I think the biggest misconception people have about me as a chef is that I spend all of my waking hours in the kitchen crafting every meal. Although I do spend quite a bit of my free time messing around with new recipes or cleaning the ever growing stack of dishes, the majority of my meals are made in 20 minutes or less, in the few moments between babysitting and work or my other commitments.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I do spend a little extra time at every meal making my plate look pretty. I like to think of food styling as my art form; and let’s face it, not all of us have the time or the desire to carefully craft the perfect dish for the gram. And that’s alright. I just want to share my easy-peasy recipes so that ALL of us can enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
So in effort to bring these meals to you, I have decided to post a recipe once a week from my Instagram feed that takes minimal effort and 20 minutes or less. This was the initial purpose of my blog along with sharing personal anecdotes and existential epiphanies (two completely different sides of the spectrum, I know), but in the craziness of life, I have digressed a bit. Ahh and so is life. As summer progresses, I am beginning to cherish each and every second of my time in the kitchen, for I know that my college dorm will not offer the amenities that I am so used to. Therefore, I want to share this surge of kitchen creativity with YOU! I hope you all enjoy this mini series of recipes. Please let me know if you try these recipes through Instagram by tagging me. Seeing your renditions inspires me too!
Quick notes on the ingredients in this recipe before I finally stop rambling and give you the recipe:
- Substitute any fruit in lieu of the blueberries to add some variety to this simple smoothie
- Use Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Nutritional Booster. No, I am not being paid or forced against my will to recommend this product. I genuinely love it!! I’ve had a lot of protein powders in my day, and this one is by far the best!
- Add some extra nutrition to your smoothie with a little bit of spinach, hemp hearts, nut butter, or coconut butter. Yay for all the vitamins and fats!
Okay I promise I’m done now. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
- ¾ cup milk (I used 2% but any kind will do)
- 2 scoops Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
- granola (I love Purely Elizabeth and Paleo Passion Foods)
- hemp hearts
- bee pollen
- extra blueberries
- coconut butter/nut butter
- Blend all of the ingredients for the bowl in a high speed blender. Feel free to adjust the fruit to milk ratio. Less milk for a thicker smoothie, more for a thinner consistency.
- Load up your bowl with all the toppings and eat!