Saturday, April 27, 2013

Five-Minute Gems! Featuring: (1) Cherry Coconut Smoothie and (2) Herbed Feta Guacamole

Yesterday I was doing my usual throwing-everything-I-need-to-use-up-in-[Vitamix/food processor/bowl and mashing with a fork], and I ended up with some surprisingly ab-fab delicious concoctions: a cherry smoothie and some guacamole with sheep's milk feta, mint, cilantro, and purple spring onions. They went down far too easily and probably deserve their own individual posts, but I can only do what I can do, right? So I'm giving you two super easy, lovely recipes that you'll be able to make in five minutes if your pantry and freezer are stocked similarly to mine (and sometimes I like to think they are and that's why you're here).

Ready? Oh, you'd like some pictures to further entice you? Well, the pictures don't really do these bad boys justice, but I'll show you what I've got anyway.

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Cherry Coconut Smoothie
Serves approximately 2 children + 2 adults

8-10 oz frozen cherries
1 banana
1/2 cup plain coconut yogurt or other yogurt of choice, sweetened or not (most coconut yogurts are sweetened)
Juice of 1 orange (about 1/3-1/2 cup; optional)
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or galangal powder (optional)
Boosters of choice: 3 tablespoons hemp seeds (I used this) or chia seeds or flax seeds; 2 tablespoons flax seed oil (I used this); 3 tablespoons protein powder of choice; 1 tablespoon ground psyllium husk (for fiber)
Flavor enhancers of choice: dash of Himalayan sea salt (I used this); 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, especially nice if you're skipping juice and/or your yogurt is unsweetened
1-2 cups water, to get desired thickness

Blend everything. Drink. To health!


Feta-Herb Guacamole
Serves: um... I don't want to talk about it

1 ripe avocado
1-2 tablespoons each: minced cilantro, shredded mint leaves, thinly sliced spring onion (purple!)
2 ounces crumbled sheep's milk feta
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/2 a jalapeƱo, seeds and veins removed, minced (optional)
Juice of 1/2 lime (or whole if it's not a v. juicy lime)

Mash everything together. If you're going to eat this with chips, don't bother with salt. If you're eating it with some beans and rice, taste and add a little salt if you'd like.

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