Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday’s Culinary Adventure



Sorry for the delay, folks.  If it makes you feel any better (are you feeling bad?) I actually completed the Culinary Adventure on Thursday, I am just blogging about it today.

So, without further ado, I give you

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I know what you are thinking, “I want to nap!”

Oh wait, that’s what I’m thinking.

You’re thinking, “I already know how to make a fruit smoothie!”

But, have you ever made a fruit smoothie with TOFU and FLAX SEED MEAL?

I thought not.

If you have, feel free to go take that nap. (Jealous.)

This Culinary Adventure also stars:

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In case you are wondering, he is pant-less because was running a pretty high fever for most of the day.  103.8 degrees at it’s peak.  Yowza!

With Joseph’s virus/ear infection/molar cutting and my disconcertingly scratchy throat, I am trying to push the Vitamin C factor around here.

Plus, Joseph, being the picky eater that he is, will only eat a limited variety of foods, and I am always trying to up the protein in his diet. 

A little tofu hidden in fruity goodness is the answer!

Before we begin, let me say that this is just the order that I add ingredients.  Feel free to do them in any order that you have found to be successful.  With our blender, it is best to do things this way.

Oh, and, by the way, we are making Peach Blueberry Banana Smoothies.

Are you ready Sick Joseph?

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Throw in some ice cubes; a lot of ice cubes make for a thicker smoothie, oddly.  Then, dump in some orange juice. (Or whatever juice you choose.  I bet cranberry juice would be good…)2-6-09 001

Next comes some hefty spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt. 2-6-09 002 I am sure that plain would work, but then you would probably need to add honey or something for sweetness.2-6-09 003

Break up a banana or two (I used one.) and throw ‘er in.

Blueberries and peach slices are next.2-6-09 006

Here comes the tofu! 2-6-09 007

When I stir-fry, I use extra-firm tofu, but you want to make sure and get the SILKEN tofu.  Really.  That’s important!

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It feels gross.  Kind of slimy.  Like a mix of Jello and yogurt.

How do you feel about it, Sick Joseph?

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Thought so.

Quick, get it out, drain and rinse it, and dump what you need into the blender.  I used this much.2-6-09 009

Be sure to store your leftover tofu in water so that it doesn’t   harden   spoil   die.  I don’t know why.  Just do it.

Finally, Sprinkle a little flax seed meal on top. 2-6-09 013 I did about 1/2 tsp. 

Flax seeds are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  But, make sure that you use the meal and not the seeds.  Our bodies cannot digest the seeds, and we just…umm…dispose of them.  If you know what I mean. 

Do you know what I mean? 


A little more orange juice for good measure, and it’s time to blend.

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(Our blender fits onto our Bosch.  Can you even stand it?!)

Blend that baby on up.

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Joseph finds it terrifying, yet strangely appealing…

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He can’t look away…

And, done.   2-6-10

TaDa!  It’s Smoothie Time.

Taste Testers Say:

Sick Joseph:  2-6-09 025

“Yeah, the smoothie is okay, but I don’t feeeeeel gooooood!”

(He will like this more later, I promise.)

Brian: (Get ready for some grossness..)

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“Yum!  It’s good!  Better than the last one you made!” (What does he mean by that?…and really gross picture, Brian.  I will love you through it, don’t worry.)

Caitlin:2-6-09 021

“Tasty!  So good that it almost makes me forget about the clinging, sweaty, feverish baby on my hip!” 


Really tasty!  I swear that you Cannot. Taste. The. Tofu. At. All!  Really!!!  Wouldn’t even know that it is in there.  I think that I will be adding tofu to all of my smoothies from now on!  These smoothies will be especially delicious during the upcoming months of hell.  Oops, I mean summer. (I hate being hot.)

Grade: A

Nutritional Grade: A+



1 comment:

britney said...

Yum, I never thought of adding tofu or flax to a smoothie. Good thinking Caitlin.