My plan for tonight was to write a post about my trip to New Mexico last week and all the amazing ways I enjoyed its beloved roasted green chile. But, as I stepped outside the hospital where I work, ready to head home, and welcomed by the embrace of a 108 degree breeze, all I could think about was all the different ways I could whip up some fresh fruity slushies. I’d take a bath in a slushy if I could…. it was that hot!
By the time I got home I’d already imagined my plan…. a light cooling supper of 3 different slushies (or icees, or sorbet, or whatever you wish to call them)…. Watermelon and Mint,
After this sumptuous feast, I simply had to have dessert. This is one you really must try, and no recipe required: Chunks of watermelon tossed with torn mint leaves and a sprinkle of finely ground black pepper. Amazing. Yogi Bhajan always said that watermelon must be eaten with black pepper. Don’t freak out! It is actually very very good this way. Also, it is important to always eat melon alone. Melon digests very very quickly. Thus, if you mix other foods with it or shortly before or after it, the melon will ferment as it sits around waiting for your digestive process to catch up on the other foods. However, don’t let that stop you from adding a few torn mint leaves. Mint is a digestive aid, and this little bit does the perfect trick. Simply outstanding!
Please note I broke a few of these rules by devouring all three slushies plus this tantalizing bowl of watermelon. I promise not to make a habit of it!
Without further ado… here are the very simple recipes. Each recipe is enough for 1 generous or 2 smaller servings. Please feel free to improvise!
Place ingredients in your power blender and pulse/blend, occasionally tamping down, until smooth. Spoon into a tall glass or lovely dish, garnish with mint, slice of lime, or as you wish, and enjoy with a spoon.
Oh My Greenness!
1/2 ripe avocado
1 leaf kale (dark green part only)
1 small (or 1/2 large) frozen ripe banana
squeeze of lime
1/4 green bell pepper (small/medium)
dash of cayenne
1-2 tsp. agave, honey, or other sweetener (optional)
1 generous cup of ice
Orange You Happy
1/2 small cantaloupe, cubed (preferably cold)
1-1/2 cups ice
2 tsp. frozen orange juice or sweetener (optional)
Minty Melon Kicker
1 cup watermelon cubes (preferably cold/semi frozen)
1 cup or so ice cubes
4-5 leaves fresh mint
dash or two of finely ground black pepper
squeeze of lime