Smoothies for Breakfast Before we all load up on Super Bowl food, let’s take a break and have…a smoothie. My mom has years of experience as an oncology social worker, and is a big believer in mind-body medicine. She’s also—wait for it—a very healthy eater, and she never walks through my house on the first day of her visit without carrying a bag of cruciferous vegetables and colorful fruits. During her last visit to the ranch a couple of weeks ago, she got my girls hooked on eating smoothies for breakfast. They’re now addicted and make them regularly. So much better than Cocoa Puffs! I think. Don’t tell my mom I said that. Here’s one smoothie we made while she was here. Delicious blueberries. Scrumptious raspberries. Sweet, succulent grapes. Fresh cut-up pineapple. Gorgeous strawberries. Cut up apple. And yes. Use 3/4 of a banana and it’s a whole different ballgame. I cringe. Yogurt. Begin by layering fruit in the blender. Layer… Layer. Why? Because my mom said. Add the yogurt… A little milk… And the powder, if you’re using any.
the gluttonous vegan loves YOU: spiced parsnip and coconut soup. hi nina! I had a young helper for this one! She was an exceptionally good parsnip peeler and a great stirrer. I nearly always cook alone and forgot how fun it was to cook with help. Thanks Nina! It's a really easy, warming soup. To make enough for 3-4 you'll need: 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 2 large parsnips 1 heaped tsp each of: ground coriander, turmeric and ground cumin 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes (or less for kiddies) 3 cups vegetable stock 1 can coconut milk Peel and chop the onions and put into the pan with the olive oil over a medium heat to soften. Peel and chop the garlic and add it once the onion's softened, along with the spices. Get your helper to skillfully peel the parsnips. Chop them into thin-ish slices and add to the onions along with the vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer for about 5-8 minutes until the parsnips have softened. Pour it back into the pan and start adding the coconut milk. Stir it all together and leave to simmer for a couple more minutes.
Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothie. Spinning a Classic Smoothie moment. Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothie, also called banana-berry. I'm sipping on a creamy, silky smoothie blended up with bananas and berries. Spinning a Classic. My recipe adds in wild blueberries for an antioxidant boost as well as a few customized smoothie ingredients to tighten, texture and tone up the taste. Smoothie Recipe FYI: ACV A lot of readers will ask me why I put vinegar in some of my smoothie recipes. Why the Fresh and Frozen? Why Organic? Banana Berry Smoothiemakes 2 servings 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup frozen organic wild blueberries 1/2 frozen ripe banana 1 fresh ripe banana 1/2 cup fresh organic strawberries 1 cup vanilla soymilk (choose a nutrient fortified brand) 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar tiny pinch of pink sea salt (optional) 1/2 cup coconut water ice cubes Nutrition. Directions: 1. 2. 3. Serve, garnish with fresh fruit! Optional: I like to add a pinch of spirulina powder or hemp oil to my AM smoothies.
Smoothie FAQ! Plus a Vegan Acai Smoothie Recipe You guys know I adore smoothies. You too, right? Smoothies are hands down my favorite recipes to create, test-taste, photograph and post here on my blog. Smoothie FAQS. Some say you should eat dessert first. Blueberry Acai Smoothie vegan, serves 2 1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk 1 1/2 frozen bananas 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 acai frozen smoothie pak OR 1 cup acai juice*if you use the juice, remove 1/2 cup of the soy milk 3/4 cup ice Directions: Blend. Now onto some 411 for your smoothies. ***be sure to check out my 20 Smoothie Tips to help you blend like a Pro! HHL Smoothie FAQS Q: Why do you put apple cider vinegar into your smoothies? Apple cider vinegar not only adds a kick of flavor, but a kick of health as well!... The other natural benefit to apple cider vinegar is the slightly alkaline boost it adds to your smoothie. Apple cider vinegar is unique from other varieties of vinegar - most of which are acidic, while ACV is alkaline-enhancing in the body.
Strawberry Festival Smoothie | The Family Kitchen "Cheers to the Strawberry Festival" Smoothie! Here’s a healthy smoothie recipe to toast to the Florida Strawberry Festival: Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothie. Strawberries are rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin c and berry phytochemicals. Low in calories and fat free. Lets toast to strawberries with this frosty fabulous smoothie recipe.. strawberries Really, who doesn’t love strawberries? And if you’re lucky enough to be in Plant City, Florida March 3-13 you should go check out the Florida Strawberry Festival! “Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival® rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. But if you can’t make it to the festival you can always grab some frozen berries from your freezer and whip up this classic combo of strawberries and bananas in a frosty soymilk smoothie. frosty Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothiemakes 2-3 servings garnish: fresh strawberry Directions: Blend. Get more of my vegan smoothie and drink recipes!
Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie: A Refreshing Treat | The Family Kitchen Smoothies are a great weekend treat in our house, and we love to play with all the endless flavor combinations. This strawberry grapefruit smoothie is bright and refreshing with slightly sweet notes and fantastic fresh citrus flavor. Gone in minutes, it was a big hit with everyone on our family. I have added 1/4 cup honey to the recipe in case you’d like to up the sweetness a bit, though I quite like this smoothie as is. As with any smoothie, improvisation is key, so feel free to swap and switch ingredients at your pleasure. Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothieserves 4 2 cups ice 2 cups frozen strawberries 2 frozen (or fresh) bananas 2 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit or orange juice 2 cups yogurt 1/4 cup honey (optional) Combine the ingredients in your blender and pulse until the smoothie is pureed.
Grapefruit-Lover's Smoothie | The Family Kitchen Grapefruit-Lovers Smoothie This Grapefruit-Lovers Smoothie is deep purple and packs a zing-filled punch in each frosty fruity sip. So if you smile in delight when you see a bright pink, freshly sliced morning grapefruit – give this smoothie a try. Healthy antioxidants and fiber make this a citrus smoothie to crave and feel good about. And did you know: pink grapefruit contains the health-touted phytonutrient lycopene – also found in tomatoes. Healthy and delicious. grapefruit Marathon-Running Grapefruit Grapefruit Nutrition. Quick Fact: One-half of a pink grapefruit has about 2mg of lycopene. Citrus Sweet! I also added in some spirulina - which is an excellent smoothie add-in in my book because it doesn’t modify the flavor – however it adds a ton of healthy nutrients. Healthy Life Quick Tip! I made this smoothie with my new Vitamix blender. pink grapefruit Grapefruit-Lovers Smoothie serves two 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice – freshly squeezed is best! Blend. Grapefruit Smoothie
Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Slurpee | The Family Kitchen Strawberry Lemonade slurpee This Strawberry Lemonade Healthy Slurpee is super easy to make and beats simply serving your kids straight-up lemonade as a sunny day sip. This frosty sweet drink is nearly half the calories as lemonade would be and contains added antioxidants and fiber. Give it a try for your perfect spring time lunch.. Frosted Lemonade. Actually, since you are also adding in a scoop of antioxidant and fiber-rich red strawberries - you are adding another layer of flavor. Change it up! You can make your own lemonade from scratch or use a store bought brand. I served this drink with what felt like the perfect healthy bagel sandwich lunch.. vegan bagel lunch Strawberry Lemonade Healthy Slurpee makes about 3-4 glasses 2 cups lemonade 1 – 1 1/2 cups ice 1/2 cup frozen strawberries Blend.
Healthy Tofu Scramble Weekend Brunch Recipe | The Family Kitchen Tofu Scramble One of my favorite healthy recipes for weekend brunch is Tofu Scramble! If you’ve never made tofu scramble (or never even tried it) possibly because you have a fear of tofu (and believe me, I understand) – I encourage you to give this recipe a try! You may be surprised to find that this is one of the most delicious ways to eat tofu. Plus this breakfast recipe is high in complete soy protein, rich in veggies, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants - and packed with zesty flavor! Tofu is like a sponge. Weekend Brunch Tofu Scramble vegan, serves about 3-4 2-3 Tbsp vegan buttery spread 1 large carrot, diced (or 1 cup matchstick carrots) 1 small red onion, diced 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 1/2 Tbsp Muchi Curry powder (or use basic turmeric for a less-spicy flavor) 2 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 small orange, juiced (about 1/4 – 1/3 cup juice) 1 tsp orange zest 15 ounces Silken tofu 1 cup frozen or fresh spinach salt to taste optional: vegan cheese shreds
Carrot Tahini Salad Recipe | The Family Kitchen Carrot Slaw When you’re looking for a fast, easy and flavorful side salad for your meal – whip up my Curried Carrot Tahini Slaw. These warmly spiced, slightly-sweet, crunchy cool flavors deliciously accent a wide variety of entrees. I’ve been making this salad for a while now and love it. Other yum add-ins: * mandarin oranges * sliced apple * avocado * sliced radish * cabbage shreds * fave nuts or seeds (pumpkin seeds are my fave!) I love to top my slaw with tofu cubes for a complete veg meal… tofu over carrot slaw Curried Carrot Tahini Slawvegan, makes 3 cups 2 cups shredded or matchstick carrots 1/3 cup raisins 2-4 Tbsp tahini 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp muchi curry powder (opt’l) 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 Tbsp agave syrup (opt’l) 1/3 cup hemp seeds Directions: 1. 2. 3.
Punch Romaine Recipe - Titanic Last Meal | The Family Kitchen Punch Romaine Ninety-nine years ago – on April 14th 1912, the Titanic sank – and at the last dinner service the first class passengers were served for their sixth course: Punch Romaine. I tilted my head when I read this because I had never heard of “Punch Romaine” before. Is it romaine lettuce served with a “punch” of spices? A green lettuce punch drink?.. So I googled and found that Punch Romaine actually has nothing to do with romaine lettuce. Titanic is my favorite movie of all time. Punch Romaine stood out and I knew I had to give it a try. Where does the name come from? I found that Punch Romaine is a champagne-infused citrus-y drink with a foamy white layer on top. Punch Romaine Recipe. Instead of raw egg whites (because who really wants to eat those) I used coconut milk. Cheers to them. Punch Romaine 2011vegan, serves 4 frothy white foam: 1 1/2 cups coconut milk 2 cups ice 1/4 cup fizzy beverage from below Directions: Blend the orange base.
Meet the Piña-Vocado! Avocado Smoothie You already love avocado in your salads, sandwiches, dips and maybe even raw puddings - well how about in your smoothies? No? Yes? I was hungry. the Berry-cado.. Healthy avocados are rich in omega fatty acids and a perfect addition to a healthy vegan diet. Actually, when I first because vegetarian/veganish in early college I was quite shocked when I received the results of a blood test. A few months later when I took the test again my HDL had raised significantly! Read more about my Healthy Fats/Fat-Phobia - personal story here. So if you love guac, avocado salads and sandwiches - now try avocado smoothies! A berry-infused variation of this recipe (shown at top) is the Berry-Cado Smoothie. And here is the Piña-Vocado recipe.. Piña-Vocadovegan, serves two 1 1/3 cups orange juice 1 1/4 cups frozen pineapple 1/2 avocado 1 small frozen banana (or fresh) 1/2 cup ice (I like coconut water ice cubes for this recipe) garnish: avocado slices Blend.
Sweet Chili Lime Tofu with Wok Steamed Collards and Quinoa I’ve been thinking recently about the five flavors that many thai dishes revolve around: hot, sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. I wasn’t necessarily looking to create a thai dish, but a dish that balances those five flavors without being overly complicated. I’m really pleased with the result; tofu so easy to prepare you won’t mind whipping it up after work. And this recipe also has no added fat! It certainly has a good deal of sugar and salt, but hey, old habits die hard. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll probably realize that this recipe falls within the basic equation for my favorite meals: flavorful tofu + dark leafy green + grain/rice/pasta base. A sauce can make or break a dish. Hot: Red Chili Flakes Sweet: Sugar Salty: Tamari Sour: Lime Juice Bitter: Collard Greens Sweet Chili Lime Tofu with Wok Steamed Collards and QuinoaServes 2-3 1 Block Tofu, extra firm, 14 oz Directions Combine all the ingredients for the quinoa in a pot that has a tight fitting lid.