You’ve been struck by a smooth-ie criminal

Smoothie

I was in the mood for a delicious, fresh smoothie the other day and this one really hit the spot!  I love smoothies that are thick enough to need a spoon and this one was awesome!

Our blender isn’t working so we used a food processor and the results were great!  Feel free to replace the blueberries with any other frozen berry…it should work out the same.

Frozen banana – about 2 (I freeze bananas that are on the verge of becoming too soft.  Just cut the bananas into smaller chunks and freeze in a Ziploc.)

Frozen blueberries – 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup

1 individual container of yogurt (can be flavored if you want)

Milk

Put frozen fruit into blender/food processor and add the yogurt.  Add a splash of milk and start blending.  Add more milk until smoothie becomes desired thickness.

*You may have to stop blending and use a spatula to clean the sides of the blender/food processor.

*Milk substitute such as vanilla almond milk works great in this recipe!

*Small frozen banana chunks left in the smoothie are fine and actually taste delicious.

Enjoy!!!

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September 22, 2013: Full week recipes and grocery list

As promised, here is the summary for this past week of food, including our final recipe for Mac and Veggies!  Just to recap, this week we made Thai Noodles (with tofu or chicken), Zucchini Lou and Mac and Veggies!

photo 41Thai Chicken with Rice Noodles

photo 4

Zucchini Lou

photoMac and Veggies

Here is the corresponding grocery list!

Produce

  • broccoli – 2 cups
  • carrot – 8
  • garlic cloves – 4
  • green pepper – 2
  • lime – 4
  • mushrooms – 24 ounces
  • onion – 4
  • tomatoes – 3
  • zucchini – 6

Herbs/Spices

  • basil (dried) – 1 tsp
  • black pepper – to taste
  • cilantro (fresh) – 1/4 cup
  • crushed red pepper – 2 pinches
  • cumin – 2 tsp
  • marjoram (dried) – 1 tsp
  • oregano (dried) – 1 tsp
  • parsley (fresh) – 3/4 cup
  • salt – to taste

Dairy

  • cheddar cheese – 3 cups
  • cottage cheese – 1 cup
  • eggs – 2
  • feta cheese – 1 cup
  • heavy cream – 1/4 cup

Pantry

  • brown sugar – 4 tbsp
  • light coconut milk – 1 cup
  • diced tomatoes – 1 can
  • fish sauce – 2 tbsp
  • flour – 2 tbsp
  • macaroni noodles – 1 lb (16 ounces)
  • olive oil
  • red curry paste – 4 tsp
  • rice (brown or white) – 2 cups
  • rice noodles – 2 packages (6.75 ounces each)
  • rice vinegar – 1/2 cup
  • soy sauce – 1 tbsp
  • tomato paste – 2 tbsp
  • veggie stock – 1/2 cup

Meat (optional)

  • chicken breast – 4
  • ground beef – 1 lb
  • ground turkey – 1 lb

*If you are vegetarian, get one package of tofu this week!

I hope you enjoyed all the recipes from this week!  As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to ask through comments and I will be quick to answer!  I hope you are finding this system useful for creating hearty and healthy meals for you and your family.  With my help, cooking as never been healthier and planning has never been easier!

Here’s to easy cooking!

-The Left Brain Chef