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Cooking dinner and trying a green smoothie

April 24, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram you will have probably noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick recently. Thanks to my beautiful blender, and a randomly stocked freezer full of frozen fruit from my Alpro challenge earlier in the year, I’ve been smoothie-ing almost every morning. I’ve been making loads of fruity smoothies, but while I was picking up ingredients for dinner last week I bought two bunches of spinach and had no idea why. It was definitely on my shopping list, but when it came to cooking I couldn’t see it in the recipes anywhere?! I was probably just not reading them properly, but never mind.

It actually meant that I had an excuse to take part in Laura’s Green Smoothie Challenge, and venture into the unknown (for me!) world of green smoothies. I’d seen them all over the Blogosphere, but always been slightly apprehensive, whilst intrigued at the same time. I browsed Twitter, Instagram and Laura’s blog for some recipe ideas, before settling on something simple and sweet; spinach, frozen berries and a few slices of banana, soya milk and water.

Getting ready to blend everything up! I bought these bunches of spinach, rather than buying bags which never seem to last very long. I’m hoping that buying it this way will mean it lasts a bit longer. Plus, no plastic bags.

Before it all gets whipped up. Love those little berries poking through the soya milk.

The finished product. Trout was less than impressed, but I knew what I was getting myself in for. There’s no way to make this look appealing, I don’t think! Usually I would have sprinkled over some granola, but we were sharing some croissants as well so decided to stick with just a smoothie bowl. It was really good – sweet with just a hint of spinach. I’ll definitely be looking into more recipes that include veggies, as I’m really trying to eat less fruit and more vegetables. I’m intrigued by using lettuce in a smoothie. Have you guys tried it before?

Here’s another one that I made at the weekend – the same ingredients as before, with granola and peanut butter on top. So good!

As I mentioned earlier, I made dinner on Friday evening for Trout and I. We agreed that over this long weekend I would cook something special on Friday evening, and Trout would cook something special on Monday evening. We have quite different tastes when it comes to cooking, and even though of course his meals are so delicious, I really love my salads.

While I was cooking I was joined by this guy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the seagulls are so obnoxious in Brighton! He banged his beak on the glass over and over again, wanting to get in on the dinner act. It was kind of funny, kind of scary. I was a little worried he would crash through the window and carry my dinner away with him! Please excuse the big old poop stain down my window…

Here’s what I whipped up; wild rice and broccoli salad with an avocado and basil dressing, and a chickpea salad with a mango dressing. I also cooked some sweet potato fries and warmed up a rosemary and sea salt focaccia that I found in Waitrose. Yum!

Do you and your partner share the cooking?
What’s your favourite meal?
Ever tried a green smoothie, or did you take part in Laura’s challenge?

 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2014 2:37 pm

    I actually LOVE green smoothies, especially ones that contain mango or banana (and lots of sweetener, hahaha) but I admit, I don’t eat them often enough. Oh, and why do all your meals ALWAYS look delicious? Cook for me, yeah? Yeah, good idea =]

    • April 30, 2014 7:55 am

      Definitely need to experiment with some sweet fruit added to a green smoothie – next stop, lettuce! You’re coming round for dinner ASAP x

  2. amy permalink
    April 24, 2014 10:39 pm

    Can I just say – i LOVE your blog! I love how much you blog about food & lovely normal things, i love how delicious your meals look (your photography is super) & how youre so focused on delicious things rather than stressing about fats like i spend my life doing!
    You really inspire me/people & i really appreciste how frequently you blog too! Keep writing! :)

    • April 30, 2014 7:55 am

      Thank you so much Amy, that’s so kind of you! I’m so glad my blog helps you in some way x

  3. April 25, 2014 9:39 am

    Ah I’m so happy that I inspired your first green smoothie! I like lettuce but it does have a more distinctive taste, I would use something like banana with it maybe?

  4. April 25, 2014 4:11 pm

    Haha the photo of that seagull is brilliant! I love the idea of having a smoothie in a bowl topped with something crunchy… I’m always tempted by smoothies but ultimately I just want to munch on solid food instead! I quite often add spinach to smoothies when I do make them, but I’ve never gotten more adventurous as I’ve never had a good enough blender to handle tough leaves. Plus, I like eating them :)

    • April 30, 2014 7:57 am

      I do prefer to enjoy something more than just a smoothie – hence why I end up topping them with other ingredients or having something on the side. And as long as it’s fairly sweet I’m happy!

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