I admit I spend quite a bit of time at Whole Foods. It may be a good thing that it's not located near my house but close to work. It works out since I only travel to the office twice a week and therefore have only two opportunities for doing serious food shopping damage. But there's something about that place - the layout, the feeling, it's just different than your typical grocery store. Some would say it's snobby and overpriced and I'm the first to agree but damn it they have those cool salt lamp balls that are heated and...off topic.
But in all seriousness, it's still winter and my farmer's market is quite sad at the moment so this is the next best thing. Being in the presence of fresh food inspires me since most of the time, I have no idea what my next recipe will be. I plan to a certain extent but I like the thrill of finding an ingredient and letting the natural discovery process unfold. That kind of intuitive shopping feels rewarding and I can't imagine doing things any other way.
I realize most of the time I look like a crazy person investigating produce, smelling it, hopelessly staring into a blood orange's soul...you know, looks weird as can be from the outside, but perfectly acceptable to me.
And speaking of blood oranges, as they're in season for only a few short months, I decided to get a few and see what I could make with them. Moro blood oranges evidently are only in season through March so buying them felt all the more special.
When I cut into the blood orange I was in awe at the surprinsing color. I've seen blood oranges before but these had to be the most beautifully marbled shade of deep red with a few specs of orange peppered throughout. I immediately had to photograph it and since it was 9am and I wasn't quite prepared to whip up any particular dish at that point, I decided to opt for a smoothie. It is a preferred way to get a healthy dose of vitamins in liquid form. My daughter who's a smoothie aficionado, was delighted to try something new.
If you can't find blood oranges, using a regular orange is perfectly okay, you just won't get that orange creamsicle color but will get all the taste.
blood orange, carrot and ginger smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
2 cups almond, cashew or coconut milk
1 medium carrot peeled and chopped
1 blood orange, peeled and cut into pieces
1 knob grated fresh ginger (about 1")
1 frozen banana
1 /2 cup pineapple
optional: toss in 1/2 apple, peeled and cored
optional: 1 scoop collagen
Combine all ingredients and blend for about one minute until everything is fully incorporated.