21 Jun Refreshing Summer Watermelon Lemonade Smoothie and Creamy Celery Root Apple Slaw!
“NUMEROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES NOW CONFIRM THAT A WHOLE FOODS DIET COMPRISED PRIMARILY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND NUTS WITHOUT ADDED OIL, SUGAR, AND SALT IS OPTIMAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH, NOT ONLY PREVENTING A BROAD RANGE OF DISEASE AND ILLNESSES, BUT ALSO REVERSING SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CHRONIC CONDITIONS. THIS FINDING IS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE IT COMMUNICATES A TRUTH THAT HAS THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES.”
DAYTIME VEGAN MEAL PLAN #24
SMOOTHIE: WATERMELON LEMONADE
LUNCH: CREAMY CELERY ROOT APPLE SLAW WITH PUMPKIN SEEDS AND RAISINS
DINNER: TURKEY SAUSAGE BURGERS WITH CREOLE MUSTARD & ROASTED RED PEPPERS
I want to let you all know that I’ve hated watermelon since the day I was born! It has always tasted like dirty water to me. My parents and I concluded that I hate this fruit so much because my mom ate a personal-sized watermelon almost everyday throughout her pregnancy with me. So I was already tired of the crap by the time I was born! With that said, I am very surprised to say that I LOVE this Watermelon Lemonade Smoothie. Not just like….but love! I use whole slices of lemon in this recipe, instead of using the juice of a lemon like usual. I’ve mentioned in my Orange Creamsicle Smoothie post that the pith and skin of ciitrus fruits have many health benefits, so I always try to blend whole lemon slices to get all of the nutritious benefits. I think the lemon slices really helped mellow out the watermelon flavor. It has a perfect mild flavor with a hint of lemon and sweetness. This is definitely a gateway watermelon recipe for those of you who have never liked it.
Some of you may have never heard of celery root, also know as celeriac. It is celery of a variety that forms a large swollen turniplike root that can be eaten cooked or raw. Here’s a picture.
The outside is rough and brown and the inside is a creamy white color. It tastes like a cross between celery and a potato to me. The texture is kind of like a potato, but it can be eaten raw or cooked. It seems that a some of my readers are not open to trying weird new ingredients, but I hope to change that over time! If you can find Celery Root/Celeriac in your grocery store or farmers market then I highly suggest you give this recipe a try. An easy way to get used to the flavor is to boil it with potatoes when making creamy mashed potatoes. It gives your mashed potatoes a little kick, but it’s not overwhelming!
If you can’t find celery root then you could make this slaw recipe the old fashioned way with cabbage instead!
Health Benefits of These Meals:
- Watermelon Lemonade Smoothie: “Consumption of citrus fruit or juice is found to be inversely associated with several diseases. The health benefits of citrus fruit have mainly been attributed to the presence of bioactive compounds, such as phenolics, vitamin C, and carotenoids.”
- Creamy Celery Root Apple Slaw with Pumpkin Seeds and Raisins: “Celery Root is rich in vitamins A, C, K and E, essential oils, carotene, microelements and other nutrient. Celery root has excellent calming, analgesic, antiseptic, anti allergic and other therapeutic properties. This natural product is recommended to patients who suffer from various problems with digestive system, including ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, a lack of appetite and so on.”
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
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- 1 cup cashews
- ¼ cup red onion
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- juice of 1 lemon
- ¾ cup water, filtered if possible
- salt to taste
- 2 celery roots, peeled and cut into strips
- 2 gala apples, cored, cut into strips
- ½ cup raisins, any type
- ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds (a.k.a pepitas)
- Place the first 8 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Place the celery root and apples in a large bowl. Pour the sauce in the bowl and toss everything together. Top with raisins and pumpkin seeds.
If you can't find Celery Root, or think you won't like it, just use about 3 cups regular green or red cabbage instead. It will be delicious!
- ½ pound ground turkey
- 2 italian sausage links (mine were approximately 0.35 pounds), spicy or mild, remove from casings
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon creole mustard, or dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- ¼ cup chopped bell pepper
- ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 hamburger buns
- a few slices roasted red bell peppers
- lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, mayo, mustard (any other toppings you like)
- Place the first 11 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Make hamburger patties using ½ cup of the mixture for each patty.
- Place a non-stick pan on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and the hamburger patties. Cook the patties for about 4 -5 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.
- To assemble, place a hamburger patty on your bun and top with your desired amount of mayo, mustard, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, and onions.
- ½ of a sugar watermelon, or approximately 4 cups
- 3 thin slices of lemon, peel and all (about ¼ inch thick, remove any seeds)
- 8 dates, pitted
- 1 cup water, filtered if possible
- 6 ice cubes
- Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.