I have been on a smoothie kick lately.
This week’s smoothies:
Monday – Mixed melon w raspberries and basil. Tasty and fruity, but not healthy enough.
Tuesday – Adult kale, melon, raspberries. OK too healthy. Adult kale is not a breakfast food, not if you care about that day’s digestive comfort.
Wednesday – A beet, some melon, some raspberries and a piece of ginger. The flavor was dirt first, then a bland sweetness followed by residual heat from the ginger. This was OK, tolerable enough that with a little tweaking, it might be good.
Thursday – A beet, some almonds, some cocoa nibs, some coconut milk and a date. I couldn’t’ finish this one. Gritty, sweet, chunky and just unpleasant.
Friday was too cold for a smoothie. I had Thai coconut chicken soup, which, to quote Rory, “was delicious.”
Today – Whole milk, frozen raspberries and a scoop of protein powder. The best yet.
The weekday smoothies are for general health, hence the vegetables. Today’s was for recovery after a long bike ride. The take-away is that recovery food is better than health food. This time of year, that might be the motivation I need to get on the bike.
Next week, perhaps I'll try an actual recipe.
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
· 1 onion
· 1 lb shitake mushrooms, sliced
· 2 lbs boneless, skinless breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
· 4-6 C chicken broth, preferably home made
· 1 can coconut milk
· 1-4 TB red curry paste, I use Thai Kitchen
· 3 TB fish sauce, or to taste
· 3-6 TB lime juice
· 2-4 TB honey
Soften onion in some oil in a large pot, add the mushrooms and let them brown a bit.
Remove all this to a bowl, add more oil to the pot and cook the chicken pieces. They just need to be no longer pink.
Return the onions and mushrooms to the pot; add the coconut milk and the broth. Use more broth if that is the kind of soup you like, I prefer less broth and it becomes a soupy stew.
Stir in your curry paste. I used ¾ of a 4 oz jar, but this jar is set to expire in 6 months. If your curry paste is fresher, start sparingly. I have made things way too hot with this curry paste.
Add honey, fish sauce and lime juice to taste. Stir, and then let it all simmer for 10-20 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro.