Archive for October, 2011

My posts get me money? Sounds good to me. Also, Dandelion Dirt Drinks (★☆☆☆☆)

So, I’m now enrolled in my new job’s health insurance, and they have a healthy rewards program where you can get money from them for filling out a diary of things you eat (that are healthy) and exercise you do.  It seems like a perfect way to find those extra minutes in a day to post about what I’ve been mixing.

Among other things, I continue to make a lot of green smoothies in my blender, and while there are some good mixes and bad mixes with the rainbow chard I bought, I do not think I’m much of a fan of dandelion greens.

I made a variety of green smoothies with the dandelion, but most of them are along the lines of:

Dandelion Dirt Drink (★☆☆☆☆)
Gritty and bitter, but hey, it’s good for you.

Lots of dandelion greens
Some cilantro
one fresh apple from the local orchard
one banana
some water, to water it down
and a dozen ice cubes, to water it down.

So yeah, blend it all up on high, and drink it.  It’s not going to kill you, but I’ve had green smoothies I would definitely look forward to again.  In fact, I felt like the taste was probably growing on me for health reasons, and that they probably hadn’t gotten as good as I thought that had.  Then dandelion based drinks made me reconsider that some of my other drinks probably really were decent, as the dandelions based drinks just…weren’t.  They’d range from 0 to 2 stars.

In addition to three large glasses of the above, I also had three more apples, half a raw onion, a banana, some cabbage, cilantro, asian pear and a pickle to go with the lettuce, onions and salsa in our taco rice tonight.  Hopefully that’s good enough for some healthy rewards. ;-P

It’s all about the ingredients! (Acorn Squash Soup and Apple Pancakes, both ★★★★★!!)

Still using my blender a lot.  It’s easier to find time for the blender than for posting here these days, but I am definitely trying new things, and will post some of the better ones when I get a chance.

First off, we visited an apple orchard this weekend, where we got some acorn squash and fresh apples.  The apples we picked ourselves off the trees, but the acorn squash was something the owner has picked that morning.  We used the blender to make Acorn Squash Soup again, and it was unbelievably good.  The only change was the acorn squash, but it was an important one, and we devoured a whole squash worth of soup.

On the way home from the orchard, we also visited a local farm that sold, among other things, fresh eggs.  We used the blender to blend flour, eggs and milk into batter for apple pancakes, and making the pancakes with cinnamon powdered apple slices from the orchard apples to make what might have been the most amazing pancakes I’ve had in my entire life.

I’ll post more later, but for now, the weekend is over, and I need to brush my teeth and get some sleep for Monday.