Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

Let me begin today with this...I am not a foodie!!  [{foo-dee} -noun. slang.  a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food.]  Sometimes I wish I were a foodie and have dreams of becoming one, but alas, I am not...yet.  I will still run into an In-and-Out Burger faster than an Olympic sprinter and think that Cool Ranch Doritos are a lovely little snack.

Foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.  They know what they like, why they like it, why certain foods are better than others, and eat with goodness in mind.  They know the difference between a beefsteak and heirloom tomato, and have stuff like quinoa, spelt and flax in their pantries (OK...I have some of this stuff too!!)

I am inspired by foodies, however, because of their desire to have good tasting AND good-for-you-food.  They don't just eat their food...they are thoughtful about it.   My family is trying to become more thoughtful about what we eat.  We have noticed that during the winter months here in the Pacific Northwest, we eat less and less "green things"...mostly because they are cold and all we really want is something warm!  So...we are trying to eat something green (no skittles and M & M's don't count!) with each meal during the month of November.  I thought I'd share our FAVORITE recipe with you...(and by favorite, I mean my kids LOVE this!!).

First, you start off by making a nice big mess on your counter with the above ingredients!  (And yes...that is Kale.  Who knew it could be used for anything other than garnish!!)  Don't forget to wash everything...

We have a fancy name for this drink.  We call it Green Drink!  We start with a base of pineapple juice.  (I love pineapple juice because when I drink it, I like to imagine I am in Hawaii!)  However, you could use apple or some other juice too...

We use a food processor to make this.  You could use a blender, I guess, but you might have to do it in smaller batches.  I am lazy...I like it to get done all at once.  Pour a bit (how is that for a technical term!) of the pineapple juice into the food processor.

Prepare the veggies!! 

We wash and cut up the carrots...

...and drop them in with flair!!  (That would be my daughter's beautiful blue nails!)  Oh yeah...we always wash our hands first!!

Then comes the celery...

(Just so you know what it looks like.  No special terms for cutting up the veggies...just chop and drop!)

Apple comes next....which by the way, if you don't like to follow directions, you could do this combination in any order you like!! :)

As soon as I have these first three items in the processor, I turn it on and let it start chopping it all up.

One word of warning....really, really wash your parsley well.  It comes with lots of dirt on it and that dirt does nothing for the taste of Green Drink.  You can see here how lazy I am...I have the processor already going on the pineapple juice, carrot, celery, apple combination, then I just stick the celery through the little hole on the top.

Put the kale in next...through the hole in the top or open the lid...doesn't matter!  What does matter is letting it get nice and chopped and blended.  When I am done, I add this mixture to the rest of the pineapple juice (which I've already put in a pitcher) and stir.  By the will need to stir it each time you want to pour a glass!

The result is a little like a soupy-salad in a glass.  We like this consistency, but if it is too chunky for you, you could put it in the blender for a little creamier consistency.  

And I am not kidding when I say my kids LOVE this!!  When we have it on hand, they come home from school and ASK if they can have some as part of their snack.  Of course, I just smile and say yes...imagining I have reached the next level in my journey toward foodie enlightenment!!

I'd love to hear if you have any good "green" recipes...and if not and this all looks way to difficult and not at all appetizing, I hope you enjoyed reading it while munching on a fun-sized Snickers!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.


kathi said...

YUMMMMM..... i have also been adding raw almonds to mine.. it gives it a creamier consistency AND some crunch - depending on how i chop and mix. Thank you for sharing this Green Drink recipe with me oh-so many years ago. its my all-time favorite!

Bethany said...

Tara, this sounds so yummy! I definitely want to try it. Thanks for sharing. You know you can also saute kale in some butter and lemon juice and it's super tasty (prepared that way it's become one of our favorite veggies lately).