Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A last minute smoothie

Blueberry & Buttermilk Falls Drink
Moosewood Restaurant New Classics Copyright 2001

1 cup buttermilk
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries I used frozen
2 teaspoons sugar or pure maple syrup, or to taste you might not even need this if your berries are sweet

Purée the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. I used my stick blender.

Serves 1. 167 calories, 8 g protein, 2.3 g fat, 30 g carbs, 7.9 mg chol, 242.7 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

I've been wanting to make buttermilk ice cream for the longest time but I just haven't gotten around to it. It seems as if there's never room in my freezer for the freezer bowl of my ice cream machine. This smoothie gave me a little preview of the flavor of buttermilk ice cream and I liked it, I liked it a lot. I wasn't sure what to expect. I use buttermilk quite a bit but I don't drink it straight. This smoothie just had a hint of tang from the buttermilk and I don't think I would have realized I was drinking buttermilk if I hadn't made the smoothie myself. I'll definitely try this again, with other fruits too.

I usually stick to low or no-calorie beverages (coffee, tea, seltzer, water and the occasional diet soda) but I might have started something with this smoothie. I can see myself making a lot of these.

Whew! I almost thought I was going to have to skip posting a recipe today. I planned on making blueberry muffins last weekend but I never got around to it and I didn't feel like making them anymore. I didn't really have time to devote to a new recipe and I don't have any posts on stand-by but luckily I found this simple recipe, which happens to be a winner too.

Blast From The Past: Hot Muffulettas from October 2005. I love those sandwiches. I've made them several times. This recipe is from the cookbook I'm giving away to one lucky winner this month.

Question of the Day: Do you drink smoothies? Do you make them at home?


Anonymous said...

Yes and yes! I always throw bananas into the freezer when they start to turn brown, usually with a thought of making banana bread, but they always turn into smoothies of some sort.

Anonymous said...

I do like smoothies but rarely drink them. I like making them at home with low fat yogurt, frozen berries,and some ice. It makes them pretty thick and cold! Yum!

Anonymous said...

I loooove smoothies, but I hate to buy them as they are so expensive. I like to make them for breakfast, raspberry and yogurt or frozen strawberries and milk.

Heather said...

I love smoothies, especially ones that I make at home because they are cheaper and I know what it going into them.
I even planned a Smoothie Day at work this past year. I couldn't believe how many of my coworkers had never had one before. It was so much fun to share this with them.
I do find that I make them more now that I have a Magic Bullet than I did with the blender because of the ease of cleanup with the bullet.

ThursdayNext said...

Paula, do you think this recipe would work with a fat free buttermilk?

Jennifer said...

Every morning. One banana, six frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of OJ, one container of vanilla no fat yogurt, and a scoop of protein powder. Yummmm.

Anonymous said...

I love smoothies and used to make them quite often. My kids love them too. However, when it's cold outside the last thing I want is a cold breakfast. We tend to drink them and make them more in the warm weather.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I guess I'm the last one boarding the smoothie train.

I used 1% buttermilk here. I'm sure nonfat would be fine in this smoothie.

Anonymous said...

No, cbj, you're not the last one to board the smoothie train -- that would be me! I've never had one, and I KNOW I'm missing a good thing. I wouldn't make one at home, and if I'm out, something else always tempts me more.