I'm back. The two and a half-year hiatus I took from my blog does not mean I haven't been cooking...The past couple of years I've been experimenting with an even healthier diet, including lots of raw food and nearly nothing processed or packaged.
Last year, I found out that I am intolerant to soy, so all of my forthcoming posts will now be soy-free. When I first learned this, I was pretty disappointed...I've never been a huge consumer of soy products, but I used to enjoy soy milk and tofu at times. since I stopped eating soy, I've never felt better...and since soy is such a processed food, I am happy to leave it behind.
For the past week or so, I've been babysitting a Vitamix. If you don't know what those are: they are pretty much supercharged blenders that can blend nearly anything. An entire apple? No problem. A whole beet? Easy. I hear it can even handle an avocado pit, although I have not yet put this to the test.
So here's my first recipe of the year (ahem, decade...). It's nothing but a simple smoothie that sounds strange but is chock full of nutrition and actually quite delicious and refreshing.
One word of caution: If you don't own a high-performance blender, like the Vitamix, you might want to chop up some of the ingredients before they enter the blender. I don't want to be responsible for breaking your kitchen appliances...
1 small-medium beet
3-4 cups cubed watermelon (seeds are fine)
3-4 leaves swiss chard or kale
1/2 small cucumber
6-10 large mint leaves (depends how minty you want it)
1 small orange
water (approx 1 cup water, might need more depending on your blender)
1 pinch of stevia or tbsn of honey
Blend, Enjoy. Invite a friend over...this should make 3 servings.
Great for Memorial Day BBQs! Fruit salad with yogurt honey dressing. Very easy one!
Fruit is the obvious main ingredient. I recommend watermelon, canteloupe, mango, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, peaches, rasperries
Cut all fruit in bite-size pieces. Watermelon looks great if you cut it in small triangular wedges and garnish around the fruit salad. Use these fruits or any other of your favorites! Top with coconut flakes--dried cranberries and slivered almonds also work well on top. Dressing -- mix one cup of vanilla yogurt to about one tablespoon honey. Add cinnamon to taste.