My grown son is now in his own condo and this collection of recipes I called, Dearest Michael were written when he was younger as you will see by my references, as a gift to him for this very moment.
Whether you read them for the story or the recipe, know that they were written as a tribute to the many people who have influenced my kitchen, my cooking and my notion of family.
Mom, do you get my Sunday recipes?, I asked my mother curiously when we were catching up on the phone. She hadn’t mentioned any of them since I started sending them over four months ago.
Yes, but they are all so fattening, she replied.
I laughed knowingly at the familiarity of this conversation. We have been having food, calorie and weight loss diet conversations for a good part of our lives. In fact, Diet Speak is such a familiar language between the women in my family that it is has become almost normalized.
The irony of food in my family is that in one breath we are discussing the scale and how much weight we have lost or are trying to lose again and in the next breath, with barely a pause, we are discussing recipes, what we cooked for a party, what we want to cook, or a new dish we made.
It is the greatest contradiction. Dieting on the outside and a dozen homemade frozen ice cream parfaits with Hot Fudge Sauce living on the inside of the freezer. No wonder I have yoyo’d my whole life.
In my recent attempt to finally get a handle on this inner outer conflict of mine, I have learned to question the boomerangs of damaging thoughts that constantly judge every morsel of food that is headed in and the ones I have already consumed.
I have recently learned a new approach from a woman named Nina Manolson which I will share in a later blog, but since I am reflecting back to where it all came from, I decided that based on my mother’s observations of my recipes, today I am going to share one of my most favorite healthier ones.
I am not sure why I haven’t spoken much about my mother’s cooking and her recipes. They have been the foundation of so much of my love for my own kitchen. Between the tools, pots and pans, kitchen toys coupled with beautiful dishes, silverware, and always cloth napkins, I grew up with wonderful meals watching my mother love being in her kitchen. Ultimately she taught me this joy in the kitchen and she definitely deserves many of my shout outs.
I will share some of her recipes in future blogs for sure, but for today, a simple shake that solves sweet cravings in the afternoon, satisfies a rushed breakfast in the morning or helps keep a handy to go meal in the fridge for those times you need to eat but don’t have the time to prepare something.
When I am craving something sweet, but know myself well enough to know clearly that a pint of Ben and Jerry’s is definitely not 4 servings like they say on the back, I head to the Alayne’s Morning Breakfast or “Solve the Afternoon Sweet Tooth” Shake.
You probably already make some version of these, but here is mine along with a few options to shake it up a little.
I tend to drink one of these almost every day because they are filling, nutritious and if I have been on a carb fest, they help to course correct my insides too.
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Alayne’s Morning Breakfast or “Solve the Afternoon Sweet Tooth” Smoothie Shake
When I am craving something sweet, but know myself well enough that a pint of Ben and Jerry’s is definitely not 4 servings like they say on the back, I head to this easy and delicious shake.
A good solid Vitamix will cost you some money at the beginning, but will repay you in ease of making every smoothie, soup and blended item for life. I love mine.
16 oz mason jars (8 count) comes with metal lids, but I prefer the plastic recommended below. From soups and smoothies to a quick glass for water to go or even a vase of flowers, I save these and reuse over and over.
Bright colored plastic lids for mason jars easy to clean too. Set of 18 regular sized.