Tag: juice

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers

A refreshing cocktail made with sliced Jalapeños, Limes, Ginger Beer & Sparkling water. Find this recipe for Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzer on Shutterbean.com!

I was on the phone with an ad network having a discussion about my website and they asked me to explain what I do on this space online. When they asked me about my editorial calendar, I told them that I don't really follow an editorial calendar; my website reflects what we're eating, what I'm in the mood to make and how much time I have to make said things.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Sooooooooo, instead of giving you a corned beef recipe and some irish soda bread recipe  or this guinness cake this week, I bought too many jalapeños and turned it into web content. That's RIGHT!  It's jalapeño week on Shutterbean!  Because, when life (you) gives you (buy too many ) jalapeños, you make Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers. You also make Thai Beef with Basil.  Look at that. I created a meal plan for you this weekend. I suggest you finish the night with creamy Tangerine Sherbet.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Jalapeños are sliced thin and mixed with lime juice sweetened with agave. Ginger beer adds a nice warm spice, sparkling water evens everything out for a refreshing/spicy drink.

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Carrot Orange Tequila Cooler

Carrot & Orange Tequila Coolers from Shutterbean made with Patron Tequila!

Let's think about the weekend for a sec. It's Monday. Wait... that's all we're thinking of, right?  Weekend plans make week days less stressful.  Let's think about possibly working out (with friends?) and then having cocktail(s) afterwards because that's how weekends go. A balance of work and play. Keyword= balance.

The Retox/Detox Cocktail // shutterbean
I made this drink to balance out a really good workout. It's a detox/retox combo!  The fresh carrot juice (Vitamin A & B Vitamins!) and orange juice (Vitamin C like whoa!) combine forces to bring you good health while providing the sweet juice base for our cocktail. The grated ginger will help ward off sickness (while packing a punch!) and the Silver Patrón Tequila (with smooth citrus notes & light pepper notes!) is the special reward you deserve for your hard work.  It's both refreshing and thirst quenching. I'd even say it's a good replacement for a weekend Bloody Mary (my husband agrees).

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Grilled Steak Avocado Flatbread

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

There's been a subtle shift in the weather the past few days here in the Bay Area. It's taking longer for the fog to burn off in the morning and there's a slight chill in the air.  I'm not ready for this shift. I  want to hold onto to Summer for as LONG AS POSSIBLE. I feel like I didn't have enough outdoor eating time the past few months What gives??!

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

I was gifted a gigantic flat of avocados by the California Avocado Commission (THANK YOU!!) last week and couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate other than having a leisurely Sunday BBQ at my house.  The stars aligned and my friend Gaby (author of Absolutely Avocados) stopped by with her husband for a late lunch this past weekend and I made this Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread with my Apple Avocado Salad and Spiked Blueberry Lemonade.  I also made an awesome dairy-free chocolate pudding (with avocados!) that I'll share next week.  As you can imagine, it's avocado central in my house right now.

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

For this flatbread, I used my favorite no-knead pizza dough.  The dough gets grilled, avocado gets smashed on top followed by grilled steak, charred onions and juicy roasted tomatoes rest on top. I finished with a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice to add a nice tang.  It's like avocado toast meets pizza meets fajitas. In other words, it was GOOD.  I felt good to impress such an avocado aficionado ;)

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Lemon Ginger Zinger

Lemon Ginger Zinger // shutterbean

Sometimes I forget how much I love to eat healthy foods. I usually get the itch for green things after I've come out of a carb hangover. After the weekend I had, I NEED green.  I like to give my system a nice reboot with something like this Lemon Ginger Zinger drink.

Talk about palate cleansing!

Lemon Ginger Zinger // shutterbean

This "slushy" is tangy, spicy, herbaceous and slightly sweet. I battled with the voice in my head who kept telling me this would taste great with vodka. The voice of reason drank it for breakfast the other day and was super satisfied. The boozy voice in my head was onto something though... After 3PM, WATCH OUT.

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Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

Cucumber Watermelon reminds me of being a tween. Except we didn't call it tween back then. It was just the super awkward time between 7th grade and high school. In 8th grade, I really wanted to wear deodorant because it meant you were one step closer to being grown. Well, that and sports bras, Doc Martens, liquid eyeliner, and bangs with too much hairspray. I think my first dip into the deodorant world was with the zesty Cucumber Watermelon Teen Spirit variety. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I mean, who doesn't want their pits to smell like Watermelon Jolly Rancher mixed with the synthetic smell of chemical cucumber?  Cucumber watermelon was ALLLLLLL the rage back then but the thought of eating those two things at the SAME TIME was...blasphemy. At least in my tween head.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

And this is that very flavor in popsicle form. Thankfully we've grown out of that not eating Cucumber & Watermelon TOGETHER phase. Now, we're grown and there's no crying to Boys II Men (most of the time) and no trying to force these legs into wearing boxers as shorts during volleyball practice! Hallelujah. Cucumber watermelon might be the scent of my 8th grade innocence...without the peer pressure & hormonal drama.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

Also I can now dip a popsicle in a cup of vodka or gin if I'm having a rough day cuz I'M GROWN.

 

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Kale Apple Carrot Grape Juice


Not too long ago, I shared this juice with Cooper with the hopes that it would be a good way to get greens into his body. I had no idea that it would make him SO DANG HYPER.  I think he got a natural high from the greens of the kale (HELLO CHLOROPHYLL!!), and I'm sure the sweetness of the other ingredients helped... We're talking non-stop movement for HOURS. I mean like...way more than he normally moves (which is a lot).

Perhaps that's why I'm obsessed with green juice. It makes me feel so dang good & energetic.

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Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider


I've wanted a Crock Pot for a looooooooong time. Most of the magazines I subscribe to include slow cooker recipes and I always felt slighted because I never had one. In the back of my head I kept thinking about the space a Crock Pot takes up and how often I'd use it and I could never fully make the plunge to purchase one.  Would I only be able to braise meat in it? Would it be a dust collector in my garage? Hmmm.

But then I started entertaining and I realized that maybe I do need one.  Everyone who has one says they love theirs and use it often and apparently it helps you save a lot of time while entertaining. So yeah! Sign me up.

The kind people of Crock Pot offered me one of my very own and of course I said yes. They launched a new brand of customizable Crock-Pots and I jumped right on their super classy black Damask design. They have a cool feature where you can add some of your own photos to the design and while I wanted to fully customize mine...the pictures I'd put on my Crock-Pot probably would be filled with inside jokes that I couldn't fully explain to the internet.  Catch my drift?

I came up with this Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider as something to offer my guests this Christmas. It's kind of like a mix between spicy mulled cider, sangria and a bourbon punch. It's sweet and tangy and tastes like Christmas time. It's guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day.  What I like about this drink  is that I can plug it in, set it on a table and direct people to another place other than my kitchen. You know how everyone loves to hang out in the kitchen....while we're all trying to work!

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Cilantro Limeade

There was a time in my life when I didn't really care for cilantro. WHAT?! Fortunately I made it through the dark ages and found an affinity for the leafy goodness. Yes, it totally is possible to overcome food aversions. Just don't get me to try mayo. That might take me at least 3 decades to figure out.

If you want to make a fancy beverage, add this one to your repertoire. It would be great at parties, lovely at a Mexican themed baby shower (we had one!) and just plain refreshing if you're sitting outside on a hot day. The cilantro isn't too pungent, so I'm pretty sure you could fool a few cilantro haters into drinking some.  And who knows...you might convert a few people to Team Cilantro.

Try it and report back!

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