Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

This recipe uses frozen strawberries, makes this a very easy breakfast, which can be enjoyed year-round.  Especially during the hot days of summer and early fall when you may not want to start your day by eating something hot

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or sweetener equivalent (optional)
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of whole milk or plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen strawberries

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Directions

  • Peel and slice a fresh banana
  • Add all ingredients to blender and lock lid
  • Pulse blend until well mixed and smooth
  • Pour into two chilled glasses, garnish (if desired) and serve.

Servings

  • About two eight-ounce glasses

Orange Carrot Smoothie

Here is a quick and easy smoothie which pares the nearly always complimentary flavors of carrot and orange into a cool and refreshing drink or afternoon snack.

Orange Carrot Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 ½ cups fresh apple juice
  • 1 ½ cups carrots
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener (optional)
  • Ice cubes, as required

Orange Carrot Smoothie Directions

  1. Peel oranges, remove seeds and separated into segments
  2. Wash, and shred or dice carrots
  3. Peel and slice bananas
  4. Put all the ingredients and add into a blender.
  5. Pulse blender until smooth.
  6. Pass the mixture through a strainer if desired to remove larger bits.
  7. Pour the smoothie mix into two chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Orange Carrot Smoothie Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie

This is a simple summertime recipe which shows the flexibility of smoothies and the ease of incorporating seasonal fruits, in this case, fresh summer raspberries and peaches.

Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of your choice
  • 2 peaches, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Sweetener, sugar, honey or agave nectar to taste
  • Ice cubes, as required

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse blender until ingredients are smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 chilled drinking glasses and serve.

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Screwdriver (alcoholic)

The screwdriver is a nice cool drink for a hot, lazy summer afternoon, which has been around since at least the 1940s.  So, not only can you have a nice relaxing drink, but you will be drinking a classic.

Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Equipment Required

  • 2 chilled cocktail glasses
  •  A blender

Screwdriver Ingredients

  • 1 cup cracked or crushed ice
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 4 ounces of vodka

Screwdriver Directions

  • Pour all ingredients into the blender and cover
  • Short pulse blender two or three times to combine and chill drink
  • Strain into cocktail glasses to remove ice
  • Serve immediately

Cook’s Notes

  • Fresh orange generally is preferred, but a high-quality commercial orange juice will do just fine
  • Cracked ice generally works best and makes the straining process easier
  • Keep your blender pulses very short; you are mixing and chilling the drink, not making a smoothie

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Hibiscus Tea (Agua De Jamaica)

Hibiscus Tea (Agua De Jamaica)
Hibiscus Tea (Agua De Jamaica)

I know this tea from the Mexican with cooking tradition and it is a favorite summertime drink around our home.  The flowers used for Hibiscus tea are easily obtained online or in your local grocery, at least in the Southwest. In the Mexican tradition, it is known as Agua or Water, but it is actually a tea made from the flowers of the Hibiscus plant. While usually drank chilled and/or on ice, it makes a perfectly fine hot beverage, as well.

Hibiscus scarlet colored tea is a flavorful and versatile drink, which can be used in a multitude of ways, including:

  • To add flavor and color to a berry or fruit smoothie, or simply, to thin a smoothie a bit.
  • Frozen to make Popsicles
  • To make colorful ice cubes for your summertime drinks
  • Added to Jell-O for more depth of flavor and or color
  • Added to beery jellies, jams, and other recipes to more depth of flavor and or color. This is especially true of strawberry recipes.

Also Known as:

  • Agua De Jamaica
  • Jamaica Water

Hibiscus tea is very simple, though many recipes make it more complicated than it needs to be.  Basically,  you need the hibiscus flower and water.  A sweeter is strictly optional.  Actually,  to provide maximum flexibility, I recommend you don’t sweeten the tea until the time of consumption.   This allows each individual to sweeten the tea according to their personal tastes and/or needs.  Also, It makes a perfectly fine unsweetened drink, which is my favorite way to drink Hibiscus ice tea.   Also, if you skip the sweeter, it not only keeps it very low calorie,  but it is the most flexible way to allow you in incorporate the tea into other recipes, which may have already been sweetened and/ or don’t need the additional sweeten.

Recipe

Ingredients

Ingredient1 Quart Measure12 Quart MeasureNotes
Hibiscus Flower½ cup1 cup 
Water1 quart2 quartsI use 2 cups for boiling and the remainder cold
Sugar/Sweetener6 tablespoons¾ cupStrictly optional
    

Directions

  • Rinse the flowers quickly to remove dust and debris
  • place flowers in saucepan with 2 cups of water and
  • Bring water with flowers to a boil.
  • Reduce to a slow simmer for ten minutes
  • Permit to cool
  • Strain through a fine wire strainer to remove flowers into a pitcher
  • Add cool water and/or ice according to pitcher size
  • Server Chilled

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