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The Best Green Smoothie EVER!

IMAG1524  So, it was lunch time.  My boys were offered macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, chicken soup, green smoothies or scrambled eggs.  Big Boy shouts out “Green smoothies!  I get out strawberries!”  Okey dokie.  Big Boy helped with this creation, as he reminded me of the over ripe banana sitting on the other counter, and I helped a little as I remembered the 2 lone peach slices on the top shelf of the fridge in an otherwise empty quart jar.  My Dare Devil and Big Boy took turns turning on the blender as I put away the ingredients.  Kids are such big helpers when they are excited, and when they help make the yummy thing, they see that there is nothing in there that they don’t love, so they drink it without qualms, despite the fact they may be in the way and want to help put the strawberries in with their dirty hands. 🙂  I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!  I will be adding the pictures at a later time.

2 big handfuls fresh spinach

1/3 cup orange pineapple juice concentrate

1/3 cup water

½ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt

9-11 hulled frozen strawberries

1 extremely ripe banana

2-3 slices of canned peach (or ½ peach)

Pack down the spinach in the blender, add the concentrate, water and yogurt. Blend until liquefied.  Place the strawberries in the mixture, letting them set for 1-2 minutes to thaw just a little bit, then add banana and peach.  Blend until there are no more chunks.  YUMMO!  Serves 2IMAG1526IMAG1530


Yummy Asparagus! No longer an oxymoron!

At the ripe old age of 22 I tasted asparagus for the first time.  Yup, I know, what a sad, uncultured and deprived life I led before I was married.  This recipe was put together with my husband and it has delighted us every time we do come across a sale on the beloved, vitamin-filled vegetable.  As a quick mention, I am picky about the thickness of my stalky friend.  The thinner the better (think pencil thin).  The Asparagus that looks like a tree truck is avoided and left in the produce isle all by its lonely, and I don’t feel bad at all to say it.


These 5 ingredients added to Asparagus will make your mouth sing!  Kosher salt, pepper, grated Parm, shredded Parm and olive oil.  So the ingredients are ready.  Are you?  Your hands will be your main tool for this next part.

Cut off the lower 1/3 of the stalk. This is the tough fibrous end that is edible but is not enjoyable.

Lay out the asparagus and put on all the ingredients except the shredded Parmesan and distribute evenly.

See what I mean by your hands being your tool?  Messy, but worth the results!  Lay out the Asparagus in a single layer on your jelly roll pan and put into your preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your Asparagus.

This is the almost finished product. The head should be darker, and the stalk should be limp.

Put them on a serving platter and spread the shredded Parmesan.  Try eating just one before it reaches the dinner table.  I dare you!  If you want to, you can also put on the parmesan and let it bake in the oven for a few more minutes, the taste doesn’t change but the cheese may hold better to the Asparagus.  Enjoy your veggies!

Que list of ingredients

1 lb of Asparagus

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1-2 tsp kosher salt

2-3 tsp grated parmesan

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2-3 Tbsp Shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12-15 minutes.