• Cooking 19.03.2014 No Comments

    In need of a quick, healthy soup for lunch today and wanting something different from our normal standby, Thai Ginger soup, my daughter asked for pea soup. I used 300ml water, 200g frozen peas, 1 large spring onion, 1/2 clove of garlic, 1 vegetable stock cube, a small handful of cashew nuts and half a teaspoon of mint sauce from the fridge. 7 minutes in the Vitamix and we had a lovely, pale green, steaming hot, delicately flavoured soup. Delicious!

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  • Cooking 29.04.2013 No Comments

    I find it really easy to make a quick,healthy lunch with my Vitamix.

    Today, being Monday, the fridge was looking a bit sad but I wanted something warm and healthy for lunch so I decided to make some soup. I often use my Vitamix blender for soup and I’d already made a lovely green smoothie for my breakfast so I was in Vitamix mode!

    The great thing about the Vitamix is that there is very little preparation apart from washing the vegetables. Today I threw in enough water to cover the blades then added a carrot, a slice of red onion, 6 mini plum tomatoes, a slice of red pepper and a thin, peeled, slice of butternut squash. I also put in a grinding of black pepper, half an organic vegetable stock cube and a few stalks of thyme which was growing, handily, on the windowsill. I switched it on, took the speed up to 10 then onto high and let it run for 5 minutes. Once the steam was visible I switched off and added a handful of canned chickpeas then gave it another minute on high and poured it out. 10 minutes start to finish and I had a delicious, healthy soup.

    Next time I may add some celery and possibly a small wedge of cabbage. I love to experiment and I haven’t had a disaster yet!

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  • Cooking 19.04.2013 No Comments

    This has turned out to be a real Vitamix day for me. I started the day with one of my favourites, a green smoothie made with a banana, an apple, frozen mango, natural yogurt and a couple of handfuls of spinach with some filtered water and ice, all blended up in my Vitamix blender.

    At lunchtime, not having got my sourdough started early enough, I decided to make some soda bread. Soda bread is so quick and easy, with no kneading or proving, that you can be eating it in less than an hour from deciding to make it. It is the perfect accompaniment to soup so it was time to get the Vitamix going again. I didn’t make the soup from scratch in the Vitamix today but made it on the hob and blended it when it was cooked. Because the oven was on I put some chunks of squash in there to roast, which really intensifies the flavour. I softened a red onion and a couple of sliced carrots in half a tablespoon of olive oil, threw in a large handful of red lentils, a spoonful of yellow Thai paste and a tablespoon of mild curry powder, topped it up with boiling water and some Marigold bouillon powder and let it simmer for about half an hour while the soda bread cooked. Then I added the roast squash and blended it all until smooth in the Vitamix. I can honestly say this is one of the best lunches I’ve had for a while and, of course, it was cheap and healthy. Perfect!

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