November 1, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
serves one ~ $.90 per serving


juice of 2 carrots ($.10)
1 cup nut milk ($.40)
2 bananas ($.20)
1 cup pumpkin chunks ($.20)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Juice the carrots and add the carrot juice, nut milk (I used almond), bananas, pumpkin and spices to the blender and puree until smooth and creamy. I used everything at room temperature and blended long enough to warm it just barely. And save the carrot pulp, it makes a great addition to salads … I call it “carrot fluff.”

calories: 393
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 4 gr

Sweet Milk

serves one ~ $.55 per serving


1 cup nut milk (I used almond) ($.40)
1 tbsp agave  ($.15)
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cardamom
very tiny sprinkle of black pepper

calories: 165
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 20 gr
protein: 2 gr
Creamy Mushroom Soup

serves 1 ~ $2.00 per serving


8 oz mushrooms ($1.50)
1 clove garlic, pressed ($.05)
2 scallions, chopped ($.05)
1/2 cup nut milk ($.20)
2 tbsp olive oil ($.15)
1 tsp olive oil ($.05)
salt and pepper

I think I may have a new favorite recipe and this is it. It’s so creamy and flavorful.

Set aside a couple mushrooms, one chopped scallion, and the tsp olive oil for garnish. In a blender, add the mushrooms, pressed garlic, chopped scallion, nut milk, and 2 tbsp olive oil.
Puree until very smooth. This can take a minute or two, especially in a regular blender.
Pour in serving bowl and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped mushrooms and scallions and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil. This could be heated in a dehydrator before garnishing for a warmer soup.

calories: 373
fat: 38 gr
carbs: 8 gr
protein: 5 gr
Grapefruit Spinach Salad

serves one ~ $2.31


6 oz spinach leaves ($.69)
1 grapefruit ($.99)
7 almonds, slivered ($.15)
2 scallions, sliced ($.05)
1 tbsp agave ($.15)
1 tbsp olive oil ($.08)
1 tsp sesame seeds ($.20)

Grapefruits are a bit expensive this time of year, but this is worth it. Peel and section a grapefruit. Slice off the top and bottom, then the sides. Use a knife to separate the grapefruit flesh from the membrane. Set aside grapefruit sections.
Squeeze the juice from what is left of the grapefruit. This should yield about 3-4 tbsp. To the grapefruit juice, add the agave and olive oil. This will be the dressing.
Toss spinach leaves with the grapefruit sections, scallions, and slivered almonds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and add the dressing.

calories: 482
fat: 23 gr
carbs: 53 gr
protein: 11 gr
Cantaloupe Sorbet
serves one ~ $.85 per serving


2 cups cantaloupe, frozen (.20)
1 banana, frozen ($.10)
1 cup almond milk ($.40)
1 tsp vanilla ($.15)

I’ve been experimenting with different ice “creams” and sorbets almost all summer and into fall. Nearly every concoction has a base of frozen bananas, which are smooth and creamy when blended. In this recipe, I used cantaloupe from our garden that I’d frozen back in the summer.
Let the frozen cantaloupe and banana sit out for 5-10 minutes, to let it thaw ever so slightly. This will keep it from freezing together into a solid lump in the blender. Then, puree together with the almond milk and vanilla. I prefer the soft serve texture, but this can be further chilled in the freezer to make a stiffer consistency.

calories: 330
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 32 gr
protein: 4 gr
Total cost for the day: $6.61
total calories: 1,578
total fat: 88 gr

total carb: 138 gr
total protein: 26 gr

7 Responses

  1. Mandy says:

    This is such a great blog. Now that is starting to get colder I am in need of motivation to eat more raw and less (falling into the comfort food trap) of heated. Thanks! Going to make some Almond mylk now 🙂

  2. hi mandy, thanks … yes, comfort food is tempting in the winter, especially warm comfort food! … using spices like ginger and cayenne and warming things in the dehydrator can help …

  3. Twins says:

    The smoothie looks yummy : )

  4. Angie says:

    I love your blog – all the food looks really good. The cheapest I ever get bananas is around 25 – 30 cents each, and more than that if I buy organic ones. So I want to know: where do you buy bananas for 10 cents each?!

  5. hi angie, so glad you enjoy my blog! … i live in a small rural area in michigan, and shop at the one (yes, one!) and only grocery store around … surprisingly, they have some organic produce, although never organic bananas

    i buy bananas when they're on sale for $.39 a lb or less … i buy as many as i can and then freeze them (good thing i love banana ice cream!) … so, for small to medium bananas, that usually works out to about 10 cents each …

  6. bitt says:

    only $6? i'd still have some left over for a kombucha. 🙂

  7. ~pixx says:

    I wish I could shop where you do! The bananas surprised me too, but more so the spinach leaves. Around here, 5 oz runs $2.69 and up. Ugh.

    The Pumpkin Spice Smoothie looks wonderful, BTW. So does the Sweet Milk, as well as several other things. Glad to find your site!