They say it takes us on average around 21-28 days to form a habit. The Boy and I are only entering into the beginning of Week Three of our Raw and Meatless Mondays and I am finding that our vegetarianism stretches to encompass most of the week. Last night we ordered some take out from our local Thai restaurant Little Ying and the Boy insisted that I only order vegetarian dishes. He has embraced this new approach to eating with much more gusto than I anticipated. I ordered some Tom Yum Goong for us and I even saw him scoop out the prawns and plop them into my bowl.
With memories of Thailand still fresh in my mind I was inspired to create this highly addictive green smoothie for our Monday morning breakfast.
- 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple
- 2-3 Frozen Ripe Bananas
- 1 Cup LIght Coconut Milk (you may need a bit more if you want a thinner consistency)
- 2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
- 1 Cup Kale
- Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on high for one minute or until smooth. Drink immediately.
Our soup for this evening requires a little extra time in the blender in order to slightly warm it before serving. You can only do this with the more durable makes of blender so check beforehand so you don’t burn your machine out. The OmniBlend is designed to be able to heat soups without damaging the motor. I used my meat thermometer to heat it to about 50 degrees.
- 1 stalk of celery (include the leaves)
- 1 cup of carrots
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- ½ red capsicum, chopped
- 5 cups water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Blend all ingredients in blender until warm.
- Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with chopped red bell peppers.
This recipe is adapted from www.rawfoodrecipes.com
The Boy’s review of the Pineapple Kale Smoothie & Creamy Garden Chowder:“Three weeks into this diet experiment and it is rapidly becoming second nature with all my routine meals now replaced by healthy vegetarian alternatives. The health benefits have already started to show as I have lost a few kilograms of weight and my energy levels are continuing to increase. This week’s smoothie was a rich blend of Banana, Pineapple and Kale blended with Coconut and it was difficult to tell that it wasn’t a standard dairy based smoothie. The Banana and Coconut are an excellent combination and made for a very delicious drink. While very refreshing it was quite heavy and I was left wondering how many calories it contained. The Creamy Garden Chowder was a nice enjoyable dish with a slightly unusual taste which grew on me as I ate it. While satisfying it was not overly filling and makes a good dish for a day when you don’t want a big meal. If you struggle eating cold soups perhaps this style of warmed soup offers a potential alternative to the standard cooked and very hot traditional soup.”
Over the next coming weeks I will be publishing some blender recipes that I have created with my OmniBlend. The concept is for each Monday to not only stick with Meatless Monday and eat only vegetarian but to take it to the next level and make it a Raw Food Meatless Monday. For the whole day we will only eat raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and fructose friendly.