I'm still relatively new to the world of cooking, and am constantly working on feeling more comfortable in the kitchen.
Some days are glorious: I have all of the ingredients in my house, the recipe comes together well and tastes fantastic.
Other days are just horrific: my poor husband Dave is sent out to the grocery store (again!) because I forgot yet another ingredient, the recipe completely falls apart and tastes terrible.
Yesterday was a glorious day.
First I did a final test of my spiced red lentil stew and it tasted wonderful. I asked Dave to give it a taste, and he proclaimed it "Amazing." Great start!
I've also been toying with another green smoothie over the last week. After a couple of unfortunate mishaps, I had the idea of making a tropical fruit smoothie - something to celebrate the first few (and long overdue) hints of spring. It was a beautiful, sunny day with clear blue skies, so thoughts of warm summer afternoons no longer seemed so far-fetched!
I combined frozen banana, mango and a healthy dose of orange juice. This alone could make a really nice fruit smoothie, but I added a giant handful of spinach and some chia seeds to really bump up the nutritional value.
As I mentioned in my post about iron, combining high iron foods with high vitamin C foods increases iron absorption. Plus, chia seeds are high in omega-3, omega-6, vitamin B, fiber and protein. Superfoods indeed!
Spinach, orange juice, mango and chia all compliment each other so nicely and make this smoothie a nutritional powerhouse.
I called this sneaky smoothie The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing because it's bright green and chock-full of spinach, but tastes like a tropical fruit explosion!
So which is the wolf - the spinach or the fruit? I'm not sure, but it's deceptively delicious.
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large smoothie (16 oz) or two small smoothies (8 oz)
1 1/4 cup orange juice
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup spinach
1. Add everything to a blender and process until smooth.*
*This smoothie is less like sorbet and more like really cold, mildly frozen juice. You can add ice cubes and/or freeze it for a thicker consistency.*