Somehow I ended up on a bit of a cleansing kick this week…could be from a bit too much wine that led to a spoon in a jar of Nutella (and eventually an empty jar). I normally do not eat the stuff…read the ingredients and you will know why, but the wine made me do it I swear! This led to feeling like crap the next day…liquid food was on the menu. I have been wanting to write about my love affair with my VitaMix for quite sometime…but somehow words just do not describe. When asked by one of my students – a man who might not cook much and has a quite dry sense of humor – “So what’s so amazing about this VitaMix anyway?” I was almost at a loss for words.
UPDATE: We now make our own “Nutella” in the Vitamix! Check out Cooking Class Menu “Rev Up Your VitaMix #3”…watch for it on the Cooking Class Schedule in Austin and Miami or book a private class or cooking party with some friends!
Even as I sit here now it is tough to express what an incredible and indispensable friend this piece of kitchen equipment can be. I will list my reasons so as not to confuse myself.
- It makes soup (as in it cooks, not just blends!)
- It blends amazingly smooth and inventive sauces that you do not have to put on a stove.
- You can make nut butters and flours in it (grind oats/rice into a fine powder, for example).
- It creates a perfectly creamy smoothie with no weird chunks of fruit of veggies.
- You can do thicker purees like dips and hummus and pesto without having to stop and scrape down the sides every two seconds!
- It makes amazing blended margaritas with no chunks of ice. (Not that I would know much about this, but I can imagine!)
- You can put hot liquid inside and turn it on without getting the contents all over you and the ceiling (happened to me last week using a client’s standard blender…not funny)
- You can make all kinds of chunky salsas and cut up veggies.
- It makes soup people!
The list goes on, but I will stop myself. You have to be a true devotee to know the scope of what it has to offer.
Check out some of our recipes that use the VitaMix (or any high-powered blender):
- Spring Pea and Coconut Soup with Ginger
- Apple Kale Ginger Smoothie
- Creamy Cauliflower Parsnip Soup
- Green Goddess Gazpacho
- Healing Creamy Vegetable Miso Soup
- Minted Watermelon Cooler
- Quick Strawberry Mint Sorbet
- The Perfect Banana Ice Cream
- Vanilla Cashew Milk
I will leave you with this recipe for Pea and Coconut Soup with Ginger…and the nagging feeling that you MUST treat yourself!!! I have also decided to add a VitaMix class to my schedule as we have quite a group of devotees in Miami and Austin!
Pea & Coconut Soup with Ginger (makes about 2 servings)
I cup organic frozen peas
1/2 a large organic cucumber, peeled
1/2 can coconut milk (you can use lite if you want)
2 cups veggie broth
1/2 inch x 1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 small garlic clove
small hand full of cilantro
1 small Thai chili or a few slices of a jalapeno
Squeeze of lemon
A dash of honey
About 1 teaspoon liquid amino acids, soy sauce or a pinch of salt
Place all ingredients in your VitaMix and blend! Taste to adjust seasoning. It should be a nice blend of fresh, sweet, spicy, tart and salty.