Post # 1
I have finally pulled the trigger on using my Aeroplan points to get a vitamix. I don’t like the taste or texture of most of the healthier veggies (like broccoli), so I am hoping that I can make more soups and smoothies, and incorrporate healthier foods into my diet.
So, what are some great recipies that incorporate lots of healthy produce??
Post # 3
I love my vitamix! It came with a HUGE cookbook, so there should be lots of options there. So far we mostly use it for smoothies. I try to throw in some carrots and sometimes some kale to up the vitamins. It’s good for really smooth soups too.
A typical smoothie for me:
Handful of frozen rasberries
1 chunk ginger peeled
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup yogurt.
I don’t really use recipes, just throw in what I have and it usually works. I try not to combine red fruits and green veggies though. It tastes fine but is not pretty!
Post # 4
Oooo I’m so jealous; I would love a vitamix!
Same as above. I just blend whatever fruits and veggies I have with some almond milk and it always tastes great (except that one time I added some cucumber…). I especially like beet smoothies! Broccoli is a great addition. I also add powdered Maca for the taste and the supposed energy-boosting powers.
Post # 5
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my vitamix! We use it everyday. Like PPs said, it comes with a cookbook. I’ve made broccoli cheddar soup, salsa, alfredo sauce, pumpkin soup, carrot ginger soup, ice cream, cheese sauce, etc. I just make it up as I go sometimes and use what we have. You can totally add a handful of spinach to any smoothie and you can’t even taste it. Adding a third of a peeled lemon, frozen pineapple, or green grapes to veggie smoothies makes them sweet. One of my faves is:
vanilla or plain yogurt (optional)
It’s so good!
Post # 6
Hey there! I am a personal chef, and the BEST way to utilize your vitamix is for “cream” soups. The thing is, there is no cream, lowering the fat.
My most blended soup was to die for. Curry Pumpkin soup. It screams fall, my clients died over it.
Buy a pie pumpkin, 4-5lbs. Scoop out the seeds and roast it, until tender and browning, about 45 minutes at 400F. MEanwhile, cook an onion and leeks in some healthy oil, until the onion is caremelizing. You can add some wine here, and cook it mostly out, which will add a great deapth of flavor. Add about a tablespoon of curry to the onions, and once the pumpkin is cool enough, add the pupkin scooped out from the skin. Add a 1qt box of stock or broth of your choice. Cook for a little bit, until the flavors meld a bit. Then puree. Be very carefull, because the steam will build up in your blender. Put the top on, but leave the hole open in the top. Cover it lightly with a kitchen towel to prevent hot splashes of soup, but allow the soup to get a little air. Add it back into the pot, and the rest is up to you. Add salt and pepper, and garnishes of your choice. I always stir in some rotisserie chicken that has been shredded up, some chives on top, maybe stip in some fancy sauteed mushrooms(like chantrelles or enoki), sour cream on top, and roasted pumpkin seeds for sure!
Trust me, this is yummy yummy, and the same technique can be done with any vegetable. Broccoli cream soup, cauliflower, butternut squash, tomato. Good luck!
Post # 7
I make a green smoothie every other day:
-lots of spinach
-1 kale leaf
-enough water to make it all blendable
You can put more kale in, but I find more can be a bit rough on the belly. Mango gives it a good consistency, and spinach is bland enough that you mostly taste the fruit. It’s the most painless way to get greens I’ve found. At my local Whole Foods they make a similar version of this smoothie but they add parsley and Agave.
Post # 8
@edepp2010: That sounds great! Does the curry make the soup spicy? Or is there a potential substitute for it? I am not good with handling spices.
Post # 9
@MrsMermaid The curry is “spicy” as is it is a blend of spices, but usually will possess no heat. Not burn your mouth spicy. Just heavily flavored. Use yellow curry paste if you can, and add some curry seasoning also. That’ll work out best for you!