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January 23, 2009

I Finally Tried a Blended Salad (Green Smoothie, Green Savory, Savory Smoothies)

blended salad in blendtec blenderSure I love green smoothies, but a blended salad? C’mon salads are not made to be blended right?

Recently I discovered Savory smoothies, and have been enjoying a wide variety of them thanks to the wonderful recipes available to me from the various Raw Diva programs. I have also been enjoying blended soups for a few months now, and have recently started adding a handful of greens to many of the blended soup recipes to make them more nutritional. It certainly occurred to me that this makes the soup a blended green smoothie — just a smoothie with savory ingredients and taste rather than the sweet taste associated with most green smoothies.

I’ve actually been craving savory more than sweet lately.

I’ve also been more open to experimenting lately. So when I still had a LOT of wonderful salad left over this past Sunday, and after having a lot of it for lunch, I wasn’t interested in eating more of it as a salad. So I decided to see if it would make a good soup. I also realized that by literally blending this salad, I was certainly going to have to admit to eating a blended salad!

dcp_6063So, I blended it up. It contained approximately: a cup of mixed spring greens, 1/2 a red pepper, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 stalk of celery, 1/2 cup of tomato, 12/2 cup of mushrooms, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of green onions, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, juice of one lime, a bit of olive oil, and just enough water to blend. I added a bit of salt and ate a bowl full as a warm soup — yum! It would probably have been good as a cold savory smoothie too. It was quite green, and not red like many veggie juices.blended green soup

After eating my bowl of the blended salad, I decided to dehydrated the rest of it so I could use it later.ย  Much to my surprise today I wanted to eat the dehydrated blended salad just as it was rather than saving it to rehydrate for another blended soup sometime while traveling! It was tangy and very yummy! What a happy surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I originally wrote this early in December — so just over a month ago. I no longer find it surprising that I like blended salads! Now a year ago I was just discovering green smoothies and couldn’t even bring myself to use the blended salad term! So, my eating habits and subsequently my palette have certainly changed. I really did find this soup totally yummy. Of course my 11-year-old, very honest, and much too used to processed food daughter totally disagreed with me — so that is your warning! You may want to use some herbs or spices that you really like in your blended salads at first to bring out those strong flavors that you are accostomed to.

For more great recipes, don’t forget to stop by the Green Smoothie blog!

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October 5, 2008

Kale and nuts and pears, oh my

Filed under: Recipe, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:13 pm

OK, so the sing-song title is a bit much, but this unique salad was really yummy and a nice change of pace. I was inspired by a recipe our CSA shared in their newsletter, so I created a pear and kale salad of my own.

  • 1 bunch kale
  • enough lemon juice and olive oil to coat the kale
  • sprinkle of course salt and pepper
  • one pear sliced thin
  • chopped walnuts, 1/4 to 1/2 cup

Coat the kale with lemon juice and olive oil and let it set for about 10 minutes, or while cutting the pear and nuts. Mix all ingredients together. Best if flavors have a bit of time to mix together so make it early if possible. I do like it fresh and not refrigerated though so I just make it before making soup or any other parts of the meal.

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Supper tonight was this wonderful salad, some additional green salad, and some “cheese” soup (cauliflower with sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, onion, parsley, and a few otehr greens along with some nutritional yeast). I was hungry … but I ate too much. I was more than full afterwards … I need to learn to make and eat less soup when I try to do soup and salad. Lunch was a yummy tomato/pepper soup (a red pepper, a few sun dried tomatos, onion, flax seeds, and carrots). Breakfast though was a gluten free blueberry muffin mostly because it was there along with some tea. So, I’m glad I ended the day well. I had two green smoothies yesterday though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 18, 2008

Two smoothies AND two salads today…

Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:31 am

So, today we managed to get back to basics.

Breakfast was a quart of green smoothie: pinapple, banana, chia seeds, carrot greens (small handful), a celery stick, and just a few spinach leaves.

Snack was a Lara Bar and some kale chips (dehydrated kale with spices).

Lunch was a yummy avacado and tomato salad — I just sliced a ripe avacado and a juicy sweet orange tomato, drizzeled some olive oil on it, and added a bit of ground pepper and salt. Yum!

Snack was a (raw) chocolate, banana, and chia seed smoothie (shake?) that my daughter made for me after school. It was really yummy and even better since I didn’t have to make it.

Supper was a gigantic salad with an entire super-sized cucumber, two tomatoes, an avacado, a green pepper, and mixed greens with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper as simple dressing.

Late night snack (because that salad wasn’t big enough ?!?) was a few fudge balls from a recipe from Alyssa Cohen’s cookbook. I can’t remember everything that is in them because I made them quite awhile ago and froze them. When I get a craving now I can grab them quick from the freezer. I think it’s dates, raw chocolate and cocoa nibs, nuts (?), and coconut oil.

This morning I had to rinse my blender out in the bathtub because we were without a kitchen faucet. Thankfully I was able to sit at the kitchen table and work and catch up on things while the plumber fixed it today! Last night I kind of freaked out when it wouldn’t shut off. The good news is that the now it is up to code as well. We must be thankful for these little things like finding out that it wasn’t up to code only when it is now fixed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I was thrilled to find out that the pumpkin patch we’ll be going to in a few weeks knows all about celiac and it will be easy to eat lunch and snacks and all kinds of bad-for-you treats there with Nessa. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be sure to post about it afterward.

Besides the ups and downs of life at the moment (sick kids, stressful work, and more), I feel good. In addition to the good food, I was able to go to yoga today AND go for a bike ride with Megan. I am very blessed.

September 15, 2008

Back to basics… smoothies, salads, and soups … and dealing with hunger

Filed under: Breakfast, Challenges, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:56 pm

It has been a busy week complete with LOTS of challenges (thought I might be getting addicted to raw cacoa). After a nice weekend away where I managed to stay, mostly, but not all, on a raw vegan diet (had some dairy), I came back and decided it was time to get back to basics. Besides dehydrating in order to save vegetables for winter, I’m going to stick to eating fresh and simple as much as possible. I’m also going to be enjoying the standbys of my early adaption of this healing diet.

Today’s Breakfast was over a quart of green smoothie: bananas (frozen), raspberries (frozen), and lots of kale.

Today’s lunch was salads — two of them since I originally planned to go home, but then decided to order the “free lunch” with co-workers. I enjoyed my summer squash salad (zucchini, summer squash, greens, olives, and some cheeses), but it wasn’t very large and I was still hungry. I went out and got a hummus “salad” (I begged them to turn a wrap into a salad at a place that usually doesn’t do salads).

I was still STARVING by late afternoon. This is very unusual as I’ve rarely been hungry since going on a raw food diet. It makes me wonder if I accidentally got some gluten as doing so seems to mess up my (and, as observed, my daughter’s) appetite control/feelings. I don’t know when/how though, but that is the way it is with a small exposure. My other thought is that it could just be a reaction to something else (the dairy? withdrawal from the chocolate?) I also had a couple of cups of coffee and a cup of hot chocolate within the last few days. This is very unusual for me. I didn’t seem to notice any immediate symptoms after having the coffee which I used to in the past, so I thought maybe now I could handle an occasional cup of coffee. However, it’s still not a healthy choice really for me.

Supper was soup (or hot blended salad?) — I’ve decided to add greens to one of my new favorite soups, and it’s just as good. My favorite includes a beet as well as carrots and tomatoes, but I’m out of beets right now, so it was just carrots, tomatoes, garlic, a little parsley, some basil, and a handful of spinach, and some black pepper along with Agar agar, flax seeds, and chia seeds to add Omega 3s and thicken the soup. the soup was VERY thick this time and yummy too. The color wasn’t quite as nice as previous soups, I’ve made, but it was still warming and yummy. Then I did eat some gluten free/dairy free french bread that my daughter didn’t finish. It was really good with the soup. I’m trying to decide if I need to stop eating anything like that at all for awhile or not. If I’m feeling generally well and energetic then I start to think it’s OK, but really I haven’t managed to stay feeling that way for more than a couple of days (although still generally WAY less tired than before the dietary changes), and I wonder if it’s part of why my energy levels keep fluctuating. I’m going to have to simply experiment with it I guess. I am really looking forward to the Body Enlightenment program by the Raw Divas to help with this, and plan to do the 7 day detox soon as well. I also need to spend some time in the online forums to ask others these questions and get more feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight I feel starved again wile my tummy at the same time feels bloated (screams gluten to me … which just now makes me wonder if one of the salads I ate for lunch was contaminated?). I think the first thing I’ll do is decide to only eat food from home for the next week so I know I have total control over it (Gluten, etc.). And as I said, I’ll try to stick to basics as much as I can …

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