When the herbs start growing, it’s time for flavorful dishes and refreshing homemade drinks! One of my personal favorites is mint lemonade. Mint, of all varieties, grows abundantly. If you want to try your green thumb at mint, start with it in pots. If you put it in the ground, you’ll discover that it rampantly takes over the entire flower … [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. :)
“Here we go a-wassailing, among the leaves so green. Here we come a-wandering, so fairly to be seen.” Like the song lyrics say, it’s the time of year to “go a-wassailing.” In case you’re wondering, a-wassailing is when you go from house to house singing Christmas carols. To wassail is to indulge in plentiful amounts of alcohol, namely … [Read more...]
Eggnog is a classic Christmas drink. You either adore it or absolutely can’t stand it. If you fall toward the side of adoration, you’ll love it even more once you realize how simple this recipe can be. Eggnog is the descendant of a medieval ale-like beverage made by the British. It’s morphed over time, especially once the early American … [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...]
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...]
It’s high tomato season! My mother grows 2 or 3 tomato plants every year and is laden with tomatoes of every shape and size. While I don’t grow them in my own yard, I do receive a plethora of them in my weekly farm box. And typically the high tomato season lasts at least two month in my neck of the woods. Fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil … [Read more...]
Is salad a staple at your table? Perhaps you have it as a side dish every night with dinner, or maybe it's one of the only vegetables that you kids will consume. Although you may eat lettuce on a regular basis, that doesn't mean it has to be boring! Branch away from store-bought Italian dressing or traditional ranch. Spice it up with this sesame … [Read more...]
An iconic picture of Summer is a triangular watermelon slice, complete with a rich green rind and polka dotted with shiny black seeds. And watermelon is perfect for consuming during the hot season since it’s more than 90% water. Seeded melons tend to boast more flavor, but there is an afforded convenience with seedless melons. It’s a refreshing … [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. Ingredients Water - 1/2 cup Ice cubes - 1/2 cup Banana - 1 Green grapes - 1 cup Navel orange - 1 (peeled) Spinach - 2 cups Instructions … [Read more...]
One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh salads. Romain or purple kale and everything in between. The abundant lettuce makes for the perfectly tender salad, for a small lunch or as a side dish for dinner. I transitioned away from store bought salad dressings once I got my Vitamix Aer Disc container. It couldn’t be easier to make any … [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...]
It was a last minute lunch and I wanted to serve something special. You know how it feels when someone calls and says they will be over in 30 minutes. You want to be a thoughtful host/hostess and offer something extra - but 30 minutes is not a lot of time to tidy up and prep for a visitor! When those moments spring up like a bunny hopping across … [Read more...]
When was the last time you sat beside a roaring campfire on a brisk evening? Spring and Fall are camping weather. If you’re not up for sleeping in a tent, perhaps you find yourself spending the cooling Spring and Fall evenings outdoors. Sitting under the stars on your porch. Taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Gazing upon fireflies. … [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. Ingredients 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained (reserving liquid) 1 … [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...]
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 Only Superfood Smoothie Recipe You’ll Ever Need I’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...]
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, which means it’s easy to grow and very flavorful! It’s a hardy green leaf that exhibits a lemony scent and an earthy texture. It’s known to calm anxiety, help get rid of cold sores, and lessen insomnia. You can toss this into a salad, or chop it up as a herb coating for chicken, or make it into a fresh … [Read more...]
It’s peach season! One of my dear friends went home to South Carolina for the weekend, and returned on Monday with four overflowing wicker baskets of fresh, southern peaches. They don’t give off the appearance of perfection like peaches in the grocery store. Their skin is beginning to wrinkle, there are mini brown spots, and they are not … [Read more...]
Confession: I love traveling the world. Do you? One of my favorite things about traveling is experiencing the food. I’ve had fish and chips in England, Provencal lamb in France, handmade pasta in Italy, traditional goulash in Hungary, tapas in Spain, and bratwurst in Germany. When I return home from my travels, my kitchen explodes 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...]
“Oh my goodness, that’s so expensive!” You’ll often hear me exclaiming that to myself in the grocery store aisle, especially in the organic/natural foods section. For various reasons, I choose to feed my family whole foods that have not been modified and are not loaded with chemicals or preservatives. Unfortunately, that causes our grocery bill to … [Read more...]
When you’re in the mood for Italian food, serve up a hearty bowl of pasta with a homemade tomato sauce! Although buying a jar of spaghetti sauce is convenient, making a quick batch of homemade sauce is easy with your high-powered blender. Get things started by heating up a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in your stock pot. Dice up … [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...]
Ketchup is a staple in 97% of American households, probably in 100% of the homes with children. That’s why it’s lovingly called America’s Favorite Condiment. Chances are high that you have a red bottle in your refrigerator, and maybe a spare reserve in your pantry as well. It’s a basic sauce composed of tomatoes that makes everything taste … [Read more...]
Our grandparents, great-grandparents, and ancestors many generations before us had a special knack for frugality. They had a “no waste” mentality that has somehow been lost in today’s modern world, which offers more conveniences than ever before in the history of the man. I recognized this simple yet profound realization while chopping veggies … [Read more...]
I used to be a full-time traveler, which is the perfect way of life for an adventurous foodie like myself. My husband and I spent 19 months on the road in 22 countries. Traveling overloads my senses in the best ways: the sights are a feast for my eyes, the smells and tastes are alluring, and the sounds are fascinating. And the food, oh the food! … [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 … [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...]
When tomatoes are in season, they are abundant and plentiful. Which means salad can be a nightly side dish at the dinner table. But simple lettuce and dressing can become boring, which is when I make a fresh Green salad with homemade Greek dressing. First, the lettuce. I find a colorful mix of lettuce the best for visual appeal and taste. … [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...]
Does the Spring or Summer weather make you crave a refreshing glass of lemonade? On the days when the sunshine is warm, nothing is quite as refreshing as a tall glass of lemonade. With the Vitamix Aer, making lemonade is a cinch. The basic recipe is water, lemons, and a sweetener (sugar or honey). No fake ingredients, chemicals, or … [Read more...]
My childhood memories of Autumn always involve a family outing to the local apple orchard. We would watch them bake fresh apple donuts, anxiously awaiting if they would taste as good as they smelled. (Of course they did!) We walked through a maze of giant vats of apple cider, sampling a taste at the end of the tour. And strolling … [Read more...]
We go through salad kicks, where we eat it every single day for an entire week. But then we get tired of it and take a week or two off. Is your family the same way? Last week, we had salad every afternoon for lunch. There was a little bit of lettuce left, but I honestly wasn’t in the mood for a salad. However, I didn’t want to waste food! (Do … [Read more...]
When the weather is hot, you just want something cold, whether that’s a light beer, chilled white wine, or fresh lemonade. That’s why frozen beverages like a strawberry daiquiri or sangria are so popular in the Summer. If you’re a fan of the well-known strawberry daiquiri, then you will love this homemade frozen watermelon daiquiri blended in … [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...]
If you enjoy making cocktails or experimenting with mixed drinks, then you’re familiar with simple syrup. It’s quite a simple recipe: water and sugar. But that simple concoction transforms shallow drinks into deep wells of flavor! You’re probably thinking, “Simple syrup isn’t that difficult to make. How can it possibly be faster or easier?” … [Read more...]
Psst...wanna hear a baking secret? Okay, are you ready? Here it is...prepare to be amazed! Powdered sugar is nothing fancy. It’s actually regular sugar finely ground and combined with cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) to keep from caking. Ta-da! Can you believe that baking secret? Why have we been buying special powdered sugar when we could … [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. Ingredients Almond or soy milk - 1 cup Banana - 1 Frozen strawberries - 2 … [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...]
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...]
Do you ever get tired of the same plain vegetables? Do you ever wish you had a fancy sauce to spoon over your roasted asparagus, baked potato chunks, steamed green beans, or sautéed broccoli? Allow me to introduce this Lemon Basil Vegetable Spread. You see, it’s been raining all week long where I live. We’ve even had days of flash flooding. All I … [Read more...]
Say bye-bye to ketchup. Upgrade your barbecue sauce. Transform the way you marinate your meat. This homemade marinade and sauce trumps all others. The seasonings are out-of-this-world and it’s simple to make in your Vitamix blender. And by simple, I mean it takes one minute to measure and dump the ingredients into the blender container, plus 30 … [Read more...]
Want to go on a detox that still allows you to eat and exercise like normal? Try this cranberry lemonade. First, it’s beneficial because this tasty lemonade encourages you to drink adequate amounts of liquid. In case you’re curious, the standard recommendation is that you drink half of your body weight in ounces. To calculate, take your body … [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...]
My Aunt loves to bake everything from artisan breads to pie crusts. She definitely has a talent in the kitchen! Although I love to cook, baking has never been my expertise. I’ve been curious to experiment with homemade bread using freshly ground flour. After a few failed attempts, I’ve found the perfect honey whole wheat … [Read more...]
My Aunt is an avid baker. Thick slices of homemade sourdough, loaves of authentic French baguettes, mounds of artisan rye with a cross sliced on top. She even attended a week-long artisan bread making class in the mountains of North Carolina. I thoroughly enjoy a piece of crusty bread smeared with salted butter, or smothered in homemade jam, or … [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. Ingredients Tequila - 1 cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec - 1/4 cup Orange - 1, peeled Lemon - 1, peeled Lime - 1, peeled Sugar - 5 tbsp Ice - 6 cups Instructions … [Read more...]
You can’t beat the flavor of homemade bread! Especially when it’s warm out of the oven, smeared with a pad of salted butter or fruit jam. However, homemade bread has one major downfall: it’s time-consuming...until now! You can make homemade Whole Wheat Honey Bread using your Vitamix blender! Like most bread recipes, this one begins by combining … [Read more...]
Mediterranean food abounds with spice and flavors! My family loves when I make homemade gyros for dinner, but I was in the mood for something different this time. So I thought about a loaded Greek salad. I have a freshly tossed salad with various kinds of lettuce. I topped it with sliced tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and strips of homemade … [Read more...]
There is no mistaking that kids and adults all enjoy a refreshing treat. And this watermelon slushy is the perfect, healthy treat! Watermelon is basically water in the form of a fruit, with just a little added sugar. Toss watermelon (minus the seeds) into a blender for an incredible drink! By adding a small amount of honey or sugar, you get … [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...]
When Winter colds are being passed around, I cling to washing my hands and eating lots of citrus. Right now Strep Throat is being passed around our circle of friends...which is why I was craving a drink using freshly squeezed orange juice. After a long day, my husband and I just wanted to sit beside the lit Christmas tree and talk while sipping … [Read more...]
The Spring weather is constantly a tease. It looks dreadingly hot outside the window, yet the air is warm and the wind is cool. It makes me long for the heat of summer, and grieve the loss of a refreshing Spring. On these days, when I’m stranded between two seasons and can’t decide which I prefer, I blend the two in the kitchen. This pineapple … [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...]
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 mint … [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...]
I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t like chocolate. The form doesn’t matter: m&ms, chocolate milk, chocolate chips, hot chocolate, etc. As long as it’s chocolate, they will enjoy it! On a chilly Winter evening, I like to surprise my family with a bedtime treat: homemade hot chocolate. No instant packets or pouches required for this nighttime … [Read more...]
Sometimes candy satisfies the deepest cravings. Especially Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. But in our house, we limit our processed sugars and chemicals in food. This pretty much rules out candy...but it doesn’t eliminate my cravings for a sweet treat! I decided to try my hand at making chocolate. At first it felt daunting. I mean, there’s a reason … [Read more...]
Eggs are smelly. I’ve never been a fan, no matter how they are prepared. However, they are an enriching source of protein and a whole lot cheaper than meat, so I incorporate eggs into weekly my menu as a meatless option. I typically stick with my favorite Easy Egg Pancakes, but I was feeling something different last night. I’m sure you can … [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. Ingredients 1 cup of Italian parsley 5 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon black … [Read more...]
With Super Bowl 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 up to … [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. Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) bottle Framboise Lambic beer … [Read more...]
Have you ever had a craving for chocolate? Not a chocolate bar or chocolate cake, but just a creamy taste of smooth chocolate? That was me last week. My husband and I just returned home from dinner at an Irish pub. We had a great sample of hearty broccoli cheddar soup and a filling prosciutto pizza. I had dessert on my mind but the only sweet menu … [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 … [Read more...]
Are you nuts for nuts? Peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, and pistachios are excellent options for a healthy snack. But today we're going to focus on walnuts. I'm preparing a batch of Tomato Basil Soup for dinner and couldn't resist adding some chopped walnuts into the mixture for added protein and additional flavor. To be fair, the … [Read more...]
What’s that thing that you are so glad you purchased, that you’ve never once regretted spending money on, or wished you bought sooner? For me, it’s my Vitamix. I originally purchased this powerful blender to make my smoothies smoother (ironic, huh?). It purees up raw carrots, beats, nuts and greens like an extravagant science experiment. Since I … [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...]
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...]
My daughter’s favorite night of the week is when we have breakfast for dinner. Do your kids feel the same way? There is something special about having waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, or a smoothie for dinner. It somehow feels like you’re breaking the rules or rebelling against the law - yet you know you won’t get in trouble! Most of the time … [Read more...]
Germany is the quintessential place to be over christmas. I spent 8 weeks in Bavaria, Germany from Thanksgiving 2016 through late January 2017. It was as charming as you can imagine with the quaint architecture, holiday decorations in each village, Christmas markets, the Alps in the distance, and the fresh layers of pristine snow. … [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. Ingredients Medium tomatoes - 4 Red onion - 1/2 Jalapenos - 2 Red bell peppers - 1 Corn - 1 ear Garlic - 1 clove Lime - 1 … [Read more...]
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...]
I whipped up (literally) a delicious meatless dinner of veggies and eggs. But then I wondered what to call it. Is it a crustless quiche? Or a frittata? Hmmm...Either way, it was fantastic! What’s the difference between a quiche and a frittata? The biggest difference is that the quiche has a crust and cream, while a frittata does not. A quiche … [Read more...]
Enjoying a glass of wine with dinner is a treat that should be enjoyed on a regular basis! My husband and I try to have a wonderfully paired wine with dinner once per week. Whether it’s a rich red wine with beef or a light white wine next to a cream sauce, an accurate pairing of drink and food makes the world of a different. Speaking of pairing, … [Read more...]
Did you know that antioxidants can prevent or delay cell damage, and may even prevent cancer? These powerful substances are mostly found in fruits and vegetables, as well as green tea. Which is why I created an antioxidant lemon blueberry green tea. Both the green tea and blueberries contain antioxidants. The lemon offers a refreshing taste and … [Read more...]
My best friend has a passion for yummy drinks. I often see her carrying around her trademark cup, usually from Starbucks or the most popular local chain in town. Last season, her drink of choice was a frothy light pink colored drink. I kept seeing her clear cup with this pink liquid inside and had no idea what it was. One day I finally asked … [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. Ingredients Black beans - 4 cups Diced tomatoes - 2 cups Vegetable stock - 2 cups Chopped onions - 1 cup Jalapeno - 1 Garlic, minced - 1 clove Cumin - 2 tsp … [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 almond … [Read more...]
I love to experiment in the kitchen, especially after I’ve been inspired by a fantastic meal in a restaurant or a dish my Mom made. I inherited my passion for food from my mother. She’s notorious for never following a recipe but crafting amazing foods...which ironically I am also known for! My mom often gets a hankering for Asian cuisine. She … [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! Throw … [Read more...]
I was first introduced to these homemade almond brownies in Sweden. Kladdkaka is a typical dessert served with coffee in their culture, and is literally translated to “sticky cake.” They aren’t sticky like honey. Rather, they are gooey like a perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie. And oh my goodness, you will definitely enjoy their soft, moist … [Read more...]
Ingredients Fresh 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 Tbsp Instructions … [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...]
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...]
You know those days when you haven’t even thought about dinner and it’s already 5 o’clock? Those are the nights where we usually have something quick with a salad on the side...because a salad is (almost) always the perfect side dish. I was in that position yesterday. It was after 5 and I was just considering dinner. Without a weekly meal plan … [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...]
Pie has been around since the days of the Egyptians. It made its European debut in the 14th century according to the Oxford Dictionary. Those original pies were made of goat cheese and honey, fowl, or cherries. In fact, they used to call the crust a “coffyn” because they used a basket/cooking pot to hold the insides - but this “coffyn” … [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...]
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...]
In our household, smoothies are a go-to breakfast filled with something from every food group, especially protein and grains. When we have smoothies with our breakfast-for-dinner, it’s heavier on fruits and veggies. And when we’re hunting for a filling snack, a small smoothie with energizing nutrients is the best option, like this kiwi kale … [Read more...]
When your family has the Winter blues, brighten the day with fresh lemonade. When your family has spent the Spring day playing outside, quench their thirst with a cold glass of lemonade.When you family has been splashing in the Summer pool, refuel them for play with a full cup of lemonade.When you family has been walking in the crisp Autumn air, … [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...]
This week was a “clean out the fridge” kind of week. (Can anybody else relate? Thanksgiving and holidays requires lots of fridge space!) I found myself loaded with fresh veggies and a full container of Greek yogurt, among plenty of cheese. So dinner became a glorious hodge-podge of veggies and dip, crackers with cheese and hummus, kale chips, … [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 … [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 to … [Read more...]
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. If … [Read more...]
If you’re a fan of lush salads or vegetable medleys, this layered salad with creamy dill dressing is perfect for you! My yearly contribution on Easter Sunday dinner always includes a layered salad. It’s loaded with fresh lettuces and overflowing with crisp veggies. It’s also a go-to option when we invite multiple guests over for dinner or need … [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 the … [Read more...]