Becky Mikles

Becky Mikles

Posted June 3, 2011

Published in Health

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Heart's Delight

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What is your heart's delight?  Do you have a dream you are living, or chasing?  Have you met your heart's delight in another?  How about the way you eat, are you taking care of your beating heart? "Heart's Delight" conjures up different visions in all of us, and the landscape changes in our own lives as we go through time.  Does there ever come a point where we we've grabbed the brass ring, reached that ultimate goal that satisfies our heart's desire for all time, or do we finally realize, like Dorothy Gale, that the search itself is fruitless? As Dorothy so eloquently observed, "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard…because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!"

Heart's Delight is also the title of my completed, but yet-to-be published, cookbook.  Not that I set out to write a cookbook.  All I wanted to do was indulge my passion for vegan nutrition and cooking, and put down in writing a handful of best-loved recipes to pass along to my daughters. What surprised me was how many recipes I actually ended up with!  It seemed the more I captured what I was doing in the kitchen, the more I came up with new ideas.  I started looking at everything I was preparing with an eye towards recipe development.  What began as a handful of recipes to print at home, pages held together by one small staple, soon mushroomed into a spiral-bound book of 85 dishes, including a table of contents, index, nutritional information, and page numbers.

As I use these pages to blog my heart's delight, and who knows what that might be from day to day, I will also share some of my recipes from my Heart's Delight.  I'm hoping my efforts will be smooth sailing, so the recipe for today is my Fruit Smoothie!

Fruit Smoothie

 ½ cup orange juice (or pineapple, cranberry, cherry, etc)

½ cup soy, rice, or almond milk, plain or vanilla

½ cup frozen banana chunks**

1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mangos, peaches, etc.)

  1. Place ingredients in order given in a blender. 
  2. Blend at high speed until all ingredients are smooth(ie)!

 **To freeze banana chunks, peel a medium size banana and break or cut into 3-4 pieces.  Place in a zip lock bag and freeze overnight.