Saturday was foggy, rainy, and cold. Isn't it the end of May? Aren't we supposed to have summer by now? It seems as though Mother Nature didn't get the memo. Our day was spend puttering around indoors, being ridiculously lazy.
Sometime around 3:00, I called Jake into the kitchen and offered to make him a smoothie. I hadn't had lunch and it seemed like just the thing. Besides, there was a recipe in my Food Revolution cookbook that I was interested in trying.
Jake helped by tossing things in the blender. We both thought that the addition of a handful of oats and handful of mixed nuts was interesting, but we were game to try it! The fruit of choice was some frozen strawberries and a mango that was sitting on the counter, close to expiring.
Ready to blend...I discovered that the ring for my blender is cracked and then somehow this led to a conversation about baby food. Jake asked how I made baby food for him when he was little, and he decided that steaming veggies and freezing them in cubes was a much better option than bought, because "there's no crap like salt and stuff in it."
I like how teenagers think.
The result: a thick, yummy smoothie with a really interesting texture from the nuts and oatmeal. We both slurped it up and decided that next time we'd try blueberries or other fruit because the mango was a bit mild. Maybe some flax, even.
Jake then began leafing through my Food Revolution cookbook, marking off other recipes that he would like to try. That night he whipped up a Crackin' Burger for us, and I swear it was one of the best burgers I've had in a long time. He loved how he could cook and I'd follow around behind him, cleaning up and doing the dishes so we made a pact-he cooks Saturdays for both of us, and I clean up. (recipe for Jamie Oliver's Cracking Burger)
I can SO live with that!
Smoothies (Adapted from Food Revolution)
one cup of mixed frozen fruit (we used frozen berries and tossed in a whole chopped mango)
2 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 small handful of mixed nuts (you could omit this if you need to)
1 small handful of quick oats (not instant)
1 cup of milk, soy milk, or apple juice
honey or maple syrup to sweeten a bit
Toss everything in the blender in that order. Whiz until smooth.
Makes 2 large glasses.