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
Toast with Peanut Butter and Honey
Scrambled Eggs with Bacon and Chives
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).
- 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)
- Blend until smooth, adding liquid last until you reach desired consistency. Taste for sweetness.
- Serve in the orange peel to save on dishes.