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ZenMatcha Power Shake

ZenMatcha Power Shake

If you’ve been to my place, it’s obvious I have a lot of gadgets. A standmixer, waffle maker, panini press, various pans of all shapes and sizes, etc… I can’t control it. It goes in hand with my addiction to cookbooks and infomercials.

When kids were using their birthday money to buy a cool toy, I used mine to buy…a juicer. Seriously. Like most gadgets, it ends up being used a bit before it makes it’s way into storage. It wasn’t until I moved downtown that I would touch it again — and only to put it in its moving box. When my friend told me she wanted to buy a juicer, I told her to save her money and gave her mine as a permanent loan until I found the desire to use my juicer again. A year later I actually did want my juicer back. I blame Fresh and their book Refresh.

I made the ZenMatcha shake. Despite my juicer being ancient, it did a great job of juicing the pineapples. I hope to use the juicer more often, I forgot how yummy fresh pineapple juice is. The shake was really tasty, but it needed some ice cubes to make it cold. I’ll also reduce the amount of matcha because I found the caffeine made me a bit jittery (I’m very caffeine sensitive).

ZenMatch Power Shake (adapted from Refresh)

– 6 ounces of pineapple juice (an inch of pineapple cored if you’re juicing)
– 3oz filtered water
– 1 banana
– 6 oz soymilk
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1.5 teaspoons matcha green tea powder (original recipe uses 1 Tablespoon)
– ice cubes

Directions:
Juice pineapple and add filtered water to the juicer to flush the pineapple juice through. Place all the other ingredients in a blender and blend. This makes a huge serving, so don’t be confused by the picture — I split this shake with R.

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Buddha Bowl – reFresh

Buddha Rice Bowl

I love the restaurant Fresh. The smoothies are awesome and I’m in love with their wraps. I have a blender coming soon so I wanted to be able to reproduce some of their smoothies. In the mean time, I’ve been trying some of their other stuff.

I picked the Buddha Bowl recipe because it was relatively easy. The cookbook are split up into different chapters for the sauces and marinades so there is a bit of flipping back and forth. I find that the portions (just like in the restaurant) are big. The peanut sauce made a vat’s worth. You could get away with cutting the recipe in half.

I wasn’t completely thrilled with this recipe at first, but it grew on me and got better the next day. R LOVED this dish, probably for the same reason I didn’t like it. I found the lemon juice (I used fresh squeezed as I had it on hand) made the peanut sauce too tangy where he loved the tanginess of the sauce. What I loved the most is the tofu marinade.

I’ve used many different recipes for marinating tofu and I found this flavour to be the best. You also don’t need to press the tofu first like in other recipes. If you’re into tofu, definitely give this a try. I’m even going to give the recipe for this, that’s how much I like it.

Marinated Tofu Cubes (adapted from refresh cook book)
– 1 package of tofu (300g, about 1 pound), cut into small cubes
– 1/4 cup apple cider
– 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons tamari
– 1/8 cup filtered water
– 1 Tablespoon sunflower oil

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except tofu. Pour marinade over tofu cubes. Marinate for an hour. Keeps up to 5 days.

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