Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Green Goodness!
This is my favourite green smoothie creation so far!  It doesn't taste anywhere near as 'green' as it looks :-)  It's sweet and creamy and has a lovely banana and coconut flavour.  I'm so glad I took pictures as I was working or I'd never have remembered what I'd done!  Here's how I made this glass of deliciousness :-)
 Picked 3 large leaves of kale from the garden.  Washed and dried them, ripped them into pieces and placed in my blender
 Added a frozen banana (broken into chunks)

And a handful of frozen green grapes

Added a teaspoon of spirulina powder, a pinch of Celtic sea salt and a little stevia (maybe 1/3 tsp.)

About 2 teaspoons of bee pollen
A tablespoon of shelled hemp seeds

And a nice, big scoop of chia seeds

Topped it all off with a scoop of raw coconut butter

Finally added about 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Blended it all together and quickly guzzled it all up :-)

Black Bean and Roasted Beet Salad

I found a bag of golden beets on clearance at a local grocery store yesterday.  They inspired me to make this salad as I remembered I had a couple of small red beets in the fridge.  I didn't use a recipe, so measurements are approximate.
Here's what I did...
 I washed and trimmed the ends of a golden beet and a red beet.  Then I diced them and placed on a baking sheet.  Sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Baked at 400F for about 25 mins.(until tender)
 Into a large bowl, I added the juice of half a lemon, about 3 times that amount of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt and a few grindings of black pepper
Added about a teaspoon of ground chipotle powder
 I whisked the dressing ingredients and added 1/2 an onion, diced and a large red Sheppard pepper, diced
 Added 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
 Tossed in a can of rinsed and drained black beans
 Tossed in the roasted beets
 And served it with a fish fillet (sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning and baked)

The Lean Green Bean