Recipe: Red’s Green Smoothie


This recipe is a bit different from those I usually post. It actually came from a National Geographic Kids magazine that we received back in March (not sure if this year or last year… ). Anyway, it sounded like a really healthy treat for the kids and it was fun to do with them. The kids loved putting the stuff into the blender and there were enough ingredients for the four of them to “take the lead” in something. Best part about it was that IT IS EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!! We couldn’t get enough. It was so good that the next day I had to go shopping again for a refill of the ingredients. Try it!

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Red’s Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 peeled, sliced, frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen green grapes
  • 1 peeled and sliced kiwi
  • 1 cup of washed baby spinach
  • 8 oz of lime yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of limeade
  • Directions:

  • Put all the frozen ingredients in the blender. Then put the rest on top.
  • Blend to desired consistency
  • Prep time: 10 min [not including wait-time for ingredients to freeze!]

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    Recipe: Pasta the “Mama K” Way


    OK I know we all have those days/nights when we just want to throw in the towel and say, “fine. pasta it is.” And I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ok with that. The issue I have is that I don’t want to train my kids into being “plain pasta” people. I just think that is so boring and could lead to bad habits for us and the kiddos. So I like to at least put something in it — and this basically works and makes me feel a bit better – they may not be getting tremendous nutrition but at least I’m trying….

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    Ingredients:

    • dry pasta
    • olive oil
    • frozen, chopped spinach
    • ground sage, to taste
    • salt, pepper to taste
    • butter (optional)

    Directions:

    • Boil pasta
    • When about 1-2 minutes left to boil, throw in some frozen chopped spinach — for a pound of pasta I would throw in a handful, so not that much. Just enough so that it looks like “spices”; not too overwhelming for the kiddos
    • strain out water in a colander with smaller holes, that way less spinach escapes
    • pour mixture back in pot — add seasonings, more olive oil, and some butter (optional)

    Prep time: 1 minute

    Cook time: 10 min to boil; 10-12 min to cook

    I sometimes use this as the main dish for lunch, or as a side dish at dinner. This is also great left-over — just “freshen up” in hot water for 1-2 minutes and add some more olive oil. Easy schmeasy.

    Enjoy!!!

    – Mama K

    Recipe: Golden Spinach and Sweet Potato Healthy Saute


    OK.  I’m going to be honest.  I feel like I’m cheating here.  This was NOT submitted by a fellow Mama In Motion, nor is it something I have EVER cooked.  Yes, I clipped it from the internet.   If anybody chooses to make it and it sucks, please let me know so I’ll know NOT to go back to that same source.  I’m also not sure how kid-friendly this is, but I thoughht the sweet potato might tip the kiddos to try it.   There is some spice to this so maybe tone it down a bit to make more kid-friendly.

    This entire recipe is sourced from:

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=186

    Enjoy and if you happen to make it please send me feedback!

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    Golden Spinach and Sweet Potato Healthy Sauté

    Enjoy the combination of spices that gives this spinach and sweet potato dish a unique flavor. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables around and the sweet potatoes add fiber and an extra dose of health-promoting carotenoids to this dish. Enjoy!

    Golden Spinach and Sweet Potato Healthy Sauté Prep and Cook Time: 35 minutesIngredients:

    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric
    • 1/2 tsp coriander
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp cardamom
    • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
    • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 6 oz frozen spinach, thawed
    • 2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro
    • This salt & pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1. Chop onions and mince garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting benefits.
    2. Heat 1 TBS broth in a large stainless steel skillet. Healthy Sauté onion in broth over medium heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.
    3. Add seasonings and lemon juice and stir to mix thoroughly. Add broth and sweet potatoes. Simmer covered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover to allow sauce to thicken and cook another couple minutes.
    4. Press water out of spinach and add to sweet potatoes. Cook uncovered for a few more minutes to allow sauce to thicken. Add cilantro, salt, and pepper.
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