What’s The Green Stuff In There?

Sometimes you can fool people, and hide greens in their foods. Like if I gave you this smoothie I had for breakfast – would you know it contained any greens?

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Sure, it’s posing with some greenery (and purplery?), but doesn’t look green to me.

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That’s what happens when you blend up some frozen mango, yogurt, almond milk, coconut extract, and a serving of Tropical Tango Vega Shake & Go Smoothie. Kale, spinach, broccoli, alfalfa, and spirulina incognito!

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Random fact – we have to keep our shamrock plants outside, otherwise Sienna eats them. And she eats our chives. Even my cat gets her greens in.

Sometimes it’s obvious you’ve got greens in there, but their true identity remains unknown.

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Don’t let that dill fool you – it was just for garnish.

After a great walk in the park, I came home and decided to make some soup. Since we had a few potatoes that were getting long in the tooth, as well as an onion that needed to be used or tossed, I knew they were going to form the basis of my soup. And it just so happens I had a recipe stuck in my mind that would be perfect to use.

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Jill had an abundance of romaine lettuce, and made a Cream Of Lettuce Soup with it. We didn’t have any romaine, but did have the end of a head of red leaf lettuce, as well as a whole package of baby spinach. Seemed like a good way to use up the potato and onion while making a light and fresh summer soup.

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I followed the recipe basically as written, adding a couple of cloves of garlic, and adding close to 8 cups of greens (mostly spinach). I also didn’t bother with the straining step – why remove all that good for you fibre?

I served my soup up for lunch garnished with sour cream and dill, plus a slice of toasted spelt sourdough bread, garlic cheese toast style.

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Soups are summer food too – just keep the ingredients fresh and light. And don’t forget the greens!

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I had my mom guessing as to what I added in the soup to make it that vibrant green colour. She had only seen me prepping the potatoes and onions, so she was unaware of the lettuce and spinach. Some of her guesses – broccoli, pesto, green peppers, and (jokingly I hope) green grapes. All of which I think would have imparted an obvious flavour.

There were even greens at dinner. And these ones were just straight up obvious.

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I made up a wrap with a sundried tomato tortilla, avocado, Laughing Cow, fresh west coast shrimp, sweet pickles, and more baby spinach.

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Refreshing watermelon slices – with green rinds.

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And a scoop of my mom’s homemade potato salad. Greens present – celery and chives.

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And in keeping with the green theme – I’m sitting here sipping on some matcha lemonade. Go figure!

So tell me – how do you like to get your greens in?

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9 Comments on “What’s The Green Stuff In There?”

  1. July 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    That soup looks amazing (except without the onions!). I can eat soup all year long.

    I usually try to have big salads or stirfrys (which I am eating right now) to get my veggies in. Still haven’t had a green monster yet – but I might like yours!

  2. July 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    you hid those greens very well in there!

    cream of lettuce? wow thats new to me! looks really good too!!

    xoxo

  3. July 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Greens. I get mine in multitudes of Green Monsters. The more spinach, the better.

  4. July 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    That soup looks awesome! I usually get most of my greens in with a big salad at lunch!

  5. July 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    I’m a big fan of straight up salads to get my greens, but I also like including them in hummus and soups.

  6. July 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    did you like it ?

  7. July 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    That dill totally fooled me.

    Now I can have salad in a soup too?! Awesome.

  8. July 21, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    That looks wonderful!

  9. July 21, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I’m a big salad gal! And in the winter soup is my veggie vessel. I just can’t do soup in the summer….

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