Month: November 2014

Blueberry Strawberry Smoothie with Hulled Hemp Seeds

I’ve been wanting to try hemp seeds for awhile now.   I am constantly trying to find ways to sneak extra protein into our diets.  A serving of hulled hemp seeds (approximately 3 tbps) has 11 g of protein!  In addition to Omegas 3 & 6, hemp seeds also are a good source of zinc, iron, and magnesium.  Check it out. They added a very slight nutty flavor to our smoothie.  I added about a 1/3 cup to the blender, which yielded two 6-8oz. smoothies.  It blended up very nicely, I did not notice any grittiness or additional thickness to the drink.

Making your own Vegetable Stock

After making my Curried Carrot & Butternut Squash Soup, I had a lot of odds and ends left over! I couldn’t allow myself to throw any of it away. Instead, I tried my hand at making my own vegetable stock! I’ve never done it before, but basically it’s just boiling the leftover & tough bits of veggies in water until they die.  The only things that I added that were not “leftover bits” was 1 onion and 3 large whole carrots. Half way through the boiling process I accidentally removed the lid and forgot to put it back on. When I came back to check on it, the water level had dropped by nearly 3 inches. Oops! Hopefully this just intensified my stock flavor.