My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Monday
Jul182011

favorite summer smoothie

There is really nothing “summery” about this smoothie at all.

There are no berries, no peaches or nectarines, no watermelon and actually no fresh fruit at all.

What is summery about it, is how completely refreshing it is.  It’s like a milkshake, but it’s packed with nutrition, so we’ll call it a smoothie.

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Thick, icy cold, and packed with some of my favorite ingredients.  Let’s call it a cacao-pnut-banana-cinna-smoothie.  No one ingredient stands out too much though.  It’s just a nice smoothie blend, with an energizing kick from the cacao beans!

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Summer Cool-Down Smoothie

  • 1c milk of choice
  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 1-2c ice
  • 3T raw protein powder [opt]
  • 1T raw cacao beans
  • 1t unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1.5T creamy pnut butter
  • 1t maca powder [opt]
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  1. Blend until smooth!

The ice really helps make this extra thick + refreshing!  I always receive questions about the glass straws I use.  They’re from the company Glass Dharma and I was given a set to review about a year ago.  I absolutely love them!

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So what’s been going on with the house?

Lot’s of window taping, which took for-everrr.  The wood already looks painted, but don’t be fooled, it’s just pre-primed wood.  My uncle did all the trim work and we are in love with it.  He restored the trim to look like what was originally in the house.  I’m so glad we stuck with the old trim style.

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All of the edges had to be primed, where the wood was cut.  Also, the nail gun holes had to be filled in with putty then sanded.  After all of that dried, I got to painting.  These are the before photos, and the “after” look almost the same.  Since the wood was white, it doesn’t look too different in a photo.  However, in person, it looks much more finished.  Super excited to have that done!

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We’re so happy we have a small house [1015sqft] with awesome ventilation [14 windows!].  The sun never really blares into our house, but we still get a nice amount of natural light.  Even when it’s in the 90’s the house is typically at about 78.  With the 3 ceiling fans on, it’s extremely comfortable.

Even Kenna agrees.

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What am I up to today?  The parents arrive tomorrow [!!!], so I’m trying to get a few house things done.

Today’s task:  replacing electrical outlets + light switches

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It’s actually a super simple job, but it’s taking much longer than it should.  The walls are sort of crumbly where the outlets are, which makes screwing them into place difficult.  It’s also not easy getting the wires in + out of the box, but I’m managing to get it done!  Slowly…

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Don’t worry, I turned off the breakers and Kenna is keeping a close eye on me.

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Time for a smoothie, outlet replacing and finishing up that burger recipe!

Ashley

Monday
Jul182011

the almost burger

My level of excitement for this latest kitchen creation is high.  Very high.  And it’s not even finished yet.  Well, it’s not perfected yet.  Believe me, every single last crumb was finished.

The idea started the day I made Mama Pea’s Yukon Gold White Bean Basil Burgers.  I would have never thought to put beans + potatoes together in a veggie burger.  It actually sounded kind of odd to me.  However, I knew to trust MP and per usual, the recipe was a major success.  The texture was my favorite part and it was thanks to the potato.

While chowing down on her potato bean burger, my next thought was to combine sweet taters + black beans.  It’s a combination that I love, but never would have thought to make a veggie burger from.

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For spices, I used:  salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder + cayenne

The spice ratios will not be changing.  They were spot on!

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The burger patties actually seemed to pack + hold together really well.  It was upon cooking, that I realized they were fairly fragile.  They didn’t completely fall apart, but they didn’t completely hold together.

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I was trying to get away with not using any flour, but using cooked quinoa and the potato for binding.  It worked, but needs some improvement.  Flour will have to be added.  I’m thinking of using millet or oat flour and maybe even adding 1T ground flax.

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A few things I’m digging about this burger:

  • texture: I left 1/2 of the beans whole, kept the skins on the potatoes, and added whole corn.  Between all of that and the quinoa, the texture was unbelievable.  It wasn’t a pile of veggie burger mush mush.
  • No food processor involved!  Just chopping + mashing!
  • Extremely flavorful.
  • Pretty!!  I love the color from the sweet tater and the whole pieces of corn.  Even a veggie burger needs to look good!

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The recipe made 8 patties and they were gobbled up in under 24 hours, with the help of Chris + Kelsey.

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Dare I say this is my favorite veggie burger??

Ever!? 

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I think so!!  The burg was topped with ketchup, roasted red pepper, avocado and an Udi’s whole grain GF bun.  I love Udi’s GF products.  They’re my favorite in taste, texture + nutrition.

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Another trial run or 2 and hopefully this recipe will be good to go!  Sorry for the Monday recipe tease. ;)

Stay tuned…

Ashley