When we got our Vitamix from my husband’s parents, they told us the first thing we should make is a Sailor Man Smoothie…it was their favorite. So, the day we took the Vitamix out of the box we went straight to the grocery store to pick up the necessary ingredients. The Sailor Man Smoothie was not only the first thing we made in our Vitamix, but it was also our first green smoothie!
The original recipe for the Sailor Man Smoothie can be found in the Whole Food Recipes cookbook. I’ve tweaked the recipe a little, but mainly to make use of what we had in our fridge.
Green smoothies may seem scary, but look at the tropical flavors that are under that vibrant green color! Although the Sailor Man is very much a summertime smoothie, I like in the winter too so you can imagine laying on a warm beach somewhere as you drink it down.
If you don’t have a Vitamix, I wouldn’t worry too much. You’re average blender should be able to mix this smoothie up with no problem.
Sailor Man Smoothie
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: n/a
- 10 large, green grapes
- 1/2 apple, deseeded
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/4C vanilla yogurt
- 1/2C pineapple
- 2C greens
- 1C ice
- Add all ingredients into blender
- Blend until smooth
Question: Do you drink green smoothies? Do you follow recipes or wing-it, and use whatever’s in the fridge?
Were you guys wondering when I was going to post a recipe that involved this blog’s namesake, sweet potatoes? Well, here it is…the inaugural sweet potato recipe (many more to follow, I assure you)!
Sunday’s are the day that we get ourselves ready for the week…laundry, cleaning, food prep etc. Because of this, I like meals that take a little longer, but don’t necessarily require my full attention. When I saw this recipe for Maple Baked Lentils with Sweet Potato on Oh She Glows, I knew I wanted to try it. As usual, I’ve made some changes from the original recipe. (Note: The below photo is missing the apple I used for this recipe.)
Usually I like to have everything prepped before I start cooking, but I knew I’d have 20min while the lentils cooked to get everything else together. So, while the lentils cooked I did my dicing, measuring and opening.
I had intended for this to be a little more firm when it was done, but it had a fair amount of liquid in the end, hence the “stew” designation. I served a lightly dressed salad alongside this, as it’s pretty a pretty heavy meal. The verdict? Two thumbs up! It was sweet but not in a dessert sense, and filled you up like a comfort food while still being pretty nutritionally-dense. A win-win!
Maple Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew
Prep time: done during cook time
Cook time: 1 hour
- 1C dried lentils
- 1lb sweet potato, peeled & diced
- 1 apple, diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2.5T maple syrup
- 2T molasses
- 2t yellow mustard
- 1.5T apple cider vinegar
- 1t kosher salt
- 1/2t black pepper
- 28oz can diced tomatoes, drained
- Rinse and drain lentils; add into dutch oven with 3C water
- Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low-medium and cook, covered, for 20min
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
- Add sweet potato, apple, garlic, maple syrup, molasses, mustard, ACV, S&P and diced tomatoes to the dutch oven
- Cover and bake for 20 min
- Remove lid and bake for 15 min
Question: Have you ever used molasses for anything other than gingersnaps? (My answer: nope!)