Almond Milk with Coffee Ice Cubes

June 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

I love me a new coffee-type beverage and this one is super tasty. But it’s so easy it may not even be a recipe. It’s just something I saw someone post on Facebook, tried and am now obsessed with. It does require some thought because you have to make coffee ice cubes. I typically designate one ice cube tray to coffee. Whenever I have some leftovers from my french press I simply add some. They’re great for iced coffee or this tasty almond drink.

Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my favorite and I simply add a little honey to this to sweeten to taste. If you prefer sweet non-dairy milk you can do that too. Whatever you want to do, it’s your game. Make it and totally up your morning game.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-5 coffee ice cubes
  • 2 tsp honey or agave

To Make

1) Milk sweetener of choice in with almond milk. Add coffee ice cubes and enjoy!

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Tropical Smoothie

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

At this point my love for smoothies may be bordering on obsession. I have one every day, often for breakfast. And then I usually end up wanting to make another one later in the afternoon too. They’re just so darn delicious!

Last week after making some coconut rice there was some leftover coconut milk just sitting in my fridge and thus I was inspired to make a tropical smoothie. The coconut milk makes it creamy and adds a great depth of flavor. My based was orange juice and chia seeds. Then added banana, mango and pineapple. If you want to make it healthy you can even add spinach when it’s all said and done. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango and pineapple

To Make
1) Pour orange juice in the blender. Add chia seeds and let sit for several minutes.
2) Add in coconut milk and fruit and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Mimosa Floats!

March 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

This weekend my best gal pals and I are galavanting around St Louis eating donut holes and doing sake bombs (okay, just one) and having an awesome time. This is all in honor of a wedding coming up in a month! Part of this fun weekend is throwing the bride a brunch themed shower. (Of course I love to throw a party focused on one of my favorite meals). This recipe for a mimosa float was made just for this occasion.

I wanted to do more than your average mimosa. (Partially because I’m not a huge fan of orange juice.) So, this is made with sorbet and fresh strawberries. Since I’m throwing it in a town I’m not familiar with I went ahead and got all the ingredients at Trader Joes, since they’re everywhere and have the same food at most of their locations.

I went with their cheapest sparkling wine, the Blanc de Blancs Brut ($4.99 you can’t go wrong), a pint of their mango sorbet ($3.99) and some fresh strawberries ($3). For pretty cheap you can make a lovely, refreshing and sparkly drink. Feel free to customize with your favorite sparkling wine or different sorbet flavors. (Maybe a granita and grapes?)

Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine (Trader Joe’s Blanc de Blancs)
  • Mango sorbet
  • Strawberries, washed and sliced

To Make:

1) Put a few strawberry slices in the bottom of each glass. Pour in 3-4 oz of wine and then add a large scoop of mango sorbet. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Coconut Milk Smoothie

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

You know what’s motivating? Half-used cans of relatively expensive ingredients. I made a delicious thai dish that used one cup of a can of coconut milk. My mind started thinking about what I could do with it so I wouldn’t end up throwing away the last half like I normally do, and this coconut milk smoothie was born.

The coconut milk gives it a creamy delicious taste that’s not overpowering. Since I’m not eating processed sugar I added some dried, pitted dates for sweetness. The fruit combo of banana, strawberries and raspberries was inspired but what I had in my freezer. Customize it with what you have!

My one piece of advice it to pre-soak the dates and blend them thoroughly before adding the other stuff, otherwise you end up with little pieces of dates which isn’t bad it’s just weird. Enjoy!

Coconut Milk Smoothie
(roughly adapted from Real Simple)

Makes 1 large smoothie

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 dried, pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • a little over 1 cup frozen fruit (I used strawberries and raspberries)

To Make

1) Soak dates in water for 5-10 minutes. Blend.  Add in ice, coconut milk, banana and frozen fruit; blend well. Pour into glass and enjoy! 

Herbed Simple Syrup and Lemonade

September 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

Does anyone else refuse to believe summer is ending? Labor day weekend came and went (I worked) and all of a sudden sun and vacations are gone. I REFUSE to believe it. I’m gonna keep going on going on vacations and drinking lemonade.

I don’t know whats taken me so long to make simple syrup. Its just so…simple. Equal parts sugar and water. And if you happen to have herbs even better. This time my simple syrup batch included about half a cup of mint, torn into a pieces. I also did a second batch with 5-6 sprigs of thyme.To make the lemonade I juiced 8 lemons. My arms may have gotten a workout. I got about one and half cups of lemon juice. I mixed it with half a cup of sugar and about three cups of cool water. Then, as the cherry on top I combined the simple syrup with the lemonade, the ratio was about 3:1 (lemonade:herbed simple syrup). And added some ice and mixed well. It was fantastic. So refreshing and tasty! Regular lemonade is old news now.

Ingredients for simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • fresh herbs (1/2 torn leaves, or 5-6 sprigs depending on the herb)

To Make
1) In a small saucepan combine water, sugar and herbs. Over low-medium heat stir consistently until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

Ingredients for lemonade

  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons)
  • 3-4 cups cool water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or more depending on preferences)
  • Ice

To Make
1)Mix lemon juice, water and sugar. Top with ice and stir.
2) For herbed lemonade combine 1 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup simple syrup (or to taste), add ice and enjoy!

Thai Iced Tea

June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Happy Wednesday, you guys. Feel depressed it’s hump day? Feel awkward about the term “hump day”? Yeah, me too. Lets move on. Lets move right on to a delicious, sugary drink. First lets acknowledge, I love beverages. All beverages. Coffee? Yep. Tea? Definitely. Lemonade? Limeade? Yes and yes. Fizzy cocktail? For sure. And summer brings out all sorts of possibilities.

One of my often forgotten favorites is Thai Iced Tea. I generally forget about it until I go get Thai food and see it sitting there on the back page. I promptly order one and am super happy I spent the $3 for a sugary, caffeine hit while eating my pad thai.

However, I don’t often get thai food and sometimes remember I like Thai iced tea. Now I can enjoy one at home! WIN!
You can too with a few basic black tea bags, spices and either cream or sweetened condensed milk. After steeping the tea and spices for awhile in boiling water (i.e. an hour until it cools), you just pour it over ice and add your creamy dilutent of choice. (Yeah, I just used a science word)
Side note: did you know that Trader Joes sells sweetened condensed milk in a squeeze bottle?? No more wasting one can for a glass of this stuff.
Anyway, I realize this is not super authentic but it gets the job done and I hope you like it to. If you happen to have a more authentic recipe that doesn’t involve me going to more than 2 grocery stores, give me a shout out.
Thai Iced Tea 
(sort of based on this, this and this)
Ingredients
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 bags black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream or sweet condensed milk
  • Ice
To Make
1) In medium saucepan, bring brown sugar, star anise, cloves and cinnamon to a boil.
2) Remove from heat and let tea bags steep until the whole mixture has cooled to room temperature. Once it’s cooled, remove spices and tea bags.
3) Pour tea over ice, then stir in cream or sweet condensed milk. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Latte

February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Even though I live in Seattle, the coffee mecca of the United States, I hold in my heart a fondness for the coffee shops in Tucson, Arizona. There were numerous shops with quirky decor and delicious drinks that I frequented a lot. Especially while in nursing school. I would often hunker down for hours (like 5-8) at a time and study med-surg, cardiac function, the Triad of Virchow and how to put in catheters
One that I loved was Epic Cafe on 4th Ave. The only thing I ever got there was the Peanut Butter Mocha. I know. Your mind may have been blown reading that drink title. That’s the only place I’ve ever seen it on the menu and the other day I got a hankering for it. What to do? Bottom line most of the places here would think putting peanut butter in coffee was an abomination. Anyways, I had to make one myself and I was so happy I did. I didn’t have any chocolate sauce at the time but even without it, it was amazing.
Peanut Butter Latte
(adapted from a drink at Epic Cafe)
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup strongly brewed espresso or coffee, hot
  • 2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • sweetener of choice
To Make:
1) Gather your ingredients. Make your coffee. I use a French Press (1 heaping spoonful of coffee grounds to every half cup of water).
2) In a blender or cup suitable for using an immersion blender, pour coffee, peanut butter, whipping cream and as much sweetener as you like (chocolate syrup would also be delicious) and blend until mixed and frothy.
3) Taste and adjust ingredients to your discretion. Enjoy!

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