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Cantaloupe Banana Smoothie

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As Mark and I continue to enjoy our smoothie adventure we find so many combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables that we enjoy creating with. This time we added cantaloupe.

Ingredients:  yields 2 servings

  • half a cantaloupe, flesh only
  • 1 banana, flesh only
  • 1/2 a cucumber, flesh only
  • 2 small ribs of celery
  • 1 large handful of kale, leaves removed from stem
  • a good pour of honey
  • a bit of ginger crystals

Blend it all up in my Ninja with a bit of ice and we have a morning smoothie delight.

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Posted by on April 27, 2013 in Breakfast, Drinks, Paleo recipes

 

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Smoothie or Blend?

smoothie or blend

smoothie or blend

Whether you call it a smoothie or blend, I am addicted to my morning drink of greens, veggies and fruit. Over the last few months I have been making an effort to start my day off in a healthier manner. So, for me, these smoothies were the answer. Now I even have Mark on board, although I don’t think he craves them as I do.  I find my body loves the boost of energy I receive and because it’s not juicing the boost stays with me for hours without crashing. This recipe is just one of my many creations for the two of us.

Ingredients:

  • a handful of fresh Kale, stripped off the stem
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • half a large cucumber or 1 medium cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1 banana
  • the flesh of 1 orange
  • 1 green apple, peeled and cubed
  • a tablespoon or so of honey
  • a good sprinkle of ginger crystals
  • about a cup of water or as I did this morning white cranberry juice

Put everything into your blender, smoothie maker, food processor or ninja. Pulse until completely blended. If you would rather it be thinner, add more liquid. I don’t mind a bit of a chew.

Suggestions: Adding celery would also be great if you want to spice it up a bit.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Breakfast, Drinks, Paleo recipes

 

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Traditional Wassail

I’m feeling very homesick this year. So I have surrounded myself with treats from my childhood Christmases of years past. A traditional Wassail reminds me of my Great Uncle Lou and Great Aunt Wanda’s yearly Christmas Eve open house. Not only was it a pleasure to share this warm holiday drink with Mark’s family but it placed a warm feeling in my heart to revisit those lovely memories of my Aunt and Uncle.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges generously studded with whole cloves
  • 6 to 8 cups apple cider
  • 3 to 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
  • the zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and thickly sliced.

Place the studded oranges in a shallow baking dish. Add about 1/2 inch of water and bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. While the oranges are baking combine all the remaining ingredients in a crock pot. Stir and set the temperature on high. Once the liquid becomes hot reduce the temperature to low. When the oranges are done baking, remove them from the baking dish, slice in half and add to the crock pot. Serve warm.

(I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of my Wassail but we drank it all before I remembered to photograph it)

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Drinks, Holidays, Thanksgiving

 

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Watermelon Sweet Tea

Watermelon Sweet Tea

How do I begin expressing my love of Southern Sweet Tea. As a Southern California girl I was no stranger to Sun Tea. I Grew up making and drinking it by the gallons. Every once in a while it would be slightly sweeten with a teaspoon or so of sugar, but not often. The first time I had Sweet Tea here in Indiana I was hooked. What a delightfully refreshing drink on a hot and humid summer’s day.

Tom Morales, the owner of “The Loveless Cafe” just outside of Nashville Tennessee says “Sweet Tea is better known as the “Champagne of the South”, sweet tea is an essential part of meals in cafes and in homes. “It’s not just the sugar that makes ice tea southern, it’s the way you say sweet tay.”

So after trying his wonderful Sweet Tay in his restaurant I was excited about making some simple syrup variations of my own. This is my recipe for Watermelon Sweet Tea.

Watermelon simple syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup watermelon puree

Sun Tea Ingredients:

  • 4 regular sized Lipton Tea Bags
  • 1 gallon cold water

Place you tea bags and water in a clear glass or plastic pitcher and set outside in direct sunlight for at least 4 hours.

In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled a bit. Combine with the watermelon puree. Add as much or as little as you prefer of this watermelon simple syrup to sweeten your ice tea.

Suggestions: Try substituting the watermelon with peaches or strawberries, all are so delicious in sun tea. A couple of fresh mint leaves in your glass really sets the glass of tea apart from anything else.

 

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