• Cooking, Diet 08.06.2012 No Comments

    I was really wanting something nice to eat, a little treat, but was also trying my best to eat healthily so I decided to try making some ice cream in my Vitamix.

    Looking in the freezer I found some frozen mango and a few frozen strawberries. I used a cup of skimmed milk, 2 cups of frozen fruit and 1/8 cup of stevia based sweetener with just a drop of vanilla extract. It all went in the Vitamix blender. Using the tamper to push down the fruit it took only around 30 seconds to produce 2 large servings of delicious ice cream.

    A healthy, delicious and speedy treat. I’m so glad I invested in that Vitamix blender!

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  • Cooking, Diet 26.04.2012 No Comments

    I decided I wanted a little variety in my diet after 56 days of Diet Chef food, good as that is. I have made lots of soups before but I was trying to find something low in calories, healthy and satisfying. I used my trusty Vitamix blender and a mixture of raw and lightly cooked ingredients to conjure up this vibrant green soup at only 150 calories a bowl.

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    I used raw spring onions, celery, courgette and spinach with lightly cooked potato and broccoli and blended it with water, an organic vegetable stock cube, some lemon juice, salt, pepper and basil. When it was steaming hot I added a drained can of chick peas and blended it again briefly. It was delicious and filling and I have some in the fridge for tomorrow too!

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  • Cooking 16.01.2012 1 Comment

    What better lunch can there be on a cold day than home made soup? Of course it can take a while but not with my new Vitamix blender.

    I bought the blender just before Christmas after watching a demonstration at the Good Food Show. It is big and powerful. It makes light work of making smoothies with as much ice as you like. It’s fab for houmous and makes frozen desserts in minutes but the most amazing thing is watching it make hot soup from raw ingredients in a matter of minutes. There is no heating element, the soup is heated by friction from the blades. Take a look at the soup I made today.

    I started by washing the raw ingredients and throwing them into the blender, whole or halved. There was a slice of onion, a garlic clove, a couple of small carrots, a couple of baby plum tomatoes, a stick of celery, a slice of butternut squash, a slice of cabbage and a mushroom. With some water in the bottom of the blender, some powdered bouillon, chilli powder and cumin it was switched on and turned to the highest speed.

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    After five minutes there was steam coming out of the top of the blender and it was switched to a low speed while I threw in a couple of spoonfuls of red kidney beans and sweetcorn. Ten seconds later I switched off and lunch was ready.

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    The soup was delicious and healthy too! There was hardly any preparation, no stirring and the Vitamix is cleaned in two minutes by running it with some hot water and washing up liquid.

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