Good Morning ! Summer seems to be racing by and our days are alternating between packed crazy days and lazy ones.. In all the rigmarole and recent vacations and indulgences not withstanding , a few pounds seems to have crept in and settled rather unpleasantly. And I realized bouncing back to lustrous skin seem to be taking awhile after the milestone birthday. In more ways than one, I guess the body is sending me signals. Well I have received it loud and clear. Need more greens and raw in the system. And I suppose a routine does not hurt.
The first in this would be this awesome super delish morning green power smoothie.
If you abhor the taste of greens, I promise you will not realize this has so much of it. This is light and refreshing and is full of vitamins and immunity boosting powers. I mean what exactly are you waiting for? I did know what I was waiting for . This is going to be huge part of my routine from now on.
A refreshing and light green smoothie that sends you a burst of energy and is very energizing on the palate as well. The freshness of lime and zing from the ginger is a definite welcome.
Fresh spinach or kale : 1/2 cup
Ginger : 1 inch, skinned and sliced
Celery stalk : 1 or 2 cut
Green apple : 1/4 -1/2 sliced
Banana : 1/2 sliced
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp.
Cucumber : 1/4 -1/3 cut in slices
Wild honey : 1 tsp. ( optional)
Lime : 1/2 to be juiced
Ice cubes : 2-4
Water : 1/4 cup
Pulverize it all in your Nutribullet or blender of your choice to get smooth refreshing drink.
Enjoyed cold and best served fresh.
While going raw, please try to use as much organic resources as possible.
Wash thoroughly. I repeat wash thoroughly.
You can always substitute a few, add more, add some protein etc to this . Personalize it I say!
Totally easy peasy vegan smoothie bar into a popsicle.. No added sugar of any kind but so smooth without any ice crystals either .. Magic ?? Nah…
Scorcher of a day : check You need a popsicle : check Don’t want extra sugar in it : check
Don’t want to spend extra time on it : check
Smoothie in a popsicle:: How did you do that??
Would you like a techie geek’s popsicle or the simple plain kind?
Aaaah…. the glorious days of summer vacation has begun! Kids love it naturally. Where else can you just chill out in hot blazing sun. And also because they know they would be loaded with treats and so many of them. While we do occasionally enjoy and indulge in fancier preps, a fresh juicy fruit in a smoothie or popsicle is always welcome as this kind is the super healthy and super quick to make .Just 4 ingredients. No added sugar and just perfect for a hot summer day.
I had spied a neat set of Robot popsicle mold or casing in Home goods.. And had to have it. My youngest one is currently on that phase and would totally enjoys decimating robots. Go figure !
So while we chug along in the prep for Father’s day this weekend.. We made this quick and easy one, loaded with the fresh fruits of summer and gorgeous !
Without much ado here is the recipe. I sure hope you enjoy it as well..
Prep time : 5-8 minutes chopping + 15 minutes initial freezing + 5 minutes of blending time
Freezing time : 6 hrs. – overnight
No. of Popsicles : 6-12 depending on the size
Banana : 1 ( sliced)
Strawberries : 8-10 ( sliced)
Orange : 1 ( quartered)
Orange juice / Water : 1/4 cup
If using orange juice, please do consider the no added sugar kind
Honey : 1 Tbsp. ( optional)
Prep the fruits and freeze them for about 15 minutes. This will aid in smooth blending.
Blending, popsicle molds and freezing:
Add the prepped fruits and a 1/4 cup of water or sugar-free orange juice to help in the blending process.
Blend super smooth. In my Nutri Bullet it took about a couple of minutes or so.
Taste the mix before freezing please . If you end up with super tart strawberries or oranges, a Tbsp. of honey or so will definitely help to balance it out.
Pour out into the casings or molds of choice and freeze .
To unmold, run it under hot water and you should get it put fairly easy.
Sometimes you just reach for the simple ! Minimal ingredients lend this smoothie a wonderful flavor and also a very refreshing touch .
Just a hint of lime and ginger and fresh Navel oranges and a half a banana to lend body to it and no dairy or added sugar please !
A hot and blazing spring / summer is gleefully grinning here in NC , Cary. But it is the season for gorgeous fruits and I am always seduced by the wide variety available. A huge bag of oranges found their way home and I had to put it to use ..and how 🙂
The Nutribullet – I personally love the no fuss and economical apparatus. Simply add everything in the bigger jar provided, screw on the blade, invert and blend away … Make it simple !
Quick : check
Kid friendly : check
Chock full of Vitamins and Minerals : check
Tastes awesome : check
Prep time : 5 min Blending time : 1 min or 90 seconds Serves : 2
Banana : 1/2
Naval oranges : 2 ( skinned and quartered)
Ginger : skinned, 1/2 inch
Crushed Ice : 1 cup
Orange juice ( no added sugar kind please) or water : 1/4 cup
Key lime juice : fresh , about 1/4 of the lime juiced
Add everything in sequential order of listing or as per your blender’s requirements.
Blend till you get an absolutely smooth mix.
Pour and serve immediately.
Variation: Add a couple of sprigs of mint leaves next time for a more refreshing taste as well !
Verdict : Very light, smooth and a great pick me up smoothie. The ice and liquid add to the thinning of the drink. Since we added only half a banana it contributed to just add enough body without making it very robust.
If would like to thicken it , you can add an apple or an additional half banana. This is such a versatile base that you can mix and match with any number of fruits and perhaps a handful of greens as well.
Have you watched the “Sound of Music”? No silly! Not the live theater version, but the gold standard one..The movie! I sure don’t claim to live in an Abbey , but today’s grey skies and grumpy weather had me reaching for something. Anything. I never know why it is called ‘Out of the blue” , I mean why not out of the red, yellow , purple or pink. I am pretty sure there is a perfectly sane reason for it to be called that. And I am also sure somewhere, somehow a trivia master is reading this and going Tsk.. Tsk..
On such a day, I am more apt to singing ( Have you ever heard me sing? NO ? Well, thank goodness for small mercies ! I just mean to sing in my head and what I sing in my head can match a diva’s rendition but what come out of my larynx usually rival’s a frog’s melody 🙁 )
When the wind bites When the cold stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad
( Due apologies the creator of this tune)
So off I go trotting off to look at the beautiful tea set I received – Oh! It is simply precious. Made of Cast iron, it reminds me of some of the antiques at my mom’s place and I had been lusting after this kind for quite some time ( time = years). I think DH finally could not take it anymore , more like could not tolerate my mooning over it anymore and made short work of it. Yippee,Yippee,Yay,Yay!
After a particularly blah morning, this tea was made to improve the blues, the weather ( just kidding ) more so to improve the general immune system within the body and also to act as an digestive aid. This tea is served usually warm and unsweetened . If you would like to add a dash of sweetness, do so with honey. This is perfect to sip though out the day and is even more perfect when you don’t want to pack on the caffeine in your system. Makes use of the pantry items and no fancy shmancy herbs or spices !
Here we go :
Prep time : 15 min Serves : 4
Fresh ginger( skinned ) – 2 inches
Cinnamon stick : 1-1.5 inches
Fennel seeds or Saunf : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds or Jeera : 1 tsp
Coriander seeds or Dhania : 1 tsp
Water : 4 -5 cups
Warm the spices with the exception of ginger, on a skillet for a minute or so. You do not warm to toast them or brown them the idea is to bring the flavor and remove any excess moisture from storage if any. Alternatively warm the contents in a microwave for few seconds.
In sauce pan bring to a rolling boil the water.
Add in the crushed, grated or diced ginger and all the spices.
Cover it with a lid and lower the heat to medium and let it boil for another 5 minutes or so.
Turn off the flame and let the spices and ginger steep in this.
Cheese and Herbs stuffed Crescent Rolls – Quick fix from your pantry for the hungry child!
NC has been blessed with rain and more rain. SO much that the sun played it safe and decided to have a day off…Wanting to cheer up the kids bit for the after school munchies as much to indulge them just for today….10 min to prepare and 12 to bake, 5 to clean up and satisfaction – priceless! Ala .. Mastercard!
This is a quick and easy post and is an easy way out . No, I am not claiming it to be the scratch from the bake kind. I have done it in the past, but with our weather today, I think it is a safer bet to rely on the back up’s I normally have – Pillsbury Crescent Rolls to the rescue . And hence here we go an easy post for those one-off days where you remove those supermom cape …Atleast for me:-)
Cheese and Herbs stuffed Crescent Rolls – Quick fix from your pantry for the hungry child!
Prep time : 10 min
Bake time 12-15 min /350degF
Makes : 8
Serves : 2-3
Pillsbury Crescent rolls : 1 tube
Shredded Cheese mix of your choice : 1/2 -3/4 cup
Dried Italian herbs : 1.5 Tsp.
Dried Parsley Flakes : 1.5 Tsp.
Red chili flakes : 1/2 – 1 Tsp.
Oil/softened butter/ Oil spray : 1 Tsp.
Dried Parsley flakes : 1 Tsp.
Preparation, Stuffing and Baking:
In a small bowl mix all that is listed in the stuffing mix gently.
Unwrap the dough from the tube and separate the perforated triangles properly.
Place a tsp or more of the stuffing in the center of the wide section of the triangle and roll it to form a crescent. Too much stuffing will ooze out from the sides , so use your best judgement.
Repeat this step until you have all 8 prepped out and lay in on a flat sheet for baking. Now since there were only 8, I used the small baking tray for the toaster oven.
Lay them out gently with enough space to expand during baking.
Brush them with the melted butter, oil or spray mist with your oil of choice.
Toss in some parsley flakes on the surface , so you have a rich texture and visual appeal to the baking.
Bake as per the instructions on the tube. I did mine for 350degF for about 12 minutes or so.
Note : the second batch I made, I added some dried garlic flakes to the seasoning and added some dried black pepper as well to the parsley flakes for top seasoning.
Note 2 : Have some sautéed vegetables ? Mix it with the cheese for a healthier option for stuffing?
Note 3 : Let your creative juices run as this is a veritable black canvas to unleash your wild side!