Hi, dear ones!
Thank you so much for the love on last week’s post. I am deeply grateful to those of you who read, shared, and commented. The more we talk about it, the greater chance the post has of reaching our frontline workers, to whom it is lovingly dedicated. Please keep it going so that we can humbly lift them up with our love and support.
Today, I am inspired to share with you something that has been bringing me joy throughout the last few weeks of quarantine. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to find a way to support local businesses, and I was inspired by my beautiful mother to seek out local farmers offering virtual services and no-contact delivery. When a sweet friend led me to Miami’s Urban Oasis Project, I knew I had found what I was looking for!
It’s a great way to support local business, purchase produce with minimal packaging (they literally threw all our fruits and veggies in a cardboard box and called it a day – LOVE that), and feed my mind, body, and soul with some beautiful, organically grown plants.
In the past few weeks at home, I’ve gravitated towards four VERY doable fruit- and veggie-based recipes that I am excited to share with you today.
Now, before we get started, I want you to know that I do NOT consider myself a chef. I am not one of those kitchen gurus who experiences sudden strokes of enlightenment when presented with a spread of flavorful ingredients (though I wish I was!). On top of that, spending too much time in the kitchen wears me out.
If you are anything like me, or if you’re a busy person who isn’t able to spend lots of time whipping up gourmet meals, these recipes are for you! Or, if you are simply a lover of feeding your body with delicious plant foods, they are for you too ;) They are as no-fuss and low-maintenance as could be.
All you need is basic household ingredients like salt, pepper, bread of choice, and EVOO, and access to some beautiful fresh fruits and veggies! If you are able to track down a local farmer’s market offering safe, socially distanced services, I highly recommend it! If not, grocery store produce is wonderful as well. If possible, shop organic to avoid yucky pesticides. If you’re not able to shop organic, wash your produce well and bless it with love, asking it to nourish and serve your body and soul.
Let’s get to it. First on the list is…
Sweet Goddess Beet & Blueberry Smoothie
I made this one by accident. I typically throw whatever fruits that need to be used up into the blender and hope for the best. Usually, it turns out alright, but nothing to write home about. THIS, on the other hand, was a game changer. This vitamin-packed smoothie tastes like mother nature’s organic version of candy. Sweet, smooth, and delectable, I guarantee you will want to make this smoothie every day! I just ran out of beets yesterday and I am devastated to say the least.
All you’ll need is….
· 2 cups almond milk (or plant milk of your choice)
· A heaping handful of spinach (or two)
· Three baby beets
· ½ cup of frozen blueberries (I like to get wild blueberries – more antioxidants!)
· A handful of chopped strawberries
· One banana (the riper the sweeter!)
· Drizzle of maple syrup (or more than a drizzle…)
Combine all ingredients in the blender, and blend until soothe and frothy. Enjoy in a Mason jar or with an environmentally friendly straw if you want to make it extra fun!
The Easiest Avocado Toast
We all know and love avocado toast. But here’s the thing about trendy foods… they can be a little intimidating. Scrolling past many a pristine avocado toast picture on Instagram made my easily-daunted-by-kitchen-tasks-self feel like I’d never be able to put something together that looked or tasted quite as delicious. It wasn’t until I ended up with a dangerously ripe avocado on my hands that I decided it was time to buckle down and figure this one out.
It turns out that when it comes to avocado, simple is best. In a quick dive down the Internet rabbit hole, I discovered that the best way to balance out avocado's alkaline nature is with a healthy dose of citrus. With that tidbit of wisdom and some of my favorite Trader Joe’s seasonings at my disposal, the world’s easiest avocado toast was born!
All you’ll need is…
· 1 ripe avocado
· The juice of about ½ lemon or lime
· Sprinkle of nutritional yeast
· Red pepper flakes to taste
· Salt and pepper to taste
· Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (optional)
· Bread of choice (I highly recommend the Trader Joe’s Everything Ciabatta Rolls)
Slice avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop all the good stuff into a bowl. Mash with a fork (or an actual masher if you’re fancy) until the texture becomes guacamole-ish. Squeeze in the juice from your lemon or lime. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and 21 Seasoning Salute to your heart’s content. I highly recommend taste testing as you go.
Prepare your toast. Scoop avocado mixture on top, and finish it off with a pinch of nutritional yeast for a hint of cheesiness. Yum!