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The Piña Colada Smoothie

I always prefer to go shopping with Ben, because then we’re together. It’s a great family activity when it’s ridiculously hot outside. Also, it makes it much easier to load and unload the car.

The thing is, when Ben joins a shopping trip lots of other things join our cart too. I can leave Target under $100, sometimes under $10, no problem. Not with Ben.

A couple weeks ago the family went shopping together at Costco, and as I was pushing the cart down the frozen fruit section Ben tosses some frozen pineapple in the cart. Not on the list. Frozen mango, yes. Frozen mixed berries, yes. No pineapple. I had no plans to use pineapple.

The pineapple stayed in our cart. And it stayed in our freezer. Until one evening I wanted dessert, and I remembered that pineapple in our freezer and the can of coconut milk in our pantry and found this recipe.

I loved it so much that I made it with a green twist the next day.


3-4 handfuls raw spinach (3-4 c)

2 c pineapple, frozen

2 small-medium bananas, frozen

1 ½ c coconut milk

½ – 1 t vanilla extract

So brilliant, so easy – thank goodness that pineapple got tossed into the cart.

Boof, please

For over two-thirds of my life I had no knowledge and/or interest in smoothies. I could not comprehend why someone would forgo an opportunity to savor delicious fruits and vegetables in order to muddle them together and sip them down a straw in five minutes. Not to mention how expensive they are. It was positively ludicrous.

About six years ago I changed my tune. I started loving smoothies. I don’t know what took me so long? Is there a simpler meal to prepare? I loved them so much I killed our blender. We took a year off in Rwanda to recover from the loss and came back to Texas and bought a Vitamix. There’s nothing like dropping $500 on a blender to kick your smoothie making into high gear. Actually it did no such thing. I just made my raw chocolate shake over and over and over again. Why mess with perfection?

It became an even bigger staple when I was pregnant with Leila and trying to ingest the largest amount of vitamins in as efficient a manner possible. Plus, the smoothie tasted good.

Now Leila loves smoothies. Recently she’s started pulling the large Starbucks glass out of the dishwasher and attempting to lug the Vitamix off the shelf while she adamantly repeats, “Boof! Boof!” She does an impressive job taking down my concoctions, especially when the only straw to drink belongs to mama or papa.


Boof Recipes to Enjoy


The Raw Chocolate Shake (slightly modified)


2 handfuls raw spinach (2 c)

2 T raw cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

1 small-medium banana, frozen

¾ c raspberries, frozen or 1 c cherries, frozen

1 c seed, nut or coconut milk


The Greenest Smoothie (we drink)


2 handfuls raw spinach (2 c)

20-25 baby carrots

1 orange (any size)

1” piece ginger, peeled

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

ice (I use about two handfuls)

1 c coconut water


“Tastes like Jamba Juice” (according to Ben)


1 c mango, frozen

1 orange

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

1 c coconut water


What’s your favorite smoothie combination?

How To Eat Your Veggies, September

For a long time I religiously ordered one medium share and one fruit share from the co-op. I came. I picked them up, filled out an order for the following week, paid for them and left. No thinking required. I ate most of the veggies. Ben ate most of the fruit. After my first trimester aversion to basil and utter fatigue at the mere thought of washing dozens of veggies last summer, I quit ordering. Lots of produce died before I finally took a break. Then I began volunteering and my passion for produce came back with a vengeance. I found it impossible to spend four or more hours around the beautiful bounty every week without greedily wanting to hoard it all. I kept upping the weekly ordering ante. I did not want to waste a single leaf, but I did not want to walk out of the space each week without handfuls of greens even more. I ate, a lot. Eventually though I would finally give quite of a few poor, rotted greens over to the compost to rest in peace.

Between Leila’s birth and our summer sabbatical I became a bit more conscientious of our consumption. It involved more thinking and less compulsive binge veggie buying. I thought I’d share some of my produce intentions. One of my favorite things about the co-op is the near constant discussion of all things food, and I wanted to keep that going here, at least for this afternoon.

Currently filling our crisper drawers & counter (and what I plan on doing with them):


– 7 beets (roasted in oven, tossed with walnuts and goat cheese for a light 1/2 lunch)

2 bell peppers* (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)

1/2 small head, green cabbage (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

1/2 small head, red cabbage (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

1/2 bunch, parsley (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

– 2-3 carrots

– 1 small bag baby carrots

– 2 kiwi (plain)

– 2 lemons (squeezed into water)

1/8 small seedless watermelon* (plain)

1 yellow onion (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)

2 acorn squash* (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)


green leaf lettuce, 2 bunches (base of Caesar salad)

16 white button mushrooms* (Stuffed Mushrooms, Real Simple)

3 portobella mushrooms* (Crispy Portobello Mushroom Fries, How Sweet It Is)

– 2 red potatoes* (roasted – preheat oven to 425; wash & dry potatoes, dice and toss with 1 T olive oil and Tony Chachere’s; roast for 40 min, turning once)

– 1 lb okra* (blackened – heat 2 T unsalted butter in cast iron skillet; wash & dry okra, slice and cook in pan until brown and slightly charred; toss with Tony Chachere’s)

– 4 avocados (1 mashed for Leila; 3 in and on whatever strikes my fancy)

1 red onion (with leftover BBQ chicken in Stovetop BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, How Sweet It Is)

– 2 pints cherry tomatoes (roasted and tossed with pasta and/or tossed in aforementioned salad)

– breakfast radishes (plain)

– blueberries (plain or on cereal)

– 3 lemons (squeezed into water)

– 2 kiwi (plain)

– 2 oranges (plain)

pineapple (plain)


– 2 lemons

– 2 small tomatoes

– handful of lettuce

You’ll have to trust me when I say it’s pretty because I only did not have the energy to snap a quick photo of the stuff. Maybe next time.