June 22, 2012

keeping it raw {five for friday 6/22/12}

Barely twenty-four hours after I posted that cozy and warming miso soup earlier this week, temperatures started rising here in nyc. We're now in the midst of a near-100-degree heat wave and might turn into The Baked Apple before things cool off. Thus my attentions have, quite appropriately, turned toward foods of the chilled, crisp, crunchy, and cooling varieties. For the foreseeable future we'll be eating in the raw.

I've been surfing around for hot-weather recipes to try this weekend. Some recent favorites are linked below, following a quick recipe for a summer smoothie that I've been enjoying as a light and energizing breakfast the last few sweltering mornings.

Stay cool and have a glorious weekend!


{ tropical breakfast smoothie }
~20 ounces: 2 small (or 1 large) smoothies

1/2 ripe banana
1/4 avocado, peeled
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup diced watermelon
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon bee pollen (optional)
pinch Himalayan sea salt
3-4 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, adding a splash of water for a thinner texture, if you prefer.


{ the five }

On a steamy day, nothing hits the spot quite like a chilled bowl of gazpacho.

A clever recipe for raw dolmades with umeboshi-pomegranate sauce.

An ideal warm weather breakfast: overnight bircher muesli with spiced strawberries.

Never can have too many slaw recipes at the ready.

Mr. Bittman does it again. A green tea granita with honey and ginger.

Pssst - have you tried the kalegarita yet? Once you've mixed up a few of these ultra-refreshing green cocktails, there's no going back to the average margarita!


  1. the heat! I am sure it is becoming the Baked Apple. It broke all time recorded history here in Tennessee.

    wonderful sounding smoothie--all the tastes of the tropics.

    love the gazpacho with watermelon pieces---very clever, very refreshing. thanks for that link

  2. Hi Nancy - I have been looking at the weather maps, can only imagine what you're experiencing in TN these days! I should not complain, we haven't hit 100 yet in new york...either way, it's perfect gazpacho weather isn't it? ;) stay cool!