Posts tagged ‘smoothie’
Hey guys… so I haven’t been cooking as much as usual, but that’s simply because I’ve been alll over the place recently. Yesterday I helped lead a group of 12 New Yorkers on a 9 mile hike and scramble through Breakneck Ridge in Harriman, NY as part of the Urban Escapes Spectacular Scramble. What is a scramble you ask? Technically speaking it’s free-climbing, or rock climbing without ropes. It’s a little scary, but so fun!
A few weeks ago the fiance and I went on the same hike HERE when we wanted to plan a trip out of the city. Well I loved it so much that I decided to apply to be a part-time guide and yesterday was my “guide applicant” trip to see if I was prepared for the job and I got it!! It was so much fun despite the torrential downpour that lasted for a little while. Urban Escapes has offices now in NYC, Philly, D.C. and Boston… check it out and Get Out Of The Bubble!!
This morning I woke up uber hungry and wanting something nice and cool since I can already feel the heat outside so I decided to make one of Kristen famous Cherry Chocolate Bombs (with a few extra additions to speed muscle recovery and get in all my nutrients). I have become so addicted to these!! Check it.
This morning I wanted a little extra kick so I added a spoonful of instant coffee. Mocha Cherry Chocolate Bomb? Yes please!! The ingredients of this batch: water, spinach, kyo greens, sea salt, cocoa powder, vegan protein powder, maca powder, organic cherries, bananas and instant coffee. Have a relaxing Sunday guys. :)
Today I have my third class at the Institute for Culinary Education (I.C.E.) and I am crazy excited! These classes were a gift from the fiance and have seriously been the most amazing experience of my life so far. I always knew I wanted to be a chef, but in college the instability of working in a restaurant vs. the security of a corporate position caused me to dash any dreams I had about going to culinary school. Taking this class doesn’t mean I’m going to leave my job, but it did make me realize that just because I don’t get paid to be a chef, doesn’t mean I still can’t get that everyday enjoyment of preparing great tasting food. Plus my current job has pretty great hours, so I’m always out in time to make myself a nice dinner and prepare something for lunch the next day.
Popeye Special (makes about 2.5 cups)
- 1 c. almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 large handfuls spinach
- 1/4 c. Strawberries
- 1/4 c. Papaya chunks
- 1/4 c. cantaloupe chunks
- 1 tsp Maca powder
- 10 drops Clear Stevia by NuNaturals
I simply throw everything in the Vita Mix and blend until completely smooth and creamy. If you want it frostier and cooler you could throw in some ice cubes too. Can you think of any better way to start off your day?? :)
Well, I’m off to create some kitchen masterpieces! See ya later chickadees.
…no not the Jersey Shore definition of juicing up – I meant with real fruits and veggies! I was all hyped up after first of 5 5-hour cooking classes earlier this week at the I.C.E. (Institute of Culinary Education) in NYC so even though Vinny, my dependable Vita Mix can more than handle big chunks of carrots, I decided to help him out a little and practice my knife skillz at the same time.
A simple julienne to brunoise… some additional veggies and voila a breakfast fit for a queen! …or the Jolly Green Giant at least
- 3/4 cups finely diced carrots (about 3 carrots)
- 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1.5 cups chopped macintosh apples
- 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 2.5 cups water
Yup, earmuffs+a hat – I get coooold!
Well, not mean. This morning I had a delectable smoothie that totally energized my morning after an invigorating Warrior Yoga session at the gym. I call it my Green Goddess Smoothie.
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 large leaf romaine lettuce
- 1/3 cup frozen papaya chunks
- 3 sections grapefruit
- 3 sections blood orange
- 1/2 section lime
- 1/4 tsp NuNaturals stevia powder
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp frozen banana slices
I know it looks suspect, but it was actually really yummy!! Good thing I started out my morning so strong because when I got into work I was hit with a massive crisis that I had to take care of ASAP. Eeek! I actually managed to sort everything out and avoid getting stressed – a huge deal for me!!! Now I remember why I used to be such a huge fan of yoga.
I somehow felt energized enough to hit the gym and knock out a little over a 1/2 mile of swimming (25 laps in a 25 meter pool). Afterwards though I was dying for some sustenance!! I had the rest of my butternut squash fries, but won’t bore you with the pics I also had what may become a new staple dish for me… Vegan Sausage & Peppers!! The recipe is found here. The only thing I did differently this time was add 1 Tbsp tomato paste with some water to create a thin sauce.
For those of you that were wondering about homemade seitan, I actually used some Seitan Sausages that I made here. They’re so good and the fennel seeds adds such a great flavor reminiscent of sweet Italian sausages. Well I’m off to relax & wait for The Office to start! Do any of you guys have any good faux meat recipes that you’d care to share??
I apologize for the super uninventive looking food on the blog lately… I’ve been busy at work and bust training (and trying to build up my leg/knee muscles) so the creativity has become a touch lost. Luckily for me though it lacks nothing in the realm of flavor!!
I started off the day with a Vita Mix smoothie…. I call it “Harvest Fruit Smoothie“. I froze some pumpkin puree spiced with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of agave nectar into an ice cube tray a couple of days ago, so I threw two pumpkin-cubes into the vitamix along with 1/3 cup frozen bananas, 1/3 frozen macintosh apple slices and 1 cup cold water. The delectable results are below…
Cauliflower Soup and Butternut Squash Fries! For the soup I just took about 1/2 a head of cauliflower, 1 clove garlic, a pinch of Herbs de Provence, 1/4 tsp thyme, salt & pepper to taste, and some “Better than Bullion – Veggie Flavor”. I added just enough water to cover and cooked until fork tender. Then I added 2 Tbsp silken tofu and pureed the whole mixture in the Vita Mix until super smooth and creamy.
I just realized I never posted the recipe for Butternut Squash Fries… oops! Preheat the oven to 425. Then basically I peel and cut the squash into sticks and throw them on a pan lightly sprayed with oil. I shake some salt and pepper over the fries, sometimes some chili powder and sometimes some paprika and bake about 35-40 minutes, stopping to flip around the fries in the middle to ensure even cooking and no sticking to the pan. And voila!Song of the day: “Marching Bands of Manhattan” – Death Cab for Cutie
Gilmore Girls re-runs and a tiny little kitten on my lap – perfect end to a perfect evening. Now for some vino!!