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Cucumber and Celery Smoothie or Summer Soup

Cucumber Smoothie

Lunch, Optimum 9200A, Smoothie, Soups | 17th September 2015 | By

A couple of months or so ago, I decided we needed a change from fruity smoothies for our morning breakfast. Delicious as they are, I’m more used to having something savoury at this time in the morning – it just feels right somehow.

I’ve been adding all sorts of greens to smoothies, but they usually have banana or some other fruit in as well. It was time for something a little different, something that could also be served for a cooling summer lunch or supper in soup format.

Using our homemade kefir as a base, I started with cucumber and celery. I then added some moringa powder, a red chilli, a dash of tamari and whizzed it up in my indispensable Optimum 9200 Next Generation blender. It made short work of the stringy celery and produced its normal super smooth result. If you want to find out more, take a look at A New Beast in My Kitchen. Wondering what moringa is? You can read about it in my last edition of Food Bites.

Wow, this was a tasty breakfast with power and punch and was a real wake up call. Who needs coffee? Start as you mean to go on: I’ve been making savoury vegetable based smoothies regularly ever since.

Cucumber and Celery Smoothie or Summer Soup
Serves 4
A delicious savoury smoothie with punch. Kefir or vegan yoghurt combines with cucumber, celery and chilli to make for a warming yet cooling nutritious drink. Can be drunk in a glass for breakfast or served chilled in a bowl for a refreshing lunchtime summer soup.
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Ingredients
  1. 750 ml kefir, yoghurt or vegan yoghurt
  2. 1 small cucumber or 1/2 standard cucumber
  3. 2 sticks celery
  4. 1 deseeded red chilli
  5. 1 clove garlic
  6. 2 teaspoons of moringa powder (I get mine from Aduna) or favourite super green powder
  7. dash of tamari
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blitz for about 30 seconds, or use the 35 second cycle on the Optimum 9200 Next Gen.
  2. Pour into glasses or bowls and sip or eat with a spoon.
Notes
  1. Serves 8 in 125ml glasses or 4 in 250 ml glasses or 4 bowls of soup.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Recipe of the WeekI’m sending this smoothie off to #RecipeOfTheWeek over at A Mummy Too

 

I use the Optimum 9200A for smoothies, spreads, sauces and even chocolate making. All links to the blender are affiliate ones. If you buy one through one of the links, it will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This is not a paid post and as always, all opinions are my own.

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      Ah well done Kacie, you put me to shame. But yes, I reckon this would be good either before or after a work out.

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      Thanks Claudia, it’s refreshing and cooling whilst being warming and sustaining at the same time – if that makes any sense.

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    Janice
    17th September 2015

    It does look lovely and fresh, although I think I’d prefer it for lunch than breakfast šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      I like the kick start it gives my morning Janice, but it would certainly stop you dozing off at lunchtime šŸ˜‰

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    17th September 2015

    Beautiful colour…. And it’s green which means it must be very very healthy!
    Great fresh flavours and it sounds so much more palatable than celery sticks!!! xx

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      Haha Kate, it really is very tasty and heaps better than celery sticks šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      We drink more savoury smoothies now than fruit ones Jo – loving that Froothie blender šŸ™‚

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    Heidi Roberts
    17th September 2015

    Sounds a great way to start the day. I often put celery and cuke in my morning smoothie along with kale and carrot plus a bit of fruit.

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      Choclette
      17th September 2015

      I started off with a combination of fruit and greens Heidi, but prefer now to have either one or the other.

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      Choclette
      21st September 2015

      Are you not a morning person Helen? But you’re right, it would make a delicious lunch and quick to put together too.

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    Dom
    19th September 2015

    i’ve just received delivery of a juicer of my very own and so I need plenty of recipes… this looks exceptionally good and I love how healthy those ingredients are! Yes please! x

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      Choclette
      20th September 2015

      Oh a juicer Dom. That is moving up on the world. I don’t have one of those – yet!

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      Choclette
      20th September 2015

      It’s a power drink for sure Fiona, but it really tastes good too.

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      Choclette
      20th September 2015

      I think it would wake anyone up Bintu – laughs wickedly šŸ˜‰

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    Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy
    21st September 2015

    Oh I love that you used kefir and yes I totally agree a morning green smoothie perks you up so much better than any coffee!!! I use the same blender and it works a treat:)

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      Choclette
      21st September 2015

      Thanks Kezia. Once you start making kefir, there is no end to it šŸ˜‰ The blender has revolutionised my life, it’s amazing how it can blitz pretty much anything into smoothness.

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    20th February 2016

    How lovely Choclette, and I bet this is SO good for you with all those awesome ingredients. Love the idea of this as a chilled summer soup – a lovely way to start an al fresco lunch x

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      Choclette
      20th February 2016

      Oh for some summer or just a bit of sunshine Kate. It’s so hard to imagine sitting in the garden with all the rain we’ve been having down here. Yes, perfect as a chilled summer soup.

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      Choclette
      22nd February 2016

      Thanks Shaheen. We just need a bit of summer now and then I’ll want to sip it once again.

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    Sus // roughmeasures.com
    23rd February 2016

    This looks awedome! I’ve been looking for some more savoury breakfast ideas, I bet the kefir makes it so creamy and thick too?
    A green drink is a good drink in my book!

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      Choclette
      23rd February 2016

      I’m with you on green drinks Sus. The kefir gives a really nice consistency. I’ve just published a post on kefir if you’re interested in finding out more.

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