Honestly, how in the world does one come up with a raw mint chocolate smoothie? People leave me in awe some times with their brilliant creativity. This looks and sounds delicious and more importantly, incredibly satisfying. Nida brings this recipe to us this week for her weekly Tuesday post on Raw/Vegan recipes and tips. Wonderful find! W.P
As if you need an excuse to have chocolate and mint... I am on a "give me chocolate or ill have your head" kick. So..... here it is, my way of not downing a bag of raw or gluten free chocolate chip cookies ;) and pretending that the giant vat of green tea will negate it. I love that its chunky enough to be a sundae with the cacao bits and soft enough to be a smoothie, add crushed ice to make it even chunkier!
Makes: Two 18 -ounce servings
Superfood Boost: Add 1/4 teaspoon chlorella or green tea matcha
Hat Tip: Veg Kitchen
We love guest posts! Here is a mouth watering recipe for Bright Basil Chicken with Mushrooms & Goat Cheese. This was sent in by Nida, our Tuesday weekly RAW/VEGAN contributor. Yes, she does eat cooked food too in case you were wondering.......
It’s always a pleasure having families over for parties. There are grandparents, parents, children, uncles, aunts, friends, classmates etc. People of all ages are usually invited for family gatherings such as these. Such events take lots of planning, time and effort, but don’t let them scare you. The smiles on the kids' faces makes up for everything. After the party, my younger boys said that they want their next birthdays to be at home as well.
Decorating the living room was a lot of fun. We used streamers, banners, balloons, mobiles hung from the ceiling, disco balls, signs and tissue paper accessories. I could have gotten more creative, but the room needed to look welcoming, not overcrowded. I placed the loot bags in two baskets and they became a part of the décor.
Lots of factors had to be taken into consideration when deciding the menu for this special occasion. One of the most important ones was food for different age groups and dietary needs. In order to make this easier for myself as well as my guests, I set up three tables. The first one was a kids table, the second for drinks and desserts and the third was the adults' food table.
I also don’t like it to get too crowded around one table with all the food and drinks. Entertaining about 50 guests can be overwhelming as it is, so I wanted to be really organized about the whole presentation. Planning requires lots of effort and thinking ahead. It’s always a good idea to have some items on hand that don’t need to be cooked, or heated before serving. It’s best to have a mix of room temperature, cold and hot menu items so that everything doesn’t have to be warmed up when dinner is served.
We had lots of kids games at this party. This came with lots of fun, laughter and noise. In order to contain the kids in one room, I made sure that everything that they wanted was nearby and easily accessible. After all this was a kids birthday party, so they were the focus of everyone’s attention.
I was taking the photographs, my brother was making the video, someone else was conducting the games and my sisters and sister in law were in charge of serving the pizza and making sure that it didn’t get burnt. It’s a blessing to have a family that helps you willingly. I was very lucky to have them when the party was done. They helped me with the dishes and we lay out a clean towel on one of the tables and let them dry there. I put away everything the next day.
Plan your next party and let us know how it turned out. Remember, you don’t always have to make all the food yourself; that’s what kitchencultures is for! Also, refer to our other blog posts about party planning and I am sure you will find lots of other ideas there. (Look under the tag tools & tips or use the search bar in our header for keywords; such as, easy entertaining etc)
Below is the menu I served.
Salsa + tortilla cups
Veggie platter - baby tomatoes, celery, baby carrots, mixed peppers, onion dip and ceasar's dressing
Two bite brownies
Adult Food Table
Dahi Bardey (Dumplings in Yoghurt)
Street Style Chickpeas & Potatoes (recipe coming soon!)
Tamarind Chutney (recipe coming soon!)
Green Peas & Rice (Matar Pulao)
Chicken Karhai with Gravy
Veal black pepper (recipe coming soon!)
Mixed vegetables (recipe coming soon!)
Tangy Minced Beef (recipe coming soon!)
Marcaroni, fruit and vegetable salad (recipe coming soon!)
I had read somewhere months ago that melted goat cheese makes a great pasta sauce and I was intrigued. I realized I wouldn’t need to add much else in the form of spices or herbs if I used a nice herbed chevré. Now a lot of people love their spaghetti loaded with sauce and of course I like spaghetti with meatballs or a good tomato based sauce, but some times it’s nice to taste the veggies and the pasta itself. I have had the simplest of pasta meals (often 3 ingredients) and they can taste amazing. This recipe for Tomato, Mushroom & Spinach Spaghetti with Goat Cheese Sauce calls for ingredients that most of us have in our kitchen- nice and easy.
Green Peas & Rice Pilaf (Matar Pulao) is a very popular accompaniment for various kebabs and meat dishes. It tastes great with yoghurt and salad. Everyone makes it slightly differently but here is my version. It is an easy side to prep for pretty much any meal, especially ethnic Indian or Pakistani dishes.
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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