly different flavor.
(And inulin hate me too. :-( )


36 Jessie (Vegan-minded) December 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I want a juicer! That bowl of roasted veggies looks like the perfect dinner to me. :) I can’t wait to see what kind of OpenSky coupon I get!


37 Clare December 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

That is a Buttercup squash…Kabochas look VERY similar except they don’t have that lighter circle on the top (bottom). While Buttercup squash is very delicious, Kabocha is DIVINE. The only place I’ve ever seen them is at Whole Foods, amongst a pile of assorted squash…sometimes you have to root through to find a Kabocha amongst a whole bunch of buttercups. I can’t really describe the flavour but they are somehow richer and more buttery/nutty tasting than other squashes. Also…you can eat the skin! It’s not the same as other squash skins when it’s cooked. If you can find one ( or a few…I buy a whole bunch when I find them and they sit on my counter for weeks) they are are worth the hunt. There are some awesome recipes for Kabocha squash in Alicia Silverstone’s new book “the Kind Diet”.


38 homecookedem December 7, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I’m so confused about the buttercup/kabocha squash issue! haha! :)


39 Tay December 7, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I experienced with Kabocha squash today for the first time! ommmm delicious. I thought they were the same thing as well, but then in the grocery store saw Kabocha AND buttercup squashes so got confused. So still undecided on that one!


40 Marisa (Loser for Life) December 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I’ve been confused about kabocha, too!

I would love a juicer – I’m a gadget hound!


41 Lizzy December 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm

a huge bowl of veggies is sooooo yummy!!! :)

yay for getting a juicer


42 Jenn (www. ) December 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Cool juicer!

Love the roasted veggie bowl, too. Sometimes I just crave veggies and LOTS of them. I think I was a rabbit in my past life; I used to munch on plain iceberg lettuce when I was little lol. :)



43 Mama Pea December 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I have that same juicer AND I talked about Martha Stewart on tonight’s post. Quit copying me 😉

I know that another name for kabocha is “Sweet Mama” but buttercup is different. Enjoy GG!


44 Lee December 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I keep telling myself that I need to use my juicer more. I just don’t want to clean it.

What do you think of the WIcked (the book) so far? I loved the play but found the book very hard to get into.


45 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

It was really slow getting into, but I’m into it now!


46 Sally Mae December 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Hi Kath!

I just discovered your blog (while searching for pumpkin pancakes), and I am hooked. You are my new foodie hero!!! Thank you for all of your awesome posts. If I didn’t live in Wisconsin I would want to meet you:)



47 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

Welcome! Maybe I’ll be up to Wisconsin someday :)


48 Jerilynne December 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I think someone who knows the differences between kabocha and buttercup sqaushes needs to do a little picture tutorial for us — because now I am confused too! I can only find buttercup squashes (or at least what I thought were buttercup, that’s how they’re labeled!) but mine do not look like yours Kath!


49 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Cute post title. I haven’t read the book, but the musical is fabulous!


50 Annie December 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I’m reading Wicked right now too…so I was so excited to see your Elphaba shout out!
I have a friend who drinks kale smoothies everyday for breakfast and her 2-year old loves them! She puts raw honey, avocado, kale, and apple in hers….they are pretty legit.


51 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I’m so jealous of that juicer!!! I can’t wait to see what else you whip up in it.

Love that simple dinner. Perfect to quench that veggie craving!


52 Leigh December 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Those veggies look amazinggg! And what a nice reader! If she happens to have an extra extra… I’m here!


53 Alison December 8, 2009 at 1:03 am

kath –
thank you sooooo much
for thinking of us west coasters!
vancouverites and other canadians
are big fans too,
and the evening contest is much appreciated!
btw i’m the only person i know
who had a subscription to the martha mag
when i was13.


54 Tania @ Moment Anew December 8, 2009 at 1:12 am

The veggies look gorgeous! What a nice, simple idea for dinner :)


55 sophia December 8, 2009 at 2:14 am

Kabocha and buttercup are different…I’ve tried both, but kabocha definitely tastes much better.


56 Katie December 8, 2009 at 2:51 am

wow! that was super nice of Marla! I wish someone would send me early Christmas presents….;)


57 Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? December 8, 2009 at 3:05 am

Wow, that is so cool about the juicer! Lucky you! I am hoping to go see Wicked when I am in Sydney later this month. I have heard it is amazing! I actually have a sort of relative who has seen it over 100 times all over the world. Talk about being a fan!


58 christie @ honoring health December 8, 2009 at 5:44 am

Oh man, so jealous of the juicer! I want one, I want one!! That was so nice of your reader to send that to you!


59 molly December 8, 2009 at 6:15 am

hey, i was just trying to figure out if the squash i made for dinner last night was kabocha or buttercup! weird! but i’m pretty sure it was kabocha… i think the buttercup guys look a little more bell-shaped. so yummy though!


60 Kelli December 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

Hi Kath! Thats great about the juicer! I just love mine. Carrot-apple juice is simply amazing and its a great refreshing juice in the morning! I tried the slow cooker braised beef last night that you posted about last week and posted it on the new blog my friend Katie and I started! We really love your blog!!


61 Simply Life December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

Oh my gosh, your dinner looks amazing!


62 Anne P December 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

I had essentially the exact same dinner! Added leftover cannellini beans to my roasted veggies from my BATTLE OF THE ROASTED VEGGIES!!!!! that I did on my blog last night 😉

Also, SO JEALOUS of your juicer. I want one.


63 Jessie December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

Thos roasted veggies look amazing. I want to go home and make some right now!


64 elizabeth December 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

Hi Kath. Your dinner looks delicious! This may be a silly question, but when you cook that squash, do you leave the skin on? Thanks!


65 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

Yes, I eat all skin now :) When you cook it it gets all soft like a baked potato skin.


66 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full December 8, 2009 at 8:51 am

So jealous you got a free juicer! My husband is always asking why we don’t have a juicer but lord know he would never used it :)


67 Christina MINDFUL LIVING December 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

wow- what an awesome present! my parents have that model and it works wonderfully! I have teh model down from yours. i just used it today infact! next time you get the chance try out carrot, apple, kiwi, and strawberry- such a great combo!


68 Katie December 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

you could try making these crackers with your leftover pulp…


69 Kath December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

Thanks for all the juice + squash advice!


70 rhodeygirl December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

YUM! I love roasted veggies so much, but they are so hard to stop eating!


71 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life December 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

I love when meals are simple but amazing. Roasted veggies always hit the spot :)


72 Jen December 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

Kath – Try grating carrots for your smoothies. My blender can handle grated carrots, grated squash, grated sweet potato, etc. It also handles apples. I was always confused about why you’d want to use a juicer that takes out the fiber, but I just read that if you eat a mostly plant based diet, you may get too much fiber, so juicing allows you to still get the nutrients.


73 Megan December 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

TRY BEET JUICE!! I read an article in Runners World about how its effects on endurance athletics are almost as powerful as blood doping!! I’ve been having delicious blood red beet and apple juice almost every day, and I don’t know about my endurance, but I feel great!! Try it with a Granny Smith Apple and it’s nice and tart!–httpwwwathleticscoachingcauserfilesfilesport20sciencetheory2020methodologyendurancegeneral20co.html


74 Ashley December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

I have those blue bowls also. From Pier 1…right? I really like them expect that they get SUPER hot when you put them in the microwave. I have to use a towel or oven mitts to take the bowl out of the microwave. Does that happen to you?


75 Kath December 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

Yes, because they are not microwave safe!!! It says on the bottom I think not to microwave on high.


76 Claire December 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

Kabocha and Buttercup are the same.Yum!


77 Chelsea December 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I got a Kabocha squash last year in my CSA box and I didn’t like it. I think I need to try again.


78 Sarena December 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I got a buttercup squash this past fall from the pumpkin farm. I loved it, but had no idea what it was. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that it and kabocha are the same. The roasted veggies look really good! Perfect for this cold wet weather we are having!


79 Susan December 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Thanks Kath readers for clearing up the squash thing!! I was told that buttercup squash and kabocha are the same. But buttercup tastes more like acorn squash to me, and I hear kabocha is sweeter like butternut?


80 melissa (fitnessnyc) December 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

congrats on your new juicer. when i live alone I will have to get one for sure. ps i am giving away food tees on my blog. happy holidays


81 Jo December 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

Kath – do you put raw kale in?


82 Kath December 9, 2009 at 9:58 am



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