Berry Happy Smoothie


Berry Happy SmoothieSo, I’ve been sick for two weeks now.  What started out as a standard cold turned into a sinus infection and the next thing I know, I’m spending a night checked into the fabulous five-star hotel called the “Emergency Room.”  The day I had started taking my prescription antibiotics was the night I took a trip in the ambulance.  I had been prescribed them the day before when I visited my primary physician.  I never had a sinus infection that caused a fever before and I was shaking so bad that I could barely dial the phone and had trouble breathing.  Thankfully, I was not having a reaction to the medication.

I had the Lap-Band surgery about four and a half years ago, so taking medication in its pill form can be difficult for me at times.  This is especially the case when they are horse pills like the antibiotics I am currently on. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, “horse pills” are medication in the form of tablets or capsules that are very large in size.  The large size of horse pills can make them exceptionally difficult to swallow.

It helps me to drink a smoothie while taking medication.  So today I made what I am calling a “Berry Happy Smoothie.”  This smoothie made me feel good while I was drinking it that I just had to post the recipe for my (and your) future reference!

The key to making this smoothie is the cottage cheese.  I know what you’re thinking, “Cottage cheese?  What!”  My mom questioned it too when I suggested she add cottage cheese to the one she made yesterday.  Cottage cheese is a thickener to a smoothie recipe.  If you don’t like the cottage-cheesy taste, you can add flavor extracts to it, such as vanilla.  You can also thicken your smoothie with xanthan gum.  You might find that in the gluten-free isle.

Bring a smile to your mood with a Berry Happy Smoothie!

Berry Happy Smoothie

  • Servings: 2 1/2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Berry Happy Smoothie

Berry Happy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4-1 c Cottage cheese
  • 5.3 oz (150 g) Low-fat plain (original) or coconut blended Greek style yogurt, like Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, strawberry preserves or red raspberry preserves
  • Fat-free milk or milk alternative
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

Utensils

  • Blender
  • Drinking glass (tall)
  • Straw (optional

Directions

  1. Blend the cottage cheese using “pulse” until it is creamy.
  2. Add the yogurt and ice and continue to “pulse” until the ice is blended in.
  3. Add the fruit and/or fruit preserves and “pulse” until those are blended.
  4. Add the milk and honey.
  5. Add more ice if needed.

Learn many creative shake recipes that utilize cottage cheese as an ingredient!

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I have made the French Toast Protein Shake before and it was so good!

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Grandma’s Pot Le Gel


On February 10th, last year, I entered a contest on justapinch.com and asked my followers to cast their vote for it.  The problem, of course, was that I didn’t have a proper picture of my recipe being made or completed.

Tonight, I made this fabulous eggplant dip to have as an appetizer before a dairy Shabbat dinner.

The story as it was written last year:

“My Grandma was notorious for her home cooked family favorites. There was never a visit without a hot, homemade pie.
Another recipe was for this eggplant dip. My Poppy adored this dip!
She had given me the recipe, but I lost it. Poppy has since passed on and Grandma has dementia, and so for the last couple of years, I tried searching the internet without luck.
Luck changed a few months ago when Grandma and I were looking at a recipe for ratatouille, when suddenly, it all came back to her!”

This recipe calls for one eggplant.  We used two and came out with this one small bowl.  You may decide to double or triple your recipe, depending on how many people you intend to serve it to.

More than one website recommends the use of wooden utensils for making eggplant dips in order to avoid oxidation in your food.  Poppy of Poppy Planet warns that if you use stainless steel, inox or iron, it will leave the dish with a bitter taste.

*This recipe may be Eastern European in origin, but I’m not sure.  I will update this post when I find out.

Pot Le' Gel

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pot Le' Gel

Pot Le’ Gel

Pot Le’ Gel

Serves: about 6 hungry family members

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 tsp oil (I suggest olive oil, it’s healthiest. Start with 1 teaspoon. Another recipe we found says 4-5 tablespoons. You may not need all of that.)
  • 1 medium onion (finely grated, or finely chopped)
  • 1-3 large garlic cloves, mashed (the amount you use is to your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils: wooden knife or wooden spatula

Directions Step-By-Step:

  1. Microwave the eggplant until it is soft.
    I don’t recall the exact microwave time, but I recommend starting with five minutes and then another five. Keep at this until it will slightly ‘sink’ in it’s appearance. DO NOT OVER COOK!
  2. After cooking, cut the green tips off. Peel the skin, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. I remember my grandmother using a grapefruit spoon for this, but I used a fork since I don’t have any.
  3. Mash the meat in a bowl. Use a little olive oil. Start with 1 teaspoon. Mash this with a wooden knife or other mashing utensil.
  4. Add salt, pepper, onion, and garlic (optional).
  5. Cover, chill and serve with bread, crackers or matzoh. This makes an excellent accompaniment alongside your vegetable trays and is also a great vegan alternative to your classic baba ganoush.

Steaming Thai Vegetable Gyoza in the Joie Veggie Steamer


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Steamed Thai Vegetable Gyoza from Trader Joe's, cooking in the Joie Veggie Steamer.

Steamed Thai Vegetable Gyoza from Trader Joe’s

This is my absolute favorite thing to make from the frozen isle, but I never had a steamer to make it with before!

It includes pre-use instructions. It is dishwasher safe, but if you don’t have one, like me, it tells you how to boil the steamer two times before its first use.

To steam your own, it is best to use a recipe.  I followed the instructions for setting up the steamer for cooking on it’s packaging and then the stove top directions for the dumplings on the back of the Gyoza package.

For steaming vegetables, dumplings and other foods, I recommend the Joie Veggie Steamer.

https://www.joieshop.com/e/item.asp?ItemCode=87655&CatCode=14490&s=0727HCH

Amazon:

Joie Veggie Steamer

Vegetable Soup in Chickenless Chicken Broth


 

 

This vegetable soup will warm your soul this season. It’s vegan friendly!

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First of all, I have to say that this is an amazing, tasty and wholesome recipe. If you are in an area where you can get to a farmers market, then do it. Potatoes have a great shelf life, so if you have some from the last trip you made in the early Fall, then use them.

I think this is a great recipe that people will love because of that fact that it is a VEGAN recipe. You can, however, add your own chicken into the broth to make it an actual chicken soup.

Osem Consomme is labeled as kosher and pareve. This means that it has no meat and no dairy products in it.

The Osem Company is an Israeli based company that is in partnership with Nestle.  I’m sure that there are some people who are boycotting these companies because of it, but to me, food is food, products are products, and yes, human beings are human beings. None of this is why I am posting this recipe!

If you make this soup, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

ENJOY!

 

Before you begin:

I don’t recall how long it actually took to make. This all depends on how small you cut your vegetables and how long you are cooking your noodles or pasta for. It is important to follow the cooking instructions for the consomme as that should be added towards the end.

There really isn’t a need for salt, but if you must, I’d recommend sea salt.

Vegetable Soup in Chickenless Chicken Broth

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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wpid-img_20141208_203454.jpgIngredients:

  • 6 or 7 halved, then quartered locally grown, baby gold or cut up gold potatoes (more skin means more nutrients – leave it on)
  • 1 – 14.5 oz (411 g) Trader Joe’s Mirepoix: celery, carrots and onions (These come chopped up in the package.)
  • A tablespoon (or more, as necessary) of Osem Consomme
  • 1 cup elbow pasta (I used Barilla.)
    Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. put water, potatoes, and veggies into a large pot

2. Bring this to a boil.

3. Add pasta. Cook pasta until desired tenderness is reached.

4. While pasta is still boiling, add soup mix. Bring to boil while stirring. Reduce heat to a simmer for 3 minutes.

Serve.

 

*I do not work for, nor am I in any way affiliated with Osem. I just like their products.

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It’s That Time of Year Again!


There’s a bite in the air.

The nights are chilled,

but the days can’t decide whether to become cold or stay warm.

The leaves are turning colors.

Jackets and boots are making their annual return.

Grills and outdoor stove tops are canvassed.

The children are in school…again.

Daily outdoor adventures slowly return to indoor family fun nights.

It’s that time of year again, everybody.

Oh, yes…

It’s Fall.

Now go make some delicious hot cider.

 

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Get your recipe for Homemade Mulled Apple Cider here!

This idea has been submitted to LivingLocurto.com‘s Fall & Halloween Living Creative Thursday Link Party

Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food


I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

fall jello shots from that's so michelle (1)

 

Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2011/11/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-jello-shots.html
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-pudding-shots.html
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/12/apple-cider-and-buttered-rum-jello-shots.html
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-jello-shots-and.html
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle http://www.thatssomichelle.com/p/jello-shots.html

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory. It Is Just Hilarious!


Facebook, and the rest of the internet, has done it again!

One little twist of a photograph or video, and the rest of the world knows about it.  Behold the Power of Facebook!

A July 29th Facebook post claims that a video, containing footage of a UFO, is the real deal and encourages its supporters to share it before “they” remove it from the internet.  The poster of the video claims that Facebook has already been asked to remove the video.

I thought this was too funny for several reasons.

First of all, they posted this with too many capital letters, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.  Whether you’re a conspiracy theorist, radio website, or not, if you want what you’re writing to look legit, at least try to make it look legit.

The Facebook Page in question posted the following:

“This is the video that they are ERASING off the internet. Facebook has been Asked to DELETE.  SHARE IT before it gets Deleted. Make this go Viral Now.  PEOPLE MIGHT SAY ITS FAKE BUT BELIVE IN THEM AS MUCH AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT HIDING IT FROM YOU.”

Secondly, if they claimed that Facebook had been “asked to delete it,” well, weren’t they the ones posting it?  Wouldn’t they be the ones asked to delete it?  Why post it at all if they knew that Facebook was already deleting it?

Third of all, it’s September and this video is still all over the internet.

So of course I wanted to see if I could find the source.  I don’t know if I did, but I found something interesting on an identical YouTube video.

I found this:

Is this real, or a hoax?  What do you think?

Let’s take a closer look:

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

So what is bandicam.com?  Well, my dear readers, according to its website, “Bandicam is the most advanced Desktop Screen Recorder and Video / Game Recording Software on the planet.”

And there you have it.

My own belief is that somebody was recording their video gameplay of an alien invasion simulation of some sort.  They probably uploaded the file onto YouTube or some other video uploading program to either store it or share it with friends and from there, it went viral.

Now, many of us know what happens when people post questionable content of the ridiculous kind.  The comments that follow are usually just as entertaining.  Amidst all the quirky responses, the believers, the disbelievers, and the Michael Jackson eating popcorn memes, I found this one to be the best:

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

I could not help but laugh.

I think I should start making pancakes now.