Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, with a Sunshine & Light Orange Kale Smoothie

orange kale smoothie

Well, it's November and the weather is completely unpredictable, A light dusting of snow the other day, rain today. All you can do is cozy up whenever possible with a bowl of steaming soup or a comforting warm meal.

Unless you've got the heat pumped up and you're making a smoothie, of course. I made this quick and simple Sunshine & Light Orange Kale Smoothie this week, Now and again I realize I could be eating more fruits and vegetables. That's where smoothies come in handy - you can pack in fruits and veggies and still feel like you're getting a bit of a treat. This smoothie is perfect for those rushed mornings or for a pre- or post-gym pick-me-up. It's on the sweet side, because that's how I like my smoothies. That makes it safe for those who aren't quite ready for a super-green smoothie yet! The recipe follows.

One evening I didn't feel much like cooking, but I had a big bag of Brussels sprouts and another big bag of broccoli (both from Costco), so I simply mixed them together with a few cut-up potatoes, doused the whole mix in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted it for about half an hour. I also cut some extra-firm tofu into triangles and stirred in some bottled teriyaki sauce, along with garlic powder. That went in the oven too. Not fancy, but still a hot and enjoyable meal.

On the weekend, when the kids were living on a diet of which 90 per cent was Halloween candy, I made red lentil soup and tofu "pizzas" for lunch. I told them they had to eat the soup if they wanted to return to the Halloween candy again. So they did. Not happily.

The next day I had the soup again for lunch, along with leftover pizza with vegan Daiya cheese that my husband had made for dinner the night before. I also had a green iced tea. I try not to keep them in the house too much, because I drink them constantly when I do.

Another night's quick meal was penne with a stir-fry of broccoli (from the big bag again) and frozen mixed veggies. I used lots of minced garlic and Bragg's liquid aminos for the "sauce."

I baked up some of these donuts one day. They are gluten-free and vegan. The kids had them for an after-school snack. Although they noted that they aren't much like Tim Hortons donuts, they liked them anyway. The kids said the donuts remind them of this Staple Maple Cake that I sometimes make.

What's the weather looking like your way?

Sunshine & Light Orange Kale Smoothie

by Joann MacDonald
Keywords: smoothie vegan nut-free raw

Ingredients (1 large smoothie)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • handful of chopped kale
  • 2 Medjool dates, chopped
  • handful of frozen strawberries

Blend all ingredients in a blender! Enjoy!

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  1. ah yes, we're living with the 90%-Halloween-treats diet here too. At least my son has smoothies and I can throw in healthy stuff to compensate! We have typical Melbourne spring weather now, which is gorgeous one day then cold the next (yesterday I was in summery clothes and barefeet, today I'm rugged up in layers and thick slippers!)

    1. My kids have eaten their way through most of the Halloween candy now. I'll be glad to see the end of it. Spring sounds lovely. ;) And bare feet? What a dream...

  2. I am just north of you, so our weather is about the same. Its making me sad but Christmas is on its way! I really want to make my own homemade donuts although getting just one donuts from Tim's might be a better idea than making a whole pan to have in my house :)

    1. Yes, I guess we have to start Christmas shopping!

      But it's a whole pan of HEALTHIER donuts, so you can eat them ALL! ;) That's my logic anyway.

  3. I love roasting veggies - especially in the fall - when brussel sprouts and root veggies are plentiful. your food photos are absolutely appetizing!

    1. Roasted veggies are so tasty!! Thank you so much! Jo

  4. Oh yum! I just roasted brussels last night, so I'm right there with you on roasted veggies. Now I need to catch up on your blog! It's been so long.

    1. I see how busy you are with your business Ruthie. Producing all that lovely embroidery. :)

  5. Great smoothie recipe! I never tried adding dates before and I can't wait!

  6. I am also a big fan of smoothies to get in some fruits and vegetables. I'm more likely to make them in the spring and summer, but I tend to get more veggies in during the colder months.

    1. I need to look at some new smoothie ideas for winter, to keep me motivated! :)

  7. I am definitely going to try that smoothie!


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