Creating your own cold pressed juice is by far the most nutritious way to enjoy your juice. But what do you do with the leftover pulp? Believe it or not, it is possible to make juicing entirely waste free – you just need to know how.
A few simple ideas include adding a few spoonfuls of pulp back into your juice or using in a vegetable soup. If you’re using a quality juicer like the Mod Cold Press Juicer, however, the pulp will be dry enough to use in a range of other delicious recipes, including burgers and vegetable crackers. Here are few of our favourites.
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- 2 cups portabello mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil + 2 extra tbsp
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 1 cup juice pulp (use a combination of fruit and vegetable pulp for a sweeter taste to your burger, or stick to vegetables if sweet burgers aren’t your thing)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp chopped mint leaves
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan. Add in the diced onions, celery, the shredded carrots, zucchini, and the minced garlic. Cook until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add roughly chopped mushrooms to the saucepan and mix well to combine.
- Once the mushrooms are cooked through, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl to allow to cool.
- When slightly cooled, add the chopped spring onion, the juice pulp, cumin, paprika, oregano, mint leaves and salt and pepper and 2 tbsp of olive oil.
- Combine the mixture thoroughly. It should be easy to form the mixture into patties. If the mixture is too sticky, wet your hands before forming the patties.
- Place the patties on baking paper and drizzle the top with some olive oil to make them crisp in the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes
You can get as creative as you like with your burger fillings. For a healthier option, try a wholegrain seeded bun, or for a low carb option you can skip the bun altogether and use lettuce leaves, sliced zucchini/eggplant, or even cooked sweet potato slices.
These veggie burgers will taste great alongside your next BBQ feast, or they are delicious enough to serve on their own as a meal. It can also be fun for the family to get involved with creating their own burger once the patties are ready to serve.
The onion and celery provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help protect against heart disease and cancers, while carrots and zucchini contain nutrients that help to promote healthy vision. The humble mushroom is a potent immune booster, and can also assist in the prevention of cancers, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Combined with the herbs and spices, these burgers pack a nutritional punch and can be a good way to have some meatless meals during the week. And then of course there is the nutrients from the leftover pulp, which will also help to fill your fiber quota for the day and have a positive effect on regulating bowel movements.
- 3 cups spelt flour
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups fruit/veggie pulp
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 banana, mashed
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
- Combine the flour, almond meal, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl.
- Add the pulp, then the yoghurt, banana, almond milk, maple syrup/honey and vanilla.
- Mix until just combined, adding more milk if needed.
- Oil a muffin tin and divide up the batter. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds before baking for 20-25 minutes.
Spelt flour is much higher in nutrients than some common flours, making it a healthier choice for baking. It can help with regulating the metabolism, strengthening bones and boosting immunity. Almond meal is high in protein and a healthy source of monounsaturated fats, making it effective in lowering risks of heart disease. The spices not only offer their signature flavours and aroma – nutmeg can be useful with detoxifying the body and improving cognitive function, while cinnamon can help to lower blood sugar levels, boost immunity and offer antioxidant support. Greek yoghurt is not only high in protein, it is also a source of probiotics, which can assist in maintaining healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Bananas are a natural prebiotic, which act as a food source for the probiotics in the yoghurt, but bananas have a whole range of other benefits such as protection against muscle cramps, blood strengthening due to their iron content, and their ability to lower blood pressure due to their high potassium content. Sesame seeds are rich in beneficial nutrients such as magnesium, copper, calcium and zinc, which can assist in bone health, strengthening immunity and reducing cramps and spasms.
3 cups fruit and vegetable pulp
½ cup flax meal
½ cup almond flour
1 cup water
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Combine all ingredients and then spread the mixture evenly on to a baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Crackers can be cut or broken apart for serving
These crackers are a great snack instead of bread or other dry biscuits that may not healthy options. They are high in protein and healthy fats, and are a great served alongside a homemade dip.
Flaxseeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help normalize cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart attacks and improve arthritic symptoms. Almond flour can lower the risk of heart disease due to the monounsaturated fats it contains, while the chia seeds are a rich source of fiber, omega-3’s and protein, boasting antioxidant properties and bone healthy nutrient such as calcium and boron. Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium for a healthy heart, zinc for a strong immune system and omega-3 fatty acids, while sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which fights inflammation throughout the body, and a good source of selenium to support thyroid function.
There you have it. Three amazing ways to make your juicing entirely waste free. Not only are you doing your bit for the planet, you are boosting your nutrients in the process. Plus these recipes are a real hit even with the littlest members of the family. Everybody wins! Enjoy!
Until next time
Peace & Juice :)