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I have turned my non vegetarian (although he eats vegetarian and mostly vegan at home—I don't buy, cook, or store animal products as that was a part of the deal before moving in together) partner into a morning smoothie drinker. At first, he was adamant and made faces at my concoctions, but now he gets upset, if I do not include him the daily smoothie routine. With one exception:
Today, I made a great tomato, red bell pepper, arugula, small cucumber, raw apple cider vinegar, and a drop of olive oil smoothie (with a bit of Himalayan salt). I was truly good. He, however, thought it was horrible, and asked me to leave him out if I make it again. I suppose that the peppery taste of the arugula was too much for his non-vegetarian taste buds.
The funny thing is that he does great with most greens: Parsley, lamb's quarters, lamb's lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, all lettuce varieties (even the bitter ones), cabbage, etc..
I actually want to incorporate the arugula because I live in a small mountain town in Austria and wintertime is not the best for obtaining organic greens. I figured that the arugula (it being available, when others are not ) would add variety and other nutrients to the mix.
So, after this long introduction (my apologies), I was wondering if anyone had recipes that incorporated arugula, but might taste better to him? I thought that adding sweet fruits might work, but then I wasn't sure how that would work with the strong arugula taste.
I should also tell you that fruits (in the winter months) are also scarce. I can always, however, get mangoes (which I use with spinach or chard), sometimes pears (for the parsley/pear smoothie - delicious), apples, oranges, lemons, and bananas.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.
I regularly drink a grapefuit smoothy with arugula (roquette) and add 1 or 2 cloves of garlic. It's a bit acidic for the enamel of your teeths but I love the taste. Can you get grapefruits in the winter in Austria?
Let me know if you try this mixture, you either love it or hate it...
Thanks Marie-Paule for the suggestion. We do have grapefruits available in the winter, so it is worth a try. I have a bit of a garlic aversion, but my better half might like this. I happen to love arugula every which way, so I am sure that leaving the garlic out for me will certainly please my taste buds. :)