Marx Foods provided me with a sample of Three Exotic Juices to use to create recipes, taste test and review. Over the past few weeks I have been trying out new ways to use these juices. First I’ll talk about what didn’t work with these juices:
- With olive oil for a salad dressing– I tried these as salad dressing, similar to how I use lime or lemon with a little olive oil, and well they are just not acidic enough to use on their own. I am sure if I had added lemon, lime or some other complementary acid that it could be good but I didn’t.
- For drinking- Yeah this juice isn’t for drinking. It wasn’t bad for a taste test but I decided to take a bigger sip and they just aren’t for me. I am still thinking of trying them in some sort of cocktail though that could be good.
So far those are two things I have found I didn’t like with these juices so moving on to each individual juice:
- Yuzu: This I would say is probably the most universally well known and it is common to hear of ponzu sauce which is made using yuzu. It has a flavor that is very similar to a lemon with a little orange thrown in. It also has more of the acidity of an orange than a lemon. I used this sauce to make a delicious Chili Yuzu sauce to go over grilled tofu.
Yields 2 servings
Pan-Fried Tofu Steak
- 1/2 Block of extra firm tofu, cut into 2 thin slices
- 3T all purpose flour
- 1 T sesame oil
- 1t Canola oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or microplaned
Dust the tofu with the flour and set aside. In a large saute pan place the oils and garlic and heat over medium-high until the garlic is fragrant. Place the tofu in the pan and pan fry on each side for 4-5 minutes.
Chili Yuzu Sauce
- 1.5T tamari
- 1T yuzu
- 1t rice wine
- 1t rice wine vineagr
- 1t sesame oil
- 1-2 thai chilies, thinly sliced
Whisk all of the ingredients together and set aside.
Sauteed Cabbage and Shiitakes
- 1/2 T canola oil
- 2 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 8 shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
- 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
Heat the oil in a medium saute pan over high heat. Add the cabbage, mushroom and onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until soften. Reduce the heat to medium and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 more minutes until veggies are soft.
- crispy garlic
- Green onions, thinly sliced
Place the tofu on the plate and pour 1/2 of the Chili Yuzu Sauce over; garnish with your choice of toppings. Serve with brown rice and sauteed cabbage & shiitakes.
- Kabosu: I loved the way that this juice smelled and tasted. I used this juice to make a batch of Sweet & Spicy Kale Chips. The flavor combined well with the heat of chipotle chiles. I also loved how the mild flavor balanced with the creamy cashew and spicy chipotle.
- 1 bunch of kale, ripped into chip sized pieces, rinse and dry
- 2 dates
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/4C nutritional yeast
- 1T Sudachi juice (can substitute lime)
- 1t chipotle chili powder
- 3/4t garlic powder
- 3/4t paprika
- 1t shoyu (can substitute soy sauce, tamari or Braggs)
- Place the ripped kale in a large bowl. Place the dates through shoyu in a blender and process until smooth; pour over the kale.
- Massage the sauce into the kale until evenly distributed.
- Dehydrate method: Place on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 118F for 10 to 12 hours (however I doubt that once you start check in them every few hours that there will be any left by the time the days over). Oven method: Preheat oven to 350F. Place the sauced kale on a baking sheet and make for 12-15 minutes until the kale chips are crispy but not burned.
- Sudachi: This juice was my favorite because it was the most acidic than the other two. I used it as a replacement for lemon juice in my hummus recipe and it was subtly acidic enough to provide the fresh taste without over powering the other flavors. I would say that due to the fact it was the most acidic made it the most appealing and refreshing.
Disclaimer: Marx foods provided me with a sample of their products for free to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway.