I am not sure why I never thought of this deliciously simple combination before, but I must thank Bryant Terry for introducing me to it in his latest cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen.
In all honesty, I found this book a bit intimidating at first. It appeared far more culinary than my simple, whole food tastes. But once I took some time to really read through it, the magic was unleashed. While it won’t be my go-to book for easy comfort foods, Bryant introduces flavor concepts and pairings that had me down-right intrigued and itching to get into the kitchen. But it was hot, darn hot. So, instead of firing up the stove or oven, I decided to chill out with some inspiration from his Double Watermelon-Strawberry Slushee … and oh what a lovely beverage it was …
Really, for a sweet treat, you could stop at the first two ingredients, watermelon and strawberries. The two, when ripe, seem to pair perfectly. Again, make sure your fruits are ripe and sweet. The watermelon flesh should be a deep pinkish-red and the strawberries should be brilliant in color and delightful to the taste.
Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie
Recipe adapted from Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
This recipe is Vegan (use agave), Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Fat-Free
- 2 Cups (or about 12 ounces) Watermelon Balls (no seeds!)
- 3/4 to 1 Cup Strawberry Halves, frozen
- 1 to 2 Teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar, Honey, or Sugar (or to taste)
- Ice (optional)
Place the watermelon in your blender, followed by the strawberries. Blend until smooth. You may need to push the watermelon down a bit to get it going, but once it starts to blend the juices will be released to keep it going. Blend in the lime juice, sweetener, and ice, if using. If you do choose honey, keep in mind that it doesn’t dissolve as well in cold liquids as agave and sugar. Give it a good blend to prevent any “chunks” of honey from remaining.
Yields 1 cool and refreshing serving
5 Good Things Since My Last Post
(I love reading the daily positive notes shared by others, and thought it was about time I started logging my own happy times for some good energy)
- My husband and I took a wonderful long weekend in Bend, Oregon, and had fun hiking Smith Rock and around the lava fields.
- Lots of cuddle time with my loving cat after we returned home.
- We also came home to loads of book orders to keep us busy shipping this week.
- We found a dozen 10 oz packages of flash-frozen wild alaskan salmon and wild mahi mahi on clearance for $2.50 a piece.
- I had the opportunity to learn from a wonderful gluten-free group I spoke with on the East Coast. Thanks Shirley!