Monday, November 10, 2008

Smoothies and Bread

Sometimes, when I know dinner is not going to be as complete or filling as I think it should be and I'm worried the kids will be hungry again in a half hour, I make a big smoothie to serve along with the main course. I always try to cram as many good things in it as possible. Saturday night's smoothie was particularly delicious. It included strawberries, 1/2 a banana, 2 handfuls of spinach, a small amount of kale, yogurt, frozen orange juice, a bit of lime juice, and little elderberry concentrate. My friend, Jenny, told me last year that you can add quite a bit of fresh spinach to smoothies without effecting the flavor at all. It's true!

And here's a simple bread idea that Joel always raves about. Take a loaf of the Idaho sourdough baguettes you can buy at Costco. Cut one in half, spread ranch dressing on each half and sprinkle grated cheddar or mozzarella on top. Then toast until bubbly. A nice variation on this is to add bacon bits before the cheese. And no, this recipe isn't lowfat or healthy!

5 comments:

MisoMama said...

You are right about the spinach and kale. I tried them both on your suggestion. Now when I make a smoothie everyone answers "err, what kind?" instead of yes! But only to be ornery. No one minds the spinach, only I like the kale.

Heather Carringer Lemon said...

I used to work at a smoothie shop so we have smoothies a lot expecially in the summer. I didn't know that you could add spinach without it changing the flavor. I will have to try that in the future.

mitzi said...

I'm going grocery shopping this morning, and I am going to pick up a little extra spinach! And maybe a sourdough loaf as well!

sariah said...

Hi Heather! Did you know I can't visit your blog anymore? It says I'm not invited.... and Joel says hi to D.

Manda said...

That's awesome - spinach - and the kids will never know it - iron and folic acid here we come! (or whatever good things are supposed to be in spinach) I think I need to plant some spinach tomorrow. And I'm definitely going to have to try that bread because we try to healthy. :)