Strawberry-spinach smoothie (aka “I can’t believe it’s not pea soup!”)


As I write this post, it's a balmy 35F degrees outside, with a windchill of about 0 kelvin.  Well, crank up the heat, Dear Reader 'cos it's time to cool down with a smoothie!

This month we spotlight Rebekah's site Making Miracles. Rebekah grew up in various US states and, for a few years, in Senegal, West Africa.  Currently she, her hubby and baby daughter reside in Georgia, USA.  Besides sharing recipes on her blog, Rebekah also confides in her day to day life, including what her son and puppies have been up to.


Besides talking about a fellow blogger, I, as per the Secret Recipe Club rules, get to select, make and share one of Rebekah's many delightful recipes.  Quickly I spotted a recipe entitled "I Can't Believe It's Not Split Pea Soup!"  What a great teaser!  It just dares you to check it out.  Which I did.  And was especially thrilled to discover that it was a smoothie. I love smoothies! They are so easy to make, and a healthy way to enjoy a good-sized portion of my daily fruit and veggies.   Whether the weather is fair or foul (except for Thanksgiving, when it's fowl), any day is perfect for a smoothie!

Squint to see the strawb grains.
Rebekah only mentions the pea soup thing because that's pretty much what the finished product looks like ... the spinach green is muddied a bit from the strawberries, and the pineapple doesn't affect the color much.  Luckily it tastes so much better than it looks!

Maybe a little too thick?  Nah ...
Rebekah suggests adding the pineapple a few at a time until the smoothie is as thick as I prefer. I like my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon.  So I just tossed in the whole cup. And was not disappointed. Awesomely yummers!

Strawberry-spinach smoothie 
aka “I can’t believe it’s not pea soup!”
Adapted from: Making Miracles
Yield: 1 large serving

1 cup milk, plus up to an additional 1/2 cup if needed
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 loosely-packed cup fresh baby spinach leaves, well rinsed
1 small banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 - 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks


You might want to add the pineapple later.
Combine milk, strawberries, spinach and banana in a blender or food processor.

I could eat this with a spoon.
Process for 30 seconds or until combined and almost smooth. While blender/processor is running, add pineapple chunks, one at a time via the feed tube or opening in the top, blending until smoothie thickens to your liking.

But if too thick, thin with up to an additional 1/2 cup milk.  


Unintentionally artsy ... I'm really a slob at pouring.
Pour into a tall glass, pop in a straw and serve. 

Important note! Because this post is participating in a blog hop, some of the recipes below might not be kosher.


Comments

Susan Pridmore said…
This is really similar to a smoothie I make a lot with my new Ninja blender! I love it!!!! GREAT pick this month!
Karen Kerr said…
You were able to make this look delicious! Sounds so good!
Emily said…
I think it looks marvelous! I have a spinach smoothie most mornings. I guess I have gotten over the whole green thing. My husband on the other hand...
Rebekah Hills said…
Yumm!! That looks wonderful - thanks for sharing my blog this month. :)
Tara said…
Yum! This sounds delicious! I will definitely need to try this. Great pick!
Yum! It's hard to beat a Good smoothie, even if it looks like pea soup! Great SRC pick!
Lauren Everson said…
I love pineapple in smoothies. I've yet to brave putting greens in my smoothie but this one sounds doable. Great pick this month!
I had your blog this month and I have to say this was my favourite assignment so far! I have pinned a few more recipes to try from your blog and so far everything I have made has been delicious! My kids went crazy for the Garlic Cheddar Biscuits :D Thanks for sharing such great family friendly recipes!

This smoothie looks great...love it when smoothies combine veggies and fruit!
Haha... I like the alternate title!! Sounds yummy though, even if it does look like soup! ;)
Avril said…
Now that is a good looking smoothie! Great, great pick for SRC this month :-)
What a healthy breakfast or snack! Awesome pick this month :)
Wendy Klik said…
Smoothies are a great way to get in a nutritious breakfast or lunch on the run. Thanks for sharing.
Sarah E. said…
I love all the different colors - especially right before blending. Colorful food makes me a happy girl :) Great choice for today! Happy reveal day!
I love a good smoothie - a great way to start the day. I was lucky enough to have Rebekah's blog as my assignment a couple of months ago. This smoothie was a great choice.
SallyBR said…
Oh, yeah.... the title of the recipe cracked me up, and you are right, that name begs the recipe to be tried!

Late to comment this month, but saying hello!
dena said…
Hi back atcha! Better late than never, I always say LOL!

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