Why call this a left over papaya becomes a smoothie? Well, first, I had made a Papaya and Strawberries Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing and had fruits left over.
Second, what I love about smoothies is that you don't really need to go out and buy special ingredients. Just check the fridge, the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter top and whatever is on the food shelf, then have fun with flavors. Throw the ingredients in a blender, add some ice cubes and voila-- a new smoothie creation made just by you!
Here's mine made with a left over papaya, some strawberries, lemon, honey and garnished with shredded coconuts sitting on a shelf.
Did you know you can eat papaya seeds? They have a wonderful peppery flavor and can be used in a variety dishes. I'll save the rest of this story for another blog.
It's a good idea to have spoons handy to dish out the coconut garnish or just the delicious lumps in a smoothie. No lumps? You don't have really have to make it as smooth as milk?
The Recipe (yields 16 ounces)
- 2 cups papaya, chopped
- 2 cups strawberries, cut in quarters
- 1 banana, medium
- Juice from one half of a lemon
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 3-5 ice cubes
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
Add all ingredients to a blender. Mix all ingredients, except the ice cubes, until smooth. Add the ice cubes, blend on chop until ice cubes are in smaller pieces. Or you can just add the ice cubes to glass and pour the smoothie over it. Garnish with shredded coconut.
Be sure to serve this left over papaya smoothie very, very cold!