Today is one of the first days that feels like Fall. Which means I'm busting out all of the Autumn flavors: pumpkin, cinnamon, butternut squash and apples. In particular, I was craving a warm bowl of cinnamon applesauce.But my dinner was already in the over and nearly done cooking. I didn't have time to simmer the pot of apples. But I did have … [Read more...]
Getting a new Blendtec or Vitamix high-performance blender unlocks tons of new and creative possibilities in the kitchen. It also raises the need for great recipes and tips.
When I bought my first blender, I was searching for how to use a blender for beginners, but mainly found recipes. The blender had a manual, so I was really in need of ideas. During the self justification process of spending gobs of money on my first blender many years ago, you’ve likely already thought of the common uses like I did, such as making a green smoothie or making fresh salsa, but there’s probably quite a few things you haven’t thought of.
Your new kitchen appliance is capable of making ground meat, nut and seed milks, flours for baking, baby food and much more. These incredible machines will become your favorite kitchen go-to as you learn how easy they are to use to make fresh homemade foods in minutes.
Homemade nut or seed milk takes just seconds of blending to create smooth and creamy homemade milk in your blender. You can make a wholesome milk, like almond milk, that does not contain additives or fillers, and you'll know exactly what you're drinking. Just soak the nuts and seeds overnight, using a ratio of 1:2 (nuts/seeds: water), blend until smooth, strain and enjoy. An extra tip: save the nut pulp and add to pancakes or muffins for extra protein and fiber.
Homemade Ice Cream
Your new Blendtec or Vitamix can take the place of old-fashioned ice cream makers. Now, you won’t have to hassle with rock salt or remember to freeze a bowl before you want to make ice cream anymore. Simply place your ice cream ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. For best results start on the lowest setting for 30 seconds and then gradually increase to the highest setting until the ice, cream and all the ingredients are blended and smooth. To make a basic vanilla ice cream base use 1 part liquid milk (dairy/nut/seed) to 4 parts frozen milk (ice cube trays are perfect for this), sweetener to taste, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Blended Creamy Soup
It's easy to make restaurant-quality soups like a professional chef. All you have to do is blend your finished soup until it is creamy smooth. You can also add butter or cream as you blend to add some extra creaminess and body. If you blend hot soup and do not have a vented lid, make sure you vent the lid and cover the gap lightly with a kitchen towel, so steam and pressure do not build up. One of our favorite soups is this recipe for roasted tomato soup.
Skip the store bought salad dressings full of preservatives! You can make creamy and delicious emulsified salad dressings simply by using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil, add a spoonful of prepared or Dijon mustard, a pinch each of salt & pepper and 1-2 tablespoons of shallots or garlic. With this salad dressing base you can be creative and add in your favorite herbs and flavors to make any salad dressing flavor you want to enjoy.
Homemade Sriracha Sauce
You can make your own hot sauce, as spicy or as a mild as your taste buds like. Simply place your fresh washed and trimmed peppers of choice in the blender, add 2-4 cloves of garlic, sea salt and sugar to taste and enough vinegar to make a smooth sauce. Once you’ve blended everything together, pour the mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Strain for a smooth sauce or leave it chunky, allow to cool before bottling and enjoying. Here's a more detailed recipe from the folks over at Nom Nom Paleo.
Homemade Bread and Pizza Dough
You will be able to enjoy delicious homemade bread and pizza without having to knead dough for hours. To make a basic dough place 1 1/4 cups warm liquid (milk or water), 1 tablespoon active dry yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar or honey, 1 teaspoon salt in the jar and pulse to combine, then add up to 3 cups of flour 1 cup at a time, pulsing until a smooth dough ball forms. Allow the dough to rest for up to 20 minutes for bread, then take it out of the jar, shape it, allow to double in size and bake in a preheated oven. For pizza dough allow it to rest and rise in the jar until double in size (about 45 minutes), then shape add your favorite toppings and bake until the crust is crisp and the toppings are golden.
Grind Meat for Fresh Hamburgers
Ground meat is simple to make and you can rest assured that your meat is safe and does not contain any harmful additives. Too make fresh ground meat chop your meat (game, beef, poultry or pork) into 1 inch cubes, pop in the freezer for 30-45 minutes and then pulse a few handfuls at a time until your meat is the consistency you want. (Freezing it helps to keep the meat from heating up and starting to cook while you're grinding it.) You can add spices or even vegetables to your ground meat too as you pulse for added flavor.
Fresh grated cheese tastes better whether you add it to recipes or use it as a garnish for cooked foods. You can easily grate hard cheeses such as asiago, parmesan and manchego in your Vitamix or Blendtec, instead of buying expensive grated cheese. Grating fresh cheese is so much easier and tastes so much better than pre-packaged cheese. Hard cheeses easily grate from a medium to a fine grate in seconds; simply chop up the hard cheese you want to grate into 1 inch pieces and add them to the jar (up to 1 cup at a time) pulse the blender, gradually increasing the speed (up to 4) and duration until the cheese is the texture you want.
This tip works perfect for grating parmesan for fresh basil pesto.
Fresh nut butter tastes delicious and you’ll be sure your nut butter has no added fillers or ingredients that you don’t want. You’ll also be able to mix different nuts and make the nut butter smooth or chunky to make the type of nut butter that you and your family enjoy. To make nut butter use 3 to 4 cups of your favorite nuts, if you roast the nuts, make sure they cool completely before blending. Simply place the cooled dry nuts in the jar and blend on high until they become creamy and are the consistency that you want.
Homemade flours and gluten-free flours from oats, rice, quinoa, wheat berries or almonds are much less expensive compared to the cost of buying these flours at the store. To make flour, you’ll simply add 3-4 cups of oats, rice, quinoa, wheat berries or almonds to the jar and blend. Start on a low setting and then increase to high, blend until the flour is fine. After blending sift the flour to ensure a fine consistency.
All Natural Baby Food
Pre-packaged baby food sure is convenient but it can be expensive and you may have concerns about the ingredients it contains. Making baby food is fast and easy in your Blendtec or Vitamix, you’ll know exactly what is in your baby’s food and you can control the consistency as your baby grows; from a fine puree for infants to chunkier food for toddlers. You can blend single foods, or portions of cooked food simply by placing the cooked food in the jar and blending, add breast milk or formula if needed, to create the consistency appropriate for your baby.
Frozen cocktails are delicious and healthy when you can easily blend them up using fresh fruits and ice. To make refreshing and zippy margaritas simply peel 3-4 citrus fruits (2 limes, 1 lemon and 1 orange), and blend with 6 cups of ice, ¼ cup of triple sec, ½-3/4 cup tequila and sugar to taste.
Compost for your Garden
Compost piles can quickly turn to a slimy, stinky mess if you pile big peels or scraps, as compost needs air and structure to decompose properly. Simply place your egg shells, fruit and vegetable scraps in the jar and blend on high to create small pieces, after blending dump your blended scraps on the pile and add wood chips (1:3, 1 part scraps to 3 parts wood chips), then turn the pile. You’ll easily make a healthy stink-free compost pile that you can use in your gardens. However, you may want to use a separate container or jar for this task. :)
Lemonade screams "Hello! I will bring a smile to your face!" Well, it doesn't actually scream that, or say anything at all. But a lovely pink or vibrant yellow liquid is sure to induce reminiscing of childhood days.Lemonade refreshes your mouth on a warm summer day. It also reminds you of summer when you're bundled up during the colder months. … [Read more...]
Get in the mood for Fall with this seasonal soup. It's orange like Halloween, with hues of yellow to match the falling leaves. It smells like gourds and tastes like cooler weather. It's Fall perfection in a bowl!Carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are the epitome of Autumn. Plus they combine for the most flavorful and hearty soup! … [Read more...]
There is something crisp and refreshing about a fresh Caesar Salad. The creamy dressy blends perfectly with an extra dose of pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Which is why Caesar dressing was the first recipe I made using my new Vitamix Aer container.Because the Vitamix Aer container uses a disc instead of blades, I knew it would be … [Read more...]
Feeling achy? Have stiff joints? Are you swollen with inflammation? Try a natural remedy for your ailments! This superstar smoothie reduces inflammation and also works for allergies, irritable bowels, fatigue, or chronic pain.Inflammation, commonly known as the trigger for arthritis and similar diseases, can also be the traced root to many … [Read more...]
To this day, when I walk into a gas station, I'm flooded with childhood memories of when my parents would buy me a coke Icee! We rarely drank soda and we seldom were allowed to buy things in the gas station. So when we were given an Icee that was also a soda, it was an extra special treat!I still don't drink soda very often, but I adore fruit. … [Read more...]
Is your summer garden being overrun by your rampant tomato plants? Don’t let those juicy tomatoes go to waste! Pick as many as you can, then whip up a refreshing batch of blender salsa.With just a few ingredients, this recipe takes no time to prepare.Simply peel and chop some onion and garlic. Seed and chop a jalapeño. (Don’t forget … [Read more...]
Green smoothies and green juices have gained popularity over the last few years. And it’s for good reason! Greens contain vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and numerous other vitamins. Plus they are packed with potassium, calcium, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and various other minerals.In general, greens are known to:renew and refresh … [Read more...]
The Only Superfood Smoothie Recipe You’ll Ever NeedI’m not a coffee-drinker.I know...your jaw just dropped, your eyes opened wide, and your heart skipped a beat. You’re probably wondering, “How can you possibly survive without coffee? How do you have enough energy to make it through your day?” The answer is simple: I start my day with a … [Read more...]
The Best Basic Smoothie Recipe A basic smoothie is one my of favorite comfort foods. The fruit is refreshing, the yogurt is filling, and the antioxidants are the perfect pick-me-up.Although smoothies are typically on the breakfast menu, I find this simple yet powerful drink to be an uplifting afternoon snack or a sweet treat before bed. I … [Read more...]
If you've got a high performance Vitamix or Blendtec blender, and been on a health kick with green smoothies, soups, and other good-for-you meals.Using all natural ingredients, no syrups, pure fruit, and top shelf liquor, this is definitely pure decadence.It's how I imagine the first margarita's were ever made. Where have you been all my … [Read more...]
Mixing up a healthy smoothie is a great way to start losing weight and trimming some inches off of your waistline. They are delicious and low maintenance too. Pretty much all you need are some of the right ingredients and a blender to get started.If you are interested in trying smoothies to lose weight, we are going to give you one of the best … [Read more...]
As just about everyone knows by now, it is so important to make sure you eat breakfast every single day. Unfortunately, now more than ever so many of us are pressed for time in our morning routines that breakfast is often the first thing that gets cut out. Typically, many people don’t eat breakfast because they don’t have the time to prepare it. … [Read more...]
When you’re looking to lose weight, smoothies can be a quick and delicious way to enjoy your nutrients and see results. Many people struggle with preparing a nutritious breakfast, lunch, or snack, especially when they will be out and about, and skipping meals is not only an unhealthy weight loss option, but can also cause your body to not only … [Read more...]
Simple is Often the Most Effective Simply search “weight loss diet” on the internet, and you are going to get millions of listings for all kinds of weight loss diets, with thousands more created every day. With the sea of weight loss information out there and so many different options to choose from, how are we supposed to know which ones work and … [Read more...]
Do you want more energy? Does your body need a detox? Do you want to protect yourself from getting a cold? Do you want a drink that tastes great and has tons of beneficial vitamins and minerals that your body needs? Or do you just want a new way to use you Nutri Ninja, but aren’t sure where to start?Whatever the purpose you have in mind for … [Read more...]
Here is a great Green Smoothie recipe for beginners. As we journeyed from our initial frozen fruit smoothies to smoothies with more veggies, we had been stuck for a long time on fruit smoothies as we never really found a smoothie recipe with vegetables that we liked. We tried a couple of green smoothie recipes from time to time, but just stuck with … [Read more...]
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Would you agree? Have you ever tried to make gluten free pancakes ... with your blender?!But it’s not just about eating any old breakfast, but eating a well-balanced, healthy breakfast that's important.Here's a quick, easy, and healthier version of pancakes made with oatmeal. This … [Read more...]
Flu season is here, and while we all try our best to do all precautionary sanitation methods to keep illnesses at bay, sometimes, life just takes its toll on us, and we still catch the not-so-fun sniffles! We've got just the thing, a great flu fighter smoothie recipe.While sleep and hydration can help a lot in fighting flu, one of the best ways … [Read more...]
Peppermint Protein Smoothie With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start your mornings off with a healthy festive peppermint protein filled smoothie. This smoothie combines fresh mint, banana, and spinach to make a refreshing, guilt-free treat.Ingredients:1 large banana (frozen) 1 cup vanilla almond milk Fresh … [Read more...]
A fresh chimichurri sauce is the perfect accompaniment for grilled steak, chicken, or even spooned over grilled vegetables. It tastes best if used fresh, but can be stored for a day or two to allow flavors to meld and still taste great.Ingredients1 cup of Italian parsley 5 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon black … [Read more...]
One of my favorite treats around this time of year is a shamrock shake from McDonalds, and while it isn't one of the healthiest options, sometimes it's good to indulge.Not everything you make in your blender needs to be healthy, and we deserve a treat.This recipe will taste pretty close to the classic flavor with a little bit of extra … [Read more...]
With Super Bowl XLIX right around the corner and another winter storm forecasted to hit the northeastern part of the country, I felt it was only fitting to share a few soup recipes to help keep you warm.In honor of the teams in Super Bowl on Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, we'll share two chowder recipes and leave it … [Read more...]
If you were fortunate enough to find a shiny new Blendtec blender under your Christmas tree this year, you're probably wondering what to make with it now. We have listed 5 easy Blendtec recipes (Vitamix too) that will be fun to try and they go beyond the typical smoothie.You may have looked through the Blendtec recipes book or watched the … [Read more...]
One of my favorite snacks to eat while watching football with friends is nachos and cheese, but I always feel guilty eating cheese from a jar. Luckily, I've found a healthier replacement, this vegan nacho cheese, and I think it even tastes better than regular nacho cheese.Homemade vegan cheese can come in many variations, but this one uses a … [Read more...]
This time of year, the end of growing season, always results in an overabundance of tomatoes, which is awesome news since I love making fresh tomato sauces.Having a good, high-performance blender makes quick work of all those tomatoes and turns them into a delicious, fresh marinara sauce that goes perfect on pasta, pizza, or just for dipping … [Read more...]
Delicious Almond Milk Having a phlegm reaction to milk, I've searched for a suitable milk alternative. For years I drank Soy Milk (all kinds of reasons not to drink it any longer), and finally to Almond Milk. And now I've found a great homemade almond milk recipe. I use almond milk in my smoothies, like for this strawberry banana smoothie recipe, … [Read more...]
Lately, this has become one of my go-to salad dressing recipes. Why? It's easy to make and the ingredients have a fairly long shelf life, so I always have them on hand.And the best part, I've found that using my blender to make this dressing, instead of chopping and whisking, gives it a much thicker consistency and really cuts down on the prep … [Read more...]
The summer season is one of my favorite times of year for one reason: fresh, local strawberries! After a trip to the farmers market on a Saturday morning or an afternoon picking them in a field, I always end up with more than I can use.One of the ways that I love to use them up is by making a refreshing summer strawberry lemonade. It's quick … [Read more...]
I love fresh guacamole and will put it on almost anything. Chips, tacos, salads, burgers, tortilla soup, they're all fair game for a dollop of guacamole. Luckily, fresh guacamole is incredibly easy to make with a good blender.I've purposefully made this recipe to be a bit spicier, but you can adjust the recipe to your heat tolerance by … [Read more...]
Fresh, homemade hummus is incredibly easy to make and can save you a ton of money over the store bought brands. This simple recipe is a perfect starting point that can be easily spiced up to your tastes. One of my favorite things to add is chili paste, like Sambal Oelek. Ingredients15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained (reserving liquid) 1 … [Read more...]
This strawberry banana fruit smoothie recipe is time-tested classic and likely something you've had before at a smoothie shop, like Smoothie King or Jamba Juice. The simple pairing of strawberry and banana is delicious and works great for breakfast or dessert.IngredientsAlmond or soy milk - 1 cup Banana - 1 Frozen strawberries - 2 … [Read more...]
One of the great things about having a high-powered blender is your ability to blend peanuts into fresh, homemade peanut butter in a matter of seconds.With just one ingredient and no preservatives, you can feel good about enjoying this peanut butter. For a sweeter variation, try substituting one cup of honey roasted … [Read more...]
Sometimes I need a little break from the sweetness of fruit smoothies, so I've been trying out a few recipes for vegetable juices. This one is simple, just a little sweet, and still packs a good amount of nutrients into my morning routine.Carrots have a lot of fiber, so if this juice is too thick, you may need to add some additional water and … [Read more...]
One of my favorite indulgences this time of year is eggnog and enjoying a glass of it around the holidays always brings back good memories.Unfortunately, some of those good feelings faded when I looked at the nutritional facts on the side of the carton, so I went searching for a healthier version. This is one of my favorites, and it uses … [Read more...]
Grilled cheese and tomato soup was a favorite meal of mine when I was a child and that hasn't changed as I've gotten older. What has changed a bit are my tastes and appreciation for fresh flavors.Since tomato soup from Campbell's can doesn't cut it anymore, I've been experimenting and have finally found a new favorite, roasted tomato soup. … [Read more...]
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, one thing that's surely on everyone's shopping list is cranberry sauce. This year, why not forgo the can-shaped purple gel and make something fresh.It's extremely easy to make and your guests will certainly be able to taste the difference.Ingredients1 (16-ounce) bottle Framboise Lambic beer … [Read more...]
Squash Soup Squashes are in season and it's time to take advantage of the fresh fall flavor. With just a few ingredients, a little bit of prep time, and the help of a powerful blender, you'll create delicious fall squash soup fit for a five star restaurant.This easy, healthy recipe for acorn squash soup is one of my favorites and if you give … [Read more...]
If you're looking for a quick, easy, and healthy frozen treat, this chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream is right up your alley. With just a few ingredients and a powerful blender, you can create something delicious. The best part is, bananas can be sliced and frozen for up to a month in the freezer, so you can always have some on hand for a … [Read more...]
Soup is often thought of as a comforting winter meal, but it makes a delicious light summertime meal when served chilled. This tomato-based gazpacho is made with plenty of fresh lime juice, spicy jalapeños, and cooling cucumber for a refreshing summer soup.With no cooking involved, you are able to prepare it in minutes and store it in the … [Read more...]
This quick and easy salsa recipe has a rich, smoky flavor from the roasted ingredients and a perfect texture from the blender. It's a great way to use those fresh, summer vegetables.IngredientsMedium tomatoes - 4 Red onion - 1/2 Jalapenos - 2 Red bell peppers - 1 Corn - 1 ear Garlic - 1 clove Lime - 1 Cilantro - 1/2 … [Read more...]
This quick and easy recipe is a great way to start your day off right. With fresh fruit and two full cups of spinach, you'll get three servings of fruit and vegetables into your diet.IngredientsWater - 1/2 cup Ice cubes - 1/2 cup Banana - 1 Green grapes - 1 cup Navel orange - 1 (peeled) Spinach - 2 cupsInstructionsCombine … [Read more...]
IngredientsFresh basil leaves - 2 cups (3 if you like the fresh taste of basil) Olive oil - 1/2 cup Pine nuts (or walnuts) - 2 Tbsp Peeled garlic - 2 cloves Salt - 1 tsp Freshly grated Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup Freshly grated Romano pecorini cheese - 2 Tbsp Butter, softened in the microwave - 3 TbspInstructionsCombine the … [Read more...]
This spicy black bean soup is perfect to help heat you up after a cold day. It's simple to make and it is full of vitamins and nutrients to help keep you healthy.IngredientsBlack beans - 4 cups Diced tomatoes - 2 cups Vegetable stock - 2 cups Chopped onions - 1 cup Jalapeno - 1 Garlic, minced - 1 clove Cumin - 2 tsp Red pepper … [Read more...]
You can feel less guilty about enjoying this fresh margarita. The fresh fruit gives it an excellent flavor and even helps sneak a little nutrition into your enjoyment.IngredientsTequila - 1 cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec - 1/4 cup Orange - 1, peeled Lemon - 1, peeled Lime - 1, peeled Sugar - 5 tbsp Ice - 6 … [Read more...]