Get it?? It’s like beans but…green. Except not green beans.
And I’ve been spilling stuff non-stop for the past two days. This morning I knocked over my bag of chia seeds and they went all over the floor. Just a minute ago I knocked over my coffee mug at work and it spilled onto a case I had been reading (thankfully just a print out and not an actual court file!).
But yesterday’s spill was the king. I had hoped to get in to work a little early, so I set up my coffee and prepped my smoothie ingredients the night before. I was totally jamming and making great time.
I made my pretty purple smoothie:
1 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 cup chia gel (1 tbsp. chia seeds + 1 cup water soaked overnight or longer), 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 fresh banana, 1 large collard green leaf, 2 leaves of kale. [Pause: If I made this again, I might add a touch of liquid sweetener, because my berries weren’t all that sweet. Resume.]
As I was filling my smoothie cup, I knocked the blender bowl into it and I spilled half (okay maybe like a third) of the smoothie onto the floor.
It was disgusting and surprisingly hard to clean up. I was not early for work.
Anyway! I’m getting pretty pumped about Vegan MoFo (that’s the Vegan Month of Food) this year. I’ve never participated in anything like it before. And, as is probably crystal clear from scrolling down a few inches on this blog, I don’t publish anything close to 20 posts in a month, ever. But I have a fun theme in mind, and I’m really excited to challenge myself to be creative and to post very frequently. It’s starting September 1st this year, and the deadline to sign up is August 28, in case anyone else is interested.
I don’t want to reveal my MoFo theme just yet, but I will say that it does NOT focus on green foods. I, along with many other herbivores, eat so many greens each and every day that it wouldn’t be all that daring or interesting to do a whole month on green food. They’ll be there, of course, but not *featured* is all.
To that end, I’m doing a photo dump (or “spill” if you will…see how good I am with themes??) of some yummy green stuff I’ve eaten lately, to get ready to fill my camera up with MoFo pics.
Green Smoothies: nothing new in the blogosphere, but somehow they never get old. I made this one at home (fresh pineapple, frozen banana, hemp seeds, kale):
And bought this beautiful thing at Whole Foods:
My wallet may never forgive me for discovering that Whole Foods has a smoothie and juice bar. This one is called the Mighty Green and it has unsweetened non-dairy milk (you can choose from coconut, soy, almond, or rice), banana, kale, spinach, avocado, and your choice of fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberries, or blueberries). The one pictured above was coconut milk and pineapple. The one below was almond milk and blueberries.
Despite all of the Halloween decorations you are seeing in stores, it’s still summer, dammit, and basil is calling my name.
Half the time I go into a store (well, really, a farm stand) with no plan to buy basil, but then its aroma wafts over to me and it’s game over. I mean, it’s never going to go bad as long as pesto is a thing. My favorite recipe (and everyone else’s I’m sure) is the Classic Pesto from Vegan With a Vengeance.
I could eat this every day for the rest of my life and die happy.
I had a buttload of corn and black bean salad leftover from a barbecue H and I hosted at our house. The original, ultra-simple salad recipe (by Maria Guadagno) can be found here. I ate some of the leftovers on tortilla chips, and cooked up the rest with some onion, red bell pepper, garlic, and tomato, and added a little lime juice, fresh cilantro, and some additional cumin (because I can never have enough cumin).
For 3 days I ate it over steamed collard greens, topped with chipotle hot sauce. Talk about cheap and cheerful!
I also have discovered this:
If you like hummus (or “hommos,” I guess?), and you like spinach artichoke dip, you have to try this. Trust me. It is creamy and tangy and best of all, dairy free. My favorite way to eat it is spread on crostini (also leftover in droves from this storied barbecue), but regular bread or toast would do just fine.
I want to write a little more about the barbecue H and I had, because I served up a whole lotta vegan food to a bunch of omnivores and it went over pretty swimmingly. I also found a restaurant in the Boston suburbs that has actually heard the word “vegan” before and I want to give them a write-up too. I’ll try to get a post on both of these topics up before Vegan MoFo begins.
Make sure you get out and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!