Today’s organic bounty:
Red D’Anjou Pears
The corn was put in the oven, seconds after the photo was taken, for roasting. I made a green smoothie with some of the romaine, which I will talk about in just a few minutes. I have never tried a red pear that I am aware of, looking forward to that. I have a few ideas stirring in my noggin for most of the produce, which is awesome because some of that creativity got lost in previous weeks due to the stress to consume all the produce… I think the bi-weekly delivery is going to work out better for me.
So I bought Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko… I’ve been intrigued by the green smoothie craze, but found out the hard way that you can’t just put stuff willy-nilly in the blender… so after a few months recovery from such disasters, I bought this book. I was impressed by the research and all the information that is given in the first half of the book. I now feel that perhaps I need some more vitamin K in my diet for my sore wrists and occasional back aches… that being said, as gung-ho as I was feeling to run out and get kale and mangos, I decided to use what I had on hand, I mean the organic bounty had just arrived after all. So, I searched for recipes that included romaine lettuce. I found one that was romaine, apples, dates, cinnamon, and water… I have those items… cool.
I bought a vita-mix a month or two ago, but have primarily been using it to make my banana-berry chocolate smoothies, I haven’t really explored its awesomeness… so this was my first time to attempt some major chopping and blending. I went ahead and chopped the produce to help it out, I’m still figuring the machine out. I reduced the recipe to 1/4 because, if I didn’t like it, I didn’t want to waste all that wonderful produce. But by using such a small amount of food in the vita-mix, well, it didn’t like me much. So I scrapped down the sides and added a bit more water, much better. Ok, I’m new at this, please tell me what your thoughts are… I am almost positive that this is all in my head, but when I removed the cap on the blender to scrape it down I felt a bit of a pang in my stomach… like a small bit of nausea just before the dizziness… I ignored it and continued… the smoothie was good, but I had a craving for maple syrup, so in trying to keep it raw, I added a squirt of agave… it was ok, but a far cry from my favorite ‘banana-berry chocolate smoothie’, so I thought that even though this recipe was in the ‘beginner smoothies’ that maybe I should have tried one more creamy, like kale and banana (which was the author’s first smoothie). I checked out the index and found that there was a recipe that had banana, romaine, apples, and cinnamon… so I added about 1/2 a frozen banana… the banana taste kinda took over, that ripe banana taste that’s great for bread and cake, but not so much for smoothies… I decided to stop dorking with it, and just to drink the damn thing. It made a little over 8 oz, I was able to drink about half before I called it quits. I think next time I will reduce the lettuce. The thing that drives me nuts, is that I like all the ingredients! Has anyone else jumped on the green smoothie wagon, if so, what was the first smoothie you tried that made you say, “wow!” ?
I have a few things that still need to get done today, so I’m going to make this post short… for some of the new food I tried this week, check out a previous post, where I give a review of several items I tried that day.