recipe: smoothies

I got myself an Oster personal blender recently and it is the best investment I have made recently.

I love this one because it’s small enough for my tiny studio apartment kitchen and doesn’t take too much space.

Also, it’s a lot cheaper than others out there (I paid about $23 versus $100). I didn’t want to spend too much on a personal blender just yet in case I use it a few times then never use it again.

I know a love of people love green smoothies. I have tried some and wasn’t a huge fan. I’ve been sticking to mostly fruit smoothies but do intend to eventually create some yummy green smoothies too.

Some of my favorite blends include:

  • Strawberries, Bananas and Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Chocolate Almond Milk, Bananas and Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla Almond Milk, Bananas and Berries (i.e., Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries)

The options are practically endless. I love using bananas because I get charlie horses all the time in my calves if I’ve had an intense work out schedule that week.

I cannot wait to check out farmers markets this spring and summer to grab what’s in season and see what new concoctions I create!

What are some of your favorite blends?

recipe: plain rice congee

I have been sick lately and therefore, why the lack of posts. My mother recently made me some plain rice congee (we call it “jook”) to calm my stomach and help me feel better.

It’s just rice, water and salt. It’s amazing because you can add whatever you want to it. I like extra white pepper, scallions, and cilantro in mine normally. My parents often add thousand year old eggs and chicken or ribs into it (obviously my parents aren’t vegan).

It really helps warm you up and make you feel better. Enjoy mother’s simple recipe.

Ingredients:

9 Cups of Water

3/4 Cups of Rice

Salt / Soy Sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook the rice in the water until it’s at a boil.
  2. Then put the heat on a medium setting while lifting the top off a bit so it can let some steam out.
  3. After about an hour and the rice water mixture looks like a porridge, add salt and soy sauce to your liking.
  4. Add any additional toppings as you’d like.
  5. Serve and feel better!