Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Berry Smoothie

One day my girlfriend asked me to make her a smoothie. So I did. I don't really have a recipe for it since it was the first time I've ever made one and I really didn't feel like going online and digging one up. So I took a bunch of frozen berries, some yogurt, some milk and a bit of sugar and made her one. I did it like this.

First, I filled up a pint glass with frozen berries. I've found frozen berries to be a bit tart and they wind up getting squishy or just disintegrating if you try to cook with them. They are easy to use in sauces because of that, but I wouldn't suggest trying to make a crisp with them. Anyway, I dumped them in the blender. Followed them up with about a half cup of yogurt, about a half a cup of milk and a couple tablespoons of sugar. Then I just whizzed it up and poured it out. She enjoyed it very much. A bit of vanilla wouldn't have hurt, or fresh berries. Or for that matter, a splash of vodka. Well, if it wasn't her breakfast anyway. Heh. Does anyone make smoothies on a regular basis? Any advice for a newbie?

So I've decided to work on my one pot baked ziti recipe. It's a good recipe, but I want... something more from it. I recently made some pasta and sauce and decided to just whip up a little baked ziti the normal way (the normal way being: mix together some pasta and sauce, cover it with cheese and bake it). It was really good. But it made me want to do my one pot ziti wicked bad. No point to that little story, other than padding out the post a bit. Heh. Although if anyone has any advice on the baked ziti that would be cool too.

19 comments:

Julia said...

My only thoughts on the Ziti would be possibly to mix in a little shredded cheese, some parmesan for sharpness, and maybe some uncooked baby spinach (it's perfect when it wilts in hot pasta) before covering with cheese. Your home made pasta sauce sounds delicious!

tamilyn said...

I have never made baked ziti, so I'm sorry I can't offer any suggestions. Looks tasty though :)

Jennifer said...

I love raspberry smoothies.

Dawn said...

my baked ziti would be pointless without some ricotta in there.

5 Star Foodie said...

Love smoothies - all kinds. You gave me a good idea with the vodka splash. That sounds good right now :)

Spryte said...

I could really go for one of those smoothies!!

I use frozen berries in crisp often. My family loves it!

Karen said...

Haven't made smoothies for a while... used to make them quite often. I put a couple dashes of cinnamon in my banana smoothies. My fave is blueberry smoothies and the color is gorgeous!

Reeni♥ said...

I eat smoothies every day for breakfast during the summer. That looks soooooo good!! I am missing them now. Ricotta cheese! You should mix it in when your mixing in the sauce, it makes it creamy and extra cheesy and so good.

Kendra said...

How refreshing and yummy!

Bob said...

Julia: Good call! I bet the spinach would be great, I'll have to try that next time.

tamilyn: Never made baked ziti?! You should, it's the bomb. :)

Jennifer: So does my girlie. Heh.

Dawn: I'm just not a big ricotta fan. Please don't hate me. ;)

5 Star Foodie: I aim to please.

Spryte: Really? I tried it once and it was terrible. What kind of frozen berries do you use? Do you do anything special with them?

Karen: Cinnamon would have been good. My girlfriend loves blueberries, but always eats all of them straight before I get to make anything with them. Heh.

Reeni: So I keep hearing, maybe I'll give it a shot. :)

Kendra: Thanks!

ChefBliss.com said...

I love fruit smoothies, and this looks delicious!! Frozen fruit rocks, as far as I'm concerned!!! I'm on a frozen mango kick!! I have always dreamed of making a good baked ziti, so I will offer no suggestions, and just wait, very patiently, for you to finish and post! :)

Culinary Alchemist said...

I love berry smoothies!! I need to get my blender workign again... The jar broke. :(

unconfidentialcook said...

I make smoothies with fresh fruit and use complementary frozen fruit as a stand-in for ice. No yogurt, no milk, sometimes just a tad bit of juice. They're "pure" heaven!

Spryte said...

I don't know Bob... pretty much whatever they have! I toss them with some sugar, a little almond extract and sometimes a little tapioca.

duodishes said...

Smoothie: A little ice to thin it out. Yogurt's good for that too, but the ice adds to it a bit better.

Ziti: Ricotta baby! Sometimes ricotta mixed with a little egg. And lots of fresh herbs never hurt.

In the end, there's nothing wrong with your versions. Simple, easy, good. The end!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

And I would have enjoyed it too! I love anything that color!

noble pig said...

I used to drink them everyday with soy protein...yum!

Bob said...

Chefbliss: I don't think we have frozen mangos around here, at least I've never seen them. Which is too bad, I would love some! Don't worry, I will be posting about my baked ziti. Just not sure when...

Culinary Alchemist: Bummer. I've actually learned that my jar is pretty tough. See, I was making frozen mudslides one night...

Spryte: I'll have to try it again then, maybe it was just a fluke last time. Thanks!

duo: Thanks for the tips! I was going to put more yogurt in it, but my girlfriend had wanted it really thick.

Clumbsy Cookie: Thanks! :)

noble pig: Can't go wrong with protein. Although I usually prefer it in bacon form. ;)

Tangled Noodle said...

There's that vodka again! (I'm catching up on my posts, newest to oldest). This frosty concoctions is going to look even better in about 3 months.

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