Elimination Diet: Beetberry Smoothie

I’ve officially started the elimination diet to try to cure my acid reflux with clean eating!  I’m giving up dairy, gluten, eggs, citrus fruits, nightshade vegetables (like tomato and eggplant), and chocolate.  It’s going to be a challenge, but I hope it will reduce my symptoms.  This recipe works perfectly with my elimination diet.  

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Truth: I love fruit smoothies.  I could eat them for breakfast every single day.

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This particular Beetberry Smoothie is no exception to the rule.  My friend suggested I add vegetables to my routine, and offered up beets as an option.  I gaped at her with my jaw on the floor because vegetables?  BEETS?!  Disgusting.  In my absolutely perfect smoothies?!  Get out of my life!  But since we have been friends since kindergarten, I decided to not disavow our friendship immediately.  I decided to give it a shot.

Friends, it was DELICIOUS.

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Now, I didn’t even really know what to look for at the grocery store or how to prepare them.  Because BEETS.  Gross.  My only memory of beets were when my grandmother forced me to eat pickled beets when I was a little kid, and I harbored hatred toward her for it.

Anyway, the point of this story isn’t to turn you away from smoothies, in fact, it is to show you that vegetables can be put into a miracle smoothie and turned into something tasty.  If you have the right combo and ratio of fruits and vegetables, it doesn’t have to taste like dirt.  I promise.

I am a vegetable smoothie convert.

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I fell in love with this smoothie instantly, and I actually prefer the beets to spinach.  The avocado gives it a rich smoothness without a strong flavor.  The banana and honey do a great job adding sweetness, while the blueberries come through as the shining star.  Yum!

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Beetberry Smoothie (Serves 2)

You will need:

  • 1 carton blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 beet–peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water (you can omit this if you have a powerful blender)
  • 3 ice cubes

I used all raw and fresh fruits and veggies, but you could easily use frozen.  Simply combine in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Do you add vegetables to your smoothies?  What is your favorite combination?

-Mads

Pineapple Pie for Pie Week

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It’s Pie Week on this little corner of the internet.  We did a similar Pie Week last year and it was so successful, we decided to do it again!  Plus, who doesn’t need more pie?

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As of this week, it was 90 degrees in California, so baking a toasty warm apple pie seemed out of the question.  I decided to get a bit more tropical and try making a pineapple pie, which I had never tasted before.

Disclaimer:  It turns out I don’t like pineapple in a pie, but my four taste-testers disagreed.  They loved the pie and told me I needed to put it up on the ole blog. 

The recipe was very simple to put together.  I used Kirsten’s fail-proof “No Excuses Pie Dough” recipe for the crust.  Her recipe takes approximately 5 minutes to throw together and it freezes beautifully.  That recipe single-handedly helped me conquer my fear of pie-making.  Now that I know how simple it is, I want to make pie every day.  Plus, the filling came together in no time at all.

For the pineapple filling, you will need:

  •  1 pineapple chopped small (or canned diced pineapple)
  • 3 Tbsp. pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Step 1: Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

Step 2: Stir in pineapple, juice, and corn starch.

Step 3: Fill pie crust and cover with second crust.

Step 4: Crimp the edges of the pie with your fingers or a fork.  Cut 4 small slits in the pie crust.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

I topped mine with a simple whip cream and toasted coconut.  To toast the coconut, simple heat shredded coconut in a pan over medium low heat until lightly golden brown.

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Enjoy!

Have you ever had pineapple pie?  What is your favorite tropical pie?

-Mads

p.s. Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful pies being made for Pie Week.  Check them out each day this week:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

One Kitchen Many Hearts Box

Hello!

Welcome to another round of One Kitchen Many Hearts cross-country goodie box o’ love fest!  Every other month a group of my favorite bloggers sends one another boxes full of goodies.  We decided not to have a theme this month, partially because each of us has been hoarding piles of random things we find to give one another.

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Top Row:  Allison , Beka & JeanneCenter: Kat & Kirsten, Bottom Row: Mads & Megan.  Check out the other rad boxes by clicking on each name.  I got a few special goodies for Megan this month!

Jeanne from Inside Nanabread’s Head sent me a big ole box chock full of my favorite things.  She’s the organizer of the group.  For example, she is able to remember everyone’s favorite items and she even goes a step further by remembering to look for them when she’s out shopping.  It’s always a scramble for me, but Jeanne is the best!

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To start, she got me treats!  I’ve been on a salted caramel jag lately…I want it on everything, so Jeanne got me some salted caramel hot cocoa mix.  I was also perusing the internet for cookie and cake recipes using mallow fluff, only to realize we didn’t have any fluff in our kitchen.  Jeanne somehow remembered this tiny bit of information and sent me a jar.  Amazing!

Although, I used the fluff as the middle layer in a cake and the top layer subsequently slid off and plopped on the floor.  Nightmares.  I salvaged the remaining layer, but it wasn’t pretty.  haha  Please tell me this happens to you guys.

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Jeanne sent me the 2 nail polishes on the right.  The polish on the left is the color I bought to send in Megan’s box.  I laughed out loud when I saw they were the Exact Same Color.  Talk about mind meld.

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Then I found a few things in the box that made me chuckle…cheesy napkins and Shaun of the Dead!  She also sent a pug beanie baby with a pink tutu, which is an exact replica of Josie’s giant pug beanie baby.  What are the odds?  Josie instantly fell in love with her tiny toy and carried it into bed at night (the big beanie baby was already in the bed).  hahaha  I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Jeanne also included some hilarious holiday costumes, which Josie thoroughly hated enjoyed.

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And, Jeanne, being the crafty woman that she is, made a pink hombre tutu that sent this box over the edge!

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Overall, this box made me laugh harder than I have in a long time.  My dog hates me now, but it was well worth it (plus, she totally loved the extra treats and snuggles for putting up with me).

Thanks so much, Jeanne!

Do you ever dress your dogs up?  What’s the best pet costume you have seen?

-Mads

**Not pictured: Homemade blackberry and blueberry jam, plus pear and apple butter.  Those went directly in the pantry like a safely guarded secret.  Woops!

If today was sponsored by Twitter

My hard drive crashed. Just the crap icing on this week’s poop cake.

I love that the landscapers in California tend to dress in full cowboy garb.

I recently found out The Pioneer Woman’s husband’s name is Ladd. Not sure if that makes him more or less attractive.

My apple is WAY too cold. Blegh!

Somehow my night-thrashing resulted in a pulled muscle. I haven’t been able to lift my arm in three days.

Black fingernail polish is my new thing. I’m mainstreaming goth.

Josie’s dog walker made her pumpkin peanut butter cookies. Where are mine?

Went through all of my cookbooks and wrote a list of recipes to try. Next up: braised short rib!

What are your tweets for today?

Feel free to actually follow me on Twitter @madsyjoy

-Mads