My-Not-So-Green Monster Smoothie Take 2

I am re-posting this post because somehow it only half worked the first time! I apologize if you get this twice!

I am absolutely amazed at the amount of greens my garden has already produced! I actually had to thin my littlest kale plants, and ended up with a beautiful pile of baby kale leaves to try out in my Green Monster Smoothies. The larger kale and Swiss chard leaves (4 more bags full), I blanched for a minute or two in a wet, hot skillet, puréed, and stored in freezer bags for later use. I searched the Internet for the best Green Monster Smoothie recipes, and they all seem to have the same ingredients in varying amounts: Spinach or kale, honey, some kind of fruit (berries and bananas usually), yogurt, water. While I am not a proponent of supplements or “unnatural” (man-made, for lack of a better word) food, I did add some whey protein powder (Weider Fruit Splash) and PGX granules. I have been experimenting with protein powder and PGX granules, for the sake of feeling full without adding extra calories. I recently attended a diabetes conference in Edmonton (for my work as a diabetes nurse educator), and a dietitian from Vancouver actually condoned the use of PGX as she stated that it was one of the only supplements that has been scientifically proven to do what it says it is going to do. That said, it really is just concentrated “hyper-viscous” fiber, so I decided to try it, never having tried it before. I am not in any way encouraging anyone to use PGX themselves! The shake I made ended up being a nice golden color (from the peaches and protein powder), with flecks of green kale. I didn’t use honey. And I had tried various Green Monster smoothie recipes before that had too strong an earthy flavor from the kale, this one tasted ok, I think because of the strong artificial fruit flavor of the protein powder. The shake came out to about 300 calories. Now would I make it again? I’m not so sure. I’d rather have a 1/2 a vegetarian panini with kale chips on the side and a glass of milk, which would probably come close to the amount of calories that ended up in this drink! But here is the recipe I used in case you are interested. With the protein powder and PGX, it is quite filling.

Not-so-Green Monster Smoothie
1/3 cup milk (30 cal)
1 heaping Tb yogurt (33 cal)
1/2 small banana (40 cal)
1 peach (75 cal)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups kale (50 cal)
1 scoop whey protein powder (90 cal)
1 single packet PGX granules(10cal)
Blend, enjoy.

“Princess Tower” or “Volcano” Pancakes

"Volcano" or "Princess Tower" Pancakes

“Volcano” or “Princess Tower” Pancakes

It’s the weekend again! Yay! And I’m on breakfast duty, again….so I’m making my version of oven pancakes, or hootenanny pancakes. My kids call them “Princess Tower” or “Volcano” pancakes. The original recipe is from I’ve tried to make it a bit healthier, but these really are more of a treat! I swap out the wheat flour for barley flour, decrease the butter, and add another egg. These pancakes are like a gigantic popover. Lots of eggs in this recipe, so remember when you have this that you will probably fill your egg quota for at least the next few days!

Smother in syrup, whip cream, and berries, and you have a very fast version of a Belgian waffle!

1/4 cup butter
7 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour


Preheat oven to 425 degree F.

Put entire stick butter into a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Put pan with butter into the oven until butter is melted.

Beat the eggs, milk, and salt until frothy.

Add flour.

Beat until mixed.

Pour over melted butter.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Cheesy Organic Spelt Pancakes



So it’s the first day of Victoria Day long weekend! I’m sure everyone has some wonderful plans centered around camping, road trips and BBQ’s. We are setting up our travel trailer for the summer and going camping. It’s my husband’s turn to sleep in today so I’m on breakfast duty. Today I decided to make spelt pancakes, adding cheese for extra protein, and to stabilize blood sugars. (How can you tell that I’m a diabetes nurse educator by day?)

I’ve noticed that I presently have more food posts than art posts, but this will change as soon as I finish my shifts at work for the week, and I will have more time to paint.

Please enjoy the pancakes, and have a great weekend!

Cheesy Organic Spelt Pancakes

2 cups whole organic spelt flour

4 tsp baking powder

3 TB sugar

1 cup grated cheese (any kind, pick your favorite)

4 TB canola oil

2 eggs beaten

2 cups milk

Sift together dry ingredients with cheese. Add wet ingredients. mix until just combined. Drop 1/3 cup of the batter on the griddle to make pancakes.