Archive for August 9, 2010

Breaking News!! -The Package Arrived!

So remember when I said I was getting a package?? Well… it was EXACTLY what I was hoping for!!

Yes, that’s right, I’m now the proud owner of a Vita-Mix!!!!!! I was literally jumping up and down when I saw this!!! So I ran home from work (and stopped into Ellwood Thompson to get some Guar Gum) because I knew that the very first thing I wanted to make was Heather’s famous Protein Ice Cream. I’ve seriously been dreaming of the day I could make this ice cream. (I tried it in the food processor and the magic bullet, but it just wasn’t the same.) I made sure I had all the ingredients and I got to work!

Look at that delicious creaminess! You’d never know there was ice in there. The vita-mix really took care of things! I had it with a little bit of almond butter and it was simply divine!!! I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. I can’t believe a huge bowl of this stuff is ~200 calories, and full of protein! So excited!!

After that, I decided I needed to make something for lunch tomorrow. So I flipped through the super awesome recipe book that came with the Vita-Mix and was inspired by one of the soup recipes. In the end, I just kind of threw things in the blender… Here is the basic recipe:

My Basic Vita-Mix Vegetable Soup

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked couscous
  • garlic salt
  • basil
  • crushed red peppers
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • black pepper

I have no idea how much I used of each spice. I just kept throwing things in and tasting 🙂 In the end, it turned out great, and it made TONS of soup. I’ll be freezing most of it, but I did save some out for my lunch tomorrow. I can’t wait!

That’s my soup, simmering on the stove 🙂

I’m really looking forward to trying Katie’s Coffee Ice Cream and Angela‘s Green Monster Smoothies!

So now, I must ask, what is YOUR favorite Vita-Mix/Blender recipe? (Bonus points if it’s Vegan!)

I can’t wait to try your suggestions!


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Weekend Celebrations!

Wow, what a weekend! I don’t think I could have asked for a more fun filled birthday weekend!

Friday night, I went to the art walk on Broad st. Alex, Robbie and I went to Popkin Tavern for dinner, where I had a delicious veggie burger. It wasn’t one of those frozen boca patties thrown on a bun, it was a real veggie burger. I could see the veggie pieces in it! Delish!


Saturday, my brother and sister in law and I went out to lunch to celebrate my official birthday (I’m 22!) and we planned on going to Ipanema Cafe. They have a lot of interesting vegan/vegetarian food, but sadly, they were closed! So we walked around the corner to Edo Squid, which was fine by me!!


I had this massive plate of pasta, and it was SO good. (Yes, I ate the whole thing. Come on, it was my birthday! 🙂 )

Despite the huge lunch, the three of us decided we still had room for dessert… so we went to Ellwood Thompson to pick up some coconut milk ice cream. Not only did they have some delicious ice cream, but they also had vegan cookies… so we had to get one of those too!


The cookie was HUGE!! We all broke it apart and mixed it into our ice cream. Definitely a good idea 🙂

The night was full of celebration, but not much food… so let’s skip to Sunday!

I had lunch with Mark and Aricka at Chipotle, (my lovely grandma gave me a gift card for my birthday. YUM!) I love Chipotle, but honestly, I haven’t been going out to eat much, so I hadn’t had it in a long time! I love that Chipotle uses wholesome ingredients, and doesn’t cut corners with GMO’s and other weird things. It’s always delicious, and now I have leftovers for lunch!

What other exciting thing did I get to do this weekend? I got to meet Rebekah from Clarity in Creation! You should all check out her blog, because this girl is amazing! We met up at Pizza Fusion and split an amazing gluten free/vegan pizza. I don’t know what I was thinking, not taking a picture of the pizza when we got it, but Rebekah graciously gave me the leftovers, and I snapped a picture once I got home! This picture doesn’t do the pizza justice, but it’s all I’ve got!


We got a gluten free crust and topped it with tomato sauce, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, and peppers. This was seriously some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! If you’re lucky enough to live near a Pizza Fusion, go check it out! Not only was the pizza good, but the company was great too 🙂 Rebekah, I had so much fun talking with you!! We must do that again!

Today, I get to pick up a package from my parents… If it’s what I think it is… I’m going to have an entire post dedicated to what’s in the package… Stay tuned!


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