Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil

Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea

Today is such a Matcha Green Tea type of day.  The skies are overcast and a dear friend of mine is in the hospital about an hour away.  I’m planning on visiting her pretty soon, actually.

Along the visiting path… Restaurant Week is coming to Baltimore City.  And, although our grocery budget for the month is $250, we shall attend restaurant week, and shell out $30 per person for a meal.  Because it’s good.  And worth every penny.

However…

Not eating dairy or meat does take its toll on dining out.  So far, we’ve made it happen.  But, it requires a little research, some talking to chefs (yes, I’ve done that…), and a little menu ordering fanangling to get a non-dairy vegetarian option.  Sometimes people look at you like you’re nuts.  What?  You don’t want the feta cheese?  The vegan veggie burger comes with provolone (not vegan).  It makes the whole sandwich…

Um?

No thank you.

So, in my menu research for Restaurant Week, I came across a restaurant called Salt.  It has gotten many high reviews from my friends living in Baltimore, and rightly so.  The food artistry is amazing.  One item, in particular, caught my eye.  Can we say: Possible veganization?  Oh yes, please.

Chilled Melon and Cucumber Soup
Description: Shaved serrano ham, black pepper yogurt, watercress oil

Assuming the yogurt is a topping, taking that and the ham off might not end the world.  Or completely offend the chef.

Anyway, I saw THAT last night.  No surprise I woke up this morning with a hankering for a Melon-Cucumber smoothie.

Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil

Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil

1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1/2 cup cubed cucumber
1 banana (frozen is better, but use what you have)
1 teaspoon ground chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup “milk” of choice
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
3-5 ice cubes

Directions: Blend all ingredients (including optionals) EXCEPT ice cubes in a blender until smooth.  Add ice cubes, one at a time, and blend until smoothie has reached desired thickness.  Note: a VITAMIX makes this process go relatively fast.  A regular blender might need some prompting with a spatula every so often.

Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
Cucumber and Melon Smoothie with Basil
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