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Festive Red and Green Smoothie Puddings

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Have you ever put an avocado in a smoothie before? If not, you’re missing out! Imagine pudding without the sugar, dairy or eggs that is actually good for you. Plus, smoothies are way better when you can eat them with a spoon. I’ve made variations of the above smoothies for breakfast for the last few weeks and they are too good not to share!

They are super simple  to make (throw everything in a blender) and a great way to get eat healthy this Christmas while still feeling a little bit decadent! Feel free to adjust what you put in it or double the recipe to make two servings – it’s all about creative license!

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“Green” Christmas Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/2 pear, cut into chunks
1 mandarin orange
1/2 large avocado
1 – 2 handfuls of spinach
Scoop of Protein Powder (optional)
Splash of orange juice

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“Red” Christmas Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/2 pear, cut into chunks
10 – 20 fresh cranberries
1/2 large cooked beet (if you don’t have any, use any red fruit like cherries, raspberries, etc. but the colour won’t be as vivid)
2 pieces honey-candied ginger (or a slice of fresh ginger root and a small squeeze of honey)
Small handful of spinach
1/2 avocado
1 squirt of lemon juice
Splash of orange juice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except avocado in a single serve (or regular blender) and blend until smooth. Add avocado and blend until mixed. (If you have a high-powered blender, add everything at once).
  2. Pour into a glass and eat with a spoon.
  3. Enjoy!

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I hope you have a blessed and merry Christmas! All the best to you and your family for 2015!

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Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauted Beet Greens

Beets are something that I love but Mr. Bean hates. One night while he was at one of his guy’s nights, I decided to make something beet-tastic with the beets I had bought at the farmer’s market. I tried to make something that had a balance of flavours – the sweet beets, bitter greens, salty goats cheese and sour balsamic vinegar. In a word, yummy.

This recipe is easy to make despite the number of steps. It’s also a great way to use up the whole beet and get lots of veggies. 🙂

Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauted Beet Greens

Beets
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Ginger (fresh is best)
Soft Goat Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar or Glaze (I just used vinegar, but I know that glaze would be better as it would be tastier and easier to make pretty.)

  1. Turn your BBQ on high.
  2. Trim the beets, leaving 1 – 2″ of the stems on the beets. Trim off the thin root bit
  3. Wash the beets really well. Cut into halves or quarters depending on their size.
  4. In a small dish, mix together some olive oil and grated fresh ginger or ginger powder.
  5. Rip off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to create a packet to hold the beets. Oil the foil with the ginger oil mixture using a brush. Place the beets in the foil, brush a bit of oil on the beets, sprinkle on salt and pepper and wrap foil into a packet.
  6. Turn the BBQ down and place the packet on the BBQ.
  7. Cook the beets until soft. Brush the oil mixture on the smooth faces of the beets and place down on the grill.
  8. Grill beets until soft and have grill marks. Rotate once or twice to get crisscrossing marks. Once done, remove from BBQ and place on a paper towel.
  9. Meanwhile, remove the leaves from the beet stems and wash very thoroughly.
  10. Heat up some olive oil in a pan. Saute the greens until soft and pliable.
  11. Remove the greens and squeeze them slightly. Arrange on a plate and put cooked beets on top.
  12. Sprinkle goat’s cheese on top and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  13. Enjoy!

Do you like beets?

Recipe shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

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