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You Ole Smoothie!

February 5th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

One of my New Year’s plans was to make a weekly batch of smoothies. I purchased one of those jumbo bags of my favourite frozen fruit combo’s that include multi berry goodness of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries plus a tub of plain Greek yoghurt with a side order of coaching from my Mona-Lisa niece out in Seattle. Here are some smoothie basics from a novice (me):


2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 peeled, ripe banana slices
3/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt
dash sweetener (as needed)
1/4 tsp each of ginger and cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients to your blender and turn it on high until mixture is smooth. Adjust the thickness of your smoothie by adding more milk or juice and add more ginger and cinnamon to suit your tastebuds. Pour your mixture in a jug or into individual containers for a perfect grab-and-go snack or addition to any meal.

I have already made a few batches of these ole smoothies very differently and I must say my tastebuds have been tantalized. In the first batch I used egg nog instead of milk. You can also sub in buttermilk or almond milk. I made another batch with extra cranberry juice so it could actually pour. Mona tells me it’s better to put your ripe banana in the freezer for a while before peeling and slicing, which adds to the texture nicely. She coached me with the idea to make a citrus one with oranges, grapefruit and lemons that sounds zesty. While I was in California I had a carrot smoothie that was delightful too. HmmMMm some smooth food for thought for the coming weeks.

If you want to discover more delectable ways of getting your 5-10 veggies and fruits this year make a batch and be an ole smoothie!

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Kvetching About What to Cook? Try Planned Extras!

February 3rd, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , ,

There’s been plenty of kvetching in my household, even before the Superbowl Bronco bar-be-cue as the Sea Hawks stalked! It began when the Steelers got knocked out weeks ago….. I was left with one profound thought after the main game “your best offence is a great defence”, hmmmm. That surely holds true for the victors of yesterday’s game AND in my kitchen with planned extras! I made pizza two ways with my super bowl of salad on the side.

When I scrounged around in my freezer I found two whole wheat bread doughs, “ahhhh dough a dear!” I thought making one with a spinach and mushroom topping and the other with my Mom’s famous meatballs and sausage in her tomato sauce crumbled on top of the dough with shredded cheese. Despite the game blowout, dinner was truly a winner.

Now with extras on hand they make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. They also reheat nicely served with tomato soup. Cut up and wrap individual pieces and put some in the freezer for those week nights when work hours run rough shod on your routine.

Here are more planned extra ideas you can consider making in the coming weeks:

Raving About Roast Beef – Make a larger roast beef and the possibilities for leftovers are endless from hot or cold beef sandwiches, fajitas and stews.

Not Balking Like a Roast Chicken – Try roasting a larger bird and use the leftovers in a soup, a lunch salad, quesadillas or sandwiches.

Casual Calzones – Making extra of these works well for on-the-fly meals any time and subs into a meatless Monday routine well.

Lovin’ Tomato Sauce – Whipping up a cauldron of this sauce is handy for spaghetti night, used as a pizza topping or paired to dip those casual calzones into to pump up the flavour.

Using this stealth defensive play will surely be your best offence for those super busy weeks. There’ll be no ordering in for you as you revel in tasty delights that heat up just right.

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