“Ochango” Smoothie

  
Here’s another Leopard Print Lindsay smoothie to add to your book!

I call it the “Ochango” after a juice I had years ago, that I have never been able to find again. It was made by Ocean Spray and was an orange, cherry, mango juice; thus the name “Ochango”.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Crushed Ice

1/2-1 cup Chopped, Frozen Mango

1/2-1 cup quarted Cherries (I used “Sweet Cherries)

1/2 tbls Chia Seeds

1 cup Orange Juice

Place in Ninja Blender, single serve cup, in that order. (Or in any other type of blender, in that order.) 

Blend until smooth (add more orange juice if too thick), and enjoy!

As always, let me know what you think if you try it!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

  
Oooh my gosh, this is delicious. I won’t even try to pass it off as totally healthy, but it isn’t bad for you.

I’ll whip one of these up after a good, long run to replenish my body. It’s chocked full of protein and tastes like a treat!

Whip It Up:

3/4 – 1 cup Crushed Ice

1 tbls Mini-Chocolate Chips (I use Nestle Toll House brand)

1 1/2 – 2 tbls Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

1 tbls Natural Peanut Butter (creamy, I use Jif Natural)

3/4 – 1 cup Milk (I use 1%)

Place that in your Ninja Blender (or whatever blender you own) in the order above, blend until smooth and enjoy! No really, like ENJOY! Mmm…so tasty!

I use a Nutri Ninja Blender that has the single serve cup. I LOVE this blender and highly recommend it!

Sunrise Smoothie

  

I whipped up this smoothie on a whim one day, and it was so good I had to recreate it! It is so simple to make, needing only four ingredients, and is great way to start your morning. 

Directions:

3/4-1 cup Crushed Ice

1/2-3/4 cup Chopped Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)

1/2-1 tsp Chia Seeds (or more if you’d like)

1 cup Orange Juice

Add items to blender and blend until smooth. Yeah, it’s that easy. 

I used my Ninja blender with the Single Serve Cup, and put the ingredients in as they are listed above. 

If you find that it is really thick, and not blending smoothly, add more orange juice. Sometimes there is too much ice and it turns to thick slush. 

Once fully blended, and fairly smooth, stop blending pour into glass (or in my case, remove blending piece) and enjoy!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

   

This is an easy, and delicious recipe that my parents taught me a few years ago. It doesn’t take long to whip up, and even my tiny human eats it, and asks for seconds. 

Ingredients:

1 pkg Pillsbury Pie Crust (with two roll out crusts)         

2 10.5oz can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup with Herbs

2 10oz can Valley Fresh Chicken Breast

1 14.4oz bag Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Fresh Ground Pepper for taste

0.5-1 tbls Butter 

  

Remove one pie crust, and gently roll out. Place in pie pan, pressing into sides and bottom, as well as along edges.

Open the cans of chicken and drain the water out.

In mixing bowl, combine both cans of soup, chicken, and the bag of veggies. Mix throughly, and season with fresh ground pepper to taste.

  

Pour mixture into prepared crust.

  

Prepare second crust by gently rolling out, and cutting a small hole in the middle. (My little one chose our small apple shaped cutter.)

Place over the mixture, and press along the edges to seal. 

Using a sharp knife cut four small slits about an inch from the hole, then four more toward the out edge to vent. (See picture above.)

Take knife and gently cut the excess crust off from around the edge of the pie pan. 

 

Melt butter in small, microwave safe bowl. (I put it in for 15 seconds.) Using a small brush, “paint” butter over entire crust, it is okay if you don’t use all of the butter. 

 
Place in oven preheated to 400 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes. Check at 20 minutes, and leave it in if the crust isn’t nicely browned around the edge, and the middle isn’t a little toasted. 

If you have a crust cover, I recommend using it. I do not have one, and the edges of my crust can sometimes come out over done.  

Let cool for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy! 

The “Guilt Free” Pizza

 
Let’s face it, we all enjoy pizza, but sometimes we don’t want all grease and calories that can sometimes come with it. I made this for dinner the other night, and it was not only delicious, but I didn’t feel guilty eating it!

So, to whom ever invented the “Margherita Pizza”, thank you.

This is my version, and I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

1 Boboli Whole Wheat Pizza Crust*

1 packet Boboli Pizza Sauce

2 Roma Tomatos, sliced

Tillamook Shredded Mozzarealla 

Spice Islands Sweet Basil 

Directions:

Spread the sauce over the pizza crust. (I used only about 1/2-3/4 of the packet.) Next sprinkle desired amount of Tillamook Mozzarella cheese over the crust. (I did a light sprinkling, so I could still see the sauce.) Place the sliced Roma tomatoes evenly around the crust. Sprinkle the desired amount of Spice Islands Sweet Basil over entire pizza. (I did at least 2 light sprinklings around it.)

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. (The crust package said 8-10, but mine needed longer, I ended up going for 15 minutes.)

Once it is finished, let it cool for a minute or two, slice, and enjoy! 

  
*I will be looking into various recipes and will be trying to make my own pizza crust. If I am successful, I will share it. 

The Smoothie

For those who follow me on Instagram, you possibly saw me post this recipe there a couple months ago. This is one of my favorite breakfasts! I created this mix on my own a while ago, and with the help of my dear friend, Peggy (@hashtag_peggy on Instagram) I added oats to give it an extra boost.

Ingredients:
1 6oz container of Vanilla or Strawberry Yogurt (I use store bought, and Strawberry)
1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup Frozen Peaches, chopped
1/4 tsp Chia Seeds (I use my fingers and do a pinch of them)
1-2 tbls Ground Oats
1/2 cup 1% Milk

Directions:
Place in blender, in order of listing, and begin blending. Use a spatula to scrap the sides if needed, and blend until there are no more “chunks”. If the smoothie is thick, and not blending evenly add a little more milk. Once blended, pour into a glass and enjoy!

I can drink the whole thing, and it tides me over until lunch. It’s just so chock full of yummy goodness!

Suggestions and Tips:
With the ground oats, try starting off with 1 tablespoon, this add a texture to the smoothie, and some may not like the thickness/texture it adds.

I also grind my oats in a food processor and store them in a sealed container. This makes it much quicker to make the smoothie.

Pre-chopping your frozen peaches and strawberries makes the process go a lot quicker as well. I do this and store them in a sealed container in my freezer.

Happy Blending!