As promised, here’s another Green Smoothie recipe. This is one of my all-time favorites, not only for its beautiful color but it also tastes delicious. The celery flavor is noticeable, but subtle enough to not overpower the berries. One whole banana adds a creamy texture.
I’ve had tartines – open-faced sandwiches – all summer long. I truly enjoy how much variety you can add with these simple appetizers. And they’re much healthier than traditional sandwiches, especially when using only one slice of whole grain bread. Tartines are also a little bit more sophisticated and make for an impressive starter course at any dinner party.
In honor of Ms. Irene, I created a quick cocktail drink. Hopefully this will appease her wrath as the hurricane is making its way up to New York. I made sure the drink is strong enough (probably a category 3 by my standards) and adding coconut water and lime juice make this a bit more tropical. Enjoy as one of the last summer cocktails of the year. Cheers!
Baked eggs cooked in small portions are a great alternative to more traditional egg based breakfasts like omelets. Especially if you want to entertain, preparing eggs this way is convenient as everyone gets to eat at the same time.
If you like honey roasted nuts, you should try my version of this snack. I combined several varieties of nuts and spiced it up with some homemade garam masala, a spice mix common in India and other Asian countries. Garam masala is a spice blend containing ground peppercorns, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon, among other spices. You can find it in Indian grocery stores or large supermarkets in the spice aisle. Or you can make your own which you can keep for several weeks and use in many other dishes.
This is my first – of hopefully many more – green smoothie recipes. It’s great for beginners as it only involves a few ingredients…..mangoes, parsley, water and ice. Make sure your mangoes are very sweet and ripe, otherwise the taste will be bitter and sour. If your mangoes aren’t ripe enough, place them in a brown paper bag the night before you use them. For extra sweetness, add one or two dates into the mix.
Green smoothies have had a tremendous impact on my life. I attribute my change in diet, love for vegetables, and overall well-being – at least in part – to my daily consumption of green smoothies. I lost weight and junk food cravings without even trying. And my improved blood tests were further proof of the power of green smoothies. I really have to give credit to Victoria Boutenko and her two books Green For Life and The Green Smoothie Revolution. Her story has been such an inspiration and the books are a great source for smoothie recipes. I’m planning on regularly posting my favorite recipes and some of them are based on Victoria’s books.