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Spinach and Citrus Smoothie

scsAs we near the end of the citrus season, every bag of clementines purchased is a gamble. Will they be juicy and sweet? Will they be tough and flavorless?

Every good purchase gives me confidence to make another. But that fateful day will come. And then, you’ll need a way to get rid of those grainy clementines. Or oranges. Or tangerines.

Smoothies (and soups) are an excellent way to quickly get rid of produce and other food that hasn’t met your expectations. Combining multiple flavors can often mask the lower quality ingredients. Now in this case, the clementines I have on hand are still quite tasty. But the flavor of this smoothie wouldn’t have been hampered if they weren’t.

Spinach and Citrus Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 container of yogurt of your choice – I used Nosa Blood Orange yogurt
1-3 peeled clementines
1 handful of spinach – about a cup
1 handful of ice

  1. Put the ingredients in a blender with the ice on top.
  2. Blend starting on low and slowly increase speed until smoothie reaches desired consistency.
  3. Serve!

I shared my smoothie with one of my kids. He agreed with me that it was quite tasty and refreshing! As he heads back to school after spring break, he will have all the ingredients he needs to make this himself!


Melon Basil Smoothie

mbsThe 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

  1. Place the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
  2. 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.


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.



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.


Spinach and Garlic Scape Hummus

sgshI FINALLY found a way to get in on the whole CSA (community supported agriculture) craze! I have wanted to do one for a while but never liked the requirement that you had to pay several hundred dollars up front, no refunds if you aren’t satisfied. So when my local Whole Foods posted that they had a program that would provide me with fresh, local produce for $20 a week, cancel at any time, I was in.

I got my first box this weekend. There were things I know I will easily use like onions, celery, kale, and cabbage. And there were two things I had never had before. Kohlrabi and garlic scapes.

I had heard of both. The kohlrabi was easy. I brushed with olive oil, sprinkled it with sea salt, and put it in the oven on the same pan as the chicken. Super easy. It tasted a little like a radish or a turnip. It had a little bit of a bite and lots of crunch. If I get it again, I will shred it and make kohlrabi fritters.

I know I had come across some recipe that called for garlic scapes but as it was not saved or pinned, or bookmarked or printed, I was at a total loss for what it was. And as you may know, time is not on your side when you have a big box of fresh produce. I needed to innovate.

Thanks to my good friend, Google, I came up with some good ideas. I was torn between the Garlic Snape Pesto, and the Garlic Snape Hummus. I went for the hummus. And because I love my food green, I threw some spinach in for good measure.

Spinach and Garlic Scape Hummus
5 garlic scapes
1 cup fresh clean spinach leaves
1 can garbanzo beans
olive oil
sea salt

  1. Chop about two to three inches of the tender part the green stalk.
  2. Combine everything but the olive oil in a high power blender or a food processor and blend until combined.
  3.  Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and blend until smooth. You may need to add a bit of cold water, but no more that a spoonful or two.

I am not 100% sure if I was supposed to use the green part or the bulb. I went with the stalk of this bunch. I still have some left and I will use the bulb on those, as well as the stalk.

My hummus was delicious. It had a very slight garlicky flavor but mostly tasted very green. The flavor reminded me a bit of the smell of a garden in the morning. You can sort of smell the vegetables mixed with the soil and the dew. I tend to put a little too much garlic in my hummus so it was nice to have the very faint taste of garlic instead of the heavy garlic that I often taste for hours after I eat. No comments from the others yet. My Faithful Assistant is recovering from a sleepover while trying to look busy. He’s afraid to utter those dreaded words, “I’m bored”. He know’s he will be elbow deep in a toilet bowl if he does. College boy is not a big hummus fan, and The Spouse has a slight aversion to foods he’s never heard of. I may have this batch all to myself.

My CSA goes until September. I expect to stick it out and share a lot, both recipes for the things I’ve made using my bounty, and the over abundance of food! Do you belong to a CSA? What’s the best thing you’ve gotten? What do you dread seeing? Let me know!