My savory green soups for breakfast have been momentarily interrupted to enjoy the signs of spring: asparagus! I can't get enough lately (add artichokes to that list but that's normal for me this time of year). This is so simple... Especially if you already have leftover asparagus, a hard-boiled egg, and a tasty lemon shallot vinaigrette already in the fridge as I did. This particular breakfast was from the other day. The chickpeas were leftover from a big pot of beans that I made too (which will eventually become another version of hummus)... But other mornings I subbed in rosemary roasted potatoes, another time roasted fennel. It's really whatever you happen to have on hand.
Green smoothies have been on the menu for a few weeks too. Yay, warmer weather! I've missed you! Please stay a while!! This morning I made Ryan's favorite for him as usual (chocolate cherry almond butter with spinach - I made his an extra large portion since his teeth were hurting and he was in pain chewing his daily cheese/avocado breakfast burrito... Poor little guy and loose teeth coming out/new back ones coming in) and I made a separate one for me (which I went to bed last night thinking about. Am I the only one who thinks about the next day's breakfast before bed?! Hahaha!).
I used the leftovers from Ryan's smoothie - a small bit wouldn't fit into a leftovers jar - to which I added two big collard leaves and a pear that was languishing the fridge. It was so good! The pear was subtle and the collards tasted so fresh and verdant. I felt vibrant as I was drinking it! When was the last time you felt vibrant eating or drinking something?! Man, what a great feeling that is!
I've had a couple of mind-opening moments with collard greens in the last few days. The first came when I used a collard green as the outer layer of a miso carrot tofu avocado wrap with cashew butter tamari dipping sauce (adapted from a recipe in Sprouted Kitchen). This morning's green smoothie was the second.
I'm so sorry, collard greens, for not being more open to you in the past. I was a closed-minded fool. Please forgive me.