Kids’ Corner – Fruit Smoothie


Early Saturday morning my phone was chiming and I was thinking Who is texting me early on a Saturday? It was my niece- she is a trooper and created yet another kid-friendly recipe for the blog.

January 2011

Wisconsin weather has been rather warm – up until today – so why not make smoothies in January?!

January 2012

If there had been snow on the ground last weekend, I suppose Julia could have substituted fresh snow for the ice cubes.

Healthy Smoothie Recipe
1 cup milk
2 bananas, sliced
6 ice cubes
1 cup strawberries, cleaned & sliced


*Put all of the ingredients in the blender and blend.

Julia created the recipe because she wanted a healthy and delicious treat. She said the whole family tried it and enjoyed it and she even created a milk-shake variation on Sunday using frozen raspberries and frozen strawberries.

Question: Do you drink smoothies during the winter?

Happy Birthday Princess Kate

Today’s post is a little tongue-in-cheek.  It’s to say Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cambridge.

On more than one occasion I’ve been told I resemble Kate Middleton.

Sporty Kate

Sporty Nicole

It’s a compliment and one that I always makes me laugh a bit.  I’d like to think that in a Princess emergency, I could stand in for her–you should see my elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist wave.  A big difference though:  she wore a floor-length gown to see the movie War Horse.  I wore jeans and a fleece sweatshirt.

In honor of Kate Middleton’s 30th birthday, I created Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kakes.  This isn’t a fancy recipe but came together quickly with ingredients I had on hand.

Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kakes

2 baked sweet potatoes
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 a can of black beans
1/2 red pepper
1 handfull of spinach leaves
1 tsp chili powder or cumin
dash of garlic salt
dash of pepper
(Optional but recommended:  juice of one lemon or lime, fresh parsley or cilantro)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Cook the sweet potatoes (I pierced them and put in the microwave for 10 min)
*Cook the quinoa and let cool
*Place sweet potatoes (I left skins on),  pepper, spinach, beans, salt and pepper, chili powder/cumin, parsley in a food processor and process until mashed/blended.
*Combine the potato mixture with the quinoa and stir together
*Form mixture into patties and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet (I recommend spraying the foil with non-stick spray)
*Bake 12 minutes, flip and bake another 12 minutes
*Turn on the broiler and broil on each side for about 5 min until crisp
*Makes approximately 10 patties

Princess Kate Sweet Potato Kate

I recommend serving these warm–perhaps on a bed of mixed greens, with salsa, and even an avocado.  These are not the prettiest Kakes, but they are tasty and pack a nutritional punch.  As I was making them, the QAG came into my kitchen and said, “You certainly have something going on there, don’t you?”
I have a sweeter version in mind for another test-kitchen operation that will include apples, of course.

Question:  Who have you been told you look like?