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Beat the heat with a smoothie

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It’s a hot summery day in New England. When I say hot, I mean HOT! It’s in the 90’s and is very very very humid. We finally put in the air conditioning the other day and its at 82 degrees. Who does that? Most people I know set it to 70’s, typically 70-74? Or am I wrong?

On the top of it all, I haven’t been feeling well these days. We’re figuring it out but meanwhile it means I have a zero level of energy. For anything, especially cooking. So my apologies for not updating my blog in quite some time. It makes me sad to think how I’ve neglected several aspects of my lives these last few weeks because all I wanted was to relax. It was all I had energy for. Still is.

So what am I doing, talking about a smoothie? While kicking back, my husband and I watched a part of a Bobby Flay’s show. Addicted to BBQ I think? It’s a fun show- I love watching him work his magic. Only if I could sample everything he makes as we watch him! Bet you that’s the future of television- well be able to reach through and grab a plate of smoked salmon with a shallot and basil relish he made. Yum! He also made a smoothie, the bottom half was peach mango and something else? The top was strawberry banana… How delicious and cooling does that sound?

So my husband looked at me and asked if I wanted a smoothie. Naturally I said yes but told him not to worry. Alex then reminded me that he haven’t gone grocery shopping yet (I’ve got a husband who will go shopping for me!!!). Out came the Vita-Mix cookbook! He pointed at the very first smoothie recipe and I agreed. Banana blueberry orange smoothie. Just seeing the picture brought down the temperature in the living room by 5 degrees. It was already working its magic!

Out Alex went while I curled up on the couch, watching TV. I’m a wonderful housewife, I know. He came back with food for the week and goodies to whip up a smoothie with!

Alex froze the bananas as directed and we waited. He cooked up a storm while we waited- he made flaxseed bread so I will have a snack at work. Made himself brownies so he would have sweets (not gluten-free which is FINE by me). Then it was time!

Wanting to be a better wife, I dragged myself off the couch and offered to peel the oranges. What a difficult task (right!), but hey I wanted to feel useful. In went oranges, frozen blueberries, frozen bananas and water. No sweeteners. A CLEAN smoothie! Vegan smoothies are the way to go when its hot like this. Then we both watched as he turned on the Vita-Mix. I still get excited every time it pulverize whatever’s in it! And it works FAST!!! How exciting, this must be how a guy feels when they destroy something. Mmm essentially we’re “destroying” fruit, changing its form.

Then Alex poured the purple goodness in two tall glasses. We sat down in our air-conditioned living room and slurped it down. I remarked how it tasted of summer. Fresh. Specifically, summer at the lake where you wait on the dock, heating up underneath the rays and when you cannot handle it anymore you run and jump into the freezing water of the lake. How refreshing that is! Ah!!!

Now this is my kind of summer. I even forgot that I wasn’t feeling well! Many thanks to my handsome Alex for taking care of me and treating me to a delicious smoothie. I have to say, it might be easy to forget that we can make a smoothie but it really is fast! Vita-Mix has so many recipes, it’s amazing. You can find them online! Go to Vita-Mix smoothie recipes

Try one and let me know how you like it! I haven’t tried them all but I will definitely try a few more before the summer is out. Be sure to buy fresh fruit- hopefully get it the day you make the smoothies. Freshness counts in my opinion!

Stay cool everybody! And I will do my best to blog more regularly. Thanks!

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A twist on poached eggs inspired by my brother-in-law

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So this morning I suggested to my husband that we make poached eggs. But do you know what is the best part? The bread you soak up the runny yolk with. YUM. I used to do that with Against the Grain baguettes- tasted amazing! But I haven’t been able to have dairy since March. So that’s out for me (Against the Grain makes their gluten free delicacies with mozzarella cheese).

My husband and I visited his brother and wife (who by the way was my college roommate!) last weekend. We had so much fun!!!! We found out were having a nephew! Congrats again!!!! one morning my brother in law made breakfast for us. He made hole-in-wall eggs using avocado instead of bread. Delicious! And so much lighter which I appreciated.

Taking his cue, I sliced up avocados and spread them on two plates for Alex and I. After poaching eggs, I put them in the hole of avocados that I cut up. I love the gooey mess of poached eggs. After finishing it I realized I still had a lot of yolk left. Fortunately I had brown rice tortillas from Food for Life. I heated it up the microwave for 30 seconds and ripped it up, dropping it in where the yolk was most concentrated.

Heavenly.

I can enjoy poached eggs again without feeling like I’m missing out on anything! Thanks Nat for the inspiration!!!!

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Strawberries galore!

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I had a LOT of strawberries and I have been dreaming of ways to use it. I woke up craving a smoothie. So darn it, I made some!

It was so light and tasty- not too sweet which was nice! It felt like a breakfast. I have to admit my Vita-mix helped a LOT.

    Strawberry Almond Milk Smoothie

2 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
3 TBSP flaxseed meal
1 TBSP raw honey*
1/4 cup shredded zucchini

* I prefer raw honey over processed honey due to both taste and nutritional value. Processed honey might as well be white sugar. Also add more if you want it sweeter.

Combine all in a blender and process until completely smooth! You might want to strain to remove the seeds, but I didn’t have an issue with that.

It makes enough for two people, but I drank it all myself. All that goodness?! Oh yes! Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, especially vitamin C, flaxseed is a cholesterol reducing agent with it’s high lignan count, almond milk contains protein, vitamin B and more, and zukes has plenty of dietary fiber.

Yup! I’m feeling good after my breakfast smoothie! I would have made eggs to go with it but I ran out of time. Another morning!

Whacha have today? Please don’t tell me you skipped breakfast! I cannot function without this most important meal of the day!

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In the mood for jalapeño poppers but no cheese or bacon on hand?

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I’ve been dreaming of jalapeño poppers all day. But I wasn’t in the mood to go to the store. I just wanted to come home and watch the Olympics! (go Phelps- I love watching swimmers do their thing!). So… But I didn’t have bacon. And I can’t have dairy.

But.. I did have jalapeños. There must be something I can do with it right? I’m not eating it alone straight up. Maybe a certain Celtics fan will. Not me!

So it was time to look in the fridge. And naturally… Inspiration struck! With a grin on my face, I halved and seeded the jalapeños. Pulled out the food processor and combined Daiya (a soy free vegan cheese) with sunflower seeds. I filled the spicy peppers with this combo. Baked it at 350 for 10 minutes.

It was so good! I’m already planning on making more! No gross feeling afterwards either- sometimes that happens with bacon. And I’m still being good- no dairy. I do miss cheese but Daiya helps with that!

This new concoction of mine has a somewhat crunch to it. Tastes nutty. The filling helped balance out the heat. Yum!!!

But I downed it so fast and now I have no snacks for the swimming finals!!! Mmm… I’ve got blackberries for dessert! Okay that will do.

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Near Providence, RI?

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My two favorite go to spots is right outside Providence, RI. In Pawtucket, are two gems- a vegetarian restaurant. A few doors down is a vegan bakery. Both sells a lot of gluten free goods! Garden Grille and Wildflour Bakery- an answer to my prayers. Seriously.

Garden Grille- I order the raw veggie heaven salad minus the cashew dressing. It’s gluten free already before that, I just have more allergies hah. My sister LOVeD their gluten free macaroni and cheese with mushrooms and broccoli. Highly recommended!

Wildflour Bakery- their raw raspberry coconut cheesecake is to die for. Their raw-reo puts Oreos to shame. And I’m having one right now! Sorry, I ain’t sharing this time.

Come on down and try them yourselves!

A belated birthday blog!

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So two weeks ago was my birthday!!! We made a delicious coconut-y meal. Coconut chicken strips with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Coconut mashed potatoes. Asparagus. Pineapple.

With an AWESOME birthday cake! Now it’s nothing like what I’ve had before. Not on birthdays, that is. Mom had a great idea- now remember all of my food allergies: gluten, corn, soy, diary, cane sugar, sesame seed, cranberry and baker’s yeast. Seriously what can I have for dessert? Only one of the prettiest, freshest and delicious cake ever!!!!

Watermelon, blueberries and strawberries! Yup! Mom cut it up in a way so it became a two-tiered cake. Perfect.

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Faux cinnamon buns

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I don’t necessarily miss ONE food- but rather the experiences I had with food. Remember those mornings with a warm and sticky cinnamon bun? Already rare to begin with, but it stays with you. The gooey goodness and the satisfaction you gain from enjoying each bite. Well, it’s been awhile.

With dairy being one of my new allergies, I had to bid farewell to Against the Grain. Mmm… Which meant another search. Somebody had once mentioned a food that was fun to cook as well eat, but what was it? I couldn’t remember.

Until one day I went to Whole Foods to pick up Against the grain for my family (they can have dairy), and as I passed the dairy section (believe it or not), there it was!!! Mochi! I picked it up and read the ingredients: sweet brown rice and filtered water. Umm, that’s it? So I bought a few. They also had one with cinnamon and raisins.

I cut it as directed- in squares and placed them on a cookie sheet. 10 minutes later they were puffy! It doubled in size! So cool to see. I popped one in my mouth. Tasted okay. Now this was the original. Later I tried the cinnamon raisin… SO much better! I happened to have my jar of raw honey out, without thinking I took a knife and slathered it on a plate. Shrugging, I dipped a piece in the honey.

I had that experience once again! A warm cinnamon bun with it’s sweetness oozing on it. I ate it all. All of it.

And I baked some more later that week.

Twice.

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