Today I am joining Movies and Munchies in watching Off the Menu and then making a Mango Pear Ginger Smoothie recipe inspired by the movie.
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Off the Menu is your standard Romantic Comedy and follows the formula for these movies. We start by meeting our guy. He is clearly well to do in a very nice home and is very into fitness. He is the guy who doesn’t want to grow up and work, just wants to play. He’s self centered and not terribly likeable. In order to keep his lifestyle, he gets sent on a work trip to find new recipes and inspiration for his families chain of restaurants. His sister wants him to contribute (imagine!). He travels to New Mexico and stumbles upon an amazing cafe with a chef who gave up life in the big city for family and a simpler life. Of course, at first they don’t like each other, then they do, then they have a misunderstanding, and finally end up together.
If I were to rate the movie, I would say three stars. I watched the whole thing but I wasn’t surprised at all or really drawn into the characters. The food in the movie looks delicious but we don’t learn a ton about what the various meals are other than that green chilies are very important to most of them. It’s a fun little romantic comedy.
Mango Pear Ginger Smoothie
Early in getting to know each other, he agrees to help the cafe owner with some legal paperwork (turns out he’s a lawyer who barely practices) in exchange for a meal. The first thing she brings him is a smoothie. He tastes it, likes it and comments it must be full of sugar. She said no, all natural, with mango, pear, ginger and a little carrot. Well, this is the inspiration for my recipe.
It’s super simple to make. Just cut the pear and carrots into small pieces, slice a piece of fresh ginger and the combine all that plus a cup of frozen mango chunks and almond milk (or the milk of your choice) in a blender and combine. I love my Nutribullet blender (no this isn’t a sponsored post) and I use it every day. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy smoothies.
I too am trying to eat better and eliminate added sugars where I can. This smoothie has enough sweetness from the mango and pear (and carrot) not to need any added sweetener. This is now part of my smoothie recipes that I cycle through as they are an easy way to get fruits and vegetables into your daily menu.
One of my favorite smoothies, and one I have very often, is the Cherry Bomb Smoothie. On a daily basis I don’t include the chocolate chips and whipped create to keep it a bit more healthy, but when you want a treat, a little bit of chocolate makes this feel indulgent. Give it a try!
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 fresh pear, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup carrot, cut into chunks
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 slice fresh ginger (or 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. to taste ground ginger)
- Cut pear and carrot into small pieces.
- Cut one slice of fresh ginger.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Poor into glass and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 10gSugar: 48gProtein: 3g
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Movies and Munchies
This month’s movie, Off the Menu, is hosted by A Day in the Life on the Farm.
If you don’t have time to join us this month, why not join next month when I will be hosting Jungle Cruise! If you are interested in joining the group or seeing what movies are coming up in the schedule, check out our Facebook group.
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