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Nutribullet recipes for green smoothies and green soup

I’ve been on the hunt for a new blender, especially now that the “off” button on our old (over 25 years old!) blender quit working (don’t ask how we turn it off– it’s a process).  One day, an infommercial for the Nutribullet caught my eye.  I did a little research, and promptly ordered one online.

It really is as easy to use as they claim– and it does a better job of grinding up fruit and veg than the old blender, hands down!  I toss frozen fruits and water into one of the containers (usually a frozen banana, some strawberries/peaches/pineapple/canteloupe… whatever’s over-ripe and thus was tossed into the freezer) and whiz it for 15 – 30 seconds and I have a wonderful smoothie!

But my true love is savory “smoothies” , and the Nutribullet handles greens with ease, creating waaaaay nicer smoothies than my blender.  My newest fave lunch is green soup:

In the larger Nutribullet container, fill over halfway with frozen spinach leaves.  Add a large handful of frozen peas and carrots.  Add one peeled clove of garlic and a good sized chunk of sweet onion.  A large squirt (or two) of Mrs. Bragg’s Amino (unsalty soy sauce) and a squirt of Sriracha (Thai hot sauce that I add to everything.  I have bottles squirreled away all over the house and office) a few shakes of Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (an herb seasoning mix– use your fave) and then water or veg broth to the fill line.  WHIZZZZZZZ.   Heat it up for soup, or drink cold for a cooling lunch.

Delish!

For more green smoothie recipes, see my blog here and here.

PS– I’m not affiliated with Nutribullet, but I am a very very happy customer!

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Food in Long Beach

The weeks before I left for the quilt show I refer to as “Houston in Long Beach” were marked by a flurry of emails between my traveling buddies and myself. For example, there were several worried posts regarding the erratic weather in Long Beach. One day, the forecast called for sunny and 81. The next, clear and 83. How is a girl supposed to pack lightly for weather that unpredictable?

Once we got the clothing issue sorted out, we turned our attention to the food dilemma, as in: what if Long Beach has no food? We handily solved this crisis in the making; each one of us shopped our way through various grocery stores and stocked up. Way up.

Please keep in mind that the following photos show provisions brought by only 2 of our 4 companions. The amount of food doubled on Friday when the rest of our troupe got to the show.

Here is our snack drawer:

Of course, an artist needs morning fuel, so we also have a coffee bar. Uh, yes, I brought an espresso machine:

And then, on an evening, we might need a glass of wine:

The fridge was stocked, too (more wine!):

Luckily, due to our supreme forethought, we survived the week without starving to death. Now, it’s back to laundry and getting the kids ready for the return of SCHOOL!! Hey! Didn’t summer vacation just start a minute ago?

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Another green confession

My family and friends know that I have a tendency to eat a little differently. I became a vegetarian in high school, back when being a vegetarian meant growing sprouts on your windowsill and searching high and low for a health food store. I fell off the wagon with a bang during a very tempting lunch featuring cheeseburgers….

I got back on the wagon a few years later, became vegan for a while (quit that when I was grazing the craft table at a photo shoot and realized that the only thing I could eat was a boiled potato sandwich– yuck!!**).

**since this is a fiber art blog, I think I’d better clarify! A “craft” table, which sounds so fiber-licious, is the term for the food table at a photo/film shoot. And vegan meant that I ate no meat, fish, chicken, or animal by-products, like dairy or eggs. It was eye-opening and a bit shocking to see the enormous table of food, and realize that there was only bread and boiled potato for me to choose. I’m very sure that these days, the table would offer more choices for alternative-eaters!

Anyway, all these years later, I am still eating semi-veg. And I sit here at the computer eating– or rather, drinking– my new breakfast of choice– a green smoothie!!

Now, I’m going to warn those of you who won’t eat your greens– click onto another blog! This is very green veggie oriented, and even my DH shook his head and closed his lips tight.

A green smoothie tastes like watery whatever-fruit-you-added. It does NOT taste bitter or spinach-y. It is a beautiful green color, and extremely powerful, vitamin-wise! All you need is a blender (I have a cheapo one that predates my marriage), some fruit, a few ice cubes, and a bunch of greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, romaine lettuce). Oh, and an adventurous spirit (DH adds, a very open mind….)

For the fruit, choose one or two of the following: a handful of berries, a banana, 2 peeled pears or apples, 2 mangos, peeled peaches, peeled kiwi, pineapple.

For the greens, choose: 1/2 bunch of spinach, 4-5 leaves of kale (remove stems), 3 leaves of Swiss chard (remove the stems), 1/2 bunch romaine lettuce leaves.

In the blender: first toss in the fruit, then the ice cubes/water, then pack with greens. Blend until as smooth as possible– I left it kind of chunky yesterday, and I didn’t like the texture.

Here are some “recipes”:

  • 1 c strawbs, 2 kiwi, bunch spinach
  • 1 pear, 1 mango, 1 c berries, bunch spinach
  • peaches, spinach
  • 2 pears, 3 kale leaves, 1/2 bunch mint
  • 2 apples, juice and zest of 1/2 lemon, 3 kale leaves, 2 chard leaves
  • 1/2 banana, 1 lime–juice and zest, 1 apple, chard and kale

These are just some suggestions. I find that the greens are kind of interchangeable, and add little taste to the smoothie. I also found an all green recipe: 1 avocado, 1 lg cucumber, 2 c spinach, 2 leaves chard, 2 leaves kale, 3 lemons (juice) 1 1/2 c water. I haven’t tried it yet– maybe tomorrow.

I make about 5 cups, and drink 2 glasses worth one day, and 2 the next. There’s a lot of green smoothie information on the ‘net, so if you’re interested in more information, a search will turn up several pages of blogs and websites.

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