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Vegetarian Chard Enchiladas

Filled with tender chard, both the leafy greens and their stems, crumbly salty cheese, and meaty black olives, these chard enchiladas are more than amazing! Rolled into softened corn tortillas and bathed in a mild red chile sauce, with a final sprinkle of mild green onions–this is one delicious combo of flavors and textures. You will love them!

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Monthly Musings –What’s Happening in Letty’s Kitchen!

Carlos the dog looking out the trailer door.

Hola from Baja Mexico!

Close your eyes. Pause for a moment. Think about the best thing that’s happened to you today. Say it out loud.

My best thing? This morning I took two Zoom classes, first was strength training and then an hour later, yoga.

Zoom! For me, the online live video communication app is the best thing that’s come out of this pandemic. Zoom has been around for longer than a year, yes, but I’ll venture to say that as people all over the world went into stay-at-home mode, Zoom became the elastic to hold us all together.

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Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie {vegan}

You could call it a tangerine almond smoothie, or a tangerine creamsicle drink–both names suggest the flavors going on here. But if you’ve ever tasted the creamy citrus-y vanilla-y trademark orange Julius, your mouth is already watering. This healthy tangerine julius smoothie is a healthful riff on the famous orange beverage.

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Made with fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, vanilla almond milk, dates, and a banana, this smoothie gets plenty of zing and healthy benefits from both fresh ginger and turmeric. Besides offering peppery sweet flavor and healthful well-being, turmeric tints this smoothie a perfect pale orange color you can’t get from tangerine juice alone.

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Turmeric rocks!

  • Turmeric is an amazing tonic, long known for its powerful medicinal qualities. Besides anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and anti-cancer benefits, recent studies show turmeric’s potential to improve brain and kidney function, blood sugar balance, and gut health.
  • Look for fresh turmeric next to its rhizome cousin knobby ginger. You’ll likely see them in your grocer’s produce. Distinctly different than their ground counterparts, and both ginger and turmeric bring sprightly flavor and big health benefits to this smoothie.

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Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie recipe details:

  • If you can’t find fresh turmeric, substitute the dried spice. It won’t taste quite the same as with fresh turmeric, but you’ll still get the brighter orange color, along with all the healthy turmeric benefits.
  • Beware: Dried or fresh, turmeric’s intense yellow-orange color leaves its mark—on your hands, your apron, cutting boards, and kitchen counters—on everything it touches.
  • Fresh mandarin orange varieties–tangerines, clementines, or tangelos–have similar juicy sweet/sour qualities–feel free to use any of these for your smoothie.
  • Boost your healthy tangerine julius smoothie with protein powder. I like Sunwarrior’s plant-based powder (affiliate link)—it has almost 20 grams of protein per scoop.
  • The small amount of black pepper in this smoothie is known to enhance the health benefits of the turmeric.

Azafran–saffron or turmeric?

  • Last year in mainland Mexico, our group stopped at a palm frond-covered nieve stand for artisan-made ice cream. After sampling at least five different fruit flavors, I settled on an orange-hued sorbet made from starfruit and azafran. Never mind I didn’t know what in the heck is azafran, the sorbet was incredibly delicious!
  • My girlfriend thought it was some kind of saffron, but that didn’t make sense. Saffron is world’s most expensive spice, and my cup of of sorbet cost a dollar’s worth of pesos. Then, wandering the town’s outdoor market, we spied a hand-written sign that said “azafran” tucked in a basket full of knobby orange finger-like fresh turmeric. Ha! Azafran is turmeric–the flavor and color in my nieve!
  • It can be a bit confusing in another language. In Mexico you can find both turmeric and azafran labled “azafran.” And then, if the turmeric is ground, you might see it labled curcuma. This for sure–if the label says azafran Español, then it’s the pricy yellow-orange threads, Spanish saffron.

#Eat Seasonal:

This post is an update of the tangerine smoothie I post a few years back–my contribution to a recipe-sharing group of bloggers led by Becky of The Vintage Mixer blog. Her blog is dormant now, but you can still check out her seasonal fruits and veggie list, with links to more than 70 recipes.

The year before, I chose to showcase another citrus, fresh grapefruit, and came up with this healthy-ish dessert–5-spice honey custard with pink grapefruit brulée. Check out the recipe–you must try it!

For even more inspiration, follow the links below to other food blogs featuring produce from Becky’s January list. We hope our recipes encourage you to get in the kitchen and cook something delicious—and seasonal!

Leek and Turnip Soup by Vintage Mixer

Apple Almond Bircher Meusli with Winter Fruits by Simple Bites

Olive Oil Cornmeal Cake with Grapefruit and Fennel by Floating Kitchen

Saucy Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Curry and Mint by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Squash Boats by She Likes Food

Winter Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce Cafe Johnsonia

Meyer Lemon Coconut Panna Cotta by Kitchen Confidante

Maple Orange Teriyaki Salmon Bowls by Flavor the Moments

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Healthy Tangerine Julius Smoothie

Creamy tangerine and vanilla almond milk get a healthy boost from turmeric. Perfect for breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up beverage. Makes 3 cups--serves 2.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoothie, tangerine, turmeric
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 226kcal


  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated tangerine zest
  • ¾ cup fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 small banana
  • 3 to 4 pitted dates
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh turmeric, or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 or 3 ice cubes


  • Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


  • Be sure to include the citrus zest--the oil in the skin is essential to tangerine flavor.
  • Scrape the peel from fresh ginger and turmeric before grating.
  • A high-speed blender makes this smoothie the smoothest. I used a regular blender, which left tiny bits of date floating in the liquid. I didn’t mind the dates at all.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 1mg

Potato Pinto Bean Soup with Hominy and Greens

Overflowing with tender pinto beans, chunky hominy corn, golden potatoes and a tangle of leafy greens, this rich vegetable soup practically shouts dinner! With an aromatic Southwestern accent of green chile and cumin, this hearty soup is calling you to the kitchen table!

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft cake-like pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies are classic fall favorites. Made with whole wheat flour and coconut sugar, they’re not overly sweet, save for the chocolate in every bite! Puffy old-fashioned pumpkin cookies made healthier!

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