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Cranky Cooking: Summer Smoothies

Posted by: Maggie

Happy 4th of July friends!

To celebrate I’m bringing you my recipe for a super delicious cool treat to enjoy on this holiday, which is supposed to be an extra hot one here!

A few weeks ago I gave you my super yummy, super healthy breakfast smoothie recipe. Today I’m bringing you my super yummy, not so healthy, treat smoothie recipe. By the way, I used to be assistant manager at a big brand smoothie place back in college, so I’m kind of a smoothie expert.  This recipe is a generic recipe. You can substitute any flavor combination you like, it’s all about the proportions of fruit to juice to ice cream. Pictured below is our favorite tart and tangy Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie!

Summer Smoothie

This is a single serving, multiply by how many friends you are serving!

  • 1/2 cup of Lemonade (or any juice)
  • 1/2 cup of Frozen Strawberries (or any fruit, frozen is best, it thickens the smoothie and keeps you from having to add ice which will water down your smoothie)
  • Big scoop of Lemon Sorbet (or any sorbet, sherbert, frozen yogurt, or ice cream)

Just throw everything in a blender and blend until it swirls evenly. Then pour it into a tall glass and add a colorful straw! I found a pack of bright multi-colored straws at Ikea for $1.49!

Other Combo Suggestions

  • Pineapple Juice, Strawberries & Mangoes, Pineapple Sherbert
  • Mango Juice, Strawberries, Orange Sherbert
  • Apple Juice, Strawberries & Bananas, Vanilla Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
  • Cranberry Juice, Mixed Berries, Raspberry Sorbet

Enjoy! Let me know if you and try any of these or if you have your own favorite smoothie recipe!

Cranky Cooking: Summer Strawberry Salad & Bruschetta

Posted by: Maggie

It’s been a 90-100 degrees over the last few weeks, so we’ve been moving toward cool summer dinners, and bringing out some old favorite salads and adding some new.

This one is my new favorite!

Strawberry Salad w/ Strawberry Vinaigrette
For the Salad:

  • Baby Spring Greens Mix (I love these dark and slightly bitter greens mixed with the sweet strawberries)
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Almond Slivers
  • Goat Cheese (use a fork to crumble it up before you add it)

For the Dressing (adapted from Simple Bites):

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries

It’s basically the same as the Simple Bites dressing except that I use Dijon instead of dried mustard, and I leave out the Poppy Seeds because I couldn’t find any at Trader Joe’s, and I use a little more vinegar.

Instead of pulsing everything and then pouring in the oil while it mixes, I just throw everything in the blender and blend. I’m sure their way is better, but mine turns out fine and is faster!

Because I like a more filling meal than a salad, we’ve been having bruschetta on the side. It is so lovely and fresh tasting! It goes perfect with the salad.

Simple Bruschetta

  • French Bread
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes (any kind you like, we like Cherry for their sweetness)
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Basil Leaves

  1. Slice up a French Bread baquette
  2. Toast it in the broiler or toaster over
  3. Rub each slice with a clove of fresh garlic
  4. Drizzle it with your most delicious Olive Oil
  5. Top with finely diced tomatoes
  6. Top that with some Basil Chiffonade (Here’s an video on how to Chiffonade, in case you don’t know)

This is my very favorite new summer meal! It’s so light and fresh and summery, and the bright pink dressing with the red berries is so lovely! I can’t get enough!

Let me know if you try it!

Cranky Cooking: Breakfast Smoothies

Posted by: Maggie

I tend to eat the same breakfast everyday for months until I get bored with it. For the last couple of months I’ve been making myself and Josh a breakfast smoothie every morning. It’s tasty, healthy, and filling.

Here’s my recipe (single serving):

3/4 cup of plain unsweetened soy milk (you can substitute regular low-fat milk, almond, or coconut)
3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries (or any other frozen fruit you like)
1/2 a banana (to thicken and sweeten)
1 tbsp flax seed (for fiber and antioxidents)
1 tbsp peanut butter (for protein)
1 tbsp honey (to sweeten)

Just throw them all in a blender together and blend! That’s it! Super easy, healthy, and delicious!

We’ve been doing some amazing afterschool summertime treat smoothies over here. So I’ll be sure to share those with you soon!

Feel free to comment below with your favorite breakfast or smoothie recipe!

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