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Veggie cubes for winter breakfast

By Penny Stine

A year and a half ago, I started making fruit and veggie smoothies for breakfast almost every day. A garden really helps, because you go through a lot of produce when you’re drinking at least two types of fruit and three types of veggies every day for breakfast.


Last year, I made frozen kale cubes almost every week once my garden was in full swing, since my kale was growing gonzo. This year, my kale has struggled, but my Swiss Chard is better, so I went out to see what I could pick last night.







I got two giant bowls full of greens.I separated the kale and steamed that, since I have a lazy thyroid and there are some experts who say to limit the amount of raw brassica-type veggies in my diet. Cooking is supposed to help, so I steam kale before putting it in my Vitamixer.










I didn’t bother to cook the Swiss Chard. Although I got the idea on someone’s else’s blog last summer about making kale cubes in the summer, that person added a little water to the kale before blending, just to get it going. I decided to add watermelon instead, which I did all last summer.







Then I crammed the steamed kale, raw Swiss chard and several hunks of yellow watermelon into my Vitamixerand ran the blender until it was a nice, thin liquid. (It didn’t take long - maybe 30 seconds).  I poured the green juice into ice cube trays, froze it overnight and popped out the cubes this morning and put them in a gallon freezer bag.


Last year, I filled about 10 gallon freezer bags full of kale cubes before winter put an end to my efforts.
Needless to say, I didn’t have to buy any kale to add to wintertime smoothies.

Last year, I bought the watermelon from the Green River growers who go to the Teller Arms Market in Grand Junction. The little yellow watermelon in these pics came from Sprouts.

I’m hoping to have a few watermelons of my own to use later this summer. Look at how cute they are and how well they’re doing in my flower pots!  

I'm not sure why I stuck a watermelon seed in this pot. Not only is the pot a lot smaller than my two other pots with watermelon, I also planted cucumbers in the same pot. I think it may be a little overcrowded... but it's got a watermelon.


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