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Vita-Mix Fun!

I haven’t wanted to leave my kitchen, because I’ve been having so much fun with my Vita-Mix! (Thanks again, Mom & Dad!) As you know, my first Vita-Mix recipe was HEAB’s protein ice cream. It was delicious! But this morning, I was looking for something even richer & creamier…

I remembered Katie’s Advice on Vita-Mix recipes that called for a lot of ice, but I also didn’t want to use too much frozen fruit, since I wanted my protein ice cream to remain chocolate-y. Behold, my answer!

Instead of adding in almond milk + ice cubes, I froze almond milk in my ice cube tray, and added that in! Here was my version of Vita-Mix Protein Ice Cream

Extra Creamy Ice Cream

Oh my gosh, this was heavenly! It still made a heaping bowl of ice cream, but it was super creamy and chocolate-y. It was almost too rich for breakfast… almost. I may or may not have drizzled a tablespoon of PB on this… 🙂

And check out the nutritional stats on this here! Crazy good stats, I’d say! Especially for a huge bowl of this stuff!

Yesterday, I started my day off with a Green Purple Monster!

This was about 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of ice, 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze, a splash of pineapple juice, and 4 huge romaine leaves and 1 packet of Truvia. The berries gave it a nice sweet taste, and you could barely taste the romaine. I great way to get your greens in if you don’t like salad!

For dinner, I wanted some “fried” Zucchini”, but who wants to ruin zucchini by deep frying it? Here’s my version:

“Fried” Zucchini

  • 1 small zucchini
  • 3/4 cup Fiber One cereal
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed red pepper

Slice up your zucchini into little rings, about 1/4″ thick. Run the Fiber One through the food processor (or Vita-Mix 🙂 ) until it’s the consistency of bread crumbs. Add in the spices (and feel free to play around with these!) and stir! Then you just dip the zucchini slices in the almond milk, and coat in the “bread” crumbs. You don’t need much milk, just enough so the bread crumbs will stick. Then bake for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees. The bake time is approximate. Make sure you bake them long enough. One time I took them out too early and they were soggy and yucky. Don’t take them out until they feel crispy!

I would have taken a picture… but I sort of burned it 😦 It actually still tasted really good, but the picture didn’t do the taste justice!!

Are their any foods/recipes you love, even though they don’t look appetizing?

-LLV

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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!

-LLV

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