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I start each morning with a smoothie. While I love breakfast food I don’t really like cooking much in the morning. So any blender or food processor that I have gets used a lot. You could say I am blending morning, noon, and night. I have used everything from your basic run of the mill blender to some of the more expensive ones that do it all. Vitamix is a name more people recognize as being a leader in the blending world. I was able to test out the Vitamix® E310 Explorian™ Series Blender and it is such a huge asset to my kitchen now.
Blending Morning, Noon, and Night
Experimenting with your morning smoothies can be so fun. I mean you don’t really want to make the same one everyday. One of my favorites is my Cherry Chia Smoothie. I blend almond milk, collagen peptides, frozen cherries, splash of vanilla, and chia seeds. It is simple, but gives you a protein punch and honestly keeps me full for awhile. The Vitamix I am testing out is a beast. It makes quick work of blending my smoothie ingredients so I can get my day started.
I am slowly working on getting my food intake back to being more healthy. It is hard sometimes when you are stressed or out of the house a lot to eat good. I use the Vitamix to help me make my own salad dressings or soups.
For an easy soup recipe:
- Take one onion split in half(outer skin peeled), 4 cloves of garlic, and one butternut squash split in half and de-seeded.
- Place it all on an oiled baking sheet and roast in the oven until the butternut squash is soft. 425° for 45 minutes-hour.
- Place all of the items on the baking sheet into the Vitamix and blend with 2 cups of stock. May need more stock if you want a thinner soup.
- You may have to do it in two batches depending upon how large your butternut squash is. Season with salt, pepper, and some ground sage for a delicious soul satisfying soup.
There is something about pesto/chimichurri sauces that I just adore. I could use that stuff on everything. From a quick marinade to a finishing sauce, you can almost always find me making them. I have been on a big kick of using cilantro, garlic, lime, salt, pepper, and oil to make a quick and flavorful sauce. The other day I made some in the Vitamix and used as a marinade for some pork chops. Then the remaining sauce we drizzled on our fresh cooked corn on the cob. It is a simple mix that brings HUGE flavor to any dish.
- 2 bunches cilantro
- 5 cloves of garlic
- Juice from 4-5 limes
- 1/4-1/2 cup of olive oil or other oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients minus the oil into your blender or Vitamix.
- Pulse until you get a smaller chop.
- While on full speed, slowly drizzle the oil through the top of your Vitamix until you get a smooth consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
- Use as a dip, marinade, or finishing sauce for just about any recipe.
As you can see I can be blending morning, noon, and night with my new Vitamix. It is powerful, easy to clean, and I can use it for so many recipes and functions. I can’t wait to see what else I can make in my Vitamix. What recipes have you made using a blender? Share them below in the comments.