Summer Smoothie Results
Green Smoothie Recipes
So I didn’t try all the smoothie recipes from my last blog because I discovered it was really easy to experiment on my own. Using a handful of spinach, about a ½ cup of kale and ½ cup of water as my base, I blended these ingredients first, then I added some fresh pineapple and frozen strawberries. I didn’t really measure anything, I just tossed in a few strawberries and pineapple. This mix was okay, but I found adding half a banana really improved the taste.
Next I tried the same base ingredients, but I used blackberries and banana. I love blackberries, but not in this combination.
My next attempt I used the same base, added a ¼ cup of coconut milk, banana, frozen strawberries and frozen pineapple, plus half a packet of Stevia. This is hands down my favorite blend so far.
I’ve been making this for my afternoon snack, and it’s incredibly filling. I started making half the recipe, and it’s a perfect size snack. I have one more combination I want to try and it is with frozen mango. I will share in a future blog how that combination worked.
I’ve also been searching for some new recipes, and I came across a recipe for stuffed peppers with quinoa that I modified to use up the leftovers in my refrigerator. I had pork and brown rice that I included.
Stuffed Quinoa, Pork and Brown Rice Peppers
- 2 cups cooked shredded pork
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- ½ cup chili verde sauce
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 peppers (I prefer orange and yellow peppers)
- 2 cups of cheese (I used Mexican mix)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the first eight ingredients, plus one cup of the cheese and set aside.Cut top off peppers and remove stem and seeds. Boil a large pot of water. Precook peppers for three minutes, then carefully remove them from the pot and place in a casserole dish. Stuff the peppers all the way to the top. Add a quarter cup of water to the bottom of the dish, cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle the last cup of cheese on top of the peppers and cook for 15 minutes.
To top off the meal, I made corn bread and Cole Slaw. It was delicious, and I’m adding this to my throw together meals list. Chicken could easily be swapped for the pork, or for a meat free meal, use black beans instead of meat. A few chopped jalapeños could also be added to the mix.
Next time I’m going to stuff my favorite turkey meatloaf recipe in the peppers.
What’s your favorite stuffed pepper recipe?