Okay, so I collected some juicy leaves from the cos lettuce in my garden (I tend to just use the outer leaves when I require them rather than harvesting the whole plant) intending to make a light, sweet version of the green smoothie for those of you who find the concept of blended greens a little challenging. Since we had a lovely large punnet of strawberries from yesterday I figured that I would use those…unfortunately the 2 year old had claimed (and eaten) the strawberries before anyone else was out of bed! A wonderful opportunity to share a recipe for a savoury green smoothie, since I was chatting with a friend on Thursday who likes the idea of green smoothies, but is not keen on sweet foods.
I gathered a variety of herbs, since I love using herbs for extra flavour and their beneficial properties in smoothies, particularly when you are working with savoury flavours. Along with 6 large cos leaves, a Lebanese cucumber and a punnet of cherry tomatoes (we don’t have these ready in our garden yet!), I chose mint, two varieties of parsley (flat leaf and curly), and holy basil (Ocimum sanctum – also known as Tulsi and Sacred Basil). You can read more about the benefits and uses of holy basil on our website, here.
I also couldn’t resist using some of the glorious garlic that was in my delivery box from Mr Organic. To get an idea of the incredible size of this magical plant, I had to take this photo of a single clove as well (and my hands are not small!). Now raw garlic is certainly not for everyone, and since this was a smoothie to share, I just used one slice in my blend.
Here is the final recipe for today’s smoothie:
1 Lebanese cucumber
1 punnet of organic cherry tomatoes
1 slice of garlic
6 large cos leaves
3 sprigs of mint
a bunch of parsley (mostly flat leaf, with a couple of sprigs of curly)
2 sprigs of holy basil
a dash of cayenne pepper
the juice of half a lime
1-2 cups of water
Placing the ingredients in the blender in the order of the recipe, you will then need to blend it all together for around a minute. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos work well if you want to create a smoothie that tastes a little like a raw version of the virgin Bloody Mary cocktail. They are available from most health stores and some supermarkets. You can also halve the water and add a cup of ice if you wish. Cold foods can impact on the digestive process, so I prefer to take most of my foods at room temperature, but I do find that when summer arrives in Perth I tend to make at least one icy cold drink to survive the heat!