I'm going on an 8 year relationship with my high speed blender- The Vitamix. I originally purchased my Vitamix with a medical note, and got a deal on a refurbished machine. The main purpose for this blender was to create blenderized tube feedings for my son. That was it's main function for the first 2 years we had it. But every now and then, I would dabble in other recipes, make nut butter, create a "cheese sauce", make smoothies, sorbets, and 8 different pesto versions. If you'd like to learn more about blended tube feedings, refer to https:.//chrisandchelsea.blogspot.com/2011/10/mixing-it-up-in-vitamix.html?m=0.
I sure hope you own a high speed blender. If you have considered one in the past, I hope that you go out and get one after you read about my close relationship with mine. I keep it in a pull out drawer, where it does not take up any counter space. I don't even lift it out, as there is a plug nearby.
I continue to use the blender almost daily. I recently looked through my collection of food photos and found quite a few delights through the years. I wanted to share some of my favorites. Vitamix.com is another awesome source. I will include my favorite vitamix inspired smoothie recipe at the end with some tweaks.
Herbed cashew cheese- raw cashews are a staple for those lightening the dairy load.
This was a pre-mixed salmon salad with a cashew mustard dressing.
Pureed beet & tomato sauce for pizza- always sneaking in veggies into tomato sauce.
Yellow squash ready to add to scrambled eggs.
Pureed broccoli & zucchini soup with veggie broth. Cool in fridge, then transfer to freezer. I love having soup for lunch, and this makes packing lunch easy.
Homemade almond milk or creamer- using a sieve or a nut milk bag.
Fruit Sorbet: 1 sliced and frozen banana, 1 cup frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, or berries work well), and 1.5 cups of almond or coconut milk added to blender. Use tamper to push down fruit until pureed. So YUMMY!
Anti-inflammatory smoothie: 2 mandarins, turmeric, 1 cup blueberries, 1 TBSP flax, 1/4 cup walnuts, and 1.5 cups almond milk or water. Serves 2.
Spiralized salad with green goddess dressing: 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1/2 cup green herbs, 1 clove garlic, squeeze of lemon, salt & pepper, and 1 cup water. Puree in blender and add to salad. Start with less water if you like a creamier dressing.
My all time favorite smoothie is inspired by the vitamix recipe for Autumn Sweet Potato Smoothie. Here is my version:
1 medium orange, peeled
1/2 large sweet potato (about 4 inches), cooked and cooled
1 inch ginger root (or 1/2 inch if you don't love ginger as much as I do)
2 TBSP collagen or 3 TBSP hemp seeds
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
3/4 cup ice cubes
I modified it to include protein and reduce carbohydrates. The flavor combination of sweet potato, ginger, and dates is so GOOD.
Smoothie for lunch?