The last thing I want to start my day in the winter is a cold glass of green smoothie. Never mind that kelp, spirolina, soymilk, and protein powder are touted as a wonder breakfast, I long for something warm and soothing, but loaded, of course, with all those vitamins I'm supposed to drink for a happy, healthy life, as well as a super detox for all those nibbles of sweets and unhealthy cups of coffee.
Wait a minute. What if I simmered up all those lovely veg I love: spinach, arugula, and my new discovery of turnip greens ( which turns out to be THE super green) and well, why not add a big handful of parsley? Yum, yum, yum! Add a spoonful or two of that leftover rice and some good-for-you herbs and a dash of hot sauce? That would do, wouldn't it?Â ( and my newest warm green smoothie?Â Beet greens, spinach, fresh dill, parsley, and kale - yummy!)
Such a lovely way to start the day, don't you think?
Makes two big smoothies.
1/2 a peeled onion, cut up
1 T. olive oil
2 cups beef, chicken, or vegetable broth
1/4 t. thyme
pinch of nutmeg
a small sprig of rosemary, de-stemmed
two drops of hot sauce (optional)
2 1/2 cups packed greens ( I sliced up turnip greens, arugula, and spinach today)
1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
freshly ground pepper to taste
Gently saute the onion in the olive oil in a medium saucepan for 5 minutes.
Add the broth, herbs and nutmeg,Â and greens,Â and cook until the greens wilt down completely. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes, then puree in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree completely.
Serve in glasses or mugs.
PS/Â Chard and avocado are both terrific detox greens, so if you can find them at a reasonable price, by all means use them.