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Green Smoothies For Everyone!

I thought green smoothies were gross, until I actually tried one! My mom converted me over to the green way and I love making them for my family. And I do, for everyone from age 9 months to almost 30. :)


Each of these four "smoothies" have the same basic ingredients with a few simple alterations.
First, I threw into my Ninja: 4 big handfuls of spinach leaves 1 carrot 1 apple 2 bananas 2 peaches 1 scoop orange juice concentrate About 1/4-1/2 cup water
I blended that all up and dumped some into the baby's bowl.
Then, in the Ninja, I added: almond milk ice cubes
Blended that all up and dumped a glass full for my husband.
Then, back in the Ninja, I added: Vanilla yogurt
And then I poured the two cups for me and my 3 year-old. For baby, I added some dry baby cereal flakes to thicken it enough to spoon feed. We all enjoyed them, and our bodies said "thank you"

Cooking with Quinoa

So, I've just finally gotten used to saying quinoa correctly (keen-wa) instead of reading it phonetically. What an achievement. And now I'm on to experimenting more ways to cook with this awesome grain-like seed.
This meal was AWESOME. Not too hard to accomplish with salmon.

Here's how I made the quinoa.
In a small saucepan, combine: 1 cup dry quinoa 2 cups water 1 T chicken boulion 1 T olive oil about 10 shakes of basil :) 1/4 of a white onion, diced
Boil until moisture is all absorbed, about 8-10 minutes.



Stir in fresh chopped ingredients, such as: corn, tomato and cilantro

Other possible additions: black beans, green onion, bell pepper
Serve warm, topped with perfectly ripe diced avocado if you have one.