This hand blender is the best! Use it to make smoothies, puree soup, salad dressing, milkshakes, applesauce, or dips. Just stick the blender in the pot or bowl, push the button, and blend. Unlike my last blender, this one has a detachable attachment. Just remove it to clean (without worrying about damaging the motor).
A strawberry basil mojito is cool, refreshing, and the perfect way to relax after a long, hot, summer day. Much as I love standard mojitos, this version is even better.
The berries add extra sweetness, the basil adds freshness (and the whole combination just shouts “summer!”). Then you get the added sweet-sour citrus punch from the lime.
I use minimal sugar, particularly in June, when the strawberries are at their peak, but you can add more if you like it sweeter, or if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough.
Coating the edge of the glass with sugar and lime juice transforms your everyday mojito cocktail into something that looks like you got it at an upscale restaurant.
Pour your strawberry mojito into a tall glass, slice yourself some cheese, put out some crackers and olives and you have a party for one. Then, close your eyes and pretend you’re lounging on a soft, white beach surrounded by palm trees. Ahhhhhh.
Use this to make your mojito, for smoothies, to make salad dressing, to puree soups, or for milkshakes. The cleanup is minimal (just push a button and remove the part with the blades). It comes in lots of colors, so you can get one to match your kitchen.
A banana smoothie certainly isn’t a complete meal, but this recipe makes a delicious, refreshing drink. It’s perfect with a crisp strawberry and spinach salad on a hot day (yes, we’re back to summer again).
The nice thing about smoothies is that they’re easy and quick to make. It’s also a good way to use up extra bananas. The bunches of bananas look so good in the store, but you get them home, eat a few, and then watch the rest turn brown if you don’t eat them quickly enough. In the winter, I make banana bread, but in the summer I really don’t want to run the oven that long.
So, I make smoothies instead. This time I just used banana, but you could add strawberries or blueberries (it will turn purply though) if you want to.
Sometimes, I take the extra bananas, peel them, and pop them in a bag in the freezer. When you want a quick smoothie, just take out a frozen banana (and reduce the ice in the recipe a bit).
Or, take your banana and drizzle it with chocolate syrup. Instant dessert!
This lemon mango banana yogurt recipe isn’t mine, but I’ve tried it and it’s delicious. One thing, since I don’t have a food processor (only a mini-chopper), blending the frozen banana is a bit tough. So I did it the other way around (blend first, then freeze).