Minty Beet Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, paleo)

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People seem to like their green smoothies, amirite? You feel all virtuous, sipping on something full of chlorophyll, pretty much like you’re eating a salad for breakfast…except better, because it’s basically a juice, and people go on juice cleanses all the time, so they must be good for you. 

And while I am all about a good green smoothie several times a week (though mine usually have some protein in the form of peanut butter and are fortified with chia seeds and a banana), sometimes, a girl needs a change. Change in the form of…a pink smoothie.

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Good Morning Smoothie (paleo, gluten-free, vegan)

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I didn’t realize smoothies were controversial until Food52 posted one of their “Put A Filter On It” challenges — take an Instagram shot of whatever smoothie or juice you’re enjoying as spring approaches.

After the standard “So excited about this!” comments, there were a number of very grumpy people who started complaining about the high glycemic index of many juices, how smoothies are just calorie bombs and how people with diabetes couldn’t participate in the challenge.

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Green Monster (vegan, paleo, gluten-free)

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I had to make something green for you for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s somewhat (but not entirely) coincidental that this grass-green smoothie is excellent for hangover recovery.

Remember how you used to drink in college? You’d knock back some obscene amount of alcohol and wake up most mornings with nothing more than a headache and a vague feeling of nausea that could be quickly squelched with pancakes doused in lots of syrup and some good, strong coffee. Then, suddenly, you turned 25 and more than two glasses of wine meant you probably woke up feeling like you wanted to die.

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Mulligatawny

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The entire time I was making this soup, all I could think of was the Seinfeld episode in which the Soup Nazi appears. Mulligatawny is only one of the secret recipes Elaine finds in the bureau (Kramer’s favorite), but that’s the one that has always stood out for me, due to its incredibly fun name — and because that’s the recipe that finally breaks the Soup Nazi’s spirit.

Compared to most of the Indian dishes I’ve tried before, this recipe has comparatively few spices. It’s just curry and ginger, coupled with carrots, apple, cilantro and even a banana, for thickness and sweetness. Mulligatawny is actually Anglo-Indian, so that makes some degree of sense.

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