October 23, 2011

Beet Strawberry Lemon Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $1.70 per serving
a few large handfuls beet greens ($1.00)
1 cup strawberries, frozen ($1.30)
juice and zest of one lemon ($.80)
2 bananas, sliced and frozen ($.30)
water for blending
Red and green are complimentary (opposing) colors, which neutralize each other. Some of the nicest grays and browns are made with complimentary colors. But, in the same way, when making smoothies with greens and reds, the result is a brown smoothie. They taste great, but aren’t all that pretty. I had a pile of very red beet leaves from my epic fail at raising beet roots and used them to make the most gorgeous dark red smoothie with strawberries.
In a blender, add the beet greens and enough water to blend and puree until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.
calories: 245
fat: 0 gr
carbs: 55 gr
protein: 7 gr

Greens with Sweet Orange Dressing
serves 2 ~ $1.83 per serving
5 oz mixed greens ($2.50)
juice and zest of one orange ($.55)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
This is too light a meal to last long, but it’s tasty and refreshing and the dressing went really well with the arugula that’s growing like weeds around here.
In a small cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Serve over the greens.

calories: 275
fat: 13 gr
carbs: 35 gr
protein: 7 gr

Lemon Garlic Greens
serve 2 ~ $1.93 per serving
5 oz leafy greens, such as kale, tat soi, chard, cut into ribbons ($2.30)
1 medium onion, sliced ($.05)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
juice and zest of one lemon ($.80)
3 cloves garlic, pressed ($.10)
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
This is a good way to use greens that may be a little mature … it will soften them up quite a bit.
Stack the washed greens and roll them up. Use a sharp knife to cut across the end of the roll, making ribbon shaped pieces.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the greens and sliced onion. Toss to coat thoroughly. Spread out on a dehydrator tray and let dehydrate for about a half hour to warm (don’t walk away and forget about them, which is what I did!).
I served this using a can to form a round tower. Because I’d already left them in the dehydrator too long, it really would have been better to have just piled them loosely on a plate. Either way, even if not the prettiest dish, they taste fantastic.

calories: 285
fat: 15 gr
carbs: 38 gr
protein: 8 gr

Chocolate Orange Beet Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $2.55 per serving
a few handfuls beet greens ($1.00)
juice and zest of two oranges ($1.10)
2 cups almond milk ($.80)
4 bananas, frozen ($.60)
4 tablespoons cocoa powder ($.40)
4 tablespoons hemp protein ($1.20)
1/2 teaspoon orange extract 
pinch salt
In a blender, puree the beet greens, orange juice and zest, and almond milk until very smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and, again, puree until smooth and creamy.

calories: 425
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 62 gr
protein: 19 gr


Total cost for the day: $8.01
total calories: 1,230
total fat: 47 gr
total carb: 190 gr
total protein: 41 gr

Over at the Vegan Soapbox, Elaine and I talked about Raw on $10, raw foods, veganism, etc. 

Here’s the interview …

What do you have planned for Halloween?

1 Response

  1. shannonmarie says:

    Beat greens are the best. Love the pic of the child peeking over the smoothie. Adorable!

    I must have that greens recipe for dinner. Thanks.