It’s been busy few weeks here. I’ve started a long term substitute teaching job at YCIS (an international school in Shanghai) teaching Computer Technology to kids in 1-3 grade. It’s a fun job so no complaints there.
The hardest thing is my crazy mornings. Trying to get 3 kids on the bus and then get myself ready is a difficult feat. I seriously give all you working moms out there so much credit for being able to do this day in and day out. At first I would try to get ready and leave the house with the kids, but I was arriving at school too early and my mornings were a disaster. Now, I send the kids off at 7:25, then get myself ready and bike to school.
The mornings are much smoother.
My mornings are much happier now.
Now that I have the schedule worked out, I am left with one other dilemma. Breakfasts. I tend to grab an apple and piece of cheese, but after 2 weeks of that, I’m done with apples and cheese. I’m in the mood for something more refreshing…. like a morning smoothie, with homemade Laban and fresh vegetables. So I did what any other hungry person would do, I stood in front of the refrigerator, checking out which fruits I had to toss into the blender.
Dragonfruit? Sounds good.
Blueberries? I have about 10 pounds in my freezer so sure!
Ripe Bananas? Good way to get the sweetness without the refined sugar.
With what I had it appears this smoothie will invoke it’s inner Prince and be a purple concoction. I was set… or was I?
I had one other purple item in my produce drawer. Not a fruit. Not by a long shot.
Red Cabbage. Do I dare?
Could I add red cabbage to it? Would the flavour be cabbage-y and gross? I wasn’t sure but I was about to find out!
I added about a fourth of a head, sliced thin, to the blender and let it blend away until I was left with Purple Rain!
I couldn’t believe it! No hint of cabbage. At all. I even taste tested this on my kids and nephew as well as my friend Suzanne.
It tasted delicious and because it was so pretty and purple no one assumed there was anything in here that would raise eyebrows. Since the cabbage, dragonfruit and blueberries are not very sweet, you are relying on the ripe banana and honey to give this drink the sweetness that it needs.
If your bananas aren’t very ripe (mine were not), you’ll want to use up to 1/4 cup of honey. I started with 2 tablespoons and found that it wasn’t sweet enough, so I added a couple more tablespoonfuls and voila…
Purple Rain Smoothie!
A drink so good, that I bet your family will never guess you added cabbage to the smoothie!
- 1/4 Red Cabbage, sliced
- 1 cup Blueberries, frozen
- 1 cup Dragonfruit, cold
- 1 Ripe Banana, frozen
- 1 cup Laban or Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup Water
- 2T - 1/4 cup Honey*
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
If your banana isn't overly ripe, add more honey.