As you may know, I started juicing last month and have been thoroughly enjoying it. But, I have been struggling with what to do with all the pulp left over. It seems so wasteful to throw it out. I admit that up until yesterday, that is exactly what I had been doing.
I had read in a blog somewhere (I can’t find the post now….still searching) where it was suggested that you could add it to your meat in hamburgers. I have not tried that yet but will for sure soon. I read you can feed it to your chickens or rabbits (I have neither) and even had a friend say her dog enjoys it mixed with its food. That one I will have to try too! And of course I know I could compost it.
Last night I made some juice to go with my dinner and to take for work today. This is what I included – not from a recipe – but rather throwing a bunch of stuff I had on hand in the mix and hoping it come out tasting good:
One small head of broccoli, three stalks celery, three carrots, two cucumber, approx. 4 cups chopped kale (I used a second bag not pictured above) and two apples. All of that pictured above yielded me about 4 cups of juice:
One to drink with my dinner, and three to take to work for breakfast, snack and lunch. BTW, those cups are by Ball and I got them at Walmart. They are plastic freezer jars for jams and the like and I will use them to freeze juice at times, but they worked perfectly for portioning out my juice for the day as well. The lids screw tight and the cups stack perfectly.
Ok, back to the topic – the wasted pulp after juicing!!! After I put my juice away, I just couldn’t bring myself to toss the pulp. I kept milling around the kitchen with all the pulp in a bowl, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it.
I debated adding some truffle oil and eating some as a salad, but I admit I was not brave enough to try it “alone” for my first go. The hubs was eating left overs and I was not into more “game” food, so I was trying to figure out what to eat to go along with my juice. I saw some leftover grilled chicken and spinach wraps in the fridge and decided to get creative.
I decided to use the pulp as filler to a wrap. I started with a spinach wrap and added grilled chicken, half an avocado and then filled it up with the pulp. Topped it off with some sriracha, salt and pepper, and there was dinner:
My husband watched me take the first bite like he thought I was going to vomit at any minute (I do admit to having a very bad gag reflex…) but there was no need for his concern. It was perfect. It will definitely be something I use it for again – in fact it’s in my wrap for lunch today as well. I froze two containers of it to use in hamburgers (using the freezer cups) and I kept the rest in a jar to use throughout the week.
I’m really glad I found a use for it! Now I don’t feel like I am wasting all that yummy fiber left over after juicing!