Beverage & Smoothie Recipes

Holiday Recipes
I always loved when my Mom made Cranberry Slush.   Of course she substituted water for the vodka. It is nice for the Holidays but also a nice refreshing Summer drink.

  • 1 small pkg cherry Jello
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups cranberry juice (I used 1 can frozen cranberry juice)
  • 2 cups vodka or water
  • 1 12oz frozen orange juice
  • 1 12oz frozen lemonade
  • 2 cups cold water.

Mix all ingredients well and freeze. (I freeze this in an empty ice cream bucket)

After mixture is well frozen, scrap out enough frozen mixture to fill a glass 3/4 full. Add chilled 7 up or Sprite to cover slush and stir. Enjoy!!

Hint: Try mixing up the flavor by using different kinds of Jellos and juices.

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Frugal Recipes

My Grandma Eileen used to work during the winter making everything from candy to Hot Chocolate Mix.   I remember her counters covered with parchment paper filled with rows of delicious cookies topped with Hershey Kisses and thin peanut brittle that I couldn’t stop sneaking.

Her Hot Chocolate Mix is one of my favorites, because it’s great for kids who just came in from the snow, adults who want to curl up on a cold night, and friends who you think deserve a little treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package powdered instant milk     (8qt size)
  • 1 pound box Nestles quick
  • 6oz Coffeemate
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

Directions

1.   Mix all ingredients together and store in air tight container.

2.   To serve mix 1/3 cup mix to 1 cup hot water.   Stir and enjoy.

3.   This mix will also make a great gift.   Just fill a Mason jar 3/4 full of Mix and add miniature marshmallows to fill the jar.   Decorate with square of fabric and a ribbon.

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Smoothies Recipe

by Beth Montgomery on November 10, 2009 · 0 comments

in Beverage & Smoothie Recipes, Frugal Cooking, Recipes

Smoothies are a healthy, delicious treat for breakfast, snack, or anytime! They are one of my families favorite treats, because my kids think they are eating ice cream for breakfast, but in truth I’ve hidden tons of nutrients inside. Plus, it’s something I can throw together with whatever I have on hand or even better yet, they can throw in their own ingredients. It’s a great way to use up some extra fruit or yogurt.

Below is a generic recipe that you can customize to fit what you have on hand and what your family enjoys!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Plain (or Flavored) Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
  • 1 Cup Juice, Water, or Ice
  • 1-3 Cups Diced or Crushed Fruit &/Or Vegetables (Fresh or Frozen)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve.

Try classic recipes like strawberry-banana, or mix it up and try something new like apricot-pineapple. Try tossing in a delicious spice like 1/8 tsp of cinnamon to add a new flavor to your mix. You can also add protein powder (1 TBSP), skim milk (1 TBSP), or flax seed (1 tsp) to make it healthier!

BANANA-ORANGE SMOOTHIE

  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • 1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup Mangoes (Fresh or Frozen)

APRICOT-PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes or Water
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup Apricot (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)
  • 1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)

This recipe is from the In Good Cents archives.

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1 Banana (frozen or fresh)
2 Cups Carrots (chopped or baby, fresh)
1 Cup Apple Juice (thawed or fresh)
1 Cup Yogurt (thawed or fresh)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve.

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This is my friend, Carrie’s, delicious low-fat strawberry bread recipe that is great for freezing. You can use just picked strawberries, strawberries about to go bad, or strawberries from your freezer. Enjoy! And thanks Carrie!
INGREDIENTS
2 Cups Flour
3/4 – 1 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Egg Whites, Whipped
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Applesauce
2 Cups Strawberries, Chopped
Preheat oven at 350. Prepare pan(s) with cooking spray and flour. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla, applesauce, and strawberries. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients just until moistened. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.
Cool, then place in freezer bag and place in freezer. Don’t forget to label! You can also use this same recipe to make muffins.

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Smoothies are a healthy, delicious treat for breakfast, snack, or anytime! They are one of my families favorite treats, because my kids think they are eating ice cream for breakfast, but in truth I’ve hidden tons of nutrients inside. Plus, it’s something I can throw together with whatever I have on hand. It’s a great way to use up some extra fruit or yogurt.
Below is a generic recipe that you can customize to fit what you have on hand and what your family enjoys!
INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Plain (or Flavored) Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
1 Cup Juice, Water, or Ice
1-3 Cups Diced or Crushed Fruit &/Or Vegetables (Fresh or Frozen)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve.
Try classic recipes like strawberry-banana, or mix it up and try something new like apricot-pineapple. Try tossing in a delicious spice like 1/8 tsp of cinnamon to add a new flavor to your mix. You can also add protein powder (1 TBSP), skim milk (1 TBSP), or flax seed (1 tsp) to make it healthier!
BANANA-ORANGE SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)
TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
1 Cup Ice Cubes
1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup Mangoes (Fresh or Frozen)
APRICOT-PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Fresh or Thawed)
1 Cup Ice Cubes or Water
1/4 Cup Pineapple (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup Apricot (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)
1 Cup Bananas (Fresh or Frozen) (optional)
Watch for a delicious recipe for Banana-Carrot Smoothies coming soon in the Freezer Series!
Want more delicious recipes? Check out my recipe page HERE.
Have a great smoothie recipe or flavor you love to whip up? Share!

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