“Green monster” smoothies made from spinach have become all the rage. I, myself, am a HUGE proponent of them. They’re delicious, satisfy my sweet tooth, and get me a few servings of leafy greens! The other day, I had some ripe bananas I wanted to use up and a bag of spinach in the fridge so I whipped up a green smoothie. I had some mandarin oranges, pineapple, and lime juice too so I threw those all in the blender to create what I’m calling the Tropical Spinach Smoothie. Enjoy!
1/2 ripe banana, frozen
2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
8 oz water
1/2 cup mandarin oranges
1/2 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon lime juice
Throw everything into the blender and voila! Super easy : )
Sometimes I don’t freeze the banana which makes the result more just like a drink rather than an icy smoothie. Either way is quite tasty.
This dish is delicious served warm or cold. The black beans and quinoa are both healthy (and tasty!) sources of protein and the cilantro adds a little extra zest. It is one of my family’s favorite one-pot meals!
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup frozen (or fresh!) corn
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
salt & pepper
Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the garlic & onion and cook until lightly browned.
Add quinoa, broth and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
Bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
The other day, cauliflower was on sale at the grocery store so I picked up a head. It’s one of my favorite veggies but a single college girl can only eat so much roasted cauliflower. I wanted to find a new way to make it… which led me to find a recipe for cauliflower rice. It still tastes like cauliflower but with the texture of rice. It’s super easy and delicious. Yum yum yum!