For Los Angeles-based Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen, being a food blogger isn’t about making complicated food, it’s about making simple yet delicious food shine—a concept she refers to as “lazy person elegance.”
“When I first started the blog five years ago, I was so concerned with making food that looked impressive, everything I was making was stuffy and pretentious,” she says. “I later realized I needed to make food that was for every day. I personally don’t believe in doing more work than you need to.”
Still, her food, and the way she presents it, is pretty impressive, including in her first cookbook The Kitchy Kitchen, which came out in August. Using skills from her former life as a film and TV producer, she also regularly posts gorgeous recipe videos and owns a food-focused commercial production company, Currant Films.
And while Thomas’ recipes tend to lean towards the decadent, she recently launched a Paleo baked-goods company, Sweet Laurel, which makes stunning cakes with ingredients like organic almond flour and coconut oil. “It’s about finding a balance between indulgence and being moderate, while still allowing yourself to live,” she says.
Following those principles, she created what she calls The Best Smoothie, below, which she says “manages to be creamy, without having any type of dairy or almond milk in it—I hope you dig it as much as I do!” We have a feeling you will. —Jamie McKillop
The Best Smoothie
Makes 3 cups
1 large handful spinach
1 mango, chopped
1 cup coconut water
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1/4 jalapeno chopped
1 small handful cilantro
2 sprigs mint
1 lime, juiced
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree thoroughly. If you want it to be thicker or colder, make sure the mango, coconut water, and cucumber are chilled in the fridge first, or you could freeze the coconut water in an ice cube tray and use that. Enjoy!
(Photo: The Kitchy Kitchen)