This weekend my parents came to visit, and you know what that means: Free food! Luckily my parents are good for much more than free food (and free laundry), which fall somewhere in the middle-to-bottom portion of the totem pole of Important Parental Traits but are on the totem no less. Obviously, this time there were no delicious shared meal experiences because this time, we juiced. And juiced. And juiced. And my parents watched on in admiration and pity, happily noshing their wine, cheese, and crackers. They did, however, sample every one of our juice varieties and had good, if not bordering-on-great, things to say about nearly all of them.
Four years ago during the last Summer Olympics, my family rented a magical geodesic “dome home” on the shores of Lake Michigan. My brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Lisa, made this Alton Brown Gazpacho recipe that makes you stabby when you’re making it because it is so much chopping and mincing. Not to worry – it brings on a peace treaty immediately upon consumption because it is that good. My mother, forgetting said stabby state, decided she wanted to commemorate our family Dome Home trip by once again making the famed Gazpacho. Indeed, stabbiness was felt by all, which is never a good thing when there are actual stabbing utensils in use. But in the end it was worth it.
I am happy to announce that if you convert this into a juicing recipe, the taste is phenomenal and the preparation is easy! My parents made this juiced meal for us in addition to their regular-style gazpacho, and it has been my favorite vegetable juice recipe thus far.
Full disclosure: We did NOT include the olive oil, but we did add into the juice the worcestershire sauce and salt (gasp!). This was my first conscious cheat, and Andy’s second, since he got a juice from a juice bar that also included worcestershire. Oh, alright, dammit. It’s my second conscious cheat as well because last week I consumed this whole grape:
Size gauge: those white things to the right are bell pepper seeds. It is the world’s smallest.
Anyways … GAZPACHO!
Feelings and Things
- Feeling super! No complaints, and really no cravings yet today.
- Weight loss is tapering. I lost .5 lbs in the past two days. This is normal, and I think it also has to do with being more active and my body recognizing the need to store up more energy.
Mmmm… Yes, I remember stating loudly that I would NEVER go through all of that chopping again – and that was approximately 1 minute before I tasted the Gazpacho and (almost) immediately reversed my decision. It’s like childbirth (sort-of!) – in the forgetting of the pain, once you get to the oohing and aahing!