Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 13

Day 13 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.

Even though I haven’t had much luck with new recipes lately, I tried another new recipe on Day 12. This time, success!

I made a double batch of the Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas. I made a few of them with the non-list cheese that is still in the fridge. I skipped the cheese for the rest.

The kids enjoyed them so much for dinner that they both re-heated the leftovers for breakfast this morning.

Green Smoothies

The year we sold our house and returned to the RV full-time, I invested in a Blendtec blender. We began making daily fruit smoothies. Then Mike decided we needed to make them green fruit smoothies by adding a bit of spinach. Miranda balked at the color, but still enjoyed the taste.

Over the past few months Mike started making green veggie smoothies. The idea of drinking vegetables didn’t sound good to the kids or me.

Until a few weeks ago, Mike was the only one drinking them. When I visited my chiropractor last month I mentioned the green veggie smoothie to him. Oops. The chiropractor gave me verbal instructions to drink it, too. Now Mike pours himself a large glass and me a small glass of the green veggie smoothie daily.

It’s time for Mike to make another batch. It’s pretty much eyeball measuring, but this is Mike’s basic recipe.

Green Veggie Smoothie

Green Veggie Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • spinach - about 1 1/2 - 2 cups
  • cucumber
  • tomato - 1 large or a handful of grape tomatoes
  • carrot - 1 large
  • sweet peppers - 1 or 2 small
  • banana
  • sea salt
  • water
  • orange juice - optional
  • avocado - optional
Veggie Smoothie: The only reason Cucumber is on my list.

Veggie Smoothie: The only reason Cucumber is on my list.

Directions:
  1. Put spinach in blender and add water to cover the spinach
  2. Puree
  3. Add cucumber, tomato, carrot, sweet pepper, banana
  4. Blend (we use the smoothie setting)
  5. Taste and add sea salt and/or orange juice as needed

Mike likes to add 1/2 avocado to the mix. The avocado makes the smoothie creamy and thicker. I prefer that he leaves out the avocado. The texture is a bit too much for me to gag down drink.

Tonight’s Meal

Comfort food is on the menu tonight. Meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes (without the chipotle peppers).

Do You Smoothie?

Do you do the green smoothie thing? Have a recipe you’d like to share?

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8 Comments Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 13

  1. Picture of Rhonda Childress Rhonda Childress June 14, 2015

    I like to take skim milk, vanilla Greek yogurt, peanut butter, a small banana, and 2 cups of spinach and I will add some ice if my banana is not frozen. This is my breakfast alot of mornings.

  2. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 14, 2015

    Hi Rhonda,

    That sounds pretty yummy.

    It reminds me of when my son used to make himself a breakfast smoothie—although he substituted cocoa powder for the spinach.

    Not quite the health factor we were going for. ;)

  3. Picture of Tristin Tristin June 15, 2015

    We’re totally on the green smoothie bandwagon.  For the kids, I make one with orange juice, handfuls and handfuls of spinach, and a frozen banana. You’d be surprised that this short ingredient list makes a dang good smoothie.

    I need to try the fruit/veggie smoothie.  I like gazpacho, so it’d probably be palatable to me. ; ) 

    Meatloaf and mashed potatoes sounds amazing… ahh, comfort food.

  4. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 15, 2015

    Tristin,

    Can’t say I’ve ever tried gazpacho. I always thought cold soup sounded weird. ;)

    If you try Mike’s smoothie, tell me what you think.

    Now I’m going to have to look for a gazpacho recipe to make for Mike (maybe I’ll take a taste).

  5. Picture of kris kris June 24, 2015

    Can’t say that I’m down with the veggie smoothie, yuck.  But the green fruit smoothie?  Yes.  My favorite breakfast is 2 cups vanilla almond milk, Trader Joe green powder if I have it, vanilla, 1/4 cup of oats (like bulk oatmeal), handfuls of spinach, 2 cups frozen mango (from sams or trader joe).

  6. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 25, 2015

    Kris,

    We’ve added oatmeal to our fruit green smoothies in the past. I forgot about that.

    I can’t say that the veggie smoothie is my favorite. But, I have learned to tolerate a small glass. We’ve discovered that the cucumber makes all the difference.

  7. Picture of Lonna Lonna July 01, 2015

    Maybe the cucumber helps because it is botanically a fruit?

  8. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink July 02, 2015

    Lonna,

    Could be. All I know is it makes it more palatable for me.

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