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So many carrots cried in the making of this photo. Also, the strawberries are in therapy.

IS THIS NOT ONE OF THE UGLIEST FOOD PHOTOS YOU’VE EVER SEEN? And, sadly, this was something like the 3rd or 4th try. This is an upgrade from where I started. Orange food is not in my color wheel. If I were in high school and my photography instructor said, “Morgan, go take a picture of an orange soup,” I would cry so many tears. Alas, I am graduated. So the only ones crying were the strawberries and the carrots whose reputations were maligned in the making of this sad little photo.

But the two finickiest eaters on the face of this earth, that would be me and Toodle, ate it. We even went back for seconds. K-Hubs and Twinkle also went back for seconds, and Twinkle just ended up carrying it around in a thermos because soup is not easy for a two-year-old. “Uh-oh!!! Wha happin?” You just spilled soup everywhere. But, you’re two and you’re cute, so that makes it okay.

K-Hubs was secretly unsure of this combination. But he said later that it was quite delicious. Then there was a battle for leftovers. Twinkle won.

This soup is like the ugly duckling. It doesn’t start out looking all that great. Actually, it never looks great. But it tastes wonderful. I guess that means it isn’t like the ugly duckling after all. But it does have a good personality. So give it a try.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups strawberries
  • 2 cups chopped carrots, steamed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-4 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Directions

  1. If using fresh strawberries, wash and slice. If using frozen, thaw to room temperature. I typically use frozen because we buy in bulk. With the frozen strawberries, I fill my measuring cup to about 7-8 cups. As the strawberries thaw, they shrink down to about 5 cups.
  2. Steam sliced carrots until soft.
  3. Add two cups water to a high speed blender.
  4. Add strawberries and carrots. Blend until smooth.
  5. Transfer to deep saucepan.
  6. Add coconut oil, if using.
  7. Heat until desired temperature.
  8. Serve warm. (We have also eaten this cold, more like a smoothie.)

This is a nice starchy soup, which makes it filling and perfect for those times when you are out of all the things. It is also great for long car rides. Or long days at work. Or long days at school. I use this recipe as a base and then add in whatever strikes my fancy. I rely on the coconut oil as a fat source to keep everyone in our family full. It works like a charm.

Also, I went back for another photo shoot with morning light. Not nearly as terrible as the previous 3-4 photo shoots. But not totally what I was going for.

Strawberry Carrot Soup 2015

Photographers may be in tears, but at least the spoons are still smiling.

And always with the add-ons. I cannot even with the add ons. They make this soup versatile.

*Cream – whipped, half & half, whole, from a can, does it really matter? Cream. Just add it. (I have not added these so I cannot attest to their awesomeness. But I suspect they make the soup, especially if you want to make a dessert soup. Dessert soup. Yum.)
*Cinnamon and sugar
*Stevia
*Almond or rice milk

These are typically “ors” rather than “ands,” as in, probably don’t dump all of these into one soup. Cream OR cinnamon. Maybe. Because now I think that sounds good. To be fair, I have seen some recipes call for chicken broth and cream. Or sweet cream and then a bunch of savory spices like thyme, parsley, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Hey, it’s your party. Host it how you like.

As for those other ugly photos, I want you to feel good about your Monday. Like, your Monday isn’t as bad as these photos are. Maybe.

So here they are.

Grab your goggles and prepare for awfulness. It’s like the 1970s got sick in my kitchen. Food photographers all over the world are losing their will to live. And seriously about the goggles. Grab them. Your eyes won’t ever be the same.

No goggles close by?

Grab your sunglasses.

Because orange food. There are no words.

 

It's Like the 1970s came to my kitchen and got sick So Hideous Still Pretty Bad

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Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients Close-Up 2014

If I had just one word to describe this smoothie, I’d pick two and say “comfort food.” Not the sweetest smoothie I’ve ever had, the blend of oatmeal, berries, milk, and juice is a balanced breakfast wrapped up in one comforting drink. For those times I don’t want a sugar high from a fruity beverage, this is a nice alternative. K-Hubs really likes blueberry/orange combinations, but many of the smoothie recipes we’ve enjoyed in the past contain ingredients we no longer keep in the house.

So I set out to find a blend we could all enjoy, allergies be damned.

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Finished Product 2 2014

This one has been a hit in our house. Toodle curiously sips it when she thinks I’m not looking. Twinkle gets excited whenever I offer it. And K-Hubs thought it was so good the first time he tried it, he was convinced it wasn’t my recipe.

The conversation went a little like this:

ME: I just made a new smoothie concoction. What do you think?

K-HUBS: Wow, it’s really good.

ME [Grinning from ear to ear]: Yeah?

K-HUBS: Yeah. Whose recipe is it?

ME: Mine.

K-HUBS: No, I mean, where did you get the recipe?

ME [Grin fading a little]: From myself.

K-HUBS: You? You made this? You came up with this?

ME: Yeeeessss. Is that hard to believe?

K-HUBS: I just…it’s just…you were grinning so I thought you were hiding something…I just…

ME: No, I played around with the ingredients and this is what I came up with. Some people grin when they are excited.

K-HUBS: Ah, yes, well…it tastes soooooo delicious. It really is a masterpiece. You knocked this one out of the ballpark. Yep, you’ve outdone yourself. [Taking another sip] Complete masterpiece.

Nice save. Nice save, indeed.

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Liquid Ingredients Close-Up 2014

It is a thick smoothie, so I played around with how much of each liquid to add. A little orange juice goes a long way. If you decide you want more liquid, I’d increase the amount of milk. Too much juice and it just turns bitter…trust me. And if it’s still too thick for your liking, the next time you make it reduce the oatmeal by a 1/4 cup or so.

Speaking of which, this recipe is great for getting in a daily dose of fiber. That’s why I keep the amount of oatmeal at one cup. This recipe makes enough for two people, so each person gets a daily serving of oatmeal in their smoothie. Success.

I try to eat high-fiber foods, but sometimes it’s just work. How much more broccoli can I stand to eat in one sitting? I’ve eaten three pieces and hit my max for the day. Someone, please hand me a slice of cheese or at least slather the broccoli in butter or dip or something.

I come by this attitude honestly. Mom and I tried to eat celery once during movie night at home. And then what, you ask? That’s it. That’s the end of the story. We tried to eat it once. But Doris Day and Rock Hudson aren’t as funny if you’re eating celery. Mom went in search of peanut butter, but then we had more peanut butter on the celery than actual celery. Finally we gave up and ate the peanut butter by itself. We patted ourselves on the back for the initial effort.

With this recipe, I get my flavor and my fiber. Since I can’t knowingly subsist on Ruffles potato chips alone (although there are days I’d love to try), food combos like this are a godsend.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup Rice Dream vanilla-flavored rice milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (I just prepare frozen orange juice from concentrate according to package instructions, nothing fancy)
  • 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand)
  • 2–2 1/2 cups blueberries, just slightly thawed

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients Outdoors 2014

Directions

  1. Combine 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, and oats in blender on high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add blueberries and blend another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add remaining milk and blend until smooth.

Blueberry oatmeal Smoothie Finished Product 1 2014

And there you have it. A healthy comfort food perfect for rainy days or breakfast on the deck.

NOTES

This isn’t a sweet-tooth recipe. If you’re inclined to make your smoothie sweeter, consider adding a little agave nectar. The blending warms the smoothie, too. If you like a cooler smoothie, add a few ice cubes to your serving glass and stir. This can also help thin it a little because it is a thick blend to begin with, courtesy of the oats.