Posts tagged Vitamix
Posts tagged Vitamix
I had a quart of yoghurt in the fridge that was about expire so I decided to try making frozen yoghurt. Into my Vitamix went the yoghurt (2% Fage), a bunch of frozen strawberries and a generous squeeze of honey. I used the tamper to help incorporate the strawberries and within seconds I had a soft frozen yoghurt consistency. Sure, it was a bit meltier than I wanted, but once I topped with my favorite dark chocolate chips from Whole Foods, it didn’t matter.
I put the rest in the freezer, so we’ll see how that turns out. Hoping that all the air that was incorporated by the mixer will result in a frozen yoghurt texture, but I very well may end up with a frozen block of strawberry-yoghurt! Will let you know.
So, I made ramp pesto the other night, using all the lovely ramps I got at the Union Sq Farmer’s Market. I had lovingly washed, cleaned and dried 2 bunches and promptly forgot about them in my crisper, but thanks to the Debbie Meyer Green Bags, they lasted a good 2 weeks! Seriously, those green bags really work.
Anyway, I wanted to use the ramps before I really ran out of luck and they rotted away. I decided to make a pesto, a lovely to preserve the pungent rampy flavor and make it last for many, many dishes.
Into the Vitamix went the ramps, olive oil, salt and pepper. In seconds, I had a lovely kelly green ramp pesto. It’s amazing how much the flavor intensifies! Super garlicky - use sparingly - but absolutely delicious.
I plan to use it on many upcoming meals. So far, I’ve used it to amp up my creamy tomato soup, but I think it would be lovely on top of pizza too. Stay tuned for how I use my ramp pesto.
Sunday Morning Energy shake: almond milk, frozen banana, homemade almond butter, a squeeze of local honey, iced coffee. Quite delicious! Nice hint of coffee to help get the day started.
My new breakfast shake: 1/2 cup almond milk, a banana, peanut or almond butter, frozen blueberries, a squeeze of honey. It’s quite delicious and turns a pretty aubergine color. Gotta change up the shake a bit, but keeping the base of almond milk, banana and a homemade nut butter - that’s the key to having it fill you up for hours. With a shake like this in the morning, I don’t need a mid-morning snack! It’s kind of amazing, you can really power through the morning.
I bought a 3lb bag of peeled Gilroy garlic from Costco. Why would I buy so much garlic you ask? Every few months, I like to roast massive amounts of garlic in olive oil, blend it and then have a deliciously sweet, mellow garlic puree to spread on bread, add to soups, stews, and spread on flatbreads.
I was excited to puree the garlic in my Vitamix, but apparently the mixture is so thick that it shorted my Vitamix! Oops. So I let it rest, added more olive oil and it was all good. It made a lot of garlic puree so expect to see it show up again somewhere. I put some in a little jar, cute right?
Apparently I was having so much fun that night that I also made some peanut butter in my Vitamix (and managed to not short my Vitamix that time). I think I prefer the flavor of almond butter better, but the peanut butter wasn’t bad. It was roasted unsalted peanuts, honey and salt. Not sure I’ll ever buy peanut butter again (unless I get lazy).
Can’t get enough for the berry sorbet! This time it’s just frozen mixed berries, honey and a splash of almond milk in the Vitamix to help get the berries going. Use the tamper to get everything combined and voila! in less than 2 minutes you have a fresh berry sorbet. I just threw some mini dark chocolate chips on top and we’re in business. A perfect, healthy dessert that will satisfy any sweet craving!
So I’ve been having a shake for breakfast every morning since I got my Vitamix (about a month and a half now). My morning shake consists of almond milk, pb (now my own homemade), a banana, and wheatgerm. My friend turned me onto adding spinach (yes, spinach!) to my shakes. I know it sounds kind of gross, but it doesn’t really change the taste, but it does turn the shake green. I add a cup of spinach now - an easy way to get more veggies in your diet! Sounds weird, but you should try it.
Almond butter! Yes, I apparently make my own peanut butter now. It’s so easy in the Vitamix! 1.5lbs of almonds, a touch of salt and a bit of honey. Blend and use the tamper! In 2 minutes you have almond butter. It’s amazing to see the almonds pulverize, release their oils and turn into almond butter. Magic! Never buying peanut butter again.
Check out my berry sorbet made with my Vitamix today! Frozen berries, yoghurt and honey- a healthy and guilt-free dessert - really tasted like sorbet! And thank goodness for that, I ate 2 bowls of it. My new favorite kitchen toy for sure.