Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen or fresh banana
1/2 c peanut butter
3 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup almond or coconut milk
6 ice cubs

Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend thoroughly. This is a great breakfast smoothie. And I promise you do not taste the spinach at all. The peanut butter and milk provide some protein and fat to keep you full.

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Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

1 shot vodka
juice from 1/2 lime, plus more for garnish
1/2 can ginger beer

Directions:

Mix ingredients together with ice and enjoy! We were introduced to this drink by Nick & Patricia. It has become a summer favorite. There is a huge variety in ginger beers. The better ginger beer you buy, the better this drink will be!

Grapefruit & Ginger Cocktail

Ingredients (makes 4 drinks):

4 T fresh lemongrass, chopped (reserve tips for garnish)
2 T fresh ginger, chopped
2 T sugar (cane sugar has a nice flavor)
juice from 1 lemon (about 4 T)
juice from 2 pink grapefruits (~1 cup)
4 shots vodka or gin

Directions:

Muddle lemongrass, ginger, sugar, and lemon juice until well broken down. Add grapefruit juice and stir. This mixture can be refrigerated for several hours to allow flavors to mix. It can also be served immediately. In each glass, add ice, 1 shot of vodka or gin, and top with juice mixture. It is a good idea to strain the juice mixture when pouring. You can also mix the liquor and juice mixture in a martini shaker and shake well with ice. These go well with sushi, or at a summer party.

I adapted this recipe from one I found on Bojon Gourmet. The original recipe uses sake, which I’m not a huge fan of.

 

 

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

1 medium head broccoli, cut into florets
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Dressing:

1/2 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
1/2 cup sugar
2 T white vinegar

Directions:

Mix dressing together in a small bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl. Toss with dressing to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve cold.

There are many variations of this recipe online. This is the version that my mom used to make and it is always a hit. It is quite possible this came from the back of the mayo container. It is a great side dish to bring to a potluck.

Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients:
Dressing ingredients:
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon or stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup or other sweetener of choice (I used agave)
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
½ cup cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:
1 -16 ounce package of broccoli coleslaw mix (or 1-2 heads broccoli grated with stems & a few shredded carrots)
½ cup fruit sweetened dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped scallions
¼ cup chopped pecans

Directions:
If using fresh broccoli and carrots, shred both, including the broccoli stalk and crowns (I used a food processor but by hand works also). If using the packaged coleslaw mix, add mix, cranberries, and scallions to a large bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl with a whisk. Pour over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving, or up to a few days.

This was a new recipe off pinterest, and made a great, healthy lunch option or just late-night snack.

No Bake Granola Bites

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 c ground flaxseed
3/4 c honey
1/2 c chocolate chips (mini)
1/4 – 1/2 c chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

optional: dried cranberries, shredded coconut

Directions:
Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until blended. Roll into golf-ball sized balls. Place in a 9×13 pan, cookie sheet, or plate. Store in the fridge. Done.

I tried this recipe because I was looking for a less expensive lunch option than buying boxes upon boxes of granola bars every month. I had tried homemade granola bars in the past and they always fell apart and just weren’t worth the mess and hassle. With this recipe, I took a different approach, and it worked like a charm. Instead of granola bars, I rolled them into balls – granola bites is the term for it now a days (or power bites or something?) A friend told me that these are a GREAT post-partum snack for new moms. They are super easy as they don’t involve any baking or microwaving or heating of any kind. Easier than rice krispie treats in that regard! This is a great no frills recipe. Adapted from Allrecipes.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Icecream

Ingredients:
2 cans organic coconut milk – full fat (13.5 ounce cans)
2/3 cups organic raw coconut crystals (or other granulated sugar)
1 cup organic peanut butter
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:
Put coconut milk, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla into a Vitamix, or other blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for approximately 2 – 4 hours or until hard and firm. Sprinkle with chocolate chips before serving.

I found this recipe on Pinterest from The Healthy Family & Home Blog. I am always searching for great dairy-free ice cream recipes, especially since Brian enjoys some after-dinner icecream. This one was delicious and has the added benefit of being very rich, which means I actually eat a normal sized portion rather than the entire batch in one sitting. One note is that it took more than 2-4 hrs to freeze but that might just be because our freezer is not super cold.