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See what I did there? Like Piña colada. We had a slew of fresh pineapples this past week, so I have been experimenting with smoothie creations. In this recipe, the already blissful blend of pineapple and coconut is made even better with the addition of banana and spirulina, that glorious sea algae full of iron, b12 and protein. It’s so delish, it’s worth using up a bit of our solar power first thing in the morning to run the Vitamix, and I wont judge you if you add a splash of rum…just sayin’!

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Hello! I am full of antioxidants. (This is not good bar banter.)

So summer is ending. Tears all around. While I am excited to get into some fall boots (mmm, boots) I am bummed to give up summer produce. As I mentioned last week with my basil reduction recipe, basil is something that gardens are often bursting with come August. So if you’re all pestoed out and looking for innovative things to do with your basil, try out this delish smoothie, which features blueberries—another seasonal summer staple. Blueberries have been said to be one of the best foods for guys suffering from ED, because they have lots of soluble fiber which pushes cholesterol through the digestive systems, clearing arteries. They also can relax your uppity blood vessels and improve circulation. All of these things can lead to boners abound. Now you see where the smoothie gets its name–because I love alliteration and the word boner.  Oh, you don’t like blueberries? Womp womp. Sub in any berry, you berry grinch.

Blueberry Basil Boner Smoothie

(The most innovative name ever.)
Serves 2

1 cup non-dairy milk. I like almond.
¼ cup orange juice
1 1/2 banana, frozen
1 cup blueberries, fresh
½ cup strawberries, frozen
6 large basil leaves
1 tsp spirulina (optional)

Step one:

Put all ingredients in blender and pulse until creamy perfection is achieved.

So tell me what you do with your basil!?

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Homemade tofu cashew ricotta, tomato, spinach, basil, balsamic reduction

So I was dusting off my cookbooks this weekend and I started bumming on the fact that I really don’t cook as much as I used to. I cook to eat, but I don’t play and invent the way I used to. As I stewed on it for a while I realized why: I am now cooking for one.

In college, when I first went vegan and fell in love with cooking, I had friends and roomies and a boyfriend to cook with, and for. Some were vegan, some weren’t, but they all wanted to eat, so eat we did. Living on my own after college for the first year, I still had a few foodie friends around to cook with, and I started an illegal home catering company out of my kitchen—so as long as I had clients, I was cooking.

When my ex moved in, we cooked together all the time. Cooking and eating is so social, and it’s fun picking out or making up a recipe together and trying it out, or cooking something up you know you will serve to someone else.

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Last week while still in Hawaii I wrote a post for iEatGrass.com on one of my favorite jungle fruits, the mamey sapote. The fruit’s dreamy, creamy texture makes it ideal for smoothies, “ice-creams” and straight spooning. Read about its terrific nutritional (hello, iron!) values on the original post! Below is a re-post of the recipe on iEG, where I write my weekly dating column, The Lusty Vegan, which comes out on Fridays! Tomorrow’s topic? Not gonna give it away, but it WILL take you inside the female brain, which is a scary, scary place to be. (Clearly, I am trying to get you over to iEG, because it’s sexy.)

Here is my mamey sapote green smoothie recipe, jungle style!
Prep time: 5 minutes/Serves: 4

Flesh of 1 mamey sapote
Flesh of 1 papaya
3 small frozen apple bananas or 2 large frozen regular bananas
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh coconut water
1 large handful of kale, or other green

Step one
Throw all ingredients in a blender, blend, and enjoy while soaking up the sun.

Island produce! (These aren't in my smoothie, I just want them in and around my mouth)

Goofin!

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I love Groupon; it allows me to feel less guilty about buying things I normally wouldn’t, because I AM JUST GETTING SUCH GREAT DEALS! A few months back, it allowed me to pay 30 dollars to see B Spears and Nicki Minaj (not embarrassed!) and sit in better seats than poor unfortunate souls who paid twice that. Boom.

Last week, I paid 16 dollars for 35 dollars worth of food from The Stand, an awesome vegan juice bar/sandwich shop chain in Connecticut. I went halfsies with my co-worker, Nick. The reason this Groupon was so fantastic was because I normally spend nearly 30 dollars at the stand on myself when I go. As it is all fresh organic goodness, it is pricy. An 8 dollar smoothie, an 8 dollar sandwich, a cookie or four and my wallet is 25 dollars lighter.

I have a particular fondess for the Tempeh Reuben at The Stand because it has bbq sauce, sauerkraut, nayonais and I always ask them to throw on some avocadooohudfyg8934y8493–sorry! Drool was shortcircuiting my keyboard.

Nick ordered the Ollie Bean sandwich, which has a white bean and olive pate–yummo! He also got a white bean and spinach soup, and we both got some bangin’ smoothies.


I am particularly fond of their No.2, which has carob and almond butter and sex. (No, not really, but I liken its creamy goodness to that satisfied feeling you get when you’ve just added a work of art to your penile portfolio and you’re all sweaty and glowy and if it was 1924 or if you didn’t care about your health or lighting your home on fire you would light a cigarette right there in bed…) Nothin’ like a good food/sex run-on to start my day off right….

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