I remember the first time I was introduced to the Vitamix blender; it was at the state fair five years ago, buried among horse shows and carnival booths. As my family shopped around the fair, I sat myself in front of the demonstration and watched in awe for two hours as the Vitamix turned whole apples into applesauce and frozen strawberries into sorbet. After watching the Vitamix churn out smoothies, soups, sauces, and ice cream, I fell in love. Sure, I was hooked, but knew that I would wait for my very own Vitamix until I had an apartment. And this was when I was in high school.
Five years later, my Vitamix is the most used tool in my kitchen. I use it daily to make delicious and healthful meals. I not only feel healthier and more energized, I also noticed that during the five months I had the Vitamix blender, I never caught a cold. Usually college students pass germs and all get sick at once; I truly believe my immune system was stronger as a result of the whole foods I was eating. My only complaint is that the Vitamix is not as easy to clean as they say it is. I have to let the machine run for a full five minutes before the blender is clean, and even then I have to wash it with soap and water to get rid of the smell.
The cleaning process aside, I really do love my Vitamix. I made a list of my favorite meals so far that you can make at home with your Vitamix machine or other heavy duty blender.
I love making pesto with spinach, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, and a dash of salt. You can freeze pesto in an ice cube tray, and pop them in your next pasta dish.
Hummus is a smooth dip made of chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil. I like to roast a few slices of red pepper and blend it in with the hummus mixture. The dip goes great as a mayonnaise substitute on sandwiches or a dip for raw veggies.
If you haven’t had strawberry spinach salad, you’re missing out. The recipe for the vinaigrette is a simple mixture of vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and sugar, but the result is phenomenal. Even spinach-haters will eat this salad up.
Frozen lemonade is usually full of sugar and preservatives. With this recipe and a good blender, however, you can make all natural lime-aid out of frozen grapes and a few slices of lemon. It’s best not to add too much rind if you like things sweet, not tart.
For my first few months with the Vitamix, I recorded all my recipe trials and errors. Read about my Vitamix creations here: http://www.mylifewithvitamix.blogspot.com/