Every single year I get burned by the first box of clementines I buy because I am powerless to resist them, even though I know better. I think to myself: this year? This year the first batch will be different. This is the year they'll be sweet!
Like, 20 years in a row or something.
But not this year!
(OK, OK, not this year because I haven't seen any yet.)
What I did buy last week was tangerines. Tangerines that promised to be sweet. Tangerines from Florida! We are so close to Florida that I reasoned that they would be extra good because they'd be extra fresh!
Lies! They were AWFUL. Worse than that first ill-advised batch of clementines, for sure. Maddie and Bridget had a sour tangerine eating contest at lunch on Saturday, in which Bridget soundly trounced her big sister by not even flinching or blinking an eye when she ate piece after piece. Maddie looked (and acted) like someone who was eating lemons. I'm not sure where Bridget pulled that from, but it was impressive. So now I'm stuck with this big bag of sour tangerines that no one (even Bridget) intends to eat. I started to think of what I could do with them, and figured it out on the first try:
Sour Tangerine Smoothie
Ingredients (5 servings)
frozen pineapple, either purchased that way or cut/frozen at the last minute because it was pushed to the back of the fridge on accident and only had a day to live upon discovery (ahem)
vanilla Greek yogurt (regular or plain yogurt would work fine, too)
two sour tangerines, peeled
NOTE: I am terrible at measuring for smoothies. I am a smoothie-eyeballer. So maybe... two cups of pineapple? half a container of yogurt? 2-3 seconds of milk pouring time? But definitely two sour tangerines. Or ill-advised first-of-the-season clementines.
Put everything in the blender (we recently replaced our clunky, inefficient bad blender with a refurbished Vitamix via Groupon, highly recommend) for about 30 seconds. When it's done, it will be light and pineapple-y with just a little tangerine taste—the good kind, like super-sweet, fresh tangerines just off the truck vs. what you might actually be working with.