This week has been a challenging one as I’ve managed to injure my upper back carrying heavy shopping and I’ve been a bit cranky. I decided to go easy on myself in terms of cooking and we more or less stuck to the ‘diet’ of green smoothies for dinner every day this week. If there is such a thing as spinach deficiency, I am pretty sure we have it covered as my kitchen has turned into a spinach processing plant these days.
As I picked, sorted through and washed the muddy spinach leaves, I remembered how I used to only buy bagged spinach when I lived in London (I don’t think there was any other option available anyway) and how I never knew what a spinach plant actually looked like. I mean I could recognise the shape of the leaves, of course, but I had no idea they grow in these little family size bunches. Mama spinach, dad spinach, grandparents and a few baby leaves at the bottom.
Our smoothie dinners started off as a bit of a lazy spell and a heatwave relief, but I grew to really like them. I find that I sleep better and wake up feeling a little bit lighter and more hungry.
I tend to have proper breakfasts and a fairly substantial lunch, like this sesame soba noodles with broccoli, so that I can run on the smoothie for the rest of the day. This dish is simple to prepare, filling and at its best eaten at room temperature, which is just as well as the thought of having a hot meal in this heat fills me with dread.
If you want to cut down your work further, instead of stir-fried broccoli, go for an array of thinly sliced raw veggies like carrots, peppers, red cabbage and cucumber. Anything goes, really! I hope you’ll enjoy my sesame soba noodle bowls and do let me know if you would like me to share my green smoothie recipe on here.
PS: If you make my sesame soba noodles, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!