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Sweet potato and jalapeño bisque

So for the Super Bowl, George and I were thinking about what to make for snacks almost all day. Finally once the game started, we decided on tacos…

Well we had some sweet potatoes around the house and I began googling for a sweet potato and jalapeño mash to be the base. I ended up finding another recipe, a sweet potato bisque. It was completely non vegan. There was bacon and rendered bacon fat involved, half and half and everything to turn a vegans stomach. Well I read the recipe and altered it to make it vegan. Thanks to our vitamix it was easy to make:

  • 3 sweet potatoes- soften all three, purée two, and dice the third
  • 3 roasted jalapeños
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 5 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup almond milk

Purée 2 sweet potatoes, roasted jalapeños, roasted garlic, almond milk and vegetable broth.

In a soup pot, sauté onions with coconut oil and cumin. Once onions are translucent, add diced sweet potato and mix well. Then add sweet potato purée. Salt and pepper to taste.

It’s sweet and very pleasant. Not overly spicy but has a lingering warmth. Reminds me of corn chowder. Roasting the jalapeño and garlic was to add smokiness that bacon would usually have. Coconut oil was used to replace the rendered bacon fat and to still give it a richness. There you have it, vegan sweet potato and jalapeño bisque. Eat guilt-free.

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Juiced Up Thursday

Well here’s another installment of Juiced Up Thursday. Today’s juice isn’t a juice but a smoothie. As I mentioned from last week I’ve been doing more smoothie action than juice. Well this mammoth of a smoothie is chock full of protein. You non-vegans who worry about your vegan friend’s protein shouldnt worry if this is what they’re slurping down. In consists of the following ingredients that assist with your body’s muscle repair:

  • Carrot– vitamin C, A and K in the house
  • Spinach– protein and vitamin B and E
  • Kale– protein and manganese with a hefty helping of vitamins K,A and C
  • Dates– can you say Iron? Cause dates are loaded with Iron and B complex-vitamins
  • Blueberries– anti-oxidants, say no more
  • Chia seeds– complete protein with all your favorite amino acids and good for feeling full longer
  • Goji berries-anti-oxidant and helps with aging
  • Walnuts– protein and healthy fats

Warning: This smoothie will repair your muscles and replenish all vitamins

As you see from the list of ingredients this smoothie is no joke. I just wish there was a little acidity in it to give it a fuller flavor. Otherwise great drink to kick off the workday.

Juiced Up Thursday

So Juiced Up Thursday has taken a little bit of a hiatus over the last two weeks. Admittedly, I’ve been consumed by huge life changing events, so unfortunately the Juice had to wait. But I’m back and the juice is flowing. Today I didn’t have time to get the juicer or vitamix going so I had to grab a juice on the go.

Juice stand outside of Penn Station

George and I peddled hard through Brooklyn and over the Manhattan Bridge to get to Penn Station. Outside of it there’s a little juice stand. I was excited about the prime location of this juice stop, and I ordered a large Pineapple, Apple, Cucumber and Spinach juice. This concoction is good for healthy skin and hydration. Which is always needed of course. Well when I took that first sip, it seems the fellow had forgot to juice the Pineapple, apple and spinach. It was just cucumber juice. Our reaction was, well we have it, might as well drink it, but it tastes very healthy. Saying it tastes healthy is a nice way of saying it tastes bad, FYI.

Just cucumber juice today…

Getting juices outside of Penn Station might not be revisited. But this would be a good time to announce that Juiced Up Thursday might be transforming more into a smoothie post. George and I are obsessed with our vitamix and we make everything with it.

We even make homemade ice cream in it!

 

Juiced Up Thursday!

It’s Thursday and filling in for Julia is me (George) for another Juiced Up Thursday!!! So today’s juice is technically a smoothie but keep in mind that the same ingredients could also be used to make a tasty juice with the same nutritional content (sans fiber). In the picture you can see our sad juicer sitting unused in the background. Since Julia bought me a Vitamix for my birthday (which is today), the juicer has been gathering dust.

Here’s the juice, I mean smoothie (give me a break, it’s my birthday). Today’s concoction includes:

Spinach gives you iron, calcium, protein

Celery improves circulation

Kale protects against prostate and colon cancers, effective immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities

Carrots help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers, destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure

Strawberries are protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process

Bananas replenishes energy and revitalize the body instantly

Flax reduces in total cholesterol, give you omegas

Hemp Seed Powder gives you protein, omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids

Lemon is great for weight loss

The verdict:

Like Beyond Sushi, my smoothie is nutritious and delicious. Even though I intentional kept the sugar content low, you could barely taste the bitterness of the kale. Thank you lemon. I might omit the flax and hemp if you are making it as a juice unless you like the taste of sand.

Julia should be back for next week. She should really bank some. She’s so much better at this.

Spicy tomato sauce

Thanks to the vitamix, we’ve whipped together our lunch in no time. It includes the following:

  • 6 Roma tomatoes (2 without pulp)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tbs organic tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil and oregano mix
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbs agave (touch less)
  • 1 tbs cashew cream cheese
  • Salt to taste

Threw it into the vitamix in that order and turned the dial from 1 up to 8 for about 20-30 seconds. Then we tossed the blended sauce into a sauce pan and cooked up some pasta. Super fresh and tastes wonderful. We did take it from the cook book included with the vitamix but made some healthy George and Julia vegan tune ups to it.

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