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January 2016



Orange You Glad it’s Green Smoothie

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When I need a quick meal, smoothies are a great option. Sometimes I make them with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and banana. That’s one of my favorites. But, I also really love a good fruit and veggie smoothie. Sweet, but not too, and packed with nutrients.


For a wintery smoothie, I opted for orange+pear+persimmon+greens. I just used what I hand on hand. At other times I may use apple instead of the pear, or in the warmer months, stone fruit and berries. The constant is the greens. I like to use mild ones like kale, spinach, or chard, and they just kinda disappear in the fruity goodness.


I wanted to use the orange peel as a cup. We don’t have a dishwasher, so any dishes I generate get washed by hand. The less dishes the better. I used a grapefruit knife to get the segments out, but a sharp paring knife would do just as well. I cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the orange so it would sit flat too. Don’t want any rolling oranges when there’s a smoothie inside!


I like my smoothies to be super thick and pretty cold. So I usually add some frozen banana. Unfrozen would work well too. The riper they are, the sweeter the smoothie.


This can be a great light meal on its own. A working lunch or a good breakfast. If you want to add to the meal, here are a few suggestions for things that I think would compliment it:

Breakfast or Brunch

Savory Baked French Toast

Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes

Fresh Fruit and Basil Stuffed French Toast

Toast with Peanut Butter and Honey

Winter Frittata

Scrambled Eggs with Bacon and Chives

Turnip Hash with Bacon and Gouda

Paris Potatoes


Grilled Egg and Cheese Sandwiches

Bacon Sandwich with Dandelion Greens

Tuna Boats

Dilly Eggs with Lentils

Vegetarian Soft Tacos

Any leftovers can be frozen in an ice cube tray and then re-blended or added to a new smoothie (in place of ice, if you use it).

Happy Eating!

Orange and Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2

Orange and Green Smoothie


  • 1 large orange, top cut off, segments scooped out (if you want to serve smoothie in peel - if not just peel, de-seed, and roughly chop)
  • 1-2 C greens (kale, chard, spinach), roughly chopped
  • 1 frozen banana (or very ripe non-frozen banana)
  • 1 apple or pear, roughly chopped
  • 1 persimmon, peeled and roughly chopped
  • (may substitute fruit with stone fruit or berries depending on the season)
  • 1/2 C yogurt (any kind) (or may use silken tofu or omit altogether)
  • 1-2 T maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 C milk (any kind) (or use orange juice)


  1. Blend until smooth, adding liquid last until you reach desired consistency. Taste for sweetness.
  2. Serve in the orange peel to save on dishes.



August 2015



Cantaloupe Smoothie

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There’s nothing like a chilled melon on a hot summer day. Seriously. Nothing. Give me all of the watermelons, honeydews, and cantaloupes and I’m a happy gal. I can’t grow them for anything, so thankfully they know what they’re doing at JND Farms.


I’ve mentioned before that I prefer melon just plain. Super cold, cut into chunks or sliced, that’s my favorite. But, as I’ve also admitted, I’m loving these new ways to eat them too. Melon and Feta Salad? Yep! Watermelon Gazpacho? Absolutely! And now, a smoothie.

For this smoothie I added some frozen peaches and bananas. Fresh would be great too. I just had some in the freezer to use up. Whatever type of fruit, I’d suggest using as ripe as you can find ’em. Super sweet and juicy. Best way to go. If you wanted to switch things up you could also add some greens (like kale, spinach, or chard), berries, other types of stone fruit, pears, apples, or honeydew melon. Use what you have on hand.


I used cow’s milk, because it’s what we drink. But any kind of milk will do. Coconut, soy, almond, hemp… use what you prefer. Same goes for the yogurt. Any kind will work. Or, to keep it vegan, try some silken tofu.


Then grab your favorite blender and blend away. I like my smoothies super smooooooth, so I blended long enough that the guy working at the house next door looked over to see what the noise was (during the break he took from whatever noisy machine he was using 😉 ). I also overfilled the blender just a tad. I got a little cantaloupe happy. If I hadn’t had my hand on the lid we may have had cantaloupe colored walls. Whoops. The good thing about making so much is that I made enough for four, so tomorrow’s breakfast is already done.


Smoothies are a perfect breakfast, full of protein and nutrients. But, they’re also a great snack, or an accompaniment to a meal. I’m thinking that a Dandy Sandi paired with a smoothie sounds yummy. Maybe the extra servings will become lunch.

Happy Eating!

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Cantaloupe Smoothie


  • 3 C cantaloupe, cut into chunks
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 C frozen peaches (or fresh), cut into chunks
  • 1 C plain yogurt or silken tofu
  • 1 C milk (any kind)
  • pinch ginger
  • pinch salt
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • Could also add: greens (kale, spinach, chard), berries, stone fruit, pears, apples, honeydew melon


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well.



July 2014



Summer Smoothies

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At Williams-Sonoma, they’re celebrating Smoothie Week. Are you celebrating too?! Smoothies are a celebration of delicious ingredients that blend up to make a wonderful drink.

We have all these amazing goodies to eat right now. Their flavors are fresh, cheerful, and fun.

It’s the season for light and bright (not to be confused with the child’s toy Lite Brite). For berries, peaches, and fresh basil.

A smoothie seems like the perfect way to collect all of this goodness in one place.


Starting with some milk and Greek yogurt. Any kind of milk will do. Same with the yogurt. You could start with just a little bit of milk, and add more later depending on how thick you like your smoothies.

I like them kinda thick.


Since I just had two small frozen bananas, I froze half of the berries too. That’s not necessary, but I like a really cold smoothie. Just my preference.

To freeze or not to freeze… it’s up to you.

Any frozen fruit that you don’t use, keep frozen to use in your favorite summer drinks.


I haven’t used my blender in about 5 years. I made some tomato soup and didn’t know that you’re supposed to take the plug out of the lid when blending hot liquids… I know now! So I got an immersion/hand blender and have been using it ever since. But this recipe, it needed a blender, because I wanted to make a lot!


I added a touch of honey and some lemon zest too. Because I can. Because I’m a little bit obsessed with lemon zest, basil, and fruit right now. It just tastes so gooooood!


Chard, for a little extra green. Spinach, kale, even lettuce can also be substituted. It may seem a little crazy to add vegetables to a sweet smoothie, but trust me, then blend right in. 😉


You could simplify and make this just a peaches and cream smoothie (with the basil, of course). You could just do berries. You could add more greens… But, I love all that the many ingredients bring to this drink. Not just in taste, but health benefits too. We’re supposed to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies… this smoothie brings color to the table.

In the fall and winter months, you could choose fruits that are in season, like pears and apples, and change the basil out for mint.



Make a big batch and share with your friends. Add it to your family’s breakfast. Serve it alongside a special brunch where you’re eating Squash’n Eggs or Fresh Fruit and Basil Stuffed French Toast. Or freeze some for other breakfasts. Pop ’em in to the fridge the night before and they’ll be ready in the morning. Nice and cold, but not so frozen solid… and if they are still frozen solid, they work well as a popsicle on a hot day (you can freeze in a popsicle mold or ice cube tray with toothpicks too).

Happy Eating!

Summer Smoothie
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Smoothies, Gluten-Free, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Quick and Easy, Raw, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-5
  • 1 C Greek yogurt (or any yogurt)
  • 1/2 to 1 C milk (any type)
  • 1 C peaches, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 C strawberries, fresh
  • 1/2 C strawberries, frozen
  • 1/4 C blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 C blueberries, fresh
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas, frozen, broken into chunks
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 C greens (swiss chard, spinach, or kale), roughly chopped
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • 1/2 t fresh basil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend to desired consistency (adding more milk if desired).
  2. Freeze leftovers in half pint jars.




April 2013




Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Fruit, Gluten Free, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Recipe Type: Drink, Fruit, Vegetable
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine, adapted from Jacob Pries’ recipe
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Goodness in a glass!
  • 1 navel orange or 2 mandarin oranges, peeled (I like to peel with a knife so I can remove the outside of the segments)
  • 2 super ripe bananas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 C kale or spinach
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  1. Combine all ingredients in your favorite blending apparatus. Blend to desired consistency.




January 2013



All I Wanted for Christmas and a Smoothie

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We just returned from a lovely trip to see my family in Canada for Christmas. One of the best things about the trip was meeting our 3 month old niece for the first time.

Some other noteworthy events from the trip: Most days we went to bed at 3am and got up at noon. It was awesome!

We had to run through the airport to catch a flight even though we’d had a 2 hour layover. We went to our gate 5 minutes before boarding and discovered that the departures board had had the wrong gate and we were in the wrong terminal. We had to go through security again (because it was an international flight). We were so blessed by the kindness of strangers who let us go ahead of them in line. And even the security officers were extra nice. We made it to our gate, winded and sweaty, with a few minutes to spare.

We have a niece. We love her so much. Oh, I already said this?



We dropped my youngest brother, Josh, off at the bus station to go back home after his holiday was over. We stood outside with him for about 15 minutes. It was -5C (23F), but felt like -12C (10F) with the windchill. I was so cold that my feet hurt. Never mind that we were wearing our California winter clothes… But, regardless, it was cold!

Tim turned 30 while we were in Canada. My brother, Josh, made an amazing Bag End Under the Hill cake for his Hobbit themed party. It was AWESOME! (A few years ago he made a Lost cake, also for Tim’s birthday!)


We wore crowns. It’s a tradition in our family.


My parents live on a large property. We went out as a family and cut down our Christmas tree in their “yard”. It was super cold and really fun. Then I made sure my really awesome crocheted candle was prominently displayed at the front.


While bringing in packages from a shopping trip I slipped and fell on the ice. Thankfully I was kinda behind a pillar, so I don’t know if anyone saw it happen. They just heard the shopping bags crash to the ground and saw me laying there. I’m just glad I wasn’t holding groceries!

There was snow! It was fun to jump in.



Unfortunately, after being there for just a day, my body must have finally given in and I got sick. The worst part of it (aside from feeling awful and being stuck in bed for 24 hours) was not being able to play with my 3 month old niece.

My brother, Papa to my darling niece, makes these amazingly healthy smoothies most mornings. He offered me some one morning. I was a little bit skeptical because it had kale in it. I know lots of people drink green smoothies, but I wasn’t one of them.


And then just like that I was.

This smoothie had kale, banana, apple, flax oil, strawberries, blueberries, acidophilus, and other healthful goodies.

I am sold on healthy green smoothies.

Here’s my brother’s recipe. It’s a very “to taste” kinda thing, so follow his recipe, or use what you like, in the quantities you prefer.

Happy Healthy Eating!!

Jake’s Healthful Smoothie

Last modified on 2013-01-08 01:48:28 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Jake’s Healthful Smoothie

Recipe Type: Smoothie, Drink, Healthy
Author: Jacob Pries
Healthy and tasty! Awesome for breakfast or any time of day!
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 C berries
  • 3-5 T hemp seeds
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 C almond milk
  • 2 T hemp oil
  • 1 T flax oil
  • 1 nub fresh ginger (opt.), finely chopped
  • 1 C water or orange juice
  1. All ingredients go in the blender, then blend until it gets to the desired consistency!

Jake also often adds: 1-2 capsules of acidophilus (open capsule and pour in), and a little bit of e3live (which is a blue green algae super food!)!


Jake and Jen’s Raw Green Smoothie

Last modified on 2013-01-08 01:48:33 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Jake and Jen’s Raw Green Smoothie

Recipe Type: Smoothie, Drink, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Healthy
Cuisine: Super Healthy
Author: Jacob Pries and Jen Evans
A raw smoothie that is great for breakfast, lunch, snack… anytime!
  • 1 C or so spinach
  • bit of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 C or so orange juice
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • splash lemon juice
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency.