Bright and Tasty

So bright, so tasty

It would be so easy if I cooked by recipe, but that usually only happens when I’m baking. For the most part I cook by taste. I know what I like, and I know what I think will taste good together. That combined with experience equals edible meals more often than not (usually tasty too!).

My Vitamix is no different. First let me say that I’m IN LOVE with my VitaMix; I think my husband is getting jealous. I’ve made a healthy smoothie almost every single day since I opened the box. When I come up with something really tasty, I’ll share it!

Here’s the latest (in order of placing into the Vitamix):

1 handful of grapes (I have small hands, so I used 1 1/2 handfuls!)

1 celery stalk – bottom cut off (I actually just break it off by hand)

1 beet – scrubbed and peeled, then cut into quarters

1/2 cup water (this is a guess, I just count to 5 while pouring water from the filter in the sink) – this can be adjusted to taste on how thick you want it

1 handful ice cubes

Look at those beets!

 

Ready to go

In the Vitamix this takes less than 30 seconds. If you have an awesome blender that can handle hard stuff (like the beets) and stringy things like celery, go for it! I imagine this recipe would also work well with a juicer.

Jack is wondering why there are no olives in there.

Some of you might be asking, what the heck is a Vitamix? The Vitamix is an uber blender. My model has 2+ HP peak power (that’s a lot). Basically I can toss any vegetable or fruit in there and in less than a minute I have a perfectly smooth, chunk and string free, smoothie. Today at a Vitamix demo I got to try a soup (it gets hot WHILE blending, yay friction!). Now I plan on making a soup in there in the next day or two. Most days I just throw in a bunch of leafy greens (spinach and kale usually), a banana, frozen strawberries add some liquid (I like almond milk) and blend. Extras may include chia seeds, coconut oil, spirulina and whatever else sounds interesting. This is a pricey kitchen appliance (anywhere from $350 on up) but well worth it. If you buy smoothies regularly at specialty shops (like Jamba Juice or Smoothie King) this will save you money. I love it!

 

Bloody Mary?

 

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