Friday, September 12, 2008

Quick Breakfast For Running Out The Door, Late For School

My daughter had some dental work and for several days had no interest in eating any solid food. I started tossing fruit, juice, and yogurt into the blender. Now some of the concoctions might seem like a bad accident, but I can tell you how much she drank I knew that she was getting some good things for her to heal. You can add a tablespoon of soy powder, molasses or wheat germ for an added boost. After day 2 I started baking muffins and the aroma that filled the house really made her hungry and willing to try a little chewing. So make some smoothies and muffins when you want to share some love and comfort food.

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 banana
10 strawberries
10 slices peaches
2 cups blueberries
10 ice cubes
Mint sprigs

Place all ingredients except ice cubes in blender. Puree until smooth. Add ice, and puree again. Pour into a glass, sprinkle nutmeg on top
 and garnish with mint.

Breakfast Yogurt Smoothie
1 cup Raspberries
10 strawberries
1 banana
1-cup yogurt
1-cup milk or soymilk

Blend yogurt and milk until smooth. Then add fruit one piece at a time, until smoothie is consistency you desire. The basic recipe is: ice, fruit, yoghurt and milk.

Chocolate Peanut butter Smoothie
1 cup Milk or soymilk
1 banana
3 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter
1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1 cup 60% dark chocolate, chips or bar chopped
1 cup of ice
Place all ingredients except ice cubes in blender. Puree until smooth. Add ice, and puree again. Pour into 2 glasses.

Peach Pleasure Smoothie
2 apples peeled, cut and with seeds removed
4 cups of peaches
1-cup apple juice
1 cup peach yogurt
Place all ingredients in blender, mix and drink.

Avocado and Blueberry Smoothie
1 Cup ice
1-cup blueberry juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large, ripe Avocado, peeled, seeded, cut in small chunks
1-cup vanilla or peach yogurt
1 Cup fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over, well drained
1/4 ripe California Avocado, peeled, sliced lengthwise (for garnish)
6 blueberries (for garnish)

Place all ingredients in blender with lid. Blend on high speed for two minutes or until smooth and creamy. Pour into two tall glasses to serve.
If desired, pierce slice of avocado with three blueberries on a skewer and hang on the side of the glass for garnish.

Mango and Pomegranate Madness
2 cups yogurt
1-cup pomegranate juice
3 mangos, peeled and chopped
Dash of cardamom (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and blend till crushed and smooth.

Cherry Cantaloupe Smoothie
1 cantaloupe (peeled, seeded, and sliced)
1/2-cup apple or apricot juice
12-pitted cherries
1/2-cup blackberries
10 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smoothie consistency is reached.

Limey Watermelon Smoothie

2 cups watermelon – chopped
2 cups honeydew melon – chopped
Juice of 6 limes
Zest of 1 lime
1-cup vanilla yogurt
1-cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses

Blueberry Muffins

4 cups flour
1/4-cup sugar
2-tablespoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients. In a medium bow beat eggs with milk and melted butter. Add egg mixture to flour mixture stirring until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add blueberries. Remember don’t over mix. Fill well-greased muffin tins 2/3s full. Bake 20 minutes until golden brown. (This is for 2 1/2 inch muffin tins. Mini muffins take about 12 minutes. )

Carrot Muffins

Follow above recipe omitting blueberries. To flour mixture add 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice) Add 1/2-cup raisins and 1/2-cup walnuts and 1 cup chopped carrots. Add egg mixture and follow as above.

Cranberry Ginger

Follow above recipe omitting blueberries. To flour mixture add 1 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries. Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Add egg mixture and follow as above.

Apple Cheddar Muffins

Follow above recipe omitting blueberries and sugar. After egg and flour mixtures are mixed add 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese and one apple peeled and coarsely chopped. Follow as above.

Banana Nut Muffins

Follow above recipe omitting blueberries. To flour mixture add 1-cup nuts. To egg mixture add 2 very ripe smashed bananas. Mix ell. Add to flour mixture and follow as above.

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