I may have gone a bit overboard on this morning’s fruit smoothie garnishes… But hey, the bigger the garnish the happier the tummy!
Today is my third day in a row adding veggies to my smoothies, and I’m loving every second of it.
Orange pineapple banana juice
Blend and enjoy!
Don’t worry, to my surprise, I couldn’t even taste the carrots 🙂 Such a great way to sneak some extra nutrients into your day!
I am completely shocked yet again. Today I put carrots in my morning fruit smoothie, and just like yesterday with the tomatoes, I couldn’t even taste them!
Who knew eating veggies every day would be so easy. If I had known, I would have started putting veggies in my smoothies a long time ago. I’m going to challenge myself to put a new vegetable in my smoothie every day.
I’m going to go in search for a Farmers market in San Diego today, and pick out a vegetable for tomorrow morning’s new smoothie experiment.
Although I’m proud to have come so far in my fitspirational journey, I have yet to learn how to Sauté. As I’ve flown through various cookbooks on my healthy cooking adventures, I’ve come to realize that learning how to sauté veggies is not optional anymore, it’s a necessity. When I used to only know how to cook Mac & Cheese with burnt toast on the side, the word sauté was not in my dictionary of frequently used words. But guess what, it is now!
Since my wonderful boyfriend Bryan has recently introduced me to the delicious world of Portabella mushrooms; I thought this would be the perfect place to start!
It took me about 3 batches of sautéing Baby Bellas before I got them perfect, so I hope to save you from wasting some of your own, by not making the mistakes I made on my first attempts.
The Do’s and Don’ts of sautéing:
- Don’t walk away from the kitchen and forget you’re sautéing veggies.Then, especially don’t take your baby Yorkie for a walk. Trust me on this, even if you tell yourself you won’t forget, it’s a high possibility you will. You may come back from your walk; with a kitchen full of smoke, and some very black flaming mushrooms. (Not like I did anything like that that… I confess nothing!)
- Don’t set the temperature on your stove top too high. Sautéing too fast is a great way to burn the living- daylights out of your veggies. Setting your stove to low-medium heat worked the best.
- Don’t use too much oil!! As you can see from my beautiful oil-catastrophy below, you’ll end up sucking the extra oil out from your veggies with a napkin. See guys, I told you I’d share the good, the bad AND the ugly on my health blog. Learn from my mistake, start with a little bit of oil, and slowly add more if you need it.
- Don’t forget to flip them. Keep a spatula near by (yay I get to use my pink spatula) and since you WON’T be leaving the kitchen *ehhem walking your yorkie*, keep an eye on your veggies and flip or toss them when you see the edges getting a light golden brown.
- Do set a timer! If you’re a beginner (as I was when I began learning how to sauté) it is really helpful to set a timer for a shorter amount of time then you think it should take to sauté your veggies.
- Do your homework, and make sure you pick the best oil for your sautéing adventures. For a guide to picking the best oil for cooking, click here.
- Do have fun! Learning a new cooking skill can be a LOT of fun, especially if you pick the right music to sing into your spatula to 🙂
Let me know if you’ve learned any great do’s or don’ts throughout your cooking experience, and I’ll add it to the list!