Green Goodness Smoothie

January 7, 2013

January is a month for fresh starts: heading back to the gym, eating healthy, spending wisely. This January I am particularly in need of all of the above. In December, there wasn’t a chocolate I met that I didn’t eat or a glass of wine that I didn’t drink. This didn’t leave much time for going to the gym. So I vowed that once January rolled around, I would ditch the Lindt balls and step on the elliptical.

As part of this renewed healthy eating, I returned to my morning smoothie. It typically involves spinach and berries. However, with a nod to switching things up and a jump onto the kale train, I decided to try to recreate my favourite smoothie from our neighbourhood Whole Foods. And here is where the spending wisely part comes in as this recipe rings in a whole lot cheaper than the WF version.

green goodness smoothie || a year in the kitchen

Green Goodness Smoothie

Based on the Green Goodness smoothie from Whole Foods Cambie
Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

3/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup water
juice of 1/2 small lemon (or about 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice)
1 small piece of fresh ginger (about the size of the tip of your thumb)
1 handful of kale (stems removed)
1/2 apple (I use a green apple)
1 banana (frozen if possible, but if not throw in a few ice cubes)

Method:

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away.

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Tasty Nuts (Meghan’s Xmas Nuts)

January 4, 2013

You know you have a winner of a recipe on your hands when you find the following post on your Facebook: “Megs, I LOVE your nuts”.  This flattering and hilarious statement was accompanied by several recipe requests.

The nuts in question have been my Christmas treat to friends and family for the last two years.  They are also a great hostess gift for those many holiday soirees that pop up around the holiday season.  Last year I packaged the nuts in clasp lid jars with handmade clay ornaments stamped with the word “joy”. This year I put them in regular old mason jars with a square of holiday fabric finished off with a bow of baker’s twine.

Christmas Seasoned Nuts in Jars for Gifting || A Year in the Kitchen

In the recipe below, I have listed the nut combination that I used but feel free to make your own combinations. Especially if you get sticker shock at the price of pecans these days. Holy Cats! I had to ask the cashier to reswipe the bag just to make sure that the $19.99 price for a bag was correct. In which case, add more almonds – they’re much cheaper.

Tasty Nuts (Meghan's Xmas Nuts) || A Year in the Kitchen

Tasty Nuts (Meghan’s Xmas Nuts)

Adapted from eat make read

Ingredients:

2 cups almonds
2 cups pecans
2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°

Combine the nuts in a large bowl and toss to mix well.

Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet (you may need to do this in several batches). Toast in the oven, stirring once or twice, until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

In the same bowl, stir together the rosemary, brown sugar, salt, cayenne, cumin and melted butter.

Add the warm nuts and toss to coat thoroughly.

Serve or store in an airtight container.