Lookie what I got!! Christmas came early at my house. I am so excited to say that I am now the proud owner of one of these:
Yessirree, my very own Vita-mix. Last weekend the demonstrator was at Costco. The hubby happened to be shopping with me and knowing that I've wanted one for quite some time, and that the demonstrator wasn't going to be back until next year, he told me to go ahead and get it. Merry Christmas to me!!
I am in love. Now I can add things to my smoothies that my old blender couldn't handle like whole apples, lemon slices, carrots, celery, etc. and they are ultrasmoooooth. I've never been interested in juicing. With juicing, the pulp which contains nutrients and fiber gets discarded. I prefer smoothies because they use the whole food, retaining the nutrients and fiber. And now I can add anything I like to my smoothies!
I love that this machine makes hot soup from whole raw vegetables in about five minutes. I am always looking for ways to increase our fruit and veggie intake, and this will certainly help. I made a couple of quick raw veggie soups this weekend.
I was out all day finishing up the Christmas shopping. (Boy does it feel good to be done. I am not a shopper and it is definitely not fun for me.) I got home just before the kids and so had nothing cooked. It is so amazing to be able to throw a bunch of raw veggies in the Vita-mix and have a delicious creamy hot soup in about 5 minutes. Did I mention that I am in love with my Vita-mix?
I will be experimenting with recipes and posting them as I get time. I feel like a kid with a new toy!
Meanwhile, here is the recipe for the gazpacho soup I made. The avocado made it rich and creamy.
Vita-mix Five Minute Gazpacho Soup
1 red bell pepper, seeded
1 cucumber (peeled if it is waxed)
1/2 of a small onion
1 clove garlic, minced and set aside for 10 min.
juice of 1 small lemon
1 avocado, remove skin and pit
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
Place all ingredients in Vita-mix and let blend 5 min. till steamy.