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Monday, May 13, 2013

A Smoothie Monday

 

It’s been a long time since a recipe and while there is so much ornamental starting to bloom, here’s a must for the kitchen herb garden. It is versatile, yet easy to grow, a die-hard, never take care of it herb that everyone knows as an ‘Annie’ favorite. One word of caution is to keep it contained.

Yes, the spearmint is coming up; ready to be used in just about every cooking arrangement one is willing to try. So here’s a combo that one might not imagine though a compromise for fresh nectarines 'twas a given. It’s a quick and easy smoothie recipe to keep in the books for a wholesome summertime drink. If you’re willing to substitute canned peaches until the nectarines come to town, you can give yourself a boost of energy with fresh spearmint now.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk 
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
4 nectarines (Springtime substitute - canned peaches less the juice)
10 Mint leaves chopped up fine (I probably used more like 20 because I love the flavor of mint)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Place in a blender and whip up your smoothie. It's minty, refreshing and definitely filling.

To wrap up this recipe thought today, not having spearmint in my garden I would feel deprived. L.M. Montgomery, the author of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ said the same about trees. “I couldn't live where there were no trees--something vital in me would starve.” 


So here are two boosts of energy coming at you on this Monday morning – an easy smoothie and the welcoming sun. After so many starts of drizzle and rain, it’s nice to once again see the shadow of the tree in the morning light.

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