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“One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”
“One side of what? The other side of what?” said Alice.
“Of the mushroom,” said the Caterpillar and then it crawled out of sight.
This vintage post was popular the first time around, and Crowded Earth Kitchen has several hundred new readers (Welcome!) since last St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m sharing this again. Enjoy!
“Mom? Can we just stop at the drive-thru and get a (green) shake?”
“Pleeaassee? I’ll do laundry.”
I’ll admit, this is where the devil on my shoulder told me that I would be a fool not to cave in just this once, and so what if the child glows in the dark for the next two weeks. The fact is, the children in my house generate approximately 817 loads of laundry every week, and the offer of complaint-free laundry labor was enticing (that they will end up helping anyway, albeit under duress, is beside the point). Then I had an idea…
“Still no. But if you help with laundry cheerfully, I’ll make you a (green) shake.”
Here’s what I came up with. The kids LOVED it! Peppermint extract is strong… a little bit can make, well, just about anything taste like peppermint. Each serving (approximately 10 ounces) contains 113 calories, 4 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. Each serving also packs an impressive 60% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin A, and 20% of the RDA for calcium. Compare that to the drive-thru green shake… I dare you.
1 cup frozen chopped spinach (Ha! Ha ha ha!)
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup “real” vanilla ice cream, without any weird ingredients (I found a supermarket brand that was made from milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk, natural vanilla extract, and nothing else)
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (Very strong! You may even want to try a bit less than 1 teaspoon.)
Dark chocolate shavings (Optional)
Step 1) Add spinach and about half of the skim milk to a blender. Pulse for a few seconds to thoroughly chop spinach into tiny “peppermint” size pieces.
Step 2) Add remaining milk to blender and blend for a minute or a longer until the mixture is very creamy (almost butter-like) and increases in volume. The photo, left, shows only spinach and milk – it really does get creamy!
Step 3) Add peppermint extract and ice cream to blender. For best results, add ice cream in several tiny scoops rather than one large scoop. Blend until all ingredients are combined.
Step 4) Mixture will be tasty now, but thin. For best results, pour shake mixture into a shallow container and place in the back of your freezer for one hour. After an hour, scoop shake mixture into serving glasses (I used half pint jelly jars). Sprinkle with chocolate shavings, if desired.
Step 5) Try not to laugh as your loved ones unwittingly eat their spinach.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!