Banana-Pear Smoothie

For this smoothie, I used the leftover pear and banana from the Pear and Blueberry Cereal I shared with you yesterday. Smoothies are a great, healthy way, when done right, to add essential nutrients to your diet. I love coming up with new combinations of ingredients for these drinks.

I finally broke down and bought this wonderful blender. I love it because the whole set-up sits nicely to one end of my my shelf. Remember: at this point I am renting a room, so things that take up as little space as possible are what I’m looking for.

This personal blender comes with two serving size cups and two half-size cups, so I can easily blend up just what I need of whatever foods I’m working with. The larger cups are perfect for smoothies.

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 pear, chunked

a handful of still frozen spinach from the freezer

almond milk

  1. Pour a little milk into the cup. Maybe 1/8 blender cup or so.
  2. Crack the egg into the cup.
  3. Add the fruit.
  4. Add the spinach.
  5. Pour a little almond milk in, no further than the fill line, depending on how thick you want the smoothie.
  6. Cover and invert, placing the cup into the blender.
  7. Turn and blend a few seconds at a time, until well blended.
  8. Remove from the motor.
  9. Turn right-side up, remove the cover, and enjoy.

Tips

  • Try different types of milk.
  • Use fresh kale or chard instead of the spinach.

Serving Suggestions

  • This will pack a wallop of a nutritional punch when served with a one-pan meal or stuffed squash.

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

Pear and Blueberry Cereal

I had so much fun experimenting with these healthy cereals throughout the spring and summer months. It’s hard to express just how refreshing these are after a long winter of heavy meals. And they are so tasty with the various flavors of the different ingredients. I love how I can switch things up according to what I have on hand at any given time.

Blueberries are one of my favorite foods, and I’ve come to appreciate pears over the last few years as an alternative to apples on occasion. The trail mix can be just about any type you can think up.

Ingredients

1/2 of a pear, chunked

1/2 of a banana, sliced

a handful of blueberries

2 tablespoons of trail mix

vanilla almond milk

  1. Place the pear chunks and banana slices in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of blueberries over the top.
  3. Add the trail mix.
  4. Pour the vanilla almond milk over the top.

Tips

  • Switch things up a bit by using a different variety of pear each time you make this cereal.
  • Buy fruits when in season.
  • Try different types of trail mix.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a slice of Paleo bread spread with homemade apple or pumpkin butter.

Enjoy your breakfast!

Shannon

Apple-Pear Sauce

Homemade apple-pear sauce is easy to make in a pot on your stove top. It makes a good snack, and can even be divided into individual servings and brought to work or school to go with a lunch. This combination of fruits smells amazing while cooking.

Ingredients

apple(s)

pear(s)

water

  1. Wash, peel, and core the apple(s) and pear(s).

  2. Chop the apple(s) and Pear(s). The smaller the pieces, the less cook time needed.

  3. Place the apple and pear pieces into a saucepan and cover with water. Only use enough water to barely cover the fruit, adding more if needed before the fruit is cooked down.

  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until there are small pieces of apple and pear left but there is also plenty of sauce.

  5. Allow to cool or eat warm.

Tips

  • Use cinnamon to add additional flavor to the sauce.

  • This can be cooked down so there are no chunks.

  • Save money by using fruit that is almost gone by and sold for less at the store. Cut out any bruised parts.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve hot over Paleo banana ice cream.

  • Make a syrup for pancakes or waffles by adding 2 or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to the sauce.

You may also enjoy my  Chunky Applesauce.

Shannon

10 Fruits for Your Frugal Garden or Orchard

When choosing fruits to grow in a frugal garden or orchard, there are things that must be taken into consideration:
  1. Soil conditions: If there is not proper soil conditions, can it amended in an organic manner so the fruit will grow well in that area?
  2. Amount of sun: Determine if there is enough sun in the area to grow the fruit. If there is too much sun, is there a way to combat that issue? Perhaps by providing shade in some way for part of the day.
  3. Soil moisture level: If the soil in the area is too moist, a better drainage be created? Perhaps with raised beds? If there is not enough moisture, how can the plants get the water they will need?

There may be other considerations as well. Read the full descriptions of each plant and the care it will need before deciding what to grow. Be sure to purchase from trusted companies or people, to be sure the seeds or transplants are organic. The areas hardiness zone should help in deciding which fruits will grow well in the chosen area.

There are a number of fruits that home gardeners may want to try in their gardens. Here are 10 for consideration:

  1. Apples: Members of the rose family, apple trees are considered perennials. Apples can be eaten fresh, or used in cider making. They can also be made into sauce, or used in bread and dessert baking, among other things. Cross-pollination is necessary when growing apples, as they don’t self-pollinate. When growing in smaller spaces, try dwarf or pole trees.
  2. Pears: These are used in muffins and other recipes, and are excellent eaten right off the tree. Pear trees are able to be trained to grow along a fence or a wall when space is limited.
  3. Plums: These grow well on our families’ camp land, on a mountain here in Maine. They are set up in a small orchard, and the resulting fruit is delicious. The sauce can be made like homemade applesauce, and can also be used in muffins, breads and pancakes, and other recipes.
  4. Bananas: Many people place the dwarf variety of these trees on a sunny porch, or in another sunny location. They don’t take up too much space, and will yield bananas to be used in breads and other recipes. The fruits grow to about 4 inches in length, and may also be eaten fresh.
  5. Melons: There are a wide variety of melons to choose from, including watermelon, honey dew, and cantaloupe.  Some are sweeter than others, and their size will vary. Choose depending on taste, and the space available in your garden. Bush type melons, such as Garden Baby, will take up less space, and people do grow smaller fruited melons along trellises and fences. Melons are highly nutritious, and provide few calories.
  6. Oranges: These provide the body with vitamin C, as well as other important nutrients. They are great in fruit salads, as well as in juices and eaten fresh. Dwarf varieties can be grown in containers inside and outside the home, though they will require patience when growing within the home; the fruit will ripen with considerable warmth.
  7. Lemons: These fruits trees also come in dwarf varieties, and can be grown inside or out. The fruits can be eaten right off the tree, sliced for beverages, or used when baking.
  8. Limes: These trees are also found in dwarf varieties and can be grown successfully in containers. Use the fruit in beverages and for other culinary uses.
  9. Peaches: Grow these in your orchard, or as a dwarf tree on the patio. The fruits from peach trees will be much more flavorful than those purchased at the store. Harvest these fruits in late summer, and use in fruit desserts and salads, as well as breads.
  10. Apricots: Plump apricots are the best to use in homemade breads and muffins, as well as in fruit salads. These are wonderful eaten fresh as well, and make a great fruit basket or bowl along with peaches and pears.

Happy planting!

Shannon