Guyyyssss I want to be making recipes that I can share with you, but what I'm making lately is just a continuous variation on this theme: find assorted vegetables in fridge. Cut up vegetables. Throw vegetables in a pan with something flavorful (onions, garlic, chicken stock, pesto, whatever sounds good). Mix with easily-accessible protein. Eat.
That's not a recipe. I understand that. I'm not going to waste your time with that. But I do still want to give you some fun and inspiring food ideas, so today we're going to have a little chat about ginger. A good friend, former coach, and sometimes reader of this blog sent me a smoothie recipe that used ginger a while ago, and it inspired me to try throwing ginger into more of my smoothies. I'm here to report that experiment was a huge success. Do you guys use fresh ginger in your cooking? Do you drink ginger beer? Do you know how spicy and delicious it is? I've been trying to cut down on the sugar in my smoothies but still want them to be tasty, and I've found that adding a hunk of ginger lets me cut back on the amount of juice I use, but still have a really yummy flavor. Dan still likes his smoothies nice and sweet, so I pour half of the blender into my glass when it's done and then add more juice to his, blend again, and serve.
I've also discovered that frozen carrots are an ideal vegetable to add to smoothies--raw carrots add a weird texture that I'm not into, and steaming carrots for smoothies is...too much work. But frozen carrots don't create texture problems, and they still add nutrients and fiber and veggie goodness! Hooray.
This smoothie includes (for 2 large smoothies):
1 5 oz bag of fresh baby spinach
about 1 cup of frozen carrots (maybe a little less)
about 1 cup of frozen wild blueberries (maybe a little more)
1 peeled hunk of ginger (see above, but note that piece is pretty thin, it's not the whole knob)
splash of orange juice (to taste)
water (enough to blend smoothly)
Ginger is great for digestion, on top of being subtly spicy and delicious. I'm also leaning more toward berries in our smoothies, because the more I read about them the more it seems like they're just the best sort of fruit. I still love all other fruits, too--don't get me wrong--but increasing our berry intake seems like it can only be a good thing.
Peace. Love. Smoothies.