Monday, July 30, 2012

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Jake scooped out a cantaloupe, but it wasn't quite right for snacking. He thought it would go great in a smoothie. If you enjoy melons, like Jake does, you'll appreciate this smoothie that I found at The Curious Country Cook. Jake and the boys thoroughly pleased with how this turned out.


Cantaloupe Smoothie
3/4 cup orange juice
1 cup peeled, seeded, chopped cantaloupe
1 tablespoon sweetener
1/2 banana
4-6 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup ice

Doubling the recipe made four 8 ounce servings.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Raspberry Mango Pineapple Smoothie


When #2 requested this mix of fruits, I had my doubts about it's tastiness, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Raspberry Mango Pineapple
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup frozen raspberry
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
veggie boost: 3/4 cup spinach
                      1 tablespoon honey/agave, if needed

Blend and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mango Strawberry Smoothie

This is #1 second pick for smoothies.

 Mango Strawberry Smoothie
modified from Blendtec's Fresh Blends: Go Mango Go

1 1/4 cup apple juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen mango chunks
2 frozen strawberries
veggie boost: 3/4 cup spinach
                      1 tablespoon honey/agave, if needed

Blend and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Apple Slaw

Nothing beats slaw on a hot summer day. When most people hear "slaw," they immediately think of cabbage, but anything shredded or sliced into matchsticks can be slaw. Even though this recipe does have cabbage in it, it plays second fiddle to Granny Smith apples: crisp, crunchy, and tart. Rounding out the recipe are the supporting cast of carrots, raisins, and pecans and you have the perfect accompaniment to anything grilled or barbecued.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1 cup golden raisins (or regular raisins, whichever you have/prefer)

Instructions

Place the cabbage in a colander and toss with salt. Let the cabbage drain in the sink or over a bowl for 1-3 hours, until the cabbage has wilted. Mix together the yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and cayenne in a small mixing bowl. Rinse, drain, and dry the cabbage and put into a large mixing bowl with the carrots, apples, pecans, and raisins. Stir in the yogurt mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 4 hours before serving.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Multi Berry Smoothie


This is #1 & 2's absolute favorite smoothie.

Multi Berry Smoothie modified from Blendtec's Fresh Blends: Berried up to here1 1/2 cup apple juice
1 banana
2 cups of  Kirkland Signature Nature's Three Berries - any mix of berries will do
veggie boost: 3/4 cup spinach or one small carrot
                    1 tablespoon sweetener, if needed


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Orange Banana Avocado Smoothie

In yesterday's recipe, creamy orange avocado smoothie, I recommended using a banana instead of sugar for sweetness factor. Usually, that works. But this morning, I actually used the banana. The resulting smoothie was thick, barely sippable, and muddled. Bleh! I added more orange juice and some sugar and it was delicious again. I'll be sure to test my suggestions before recommending them.

Orange Banana Avocado Smoothie

12 -16 oz. orange juice -sorry didn't measure what I added
1 banana
1 1/2 cups spinach
4 oz. avocado
8 oz. yogurt cubes (vanilla or plain with 2 tsp. vanilla extract)
1 tablespoon sugar

Blend and enjoy. Yields 32 oz.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Creamy Orange Avocado Smoothie

Freeze avocados
A few weeks ago, avocados were on sale. On Pinterest, I saw that you can mash and freeze avocados. I'm all for save $$ now, use later.

Following the photo, I put my avocados in the mixer, but they jumped out every time I turned it on and skittered all over the floor. In hindsight, it must have been  a hilarious sight. At the time, it was extremely frustrating. They must not have been ripe enough.

I eventually got it to work but next time, I'll use the food processor which has a lid, and will result in a smoother consistency. I scooped the mixture into an ice cube tray for easy portioning. Each cube is 1 ounce. Freeze then bag.

My blender did not not break down the avocado cubes very well. It was not tasty to get a chunk of unblended avocado in the middle of the orange creamy goodness :(

This morning, I put a few in the microwave to soften them. I didn't want to melt it into avocado goo, so I nuked it for 10 seconds at a time until it had soft but firm consistency.

Creamy Orange Avocado Smoothie
8 oz. orange juice
1 1/2 cups spinach
2-4 oz. avocado
8 oz. yogurt cubes (vanilla or plain with 2 tsp. vanilla extract)
1-2 Tbs. sugar or a banana



Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Courtesy of: SM Mall of Asia Official Facebook page

During my pregnancies, I loved going to Jamba Juice right after my doctor's visit. I craved the creamy smoothies: Chocolate Moo'd and Peanut Butter Moo'd. So I was tickled to find this recipe in the Fresh Blends Recipe Book that came with our Blendtec. Not that I'm adding to the family or anything, they are just yummy. A nice alternative to a fattening bowl of ice cream, if you will. At least, that's what I tell myself because I add spinach.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
modified from Fresh Blends Recipe Book
1/2  cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon sweetener
1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 banana
4 oz frozen yogurt cubes (vanilla or plain w/ 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
veggie boost: 3/4 cup spinach
                    1 tablespoon sweetener, if needed
1/2 - 1 cup ice

Blend and enjoy.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Grapefruit Smoothie

Pretty in Pink Grapefruit Smoothie from Babble


I love to have a glass of grapefruit juice with my breakfast each morning. I discovered a grapefruit smoothie recipe on Pinterest. It was delicious, but way too much for just me, so I decreased the amounts a bit.


Grapefruit Smoothie modified from this recipe
8 oz grapefruit juice
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup ice cubes
veggie boost: 1 small carrot, grated
                       1/2 cup strawberries

Blend and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie



As long as we have owned a blender, we've made strawberry orange banana smoothies. It was our go-to smoothie, even though our blender could barely handle it. I broke it trying to expand our smoothie repertoire. When we got our blendtec, the smoothie world suddenly opened up for us, and we've been exploring it. BUt every once in a while, we come back to this reliable recipe.

Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie

1 cup orange juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
veggie boost: 3/4 cup spinach
                      1/2 cup ice
                      a squirt of honey/agave, if needed
Blend and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sippin' the summer away


Since summer break began we've enjoyed a daily smoothie with our lunch. I love it! It's so cool and refreshing. I'm actually "eating" fruits; and veggies cuz I give our smoothies a veggie boost: a handful of spinach or a small carrot. We're taking baby steps to full out GREEN smoothies.

Smoothies we've made
Strawberry Orange Banana (SOB)
Grapefruit
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Creamy Raspberry Limeade
Creamy Orange Avocado
Banana Orange Avocado
Cantaloupe

The Boys' Favorite Smoothies
Berried Up to Here
Mango Strawberry
Raspberry Mango Pineapple

Monday, July 16, 2012

Creamy Raspberry Lime Smoothie


On my way home from classes at BYU, I love stopping at Jamba Juice to pick up a Berry Lime Sublime. Anyone else remember when it was Zuka Juice? A few weeks ago, I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to duplicate it at home. I found this recipe.

I didn't have lime sherbet or raspberry juice. Lime sherbet is basically lime, sugar, and cream. I figured I could simulate that with lime syrup and frozen yogurt cubes. I used milk instead of raspberry juice to make a creamier smoothie and mellow the tartness of the lime and raspberry.  The resulting smoothie was delicious. I made it every other day at lunch, until I ran out of yogurt cubes.

This weekend Jake made yogurt. Woo hoo! I was so excited to start making this smoothie again. Slight problem, I could not remember the recipe, the quantities of each item. I'm anxious to get something posted. So here's what I had this morning. It's good but not the perfection I had before.

Creamy Raspberry Limeade II
3/4 cup water & 1/4 cup lime syrup (or limeade)
1/4 cup milk
1 banana (for sweetness)
1 cup frozen raspberries
4 oz.  frozen vanilla yogurt cubes (or plain yogurt cubes & 1 tsp. vanilla extract)

Blend and enjoy. Makes 22 oz.

Tomorrow, I'll try again for Creamy Raspberry Limeade I

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jalapeno Lime Chicken


Let's continue with our lime theme. However, we'll put the lime syrup on hold until our yogurt cubes are ready.

With jalapeno in the name you might think it would have some kick to it, but it is a very mellow flavor since the ribs and seeds are removed before dicing. The lime is the star of the show.

This recipe is pretty straightforward. Toss it together in the morning to marinade, then grill it up in the afternoon.

Jalapeno Lime Chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (wear a latex glove to avoid skin irritation)
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

In a small bowl, combine everything but the chicken. Place your chicken in a bag or plastic container, then add the marinade mixture and shake to evenly coat the chicken. marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.

Preheat grill to medium high. Grill chicken 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center.

Makes 4 servings. We served ours with rice and steamed broccoli and carrots

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lime Blended Float

Or a copy cat Sonic Cream Slush, if you must. I tried this recipe, but there wasn't enough liquid to blend the ice cream. Perhaps I wasn't supposed to cram my measure-all full of ice cream. Using the syrup, I'm able to control the level of lime flavor, so I added a 1/2 cup of suped up limeade (increased proportion of lime syrup to water). The extra liquid and boost in flavor created a delicious and limey concoction.

Lime Blended Float
1/2 cup lime syrup
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice cream
1/2 cup ice

Blend together until slushy. Add more limeade or ice to taste.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cherry Limeade Slush


Limes and cherries were on sale. It's kismet. A cherry limeade slush must be made. Armed with a pitter and a cookie sheet, I prepped those little orbs for frozen goodness.  I popped out the pits, lined up the cherries in neat little rows on my cookie sheet, shoved the whole thing in the freezer, then bagged it all up. Not that they are going to stay there very long.

Cherry Limeade Slush
1/2 cup lime syrup
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup frozen cherries

Place in blender jar in order listed, and blend away.
Makes 3 - 8 oz servings

For the brain freeze version, add 1/2 cup ice.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Limeade


Before I move on to a cherry limeade, I have to share the basic recipe, right?

Limeade
ice cubes
1/4 cup lime syrup
3/4 cup cold water or sparkling water

In a 10 oz. glass, layer in the order listed above and stir.
Lemonade: Replace limes with lemon juice and lime zest.
Pink lemonade:  add 1/2 cup grenadine syrup to the jar of lemonade syrup and stir.
Strawberry lemonade:  add 2 tablespoons of puree of fresh strawberries into each glass.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lime Syrup

On Pinterest, I found a recipe for Old Fashioned Lemonade from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. For this delicious lemonade, you make a lemon syrup, the add water and ice to each serving. Mmmm. . .

Limes were on sale, it's the perfect opportunity to make lime syrup. There are some many things I can do with it: Limeade (of course), Cherry Limeade Slush, Lime Blended Float, or a Creamy Raspberry Limeade Smoothie. Woo hoo!

Lime Syrup

1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
Zest from one lime
1 ½ cups fresh lime juice

Measure the sugar and water into a sauce pan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.

Add fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest to the sugar syrup. Cool completely. Pour the limeade syrup into a quart jar. Cover tightly with the lid. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 weeks. Makes 14 glasses of limeade.