Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blueberry and fig smoothie recipe

Blueberry and fig smoothie
I've been in Georgia for about 2 weeks now, and I finally feel settled. The movers delivered my stuff yesterday (I found out the hard way that sleeping on an air mattress for that long is NOT pleasant), and before that I barely did any cooking. I had a pot, pan, cutting board, and knife with me, but I couldn't get inspired to cook something that I would have to eat off of a paper plate with plastic utensils. I did make spaghetti and a couple of decent stir-fries, but nothing was worth writing about. But now that my kitchen cabinets are full and I've rested from yesterday's marathon unpacking session, I finally feel ready to cook again.

While I was still recovering today, I decided to make a smoothie. I was drinking smoothies almost every day before I left Michigan, and I'm very excited to be reunited with my blender. It was also perfect timing because today I got blueberries and figs from my grandmother's garden. I don't typically think of blueberries and figs as a good match, and I was planning to make a blueberry and peach smoothie, but I decided to give my body a brief break from peaches (I've been eating about 5 a day) and try this weird combo. To my surprise, I really liked the flavor. It was more subtle than the smoothies I usually make (I might try adding more fruit, especially blueberries, next time), but was incredibly good. I usually use yogurt in my smoothies, but I didn't have any and substituted milk. One of the primary reasons I love smoothies is that you can practically throw anything into a blender and it turns out great, and this was the perfect example.

Blueberry and fig smoothie
(Printable version)

1/2 cup milk or plain yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries
4 large figs, stems removed
2 handfuls of ice

Add all ingredients to the blender, and blend on high until the ice is all pulverized. Serves 1-2.


Joanne said...

This is definitely not a combo I would have thought of either...but I love blueberries and figs why not together?

I'm glad to hear you're settling in and finally have a bed! Air mattresses are fun for one night...but not much more than that!

Mary said...

It's good to hear the contents of your kitchen have caught up with you. I am new to your blog and have spent some time this morning reading your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did. I really love your recipes and will be back often to see what else you've been cooking up. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I can't wait until local figs are ready around here! I love them, and they're around all too briefly. This sounds great! Glad to hear you're feeling settled in a bit more!

Katie said...

Joanne - I've found some of my favorite food combos that way!

Mary - I'm so glad that you found my blog, and even happier that you like what you see!

Alta - I'm a fig nut too. Supposedly my grandmother's fig bushes will be overflowing in a few weeks, and I plan on eating as many as I possibly can :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I just found figs at the farmers market today! Also got some blueberries in my CSA share, so I'm totally making this tomorrow morning.

marie said...

found this recipe AFTER I made my smoothie .
I used about:
1 TBS chopped walnuts
2 TBS chopped dried figs
1/2 cup frozen blue berries
1/2 cup non fat PLAIN yogurt.
swirled in food processor & drank

marie said...

I found this recipe AFTER I created my smoothie. I used:
1 TBS chopped walnuts
2 TBS chopped dried figs
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2c. PLAIN yogurt.
Swirled in food processor a few minutes & drank! CHEERS

Katie said...

Marie - your smoothie sounds fantastic, too! I'll have to give it a try once I get back into smoothies this summer.