Sunday, October 28, 2007

Green Goddess

Green drinks have become a staple in my smoothie repertoire, whether a fruit combo for breakfast or a straight veggie drink for lunch. An image of either doesn't look much different as the green color dominates. With a fresh pineapple on hand, yesterday I blended with kale and this morning I used spinach.

Here are a few ideas to add lots of green goodness to your daily diet.

Green Goddess
1 cup water
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 big handful frozen peach slices
3 - 4 pieces of kale with stems removed
2 big hands full of spinach

Luncheon Green Drink

2 Kirby cukes, peeled and chopped

1 stalk of celery, minced finely

4-5 big dark Romaine leaves

2-3 kale leaves only

1/2 bunch of cilantro

1 minced apple (for sweetness)

If I were making this in a juicer instead of a blender, I would have included a couple of carrots for sweetness instead of the apple. My blender can handle apple but it chokes up on carrot!

And for those who'd like a little cooked food, how about some curried vegetables?
This mix includes: sweet onion, sweet red bell pepper, jalepeño, green beans & cauliflower.

Quick and Easy Curry Stir-Fry (serves two)

1 TBS olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

2 TBS hot curry powder (Madras)

1 sweet onion, cut in wedges or thickly sliced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into florets

1/2 lb of green beans, in 1/4 inch slices

1 plum tomato, sliced

This is not an authentic rendition of Indian curry, but it's a fast, tasty supper. Quantities are approximate, increase based on number of servings desired.

Over medium heat start the garlic and curry powder in the olive oil, as the garlic becomes fragrant (not browned) add onions and red pepper, sauté for a few minutes then add cauliflower and green beans. Toss to coat well with curried oil and continue to cook over medium heat until veggies are crisp tender, toss in sliced tomatoes and combine for another minute or two.

Another option is to add a can of coconut milk toward the end and cook down for a few minutes to make a luscious sauce.

Till next time. . . Eat Well!

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