1. I’ve seen Evolution Fresh juices on store shelves for a few months now, but I’ve only recently gotten around to trying a bottle myself.
According to their website, Evolution Fresh uses cold pressure to bottle their juices, keeping more vitamins, nutrients and enzymes in tact. In my experience, most freshly pressed juices only last 3 days in the fridge, so how these juices last over a month in a chilled case still puzzles me–> the expiration date on this particular bottle was sometime in October!
The juice tasted “off” to me… like it had been sitting in the fridge for longer than 3 days. Go figure.
While these juices may be perfectly fine in a pinch, I think I’d rather grab a piece of fresh fruit next time.
2. I had a bit more luck with the store shelves at Trader Joe’s.
I love artichoke hearts, but am totally intimidated by cooking fresh ones myself. Canned versions are usually full of preservatives, so I was beyond excited to see these steamed artichokes newly available!
They don’t taste nearly as salty/vinegary as the canned versions, nor do they look as pretty, but when served with homemade sauerkraut and a delicious dressing, they’ll add a great texture to your favorite salad.
3. I’ve been on what feels like a never-ending mission to create a good recipe using leftover almond pulp.
These cookies were my latest attempt, but they’re not even remotely worth sharing. Mission failed.
I’m starting to wonder if it’s even possible to make a good recipe featuring almond pulp… at the moment, it seems that you need to add LOTS of other ingredients to hide the texture, up to the point that you don’t really need the almond pulp in the first place. It’s almost like the almond pulp is just a weird “filler,” which doesn’t seem to add anything but some extra mushy fiber. Appealing, right?
If you have had any success with using almond pulp, please do share.
Right now, it seems like it would be most useful as compost.
4. In other chocolate experiments, my sister-in-law has had great success!
She added a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to this muffin recipe, and made delicious grain-free chocolate cupcakes! You would never even know they weren’t made with flour.
5. In spite of my black thumb, I’m determined to fill our home with houseplants.
This TED Talk might inspire you to do the same.
I already have two of the three types of plants mentioned in the video, so I think I’ll head to Home Depot soon to complete the set! Speaker Kamal Meattle also shares some great tips for plant care, so hopefully with this new guidance, I won’t kill my greenery…. like I usually do.
Reader Feedback: Have you tried anything new this week? Do you keep plants in your house?