When life hands you red papaya when you were expecting green you can either get mad or make a smoothie. I intended to buy a green papaya the other day. I was really looking forward to making Som Tum and I went to start that yesterday and found that the green papaya I’ve been dreaming of eating was a red one. Sucky red papaya. I am not a big fan. To me, red papaya tastes like a weird overripe melon. There’s a musky factor that turns me off and I can’t eat it on it’s own. Being vegan and someone who hates to waste, I couldn’t toss the slightly offensive red flesh so I got rid of the seeds and skin and set the flesh in a bowl in the fridge so I could think about it.
Enter the ever faithful smoothie! We love smoothies and make them pretty much daily. Can I tell you how many combinations of fruits and veggies I’ve blitzed to smooth perfection in the Vitamix…. well, enough to know a few tricks! One of my favorite smoothie all stars is the amazing pineapple. Pineapple masks a ton of flavors and I knew that it would need to be the superstar here with my challenging red papaya. My rule of thumb is about 1 piece of fruit and 2 veg per serving. That’s what I did here and I loved it! Kids each downed 2 servings with breakfast as well, so I can tell you honestly that this is a good combo! The taste is remarkably mellow and the pineapple and banana stand out. It’s nice that you can get in the fiber and nutrients from the papaya, carrot and orange as well. Flaxseed is a must add to smoothies because of the omega 3 benefit. You won’t taste it, but you will be the better for it. Flaxseed also works to firm up a loose smoothie, so if you need to stretch servings it is a good thing to add. My caution to you is not to add more than a few tablespoons per blender full or you will make a bitter concotion.
So, the long and short of it is that you’re in for a colorful, flavorful smoothie that is smooth and creamy texture without needing dairy or ice. It works and it’s good for you!
½ red papaya
2 cups pineapple
2 oranges, peeled
2 Tbsp golden flaxseed
Put everything in the Vitamix or other high powered blender and whiz until smooth. Add a bit of water if you need to thin it out or if you need to stretch for more servings. Pour and enjoy!