To ‘Peppy’ Carob Green Monster

So maybe I cheated in putting green monster movement on my bucket list, but it really is something I’ve been wanting to make and checking one more thing of a to do list made me feel great, or maybe the green monster is just that good that it has me swooning.

Oh She Glows with Angela Liddon is the gal who got all of us other gals (and gents) on board green monsters aka smoothies made with spinach. For me, I like my smoothies the old traditional way – with fruit, not the “other” produce. Well instead of joshin others on their sworn by spinach smoothies I thought I would jump on board the movement. 

I had everything I needed so after my run this afternoon I was set on making my first green monster for a late lunch. After blending up my spinach, soy and banana I went to the freezer to get my ice and all I found were empty trays – yikes. My friend B-Laud (Brittany) lives about 1/4 mile away so I quickly texted her “Are you him? And if so do you have ice?” little would I know that the first thought to cross her mind is that I hurt myself near her apartment (very plausible). We’ve known each other going on 8 years and she knows all my injury prone stories so I probably shouldn’t send a text like that next time. A good laugh now for the day.

Well B-Laud was my ice savior and provided me with a tray so I was seen running on one of the busiest roads on my campus with a tray of ice, hmmm I wonder what people’s thoughts were.

Getting home I blended up my ice and the rest of my ingredients and am now enjoying my first green monster – YUM.

Don’t wait as long as I did to try one, they are grand – and full of protein and iron, so go and get your Popeye on.

Ingredients: (adapted from Oh She Glows (OSG) ‘Peppy’ Carob Green Monster)

3 cups spinach

1 banana (small)

8 cubes ice (I wanted mine really cold)

1 cup plain soy milk

2 Tbsp. Carob Powder

1/2 Tsp. mint extract (not imitation)

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

Directions:

Blend it all together – very simple. I recommend blending the spinach, banana and milk adding the ice and then topping off with the carob powder, mint extract and chia seeds.

Note – the smoothie will be a dark forest green due to the spinach mixing with the carob powder.

Cheers

n

2012 Baking and Cooking Must-Dos

I have quite the extensive Bucket List on my Travels page for things I want to do in life (it is not extensive even if it looks that way – I could probably add something new to it everyday….which I do, but I don’t have a section for the kitchen and that might be because the list would be endlessly long. I mean how many times have you pinned a recipe on pinterest, emailed a recipe to yourself, tagged a recipe in a cookbook, I mean there are just way too many recipes out there so I think if I just had one massive kitchen bucket list it would look Julie’s from Julie & Julia only exponentially longer – and that would be just too big a feat. Therefore, I think it is best to break it down into parts – years in this case. So here are the ten things I would like to try in 2012 in the kitchen and if I finish well then I guess I can be over-productive and start crossing things off that ridiculously long list (I bet it could compete with Santa Claus’ list of toys to make and presents to deliver – he may do it in a year but he also has elves helping him out – and I’m not magical)

Must Do’s of Cooking and Baking in 2012

10. Jump on the Green Monster Movement – done tried my first one, a ‘Peppy’ Carob Green Monster and it was delicious, will probably make these at least once a week now. 

9. Make a Rainbow Cake – done, well slightly. I made Rainbow Cupcakes

8. Make a Lattice Top Pie – done – I made a Raspberry Peach Pie for Memorial Day

7. Animal cupcakes – done – I made Red Velvet Ladybug Cupcakes for my sister’s Bridal Shower

6. Homemade pretzels

5. Make something with beets

4. Make Sangria

3. Falafel

2. Cinnamon Buns

1. 30 Day Vegan Challenge (the ultimate item on my list because I would be trying out a whole bunch of new recipes and may even cook through all of Happy Herbivore – another item on my master bucket list)

I am probably going to look back at this and think I forgot something huge – but I guess I will have to practice self constraint and not add it to the list – doesn’t mean I can’t make it there just won’t be the gratification of crossing it off of this list (if you are a to-do list maker like me then you know exactly what I am talking about)

Cheers to a Happy Friday

n

To Baked (Island Soyaki) Tofu

I’ve had a package of tofu sitting in the back of my fridge for a while and tonight I decided that I better make something with it. I found this super simple recipe for baked tofu in my Happy Herbivore cookbook (you can find Lindsay’s, the writer behind Happy Herbivore, recipes online there) and thought now is just a good time as any.

It recommended marinating in personal choice of marinade so I chose Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki and a wise choice it was.

If you are uneasy about cooking tofu then try this recipe for a qui

ck delicious meal that will help you get comfortable with preparing and eating tofu!

Ingredients:

1 lb. extra firm tofu

Couple Tbsp. of marinade of choice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking shed with parchment paper and set aside.

Cut tofu into 8-10 strips (I had 12 and this worked too).

Brush both sides of the tofu with marinade and put on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes. Flip and bake for another 8 minutes, or until the tofu is golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside but tender on the inside.

Plate with some delicious veggies (I did broccoli) and maybe a whole grain if you have on hand and its an easy and tasty dinner!

Cheers n