I went a little nuts in the kitchen. Actually, completely and totally nuts…with nuts, almonds to be specific. I made four recipes in just a little over an hour. As usual, when I go a little crazy you end up with some delicious healthy recipes!
So how did I make four recipes in just over an hour? Here’s how: I popped a potato in the oven and while it baked I whipped up two batches of my almond milk, one plain one vanilla…
Then I used the vanilla almond milk to make this incredible breakfast smoothie called “The Morning Star”.
It’s made with carrots, spinach, oranges, banana and pumpkin seeds. I had to get pumpkin in there, it is October after all. This smoothie literally took 30 seconds to blend and was delicious.
Then I spent five minutes making this rich chocolate almond butter!
Later in the day I spread it on some apples for a healthy late afternoon snack.
Three recipes down and my potato still had 45 minutes to bake, so I prepped the ingredients for my lunch. I steamed broccoli and onion and when the potato was done I blended it all up to make the creamiest dairy free ‘Cream’ of Broccoli Soup ever! This recipe is going to make my dairy free friends very happy.
What caused this sudden burst of inspiration? Well, a few days ago this NutriBullet RX arrived on my porch! Years ago I actually received a Magic Bullet as a gift from a friend but my husband took it to work to make individual size smoothies and I never saw it again. That’s ok though because this new version was worth the wait. The NutritBullet RX is more powerful than previous models, and comes with amazing new features: a small cup for single and double size portions, a family size pitcher for larger portions and a pitcher with a vented lid for making soups and hot drinks. Included was a fabulous cookbook overflowing with 150 healthy smoothie, soup, nut butter and hot drink recipes.
So here are the recipes I chose from the cookbook. All were super easy and all contained healthy ingredients, I hardly improvised at all…which if you know me, is a rarity.
The Recipe: The Morning Star Smoothie
You will need almond milk (<—my recipe)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1½ bananas (I like mine frozen)
- 2 T pumpkin seeds
- 1 orange, peeled
- 2 medium carrot sticks
- 2 T plant based protein powder
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk (my homemade recipe linked above)
- Add all ingredients to the blender and blend till smooth.
The Recipe: Chocolate Almond Butter
You will need: Sea salt (raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow). Raw cacao powder contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants and is a good source of dietary fiber! The NutritBullet RX cookbook comes with 10 recipes for all kinds of nut butters made from scratch. But you can also experiment and come up with your own version. I actually cheated by using almond butter I already had in the pantry and simply added raw honey and raw cacao powder, then I just blended it up! In this case, cheaters do prosper.
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 T cacao powder
- 3 T raw honey
- 1 T water
- 1 T coconut oil (if needed for consistency)
- pinch of sea salt
- Put all ingredients in Nutribullet and blend till smooth. Scrape down sides and blend again. If needed add coconut oil and blend for a smoother consistency.
The Recipe: Cream of Broccoli Soup (dairy free)
I followed this recipe from the NutriBullet RX cookbook to a T… almost. When I make a pureed soup I like to reserve some of the vegetables and give them a rough chop so there are recognizable chunks of vegetable in the soup. I did that here. Again you will need almond milk (<—my recipe)
- ⅓ Cup sweet onion, chopped
- 1 small russet potato, baked and allowed to cool for 30 minutes
- 2 bunches broccoli florets (about 6 cups) steamed
- 2 cups plain almond milk (my recipe linked above)
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Bake potato till fork goes in easily. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- While potato cools, steam broccoli and onions for 5 minutes.
- Remove skin from potato and place in blender.
- Add about four cups of broccoli to blender and reserve two cups for later.
- Add almond milk and seasonings to blender. Use the soup feature and blend for 7 minutes.
- While soup blends roughly chop the broccoli you set aside.
- When soup is done, pour into bowls and top with chopped steamed broccoli.
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post tags: vegan, dairy free, grain free, gluten free