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Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes

Hey, hey! Hope you guys are having a great week.

I couldn’t wait to share these Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes with you!

The Most Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes! ll Fluffy and packed with fresh lemon-blueberry flavor in every bite! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

When it comes to breakfast, we usually eat the same two things over and over again, just because it’s easy and efficient. Although on weekends I am more inclined to try a new recipe because we generally have a bit more time in the morning.

The Most Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes! ll Fluffy and packed with fresh lemon-blueberry flavor in every bite! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I made these Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes with my favorite GF flour: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (which I also talked about in this post). I love this flour because it bakes just like regular all-purpose flour, and you would never know that it’s gluten-free just by tasting it.

The Most Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes! ll Fluffy and packed with fresh lemon-blueberry flavor in every bite! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Lemons and blueberries pair so well together, and the flavor combination always reminds me of summer when blueberries are in peak season. I wouldn’t recommend using frozen blueberries in this recipe because you won’t get the same juicy blueberry taste in each bite.

The Most Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes! ll Fluffy and packed with fresh lemon-blueberry flavor in every bite! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

The recipe calls for coconut sugar to make these pancakes refined sugar-free, but feel free to substitute it with brown sugar if that’s all you have on hand.

The Most Delicious Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes! ll Fluffy and packed with fresh lemon-blueberry flavor in every bite! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I’ve made this recipe 5-6 times now and tested it out on a few different people. Everyone has had rave reviews, so I have no doubt that you’ll love it, too!

 

Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes
 
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Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour*
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup non-fat or low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Pure maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined and large clumps are gone. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour the pancake batter onto the skillet into 4 inch rounds. Once the top begins to bubble and the edges look cooked (about 2 minutes), flip and cook on the other side, an additional 2 minutes. Keep warm in an oven preheated to 200F until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with pure maple syrup.
Notes
* This flour bakes just like regular all-purpose flour. I tried this recipe with other gluten-free flours and the pancakes came out very thin, like crepes. If you are using a different GF flour for this recipe, I would suggest adding a thickening agent such as xanthan gum.
 

Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin

Hey guys! I hope your week is going well! I am heading home to Boston later this week to do some wedding planning, and I can’t wait to be with my family and soak up some quality time with my one-year-old nephew, Oliver. He is the CUTEST.

I am back today sharing my list of where to eat and drink in Berlin! I’ve had a lot of fun writing these recaps from our EuroTrip for you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. Berlin was the second to last city on our trip. You can read about the other cities we visited here: Paris / Amsterdam / Vienna / Prague.

While in Berlin, we stayed in an Airbnb in Prenzlauer Berg, which is a very vibrant and gentrified neighborhood. The streets are filled with young families with strollers, healthy supermarkets, independent bakeries, and boutique shops. It was a fantastic place to stay in such a sprawling city, and I would highly recommend it to any first-time Berlin visitors.

In terms of dining out at restaurants in Berlin, I have two important tips:

  1. In most cafes and more casual restaurants you seat yourself. If you wait for a server to seat you, then you will likely end up standing at the front of the restaurant looking like a looney for 15 minutes. If you see an open table, most of the time, it’s fine to just go ahead and sit, and a server will then bring menus to your table.
  2. Unlike most Americans, Germans don’t drink tap water with their meals. In fact, most scoff at the idea. While drinking bottled water is common in many European cities, we found that in Germany we received strange looks or pushback upon request for tap water. If you’re not bothered by this, then just do your thing and order tap. If you want to do as the locals do, then go with bottled.

Alright, now let’s get to it! Keep reading for my list of where to eat and drink in Berlin.

Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin, Germany ll All the best restaurants and wine bars to fit your budget and dietary preferences! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast

Schlomo’s

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On our first morning in Berlin, we woke up exhausted and starving after a long day of travel the day before. Schlomo’s was just what we needed. It was a quick ten minute walk from our Airbnb, and we were pleasantly surprised that the staff spoke perfect English. Schlomo’s makes real New York-style hand-rolled bagels, and the menu offers a wide variety of toppings including cheese, salmon, eggs, tofu, guacamole and more. They’re very accommodating to substitutions, so if you don’t see the perfect menu item, just ask!

What to Order:

Any of the egg breakfast sandwiches. And coffee — unlimited free refills…need I say more!?

 

Pasternak

Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin, Germany ll All the best restaurants and wine bars to fit your budget and dietary preferences! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I can’t say I am very familiar with Russian cuisine, but if Restaurant Pasternak was any indication, then I’m hooked! The restaurant has an old-time feel, with red checkered tablecloths and dark wooden furniture. We visited in the winter, so we sat inside, but there’s also a large outdoor seating area, which I’m sure would be fun in warmer months.

What to Order:

The Russian pancakes with homemade jam and fresh fruit. The homemade jam really stole the show. I wanted to bottle it up and bring it home with me. You also can’t go wrong with any of the egg dishes.

 

Barcomi’s

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Barcomi’s is tucked away from the main street, and the entrance looks out onto a quaint little courtyard. The cafe is known for their coffee, bagels, and baked goods — all perfect for breakfast. We started with cappuccinos and split a homemade bagel and gluten-free lemon waffles. Everything was delicious, and by the end we were licking our plates clean.

What to Order: 

Definitely the coffee — you can even buy a bag to bring home. The waffles were a special item, but if they’re on the menu don’t miss them!

 

 

Lunch

Lia’s Kitchen

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Lia’s opened at the end of 2016 by a group of Israeli guys who noticed a need in the area for good vegan food. Everything on the menu is 100% vegan, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it was some of the most delicious vegan food we’ve ever had. I really appreciated that there was nothing processed about the ingredients in the salad and burger we tried, and there is a lot of attention put into the flavor and texture of each dish. The guys at Lia’s take no shortcuts in creating delicious meat-free meals. I even overheard a few customers inside say that they’re not vegan (like us), but just love the food at Lia’s.

What to Order:

Lia’s Salad and the Chili Bean Burger

 

Zweistrom

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Zweistrom is the perfect lunch spot to grab a quick pita sandwich or falafel and hummus. There are about four tables in the restaurant, so it definitely caters more towards pick-up orders. We’ve had a lot of Mediterranean food, and we were genuinely surprised by how amazing this food was. For a tiny kitchen, Zweistrom knows how to pack a lot of flavor into each bite of food.

What to Order: 

The Mixteller platter allows you to try a little bit of everything: hummus, salads, schwarma, falafel, and a variety of dips.

 

Mogg

Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin, Germany ll All the best restaurants and wine bars to fit your budget and dietary preferences! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Mogg makes an incredible pastrami sandwich. It’s lean and juicy, just the way we like it. We didn’t try anything else on the menu, so it’s honestly all I can recommend. But if you’re looking for a delicious deli sandwich, go to Mogg.

 

Hummus & Friends

Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin, Germany ll All the best restaurants and wine bars to fit your budget and dietary preferences! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Hummus & Friends is a short walk from Museum Island, making it a great lunch spot to visit after a long day visiting the museums. Aside from a couple of dishes that contain eggs, everything on the menu is vegan, and many items are also gluten-free. We sampled a bit of everything, and there was nothing we didn’t like. The portions of hummus are large, and I would recommend sharing a few items among friends.

What to Order:

Three Potatoes in the Oven and the Friends Salad

 

 

Dinner

Standard Pizza

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Standard Pizza in Prenzlauer Berg serves Neopolitan-style pizza. The dough is crunchy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. If you’re a crust-lover, this pizza is for you! We ordered two pizzas because that’s what we saw most other couples doing, but in reality we would have been fine splitting one pizza and a salad. Ask your server for a wine pairing suggestion. They have a unique selection of wines that we hadn’t seen anywhere else in Germany.

What to Order:

While it might sound boring, you really can’t go wrong with the Margherita pizza here.

 

Umami

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We loved Umami so much that we went twice in our six day stay in Berlin. Both nights (a Tuesday and a Friday) the restaurant was packed and there was a bit of a wait for a table. Umami is incredibly popular with locals, and for good reason! The dishes are incredibly flavorful, the service is fast, and the prices are unbelievable. Entrée dishes that would be $15+ in Los Angeles, were only $7-$8 at Umami. The first night we had to get two orders of the Saigon Pancakes (crispy sweet potato pancakes) because we couldn’t get over how good they were!

What to Order:

The Saigon Pancakes, Deep Gold Beef Bowl, and Tongkin’s Roast Duck

 

 

Wine Bars

Weinschenke Weinstein

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Weinstein is a cozy neighborhood wine bar that serves a delicious selection of wines from around the globe. We were particularly interested in German wines, so that’s all we tried. You can sample a wide variety of wines in varying quantities, which is fun if you don’t want to stick to one thing. Weinstein also serves food, but we only ordered fresh bread, which was perfect to soak up all the wine!

 

Cordobar

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Cordobar is hip, trendy, and always busy. The bar opens at 7PM, but on the night we went a line formed outside the door as early as 6:30PM. You can grab a seat at the bar or sit at a table in the main dining area. Wines can be ordered by the glass or bottle. I’d suggest ordering by the glass because there are so many great wines to try! There’s also a small menu that changes regularly, and the items are perfect for pre-dinner or late-night snacking.

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If you have any questions about where to eat and drink in Berlin or need additional suggestions about your stay, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email!

 

Disclosure: In some cases, I received a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I would never include any restaurant that I didn’t genuinely love. As always, thank you for your support!

 

Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins

This will be the first year in as long as I can remember that I am not going home to Boston for Passover. I’ve always loved Passover (despite the whole not eating bread for 8 days thing) because, for me, it’s always meant a big gathering of friends and family. On the first two nights of Passover it is customary to host or attend a seder, which is the Jewish dinner that marks the beginning of the eight days of Passover.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Passover begins at sunset this coming Monday, April 10th. For the first time, Travis and I will be hosting our own Passover seder at our apartment. I am both nervous and excited!

I’m nervous because for my entire life my Mom has always made the traditional Jewish feast, so cooking a lot of these dishes is new for me. I’ll be making a few of her recipes, and I want to make sure I do them justice. And I’m excited because in some sense it marks the beginning of Travis and I starting our own Jewish traditions together here in Los Angeles.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Every year my mom makes this delicious Matzoh Granola. To be honest, I like it even more than regular granola, and I always ask her to pack me a bag of it to bring back to Los Angeles. (I usually end up devouring most of it on the plane, though…)

I finally tried my hand at making her Passover Matzoh Granola for myself, but made a few healthy tweaks, of course. I used whole wheat matzoh in this recipe, but you’re welcome to substitute it with gluten-free or regular matzoh if that’s what you have on hand. The spices and vanilla extract add lots of sweetness without the added calories, which is a great bonus.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know I am going to have to make another batch of this matzoh granola before Passover is over because Travis and I have already made a good dent in it!

If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it! It’s a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seder, too.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins
 
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Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 sheets whole wheat matzoh, crushed into tiny pieces
  • ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • ⅛ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup golden and regular raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the whole wheat matzoh, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt the honey in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. Stir in the olive oil and vanilla extract. Stir the honey mixture into the matzoh mixture and toss to fully coat.
  4. Spread the mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and then bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the raisins and let the granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
 

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague

I am so glad we included Prague in our Eurotrip. It truly is a magical city, full of excitement, culture, nightlife, and so much rich history.

We stayed in an Airbnb in Old Town Square and everything that we wanted to see was in walking distance from our apartment. We only ended up using public transportation to get to and from the central train station on our first and last days. Most days we walked 20K+ steps, but we really didn’t mind because there was so much to see (and eat!) along the way.

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

We had many delicious meals in Prague, and we were pleased by how inexpensive everything was compared to food and drinks in Los Angeles. As an example, a pint of beer in Prague was usually less than $2 and a glass of (good!) wine was only $3-4. Can’t complain about that!

Before I launch into my list of where to eat and drink in Prague, I wanted to share one more tip that became very useful to us. Smoking is still allowed in restaurants and bars in Prague, but these establishments are required to place a sticker on their door that states whether or not their restaurant/bar permits it. This is what the stickers look like. If you are sensitive to smoke like I am, then look for the stickers that have the cigarette crossed out in red and say kouření zakázánoThese places are completely smoke-free…and for the record, so is every place I am about to mention.

Alright, let’s get to it!

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

For a healthy breakfast: Cacao

Where to Eat in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

We started nearly every morning at Cacao. It was a one minute walk from our Airbnb, and we really appreciated the plethora of healthy options on the menu. They have everything from fresh juices, acai bowls, eggs, whole-grain bread, avocado toast, and more. If you’re dairy-free, make sure to try their almond milk latte. It was one of the best I’ve ever had! Each morning nearly every table inside was filled, which showed how popular it is with both locals and tourists, like us.

 

For the best burger: Cafe Palanda

Where to Eat in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

All I can say is: get the Beef Reblochon Burger!! It comes with onion confit braised in beer, and HOLY MOLY I wanted to lick those onions off my plate. The burgers are substantial, so go hungry. Travis and I have had our fair share of burgers and we both agree that Cafe Palanda cannot be missed!

 

For seafood lovers: La Bottega Bistroteka

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

We loved everything about our meal at La Bottega Bistroteka. Both the reviews we read online and the menu that was posted looked great, but it was the service and high-quality ingredients that really blew us away.

Alongside the tables there is a long deli-style counter displaying a variety of freshly prepared salads and desserts. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, these salads are a great option.

The restaurant also offers a daily selection of meat and fish. Our server brought a platter of the day’s offerings to our table (yes, the raw beef and whole fish), and explained the chef’s preparation for each piece. We ordered the Dover Sole and it was prepared in a lemon-butter sauce with garlic and chives. When it was ready, the server brought the fish to our table and deboned it for us tableside. If you’re a seafood lover the fresh fish at La Bottega Bistroteka is a must order!

Also, ask your server for a wine pairing suggestion. They have a fantastic selection.

 

For Czech wine tasting: Vinotéka u Mouřenína

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

We had some time to kill before a reservation one afternoon and we just happened upon this fantastic wine bar. We were the only ones inside (it was 4PM on a weekday), so we received incredible attention from the sweet lady pouring the wines.

Travis and I both wanted to try local wines, so I chose a white wine and he selected a red. We both loved our choices, and the total bill was less than $5. Much cheaper than wine tasting in Napa, CA, let me tell you! To top it off, we were served a complimentary cheese platter to enjoy while we sipped our wines. A very nice touch!

 

For a Czech twist on Italian: Pastar

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Pastar is both an Italian restaurant and delicatessen. The front portion is the delicatessen, which sells local cheeses, meats, wine and desserts. The next two rooms contain snuggly fit tables, perfect for a cozy Italian dinner with your loved one. We sampled a small portion from each section of the menu: salad, risotto, fish, meat and dessert. The real standouts were the ravioli with smoked chicken and the beef with cauliflower purée and rainbow carrots.

The staff spoke perfect English and were all incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. It’s clear they all have a passion for food.

Pro Tip: If you visit during a warmer month, Pastar also offers picnic baskets! They provide the food, wine, blanket, and table, so you don’t have to pack a thing. Just pick up your basket and head off to Petrin park or wherever the day takes you. If you’re interested, you can reserve your picnic basket here.

 

For a vegan or vegetarian meal: Vegan’s Prague

Where to Eat in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you don’t eat meat, you will probably have some trouble at restaurants in Prague because most menus are geared towards carnivores. Vegan’s Prague was definitely a hike from where we were staying, but it was worth every step. We tried the Gluten-Free Burger with caramelized onions (shown above) and Indonesian Specialty with tempeh and fried rice. Both were so delicious, and honestly some of the best vegan food I’ve ever had (and there is a lot of vegan food in Los Angeles!). The best part was that the portions were incredibly generous, so you won’t leave the restaurant hungry.

 

For traditional Czech cuisine: Cafe Savoy

Where to Eat in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Cafe Savoy is a very popular Czech restaurant and bakery located in Prague 5. We had a light lunch of salad, soup, and house-made gluten-free bread (which was really good!), but they have items like beef goulash, rabbit, and boar if you’re looking for something more adventurous. Cafe Savoy also serves great coffee and tea if you need a break in between sight-seeing.

 

For a quick and inexpensive lunch: banh-mi-ba

Where to Eat and Drink in Prague ll Something for everyone: Fine-Dining, Healthy, Vegetarian, Cafes, Burgers & More! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Vietnamese pho and banh mi (sandwiches) seemed to be very popular in Europe, and we ended up eating a lot of Vietnamese cuisine during our trip. banh-mi-ba serves both meat and vegetarian pho, noodle bowls, and banh mi. Everything you see in the photo above plus a bottle of water cost us only $10, which we thought was a steal! Had we not discovered banh-mi-ba on our last day we would have gone back a second time to sample more of the menu. It was really good!

 

 

 

Disclosure: In some cases, I received a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own. I would never include any restaurant that I didn’t genuinely love. As always, thank you for your support!

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples

When Travis and I were in Copenhagen earlier this month, we had two amazing meals at The Union Kitchen. We stopped in for dinner on our first night, and right away we knew we were in for a good meal because the restaurant was packed! The Union Kitchen is known for their meatballs — they have seven varieties on the menu, ranging from beef and poultry to vegetarian.

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Out of everything we tried at The Union Kitchen, the chicken meatballs in green curry were our favorite. Travis and I sat at the table, trying to detect each ingredient so that we could recreate them at home. After two attempts, I think I nailed them! As with all of my restaurant adaptations, I am sure this version is slightly healthier than the one we had in Copenhagen, but these meatballs are still jam-packed with delicious Thai flavor.

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I urge you not to leave out the cilantro, basil or fish sauce. All three are crucial in adding depth to the green curry. If you don’t already have fish sauce, you can find it at any grocery store in the Asian foods section (and it’s not as weird as it sounds, I promise!).

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Want to know my favorite part about this recipe? Everything is cooked in ONE pot, which makes clean up a breeze! Plus, you don’t have to brown the meatballs first. They cook directly in the simmering green curry sauce, which allows them to soak up the flavor of the broth and ensures they don’t dry out.

We love this recipe, and I know you will, too!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chicken*
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs**
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced and divided
  • 3 Tablespoons green curry paste, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 2 Tablespoons basil, sliced and divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, green onions, breadcrumbs, 2 cloves garlic, ½ Tablespoon ginger, 1 Tablespoon green curry, fish sauce, sugar, half of the cilantro, half the basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir gently to combine. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 13-15 meatballs and set aside on a large plate.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the remaining garlic and ginger to the bottom of the pot and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of green curry paste to the pot and stir for an additional 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  3. Gently place the meatballs in the green curry sauce, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid, stir the meatballs, and add the diced green apple to the pot. Cover the pot and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add the lime juice and remaining cilantro and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with brown rice or rice noodles.
Notes
*Can substitute for ground turkey

**Can substitute for gluten-free breadcrumbs
 

P.S. If you liked this recipe, try my all-time favorite turkey meatball recipe!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Where to Eat Healthy in Vienna

We’re finally back in the U.S.! Travis and I arrived home to our apartment in Los Angeles exactly a week ago, and I’d say it’s taken us this full week to really adjust. I don’t know about you, but jet lag really affects me. Even at the beginning of our time in Europe, I was constantly tired and it took forever for my body to adjust to the nine-hour time difference. The same thing happened when we got back to LA, and the first few nights we were crawling into bed at 8PM exhausted. 

Now that we’re finally back to a routine, I am excited to talk about the next city on our trip: Vienna!

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Travis and I really didn’t know what to expect from Vienna, but we did have a feeling that the food was going to be much heavier than what we had in Amsterdam. Austria is known for their wiener schnitzel (fried, breaded veal) and pastries, specifically apfelstrudel (apple strudel)…so not exactly green, healthy salads that us spoiled Californians are used to ;-).

I won’t lie to you. If you’re a relatively healthy eater, eating at restaurants in Vienna isn’t that easy. It’s even harder if you’re vegetarian or vegan (beef, pork, and poultry dominate restaurant menus). The upside is that most restaurants offer an English version of their menu, so you don’t have to guess or rely on a translation app.

We did our best to scope out some of the “healthier” restaurants in the city, and I think we hit the jackpot. So without further ado, here’s my list of where to eat healthy in Vienna:

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Naschmarket

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Naschmarket is the largest and most popular market in Vienna. Here you’ll find a variety of vendors selling everything from fruits, vegetables, nuts, prepared foods, pastries, olive oil, and handmade soaps. If you’re renting an apartment with a kitchen, this is a great place to pick up some healthy produce for your stay.

There are also many restaurants within Naschmarket. We loved the Naschmarket Deli for brunch on a Saturday morning. The atmosphere was very lively and fun, and there was a DJ playing music in the corner. The menu is expansive and I enjoyed a delicious falafel salad, while Travis loved his turkey kebabs. They have plenty of healthy options, including vegetarian and gluten-free choices.

 

Hungry Guy

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Hungry Guy is on many of the top lists of Vienna restaurants…and deservingly so. It’s located right in the center of the city, and it’s constantly packed with locals. We went during the lunch rush and had to wait a bit for a seat, but it was definitely worth it.

The owner, Eyal Guy, moved to Vienna from Israel and brought with him some of the best-tasting Mediterranean food we’ve ever had. Travis and I tried the Fensenjen (Persian chicken stew) and the Chicken Schwarma Pita. Both knocked our socks off.

Holy moly, their pita is amaaaaazing! It’s thick, soft, and doughy…and we talked about it throughout the rest of our trip. They bake it in-house constantly throughout the day, so you know you’re always getting a fresh one. It was the perfect vehicle to hold the chicken schwarma, and we also used it to soak up all of the delicious sauce in the chicken stew. The pita sandwiches are hefty (I honestly would be fine splitting one), and we had some of the chicken stew leftover to take with us. You really get a great value here.

If we had more time, we would have gone back to Hungry Guy again to explore more of the menu. It was that good. Seriously, don’t skip this place.

 

Nguyen’s Pho House

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Vietnamese food can be a great option when you’re looking for a healthy meal. Traditional dishes usually contain lots of veggies and you can most often substitute tofu for chicken or beef in any dish. We loved the mango salad and pho at Nguyen’s. The salad was light and refreshing and the pho was perfect on a very chilly night. There are plenty of other healthy dishes on the menu for you to choose from.

Also, if you’re looking for a splurge, the house white wine was delicious and less than $3 USD a glass!

 

Swing Kitchen

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Swing Kitchen is 100% vegan fast food and the menu contains a variety of plant-based salads, wraps and burgers. There are three locations, we visited the one on Operngasse.

The restaurant is super popular with locals, who all came pouring in during their lunch break. The two ladies at the counter spoke great English and were extremely helpful in explaining the menu. I highly recommend the Swing Burger, which comes with a house-made BBQ sauce. Tip: if you want to skip the bread, you can ask for the patty on a salad instead.

Swing Kitchen also really cares about where they source their ingredients and their impact on the environment. They use renewable, raw materials instead of plastic packaging, and make an effort to use regional, fair-trade ingredients in their food.

 

Disclosure: In some cases, I received a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review. All content and opinions are my own. I would never include any restaurant that I didn’t genuinely love. As always, thank you for your support!

Where to Eat and Drink in Amsterdam

As I mentioned in my last post, I think that Amsterdam’s food scene is way underrated. It’s difficult to define the city’s cuisine in just a few words because they’ve gathered influence from many different countries, so I guess I’d just call it global.

From cheap eats to fine dining, we loved every meal we had in our four days there. If I really had to narrow it down, here is my top list of where to eat and drink in Amsterdam:

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De Biertuin

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We found De Biertuin on a whim the day we arrived. Travis wanted a good beer and I was craving something relatively healthy…and luckily for us, De Biertuin had both. I can’t think of another beer garden that puts the same level of care into their vegetarian dishes as they do their burgers and beer selection. We went twice, and both times the restaurant was packed. It’s the perfect spot for a casual meal, and there is something on the menu for everyone (including wine for the non-beer drinkers like me!).

What to order:

The spit-roasted half chicken. It comes with a variety of delicious house-made sauces.

The Veggie Burger with Mango Chutney, which was without a doubt the best veggie burger I’ve ever had.

 

Restaurant De Kas

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I wrote a full review here, so I won’t go into too much detail in this post. If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience in Amsterdam and appreciate farm-to-table dining, go to De Kas.

What to order: The menu is fixed, but the chef is able to accommodate food allergies and dietary preferences. Make sure to opt for the wine pairing, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Restaurant Blauw

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An Indonesian rijsttafel is a must in Amsterdam. The Dutch word literally translates to “rice table” and a traditional rijsttafel consists of many (in this case 16) small dishes accompanied with rice. Most restaurants will offer both a meat and vegetarian rijsttefel, and in some cases there is a fish option as well. Restaurant Blauw was our second rijsttafel experience, and while it provides a more high-end dining experience, the quality absolutely matches the price. One tip: go hungry! Each dish is remarkable in its own way and you won’t want to pass up on a single bite.

What to Order:

Soto Ayam: a soup with turmeric and lemongrass

Chicken Spring Rolls: NOT your average fried spring roll. These were so fresh and flavorful.

Selera Blauw Rijsttafel: includes 16 different small dishes with chicken, beef, and vegetables.

Foodhallen

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Foodhallen is an indoor food market located in De Hallen, which originally was where the first electric trams in Amsterdam were serviced. Today the building has been given new life, and now it’s a center of music, film, culture and food.

There are a wide variety of food exhibitors in Foodhallen. I’d recommend dedicating a couple of hours to your visit and splitting a few dishes among friends. That way you’re able to try more of what the food hall has to offer.

What to order:

Hanoi Chicken Banh Mi from Việt View

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Mezze Plate from Maza

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The Dutch Ginger from The G&T bar.

Look at all these cool gin and tonic combinations!

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Ask for bartender, Sjo. He can tell you all about Amsterdam and the history of Foodhallen while mixing you a mean G&T.

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Pho 91

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Pho 91 was recommended to us by a local and it really hit the spot on a rainy night. The restaurant is small, so get there early to avoid a wait. The staff is very friendly and the kitchen is fast, which is nice if you’re looking for a quick meal in between sightseeing.

What to order: The Grilled Aubergine Salad and Pho 91 with beef, chicken, and meatballs.

 

The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club has a couple locations, and we visited the one in Amsterdam east. The portions are large, which is great if you have a busy day ahead. We chose one sweet and one savory dish to share and loved both.

What to order: Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes with Pecans, Blueberries, and Blackberry-Sage Jam. Unlike American pancakes, these were not overly sweet, and with the delicious jam there was no need for maple syrup.

 

The Cold-Pressed Juicery

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After loading up on carbs and protein, you’ll begin craving something green. We came across The Cold-Pressed Juicery at the perfect time. Travis was trying to get over a cold, and he swore that the Reset Juice from the Cold-Pressed Juicery is what cured him.

What to Order: The Reset or The Pret a Protein. Both are easy drinking and perfectly balanced.

 

Up next: what to eat in Vienna! Stay tuned…and in the meantime, make sure to follow my latest travels on Instagram.

 

 

 

Disclosure: In some cases, I received a complimentary or discounted meal in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. These restaurants are all places I would immediately visit again in Amsterdam, and I hope you have the chance to visit them, too.

The One Restaurant You Must Visit in Amsterdam: Restaurant De Kas

Amsterdam’s food scene is completely underrated. People rave about the incredible cuisine in cities like Paris and Tokyo, but you rarely hear the same praise for Amsterdam. After spending four days in this beautiful city, I became increasingly aware of this.

Since food is such a big part of both of our lives, Travis and I spend a good amount of time (okay, a lot of time) researching restaurants before each city we visit. After reading about Restaurant De Kas’s farm-to-table concept, it quickly became the first restaurant I wanted to try in Amsterdam.

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The restaurant is attached to a greenhouse, where the staff grows a variety of lettuce and herbs. These are picked fresh every day and used in their daily fixed menus. Since the nursery isn’t large enough to grow everything needed, the chefs source additional produce from local farms.

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The restaurant opened in 2001, and at the time there were very few restaurants placing such a strong emphasis on “farm-to-table” dining.

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The lobby connects the greenhouse to the main dining room. As soon as we walked in, we were mesmerized by the gorgeous natural light coming in through the floor-to-ceiling glass panels.

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We visited on a rainy, cloudy day and it was beautiful, so I can’t imagine how amazing it looks when the sun is shining.

The decor is clean, light, and airy. I wanted to pack up all of the tableware and bring it home with me. (Seriously, I was flipping over all of it to look for brand names…).

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De Kas creates one daily fixed menu. The daily lunch menu consists of two courses for 39 Euros, and the dinner menu includes three courses for 49.50 Euros. You also have the option to supplement your meal with wine pairings. For the portion size, quality of ingredients and level of service you receive at De Kas, I believe these prices are extremely fair.

We visited for lunch, so we had the two-course fixed menu, which included three small starters and a main course (so it really felt like a four-course meal!). We also opted for the wine pairing, which I highly recommend you do.

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The chef will do his best to accommodate for any food allergies you have, and if you are vegetarian he can also make a special menu for you. Travis and I do not eat pork and I am allergic to quinoa. Luckily for us, there was no pork on the menu that day, and the kitchen was easily able to leave out the quinoa from one of the dishes.

Before our meal, our server brought us freshly-made sourdough bread, green olives, and roasted, seasoned celeriac (celery root). I love celeriac, so this unusual preparation was a real treat for me.

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I could go on and on about how delicious our meal was, but I thought I would let the photos show you instead.

First starter: Beetroot soup with duck, yogurt and quinoa

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Second starter: Baked haddock with brussels sprouts and sweet and salty onions

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Third starter (to share): Chicory tart with blood oranges and fresh herbs

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Main course: Brill fish with little gem lettuce, potato gratin, chanterelle mushrooms, and carrot purée

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Our main course was paired with a delicious Spanish Rioja. Other Riojas I have tried would be much too tannic and bold with white fish, but this wine was medium-bodied, and the perfect accompaniment to the brill fish.

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Since we had an afternoon of sightseeing ahead of us, I ordered an espresso at the end of the meal. To my delight, it arrived with a small plate of bite-sized treats, which were just the right amount of sweetness I needed after a savory meal.

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There isn’t enough praise in the world that would do our meal at Restaurant De Kas justice. We loved everything from the creative (but approachable) food preparations to the beautiful interior design.

And this review would be incomplete without mentioning the fantastic service. Our server, Benjamin, spoke perfect English and was very knowledgeable about the restaurant, its history, and each ingredient used in that day’s menu. Each course was paced perfectly, and we never felt rushed. In fact, we ended up having a two and a half hour lunch, but didn’t realize until we checked our phones upon leaving the restaurant.

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If you are looking for a unique dining experience and appreciate farm-to-table cuisine, Restaurant De Kas is the one restaurant you must visit in Amsterdam. As we walked back to our hotel, Travis and I joked about stopping through Amsterdam at the end of our trip just so we can have another meal there!

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I received a complimentary meal at Restaurant De Kas in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, photos and comments are my own. I absolutely loved my meal at Restaurant De Kas and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Amsterdam.

 

 

Where to Go and What to Eat in Paris

Hello from Amsterdam!

We arrived here on Sunday evening and are loving everything so far. We’re headed to the Anne Frank House this morning, but before we go, I wanted to stop by to say hi to you guys and share some highlights from our time in Paris last week.

It was Travis’s first time in Paris, so he wanted to make sure he saw all of the main attractions, and I think we covered a lot in one week. The major highlight for me was the chance to see my dad’s side of the family, who lives in Paris! Given the distance, we don’t see them as often as I’d like, so it felt very special to be reunited after a year and a half.
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Whether you’re planning a trip to Paris for five days or two weeks, make sure you know where to go and what to eat. Here are my suggestions:

Where to Go in Paris:

Notre Dame Cathedral. Make sure you climb to the top. The line is long, but the view of Paris is beautiful and worth the wait. Plus the 387 steps to the top will help burn off all the baguettes you’re going to eat.

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Eiffel Tower. Yes, this one is obvious, but necessary. Skip the long line to go to the top and instead head across the Seine at Place de Trocadero and view the Eiffel Tower from there. The spot is fantastic for photographs and undeniably breathtaking.

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Le Marais and the Jewish Quarter. There are countless little boutiques and plenty of delicious food options in the area.

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Walk up the Champs Elysee for high-end shopping and to check out the Ladurée for their famous macarons. From there walk to the Grand Palais. Even if you don’t go inside, you can still marvel at its beauty from outside the palace.

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Meander down Rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement. There are so many authentic French brasseries, cheap eats, and little shops to check out.

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What to Eat in Paris:

Frenchie’s Wine Bar 

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Travis is the one who discovered Frenchie’s on a French restaurant review site. It was tucked away on a little side street right around the corner from our Airbnb in the 2nd arrondissement. We read online to get there ten minutes before it opens since they don’t take reservations and it fills up quickly. Luckily for us, we were the first ones to arrive and we got the best seats overlooking the kitchen. I would consider the cuisine French with global influences. Every bite was unique and special.

What to order: The menu changes regularly, so it’s difficult to suggest one thing. If there is burrata on the menu, order it. And get a second helping of the bread. You won’t be sorry.

 

L’As du Fallafel

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You’ll likely find this place listed on all of the top Paris restaurant guides, but it’s worth mentioning again here. Travis and I love falafel (especially after eating the authentic stuff in Israel last year), so we knew we wanted to visit this hotspot during our trip. If you’re walking around the Jewish Quarter in Paris you can’t miss L’As du Fallafel because there is always a giant line of people waiting to order. Don’t let the line scare you, though! They have the ordering process down pat, and we didn’t wait more than five minutes to get our food.

What to order: The falafel in pita as it comes. Just let them know if you want it mild or spicy.

 

Eric Kayser

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A Parisian might read this and think I am nuts to include Eric Kayser because to them it is probably consider a “chain”… but if you’re like me and don’t eat fresh baguettes and croissants on a daily basis, then this is place is a DREAM. There was an Eric Kayser Boulangerie in every area we walked through, so you’ll be sure to find one wherever you’re staying. I had a Pain au Chocolat almost every day, and we purchased their fresh bread for our breakfast every morning.

What to get: Pain au Chocolat (it seriously is the BEST) and the pain rustique or pain aux cereals for breakfast.

 

Experimental Cocktail Club

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Travis and I visited the Experimental Cocktail Club in NYC a few years ago, but it has since closed down (rumor has it they’re looking for a new location). Travis and I are typically solely beer and wine drinkers, but when a friend suggested we try ECC in NYC we were blown away by how unique and creative the cocktails were.

We knew there was a location in Paris, so we made a point to stop by after our dinner at Frenchie’s. If you go, make sure to look for the lead bartender (I’d prefer to call him a mixologist), Max. He speaks perfect English and will help you select the best cocktail for your tastebuds.  Even if you aren’t a cocktail person, I can’t recommend ECC more. Each drink is so unique, you’d be crazy not appreciate what goes into each one.

What to get: The Experience 1 cocktail, if you’re going for something refreshing and not-too-sweet. But you can also just tell the bartender what you typically like and he or she will guide you in the right direction.

 

That’s it for Paris! See you later this week with more from our time in Amsterdam…

 

 

Juicero Review: What is Juicero and How Does it Compare to a Regular Juicer?

I recently had the opportunity to try Juicero, and I loved it!

What is Juicero, you ask? Think of it as a luxury, super high-tech juicer.

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I don’t think this review would be completely fair without mentioning that I do not own a “regular” juicer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been very interested in buying a juicer. No one can deny the incredible nutrition that a daily fruit and vegetable juice can provide, but I’ve been put off buying a juicer for a few reasons:

  1. They’re expensive.
  2. You have to buy A TON of fruits and veggies to make a decent amount of juice. Plus, if you’re buying organic produce, the cost can really add up.
  3. After you make the juice, you’re left with a giant amount of fruit and vegetable pulp, and I hate seeing food go to waste.
  4. Cleaning. Need I say more? Does ANYONE enjoy cleaning their juicer?

Many of my friends and family have purchased juicers with the intention of using them daily, only to stop using the machine after a month or so because it’s just too much of a pain.

Is this you? If so, I don’t blame you! Sometimes I do everything possible to avoid pulling out my food processor because I hate cleaning it. Yup, #lazypants right here. I won’t deny it.

So, when I was given the opportunity to try Juicero, I was very intrigued because it seemed to solve all of the at-home juicing issues that put me off in the first place.

 

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Here’s how Juicero is different:

  1. No grocery shopping. The juice packs are delivered right to your door.
  2. No peeling or chopping produce
  3. NONE of the dreaded cleanup

Juicero creates cold-pressed juice by “pressing” juice packs filled with organic fruits and vegetables.

The packs are purchased through Juicero on a subscription basis. At the time of this post there are about 10 different flavors, including two seasonal offerings. Each pack ranges in price from $6-$8, and contains one juice.

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I tried five different flavor varieties and I loved ALL of them. Now that is saying a lot because I am pretty picky when it comes to cold-pressed juice. I find that a lot are either too sweet or WAY too bitter. These were “just right” (ahem, thanks Goldilocks).

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Using Juicero could not be easier. You hang the juice pack from the top of the machine, close the door, press the button and out comes the juice.

When you’re done, all you do is open the door, remove the used juice pack and chuck it in the trash. There is NO cleanup involved. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!?

So, if you’re wondering if Juicero is right for you, I’ve broken it down below:

Pros:

  • You don’t have to grocery shop for produce
  • No peeling or chopping
  • No pulp mess leftover = NO cleanup!
  • The juice combinations are delicious, so if you don’t like creating your own recipes, this machine is your dream
  • The back of each juice pack lists complete nutrition information, so you know exactly how many vitamins you’re getting with each juice

Cons:

  • The machine is expensive. Even though Juicero recently dropped the price of the machine from $699 to $399, it’s still on the high end when it comes to the price of juicers
  • You can only use Juicero-branded packs and must order them exclusively through Juicero.com. Each pack (or juice) ranges in price from $6-$8.
  • You can’t make your own juice recipes
  • Each pack produces a smaller amount of juice than I expected (5-6oz. as opposed to the standard 12oz.+ juices I’m used to purchasing)
  • The machine is large and takes up a lot of counter space…but in reality, so does a regular juicer

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If you want to try Juicero for yourself, they’re offering 10% off the price of the machine through February! To redeem this offer, use the code RP10 at checkout.

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Juicero, but all opinions and content are my own. I always aim to be completely transparent and will only share products that I personally love and use myself. Thank you for your support!

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