The melon was clearly very ripe on Friday when we brought it home in our CSA box. And it seemed with each hour that passed, the aroma of ripe melon filled the house more and more. Sadly, melon is another one of those things which few in my home enjoy.
I came home from a lovely long walk this morning and the aroma had taken a slight turn to desperation. “Please,” it pleaded. “Won’t you just give me a try?”
Since I had taken an award winning walk (at least according to my activity monitor), my hunger was exceeded only by my thirst and sweatiness. Perfect morning for a smoothie! And I was even in a generous enough mood for giving melon a try.
Melon Basil Smoothie
1 cup ripe melon
1 6 oz. container of yogurt
6 or 7 ice cubes
2 basil leaves
- Place the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
- Start on low, and blend until smooth.
Two basil leaves was the perfect amount for me. They didn’t take over the smoothie leaving me feeling like I was drinking a big glass of pesto. And would you look at that beautiful light green? Doesn’t it just scream refreshing!
This recipe is a perfect example of how NOT having an editorial calendar, or any sort of blog plan works well for me. Many of the things I make are very spur of the moment ideas that come to me in classic “if you give a pig a pancake” fashion. For example, the smoothie today evolved somewhat like this…
(Comes in the door after record breaking walk) Wow! That melon is starting to smell kind of bad. I’m hot. And hungry. I’m hot and hungry. What should I eat? Jeez that melon doesn’t smell very good. Should I make a smoothie? YES! I’ll make a smoothie with the melon! (Cutting melon by the sink, while looking out at the pathetic garden bed). The basil looks really good! I wonder how my smoothie would taste with basil in it? I think I’ll put a little in!
You get the idea.
I hope you enjoy your Labor Day and that the weather where you are is just as delightful as it is right now in Central Maryland.
And 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
- Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
- 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.
As 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.
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
2 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1/4 cup milk
- 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.
I’m still dealing with lots of tomatoes in my CSA box. I’ve had A LOT of tomatoes. I’ve been snacking on cherry tomatoes at work. I’ve pickled them. I’ve chopped up tomatoes and cucumber. As those of you who get CSA boxes know, after a couple weeks of getting the same veggies over and over, it’s kind of hard to eat them. Your neighbors and coworkers see you coming. They love and hate you at the same time. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on me to eat these tomatoes. I must prove to my family that my CSA enrollment was not a waste! I am seeing tomatoes in my dreams.
Nothing terribly exciting about this preparation. I don’t even think I can call it a recipe. But it sure was tasty, and pretty!
Flatbread of choice – I used Brooklyn Bred brand
Two tomatoes, sliced
- Spread pesto on your flatbread.
- Top with slices of tomato.
- Sprinkle with mozzarella.
- Bake according to the flatbread instructions.
I was lucky to get a lovely yellow tomato as well as several red ones. So I got to alternate the tomato slices on my flatbread. I thought it was lovely, though the well used silicon pan liner does detract from the loveliness.
Tomorrow is CSA day. I am supposed to get emails with the list of offerings but I haven’t for several weeks. I think that’s okay. At this point, if I saw “tomato” in print, I might cry.