Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Recipe Round-Up: Greens 24/7

How about some more greens? I do love greens! I was pretty excited to find a copy of Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel on sale for $10 at one of those book stands in the middle of shopping centres. They actually had quite a few vegan cookbooks there, which was nice to see! And I had a nice chat to the sale person about vegan food. So all around good. This book is filled with recipes highlighting greens, with chapters including Smoothies and Breakfasts, Green Sides and Small Bites, Green Soups and Salads, Green Main Meals, and Green Cakes and Desserts. I have made a lot of the smoothies, of course, so I hope you will indulge me with this post that is half smoothies!

Tropical Green Smoothie: This is sweet and tropical, with mango and banana. The liquid is meant to be a mix of pineapple juice and water, though I used a blend leftover juice from some tinned pineapple and coconut water.
Rating: :)

Tropical Green Smoothie


Chocolate Superfood Smoothie: This smoothie needed to be colder and thicker for my preference, the only frozen thing in it was banana. It gets its name from raw cacao powder, cinnamon, chia, maca, and a sprinkle of raw cacao nibs.
Rating: :)

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie


Cherry-'Kale' Quencher Smoothie: I used spinach instead of kale, I am just not a huge fan of a lot of kale in smoothies. This is a tart and refreshing smoothie, and perfectly cold and thick if you use frozen cherries like I did/ I reduced the amount of avocado in it to 1/4, rather than a 1/2, because too much avocado in smoothies makes me feel a little queasy. This uses coconut water and pomegranate juice as the liquid, making it an excellent post hot yoga breakfast.
Rating: :)

Cherry-Kale Quencher Smoothie


Back to Basics Green Smoothie: This is pretty much similar to my regular smoothie mix, though using strawberries instead of mango. I used all frozen fruit, to make it cold and thick.
Rating: :)

Back to Basics Green Smoothie


Peachy Keen Green Smoothie: This smoothie was so yummy! Peaches, celery, cos, and banana make a creamy and sweet delight. The recipe needs a small amount of apricot juice, and I didn't feel like buying a whole big tin of nectar, so I just soaked some dried apricot in water overnight and added that. I could taste the lettuce a bit in the aftertaste, but overall it was superb.
Rating: :D

Peachy Keen Green Smoothie


Bubble and Squeak: This is a mix of mashed potatoes in cabbage that is fried, baked on the stove, and then grilled. Mine didn't really get firm or crispy enough to slice and serve, I had to scoop. Though I don't have a cast-iron pan, which may have contributed. I would have liked some more cabbage in it, but I will never complain about lots of potato! It said is serves four, I got three serves as a side to some scrambled tofu.
Rating: :)

Bubble and Squeak


'Spicy' Peanut Noodle Bowl: Of course, I left out most of the spicy, using just a small bit of sriracha to bring a gentle heat. I also decreased the amount of soba from 450g to 180g, and added 200g of Japanese marinated tofu, which gave 3-4 serves. I changed the order of events a little. I blended the sauce before cooking the noodles, then stir-fried scallions and tofu, added the cooked noodles and greens (broccoli, snow peas), added the sauce, and then cooked through to head.
Rating: :)

Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowl


Ginger Bok Choy and Sweet Peas with Miso-Glazed Tofu: This attracted my attention immediately - miso and tofu are two of my favourite things. The tofu is smothered in a miso and mirin mixture, then grilled. It is meant to be 450g tofu sliced into 12 slices, though I found I only had enough of the glaze to cover 8 or 9 slices, so I made some more. The end taste is subtle, but nice. I couldn't find snap peas, so I used snow peas, and I served it over an ancient grains blend rather than just quinoa.
Rating: :)

Ginger Bok Choy and Sweet Peas with Miso-Glazed Tofu


Creamy Spinach Curry With Tofu Paneer: This is so simple and fast to make, and very tasty. The saucy sauce is a mix of pureed tinned tomatoes, light coconut milk (the recipe called for full fat, but given my coconut fat sensitivity I only ever use light), and spices. Tofu cubes (I used a medium-firm tofu, and 250g rather than 175g) are simmered, before spinach is added. I couldn't find any bunches of spinach, so I used all baby spinach leaves. Served over brown basmati rice, that soaks up all the sauce.
Rating: :D

Creamy Spinach Curry with Tofu Paneer


Moroccan Tagine with Apricot Couscous: This is a big mix of vegetables, chickpeas, and spices that is served over couscous soaked with diced dried apricots and cinnamon. I had to add some extra water to the vegetables for the simmering time to get everything soft. It was a lovely combination of ingredients, though I wish ths sauce just had a little bit more depth.
Rating: :)

Moroccan Tagine with Apricot Couscous


Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Leilu blep


This sweet girl is a boarder at work. She loves to go 'blep'!

7 comments:

  1. I'm not the biggest fan of green smoothies, but the peachy keen one sounds pretty good, and all the main dishes look delicious! Omg that blep, too cute! :D

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    1. She has her tongue out all the time. Blep city!

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  2. The tropical green and peachy keen smoothies sound great! I always just use water for liquid, I'll have to try using juices to add extra flavor.
    And the tofu paneer dish looks amazing!
    The blep!!!!

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    1. I almost never use water. I either use oat milk if it is a creamy smoothie, juices if they are called for, or I sub coconut water for water.

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  3. Yum! That miso glazed tofu looks delicious. And the paneer! I'm on a smoothie break for awhile while my foot injury heals (I was getting a little burned out on my protein smoothies, so I figure a break from running might be best as a break from smoothies too!). But those look good! And I'll crave them again soon!

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    1. I used to have a smoothie every morning on my days off, but now I am down to one a week, maybe two. It is nice to have other things for breakfast sometimes!

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  4. Funny comparing this to the other greens cookbook. Looks like a lot of yummy smoothies in this one, but I think the main meals looked like more of my style in the other. These all look pretty tasty though!

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