Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, I present to you with this lovely green monster smoothie. While I don’t intend on drinking these this Sunday (hey, I *am* Irish after all!), these smoothies have been my go-to for breakfast or lunch on most other weekends. They make a great, nutrient-packed meal replacer, as you are pretty stuffed after drinking one. I like them because they’re easy and quick to make when I don’t have much in the fridge or I’m nursing a hangover, much like I will be this Sunday. As always, ingredients are easily customizable to what you have available. I’ve subbed frozen spinach for fresh, greek yogurt for milk and so on. One thing to note from my experiments though, whether it’s fresh or frozen, you always need a banana. That’s what she said. HA! I just said what you were thinking. But seriously, you need a banana to help “overpower” the flavors of the other ingredients. I’ve tried it without banana and it just tastes like a weird milk and spinach smoothie. Gross.

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 banana, cut in thirds
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Add ingredients to a blender and blend, blend, BLEND! Depending on your blender, it may take a few minutes to get everything smooth or you may need to stir the mixture up halfway through. I like my smoothies to be drinkable through a straw so you may need to add or subtract liquid until you reach your desired consistency.

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No-Bake Nutella and Strawberry Cheesecake

The original recipe called for dividing this dessert into individual servings, but I wanted to bring it to a party so I decided to make it into a pie. I also decided to add a layer of strawberries to complement all the chocolate. It turned out to be absolutely delicious and relatively simple. You can also buy a pre-made Oreo crust if you want to cut back on prep time.

No-Bake Nutella and Strawberry Cheesecake
adapted from http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/no-bake-nutella-cheesecake-recipe/

  • 12 Oreo Cookies, crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, margarine or vegan spread, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 6-8 strawberries, thinly sliced

In a medium bowl, stir together the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a pie pan to form a crust layer. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold in half of the whipped topping in until well blended and no streaks remain. Remove the crust from the freezer and evenly spoon the filling on top. Top with the strawberry slices and remaining whipped cream.

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