3 Easy DIY Juice Recipes

Cilantro

Easy DIY juices

Making raw, fresh vegetable and fruit juices using a home juice extractor is all the rage these days. For first timers, it can seem time consuming, labor intensive, and extremely intimidating, especially because of its association with juice fast diets and cleansing regiments.

But actually, juicing occasionally when you feel like it and purely for the pleasure of experimenting and trying delicious juices can be a really fun, creative activity. And with the help of FreshDirect, juicing can actually be way more convenient than its reputation would lead you to believe.

This week I made three juices that totally rocked my world. FreshDirect makes it so easy to get your hands on tons of fresh, high-quality produce without having to step foot in a grocery store and schlep everything back to your kitchen.  And as you’ll see, some of the produce comes already cut and washed!  If you own a juicer or have access to one, you should definitely give these recipes a try.  Happy juicing!… 

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6 Simple Ways to Enjoy Seasonal Stone Fruit

Juicy peaches, sweet plums, and perfectly plump cherries—we can’t get enough of our fresh stone fruit. What’s stone fruit, you might ask? It’s a fruit with edible flesh that encloses a stone or shell; it’s currently in season and ready for eating! And if you’re looking for recipe inspiration, check out some of our simple and delicious ways to get cooking with stone fruit.

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Good Morning, Pumpkin!

Finn and Smoothie

Everybody loves Pumpkin season!

Crisp air. Yellow and orange fallen leaves. Soft knit scarves. Pumpkin! Between pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie, the fall season has become synonymous with that gorgeous round squash.  Armed with a fat, orange pumpkin or a big can of Libby’s, you can add pumpkin flare to almost anything.

Pumpkins are so versatile, you could break down pumpkin-y delights by category when looking for inspiration: there’s everything from soup, pasta, breads and muffins, dessert (including pie, of course), beer—even pumpkin dog treats.

With so many options, I decided to narrow it down and experiment with easy pumpkin breakfast ideas, reusing the same basic ingredients for three different recipes. If there’s a good time to add nutritious and filling pumpkin to your meal, it’s probably first thing in the morning!

Each recipe is pretty flexible so feel free to experiment on your end—swap almond milk in for my skim milk or add an extra scoop of pumpkin here and a dash of cinnamon there…. 

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Glückliches Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest at home

Oktoberfest at home

Can’t make it to the festival in Munich this week? Let FreshDirect bring Oktoberfest to your door! We have an entire section on our website devoted to Oktoberfest essentials and favorites.

And although Oktoberfest is a celebration that technically lasts 16 days, from late September to the first weekend in October, in my kitchen, Oktoberfest is synonymous with autumn, and I celebrate it all October long!

To help you get into the Bavarian spirit, I’ve prepared some classic German dishes for you to try out on your own…. 

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Grilling in the City

Bison burgers

Bison burgers on the grill

Growing up in the suburbs, my family used the outdoor grill for practically every meal in the summertime. So this time of year, right around Labor Day, I get really psyched for the last days of summer grilling.

But having just recently moved into the city, I’ve run into a problem that I didn’t foresee: how is a city dweller like me expected to satisfy his appetite for outdoor grilling in a small apartment?! As a determined griller, I sought out a few solutions for how to make your summer grilling favorites when living in a small urban space…. 

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When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip!

Multi Layer Dip

Multi-Layer Dip

There is nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon watching football and snacking on homemade dips. (Sure, sometimes I switch out football for reality TV, but one thing remains: the yummy food!)

When you’re “tailgating” at home and keeping a lot of hungry fans happy, I find it’s best to keep things simple.

Set up some dips: salsa, spicy guacamole, queso dip. If you’re feeling adventurous, it doesn’t have to be from a jar; I’ve started making the fastest salsa known to man when I have the extra ingredients…. 

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It’s Local Apple Time!

Red Jacket Orchards

Red Jacket Orchards

I am elated that it is finally fall in New York City! Cool weather, fall foliage, pumpkin-everything and, last but certainly not least, APPLES!

As someone that is very personally linked to the apple industry, I am always itching with anticipation for the first shipment of local New York State apples to hit the FreshDirect loading dock.

This year, apples are in especially high demand due to their limited quantity. Unbeknown to many apple consumers, the crop this year faced unfavorable weather conditions. This spring, March and April reversed their typical weather conditions. … 

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Nostalgic Favorite: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese

Sharp Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese: the king of easy weeknight dinners; the blank slate of culinary goodness, upon which we pile our hopes, dreams, and favorite cheeses; the gooey, warm, golden, and delicious answer to whatever ails us.

Did I oversell it? That’s impossible! Like the burger or the omelet, grilled cheese has an endless amount of permutations, making it accessible, crowd-pleasing, and never boring.

Recently, I used our easy, frozen Pullman loaves (defrost the slices as you need them and the rest stays in the freezer) to make a few different sandwiches, one to fit each of my grilled cheese moods…. 

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Staying Cool with 3 No-Cook Recipes

Tuna

Tuna Pita Sandwiches

I tend to be a bit delusional when it comes to summer. All winter long, I think, “This would be so much easier if it were summer. I can’t wait until it’s warm.”

And then summer comes and I remember that extreme heat makes every chore more arduous, and I end up counting the minutes until I’m in an air-conditioned room as soon as I step outside. In other words, I’m a whiny baby all year long.

So it’s hard to save money in sweltering months because my instinct is to keep the stove off and eat out instead. To resist the urge, I have some go-to, easy favorites that are cool, tasty, and more about compiling than actually cooking. Since they’re cold, they’re also great to make on Sunday and bring to work during the week…. 

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Patriotic Lobster Dish

Lobster Meal

Lobster Meal

Ed note. Nothing says summer to me more than wild lobster! Maybe it’s fond memories of family trips to Maine and enjoying a lobster roll or two.

In any case, getting together with loved ones is the best part of any Fourth of July celebration. That’s why I think Anna’s dish described below combines the best of the holiday: timeless memories and a great meal to enjoy with friends and family!

This year, I am taking my Independence Day celebration up a notch. Instead of the standard barbecue and beer event I usually host or attend, I was inspired to make a meal full of red, white, and blue!

My guests are sure to enjoy this new color-themed cuisine. To include foods of each of our country’s patriotic colors, I created this combination of taste and excitement:… 

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