Green drinks/smoothies are one of my favourite breakfast meals or snacks. There are so many combinations of fruits and vegetables to use, usually whatever you have in your fridge! I add protein powder in to make them a full meal that will keep me satiated for around 3 hours. The trick is to use a very good blender. Otherwise, you’ll end up with pulpy slush that isn’t very appetizing. In this version, I added a beet, which not only lends its beautiful colour to the drink, but also its vitamins and nutrients!
Red Green Smoothie
1 small beet, peeled and cut into wedges
3 cups greens (kale, swiss chard, lettuce, mesclun)
1 stalk celery
1 small carrot, peeled
1/2″ fresh ginger
1 apple (or pear, nectarine, peach, whatever’s in season)
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh juice (cranberry is my fav)
1 serving’s worth of protein powder
Place everything in a blender and add enough water to almost cover. Blend until super smooth. You can stop and start the blender to let the larger pieces settle to the bottom. Pour into your favourite smoothie glass and enjoy! Keeps in the fridge for about 2 days.
As the growing season is coming to a close, I thought I’d update everyone on my garden project!
Here are some notes about things that worked and things that weren’t so successful:
- Mesclun greens – I scattered seeds in three of the squares in my square-foot garden. They grew really well and provided fresh baby greens for about 6-8 weeks. They were delicious in my Garden Salad with Edible Flowers.
- Butter lettuce – Again, I scattered these and let them come up. I picked a few of the baby greens and decided to let some grow into larger lettuces. Once they started to grow larger, if they didn’t have enough space, they just grew upwards. Next year, I’ll plant them a little farther apart so they have room to spread out and get big.
- Kale – I was given some kale seedlings that have done really well. Next year I’ll plant way more!
- Tomatoes – I bought the biggest plants I could find at Sunnyside (I think they were about 20″ already) and they have exploded. We’ve been picking the smaller, grape-tomato size for at least 4 weeks. The larger beefsteaks have been coming ripe for about 2 weeks and I’m starting to get a large stock of them that I’ll probably make into salsa.
A great event takes place every Monday called Monday Night Super Club. Headed up by Dan Clapson and mostly organized via Twitter (#MNSCyyc), it was born after the latest season of Top Chef Canada finished, ending the weekly Monday night viewings a group of foodies had been attending at Charcut (Connie De Sousa, executive chef at Charcut, made it to the top 3).
The club alternates going to a Calgary restaurant one week then having a potluck the next week. Last Monday’s MNSC – my first supper – was held at Anju Restaurant. It was AH-MAZING! Here’s Dan’s recap of the evening. This week being potluck week, everyone brought something and we met up at Sandy Beach. Continue reading