Today’s Smoothie: Strawberry Basil

Strawberries, freshly picked basil, jungle peanuts, and freshly cracked tailed pepper (cubeb). These are the tastes rolling around my tongue, as I savor the last sips of today’s smoothie. My Vitamix would have appreciated if I gave it less of a workout by using some farmers market fresh strawberries, rather than the frozen strawberries. I … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Strawberry Basil

Weeknight Dinner: Lemon Basil Quinoa Bowls

I love a straight-forward recipe for a delicious weeknight family dinner.  Quinoa is the featured protein. Lemon juice and fresh herbs are the featured flavor kickers. Garnet yam, red bell pepper, and kale add to the whole food, plant-based variety of tastes, textures, and nutrition. For this dinner, I used a quick-cook variety of quinoa, … Continue reading Weeknight Dinner: Lemon Basil Quinoa Bowls

Today’s Smoothie: Chocolate Blackberry with Star Anise

Pair blackberries with cocoa (or raw cacao, if you like) to start off your day memorably. Try a bit of star anise powder for a bold taste, reminiscent of licorice. Star anise is found in Chinese 5-spice blends. Star anise has been found to be: Antibacterial Antifungal Rich in antioxidants Natural flu fighter Aid in … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Chocolate Blackberry with Star Anise

Today’s Smoothie: Blood Orange Cinna-Moringa Camu Camu

Blood orange is one of my favorite fun foods. Blood oranges are delicious, have an unexpected color, and have additional nutritional benefits related to the anthocyanin that produces the distinctive color. Anthocyanin, also found in blueberries and cranberries is a powerful antioxidant, so remember to switch up the colors of your foods to provide a … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Blood Orange Cinna-Moringa Camu Camu

Today’s Smoothie: Blueberry Kiwi with Vanilla Bean and Sage

This weekend I have been playing with fresh herbs and a bit of Veracruz vanilla bean. Vanilla beans were first cultivated in Veracruz, Mexico. The highly prized vanilla in Madagascar is the same vanilla plant that was originally grown in Veracruz. Vanilla beans are expensive. Saffron is the only more costly spice. I have seen … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Blueberry Kiwi with Vanilla Bean and Sage

Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Garden Smoothie

Welcome back to Today’s Smoothie! Thank you, 138 followers, for your patience between posts. I have been busy in the kitchen and have a backlog of posts. Today’s post is a brand-new recipe, conceived this weekend. Mmm, matcha meets medley of fresh produce with flavors of gazpacho. Here’s an Easter-weekend nest of superfoods: Hempseed provides … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Garden Smoothie