Today is Day 3, the very last day of the challenge. I liked the Green Machine Smoothie so much that I made it again for breakfast today. I ran out of mango, but I substituted blueberries and green apples (skin and all) to brighten the smoothie and add some tartness. I’ve always felt acidity is a great component in smoothies. Having this for breakfast is a great start to the day; I felt fresh, alert, and satisfied until lunchtime.
As I continue with the challenge and make new recipes, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to pick a favorite! The red lentil soup is a real contender. The easy preparation, short cook time, and huge flavor all make this soup a winner. It took me only 30 minutes to prep and cook this dish. It was so tasty and flavorful, especially considering the very few ingredients. The cooked-down red lentils added a creamy and rich texture. I drizzled a bit of extra-virgin olive oil over the top before serving, which added another beautiful layer of flavor. The soup is perfect for a chilly winter day. Next time, I think I’ll double the recipe and freeze some so I can have extra on hand.
For dinner I chose the cauliflower stir-fry. It is a great recipe to use when you have a ton of vegetables in your refrigerator that need to be used! I suggest cutting the cauliflower into tiny florets with a knife, to avoid over-pulsing them into mush while using the food processor. I added leftover celery, toasted coconut and jalapenos to the stir-fry on top of the ingredients specified. All of the flavors worked wonderfully together, and the extra veggies made it a nice, hearty entree. This is a light, tasty and creative dinner I will definitely be making again.
Thanks to Martha and her team for a wonderful three days of meals. I’m inspired to continue the challenge and try many more of the unique, healthful, easy-to-prepare, flavor-rich recipes!
Like this Soba with Salmon and Watercress: