Raspberry Peach Smoothie

rpsAnd so again, we watch as the boxes and bags are packed with the belongings critical to a young man’s happiness and academic success, load them into a friend’s van, and head off for another year of college. It wasn’t so hard this time. So many emotions last year that were calmed by the boy’s success and the recovery of other boys from many trying times.

I made a smoothie for breakfast for myself, thinking that we might share it for one last meal together. He had other plans. Egg whites. My shared meal dream will have to wait for another time.

Peach Raspberry Smoothie
1 peach, chopped
1 container of raspberry yogurt
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 frozen raspberries
Splash of water if needed

  1. Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Starting on low, slowly increase the speed until you get the desired consistency.

The smoothie was resting on my son’s box of music. It’s going to be quiet in here without his cello and piano playing. Here’s a (smoothie) toast to all the moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and college students themselves muddling through their first weekend with a new household dynamic. I hope it isn’t too hard.

Enjoy!

 

Falafel Waffles

fwYesterday, I picked up some garbanzo bean flour. I had given the last of mine to a friend at work who was making savory waffles. I has thinking about making Farinata again.

But this morning as I was waking up, I thought I would make falafel. Then I wondered how my friend’s waffles turned out. Then I thought how funny falafel waffle sounded. Then I decided that Falafel Waffles was not only fun to say, but were probably a pretty tasty treat. Falafel Waffles were a must. If you give a mom a full night of sleep…

Falafel Waffles (5 small)
1 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp parsley
Dash of cayenne
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup hot water

  1. Combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the lemon juice and water and combine to form batter.
  4. Heat your waffle iron and drop about a quarter cup of batter in each side. Cook for 3-4 minutes until starting to brown.

I served my Falafel Waffles with some chopped tomatoes and cucumber. They were delicious! Because I used garbanzo bean flour, these waffles do not have the grainy texture of falafel but they had all the great flavors of falafel but were ready in a fraction of the time. And since there is no frying involved, clean up was a breeze. I could see making little tiny waffles and serving them on a skewer with a cherry tomato and a chunk of cucumber with some Tzatziki sauce on the side.

My Faithful Assistant is a big fan of all things waffled so I expect he and I will be enjoying these for dinner this fall. Stay tuned for more waffling adventures!

Enjoy!

 

Four Cold Soups

fcsAs we enter the dog days of summer, with the scramble to get kids (and adults) ready to return to school, easy meals feel like a critical need. And with the heat, cool entrees also seem like a good idea.

To that end, I’ve compiled some of my favorite chilled soups for you.

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup – Cucumber, mint, a little cabbage, buttermilk and yogurt, combined into a creamy and very refreshing summer soup. Are you still inundated with cucumbers? This will help you use some of them!

Cool Cucumber Watercress Soup – More cucumbers, this time with watercress! Another way to use up those cucumbers!

Chilled Green Bean Soup – This one takes a little more prep, as you have to cook the beans. Of course, if you have some frozen beans, or leftovers, this will also come together very fast for a nice easy, pre-school supply shopping meal.

Chilled Fruit Soup – Any post about cold soups would be incomplete without a chilled fruit soup. this one was so fun to make! The raspberry half was and remains my favorite chilled fruit soup ever.

I hope these soups help calm your nerves on these last days of summer and bring you a cheerful, relaxed beginning to the school year.

Enjoy!

Caramelized Peach No-Churn Ice Cream

cpncicHave you made no-churn ice cream yet? If not, you really should! It’s a pretty simple way to enjoy delicious homemade ice cream without buying another bulky apparatus that you might not use as often as you would like.

I love that this ice cream is tasty and versatile. You can make a plain vanilla ice cream, or add all your favorite treats to it.

In keeping with the CSA theme of the blog this summer, I used a couple of the lovely peaches from my CSA box, caramelized them and made this summery fresh treat.

Caramelized Peach No-Churn Ice Cream
2 or more peaches, pealed and chopped
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
1 pint heavy cream
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a saute pan and cook on medium until the sugar has melted.
  2. Add the peaches and cook for 10-15 minutes until the sauce gets a little thick.
  3. COOL COMPLETELY!!!
  4. Now… whip the cream and vanilla together with your mixer of choice until soft peaks form.
  5. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix thoroughly.
  6. Fold in the peach mixture.
  7. Freeze for 6 or more hours.

Need some ideas for other ice cream flavors? Try there:

Homemade Oreo Cookie Crunch Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie No-Churn Ice Cream

No Churn Ice Cream with Berries

No Churn Smores Ice Cream

Enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

It's really not that bad! He's just trying to look tough!

It’s really not that bad! He’s just trying to look tough!

Almost every morning, the College Boy (not pictured here – he refused) fires up his Nutra Ninja blender and makes himself the same smoothie. He’s allowed me to taste it a couple time. It’s not bad and I have to say, I’m proud of him for coming up with something for breakfast that had fruit, veggies, and protein!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
1 6 oz container of some fruit flavored yogurt – he prefers Raspberry Greek yogurt
1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1/4 cup milk

  1. The Nutra Ninja we have has one speed. So, put all your ingredients in and blend until smooth.

This is not a beautiful smoothie. But as I’m sure I’ve said before, “Pretty is as pretty does!” This high protein energizer is the perfect start (or end) to any day. Also good for all moments throughout the day when the “feel like” temp is over 100 and using any sort of heat to cook seems like a very bad idea.

Enjoy!