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After a couple of nights out… I decided to make something at home from the foods we have here. We spent the day out in Jacksonville,  and ate lunch at the P.F. Chang. I had the Buddha Feast Vegetable Bowl with Brown Rice and a hot tea. Then we went to Costco to load up on groceries and stuff… so coming home to eat from a day full of running around was nice.

I got into my VitaMix cookbook and whipped up a really spicy Tomato and Basil Pesto to pair with some steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans.

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato and Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

1/2Cup Olive Oil

4Ripe Tomatoes, quartered

1/2Cup Basil Leaves

1/2Cup Spinach, stemmed

6Garlic Cloves, peeled

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

1Cup Blanched Almonds

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the VitaMix container  in order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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It was a combination of Mike and I creating dinner tonight! Mike made his basic Sweet & Idaho Potato Fries in Olive Oil and some SPICY goodness grilled on the Coleman Grill outside.!!!

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Mike told me he put some Crushed Peppers and Paprika in the mix. Then he chopped up some Cucumbers and Tomatoes Salad and I added some Olive Oil and Vinegar, Cumin, Paprika, Dried Onion Flakes, and Celtic Salt for a dressing.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

 

 

 

Then it was time for dessert and I noticed so many Oranges calling out to me in the Kitchen, so I picked up my New VitaMix Recipe Book and found the Orange Sorbet Dessert Recipe.  It was my first time to use the Agave Natural Sugar Sweetner we got before we purchased the VitaMix at Costco.

Blue Agave

Blue Agave

We were so impressed with the Agave (the VitaMix Demonstrator was using in his mixes) that we baught the syrup.

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

 

 

Ingredients:

2Oranges

2Tbls Sugar (Agave)

4Cups Ice Cubes

Directions:

Peel and half Oranges and add all ingredients into VitaMix and Select Variable 1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to 10 for 30-60 seconds until mixture mounds and hardens in container. Don’t over mix or melting will happen.

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When I wasn’t studying for my Real Estate 14-hour continuing education test…. I was able to make some surprises with my VitaMix. I have to admit, while I was studying I managed to eat some Candy Corn from Halloween and today (Friday) I had some mini Tootsie Rolls. But on the other hand, no white wine or eating out.

So hear are the VitaMix Creations I made (Wednesday):

Wednesday I made Hummus and a Tropical Avocado Salsa… both were fabulous. ! They were so great; I managed to have both for dinner with some Triscuts.

VitaMix Hummus

VitaMix Hummus

Hummus

Ingredients:

2 Cans Chick Peas

1/4Cup Raw Sesame Seeds

1Tbls. Olive Oil

1/4Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1Garlic Clove

1Tsp. Cumin

Directions:

Drain Chick Peas and rinse, Peel Garlic and add all ingredients in VitaMix. Select Variable 1 and turn machine on and quickly increase speed to 10. Blend for about 1 minute.

Tropical Avocado Salsa

Tropical Avocado Salsa

Tropical Avocado Salsa:

Ingredients:

2 Avocados

1Cup Mango Chunks

1/4Cup Onion, Peeled, Chopped

1/4Cup Cilantro Leaves

1/2Medium Orange, Peeled

Directions:

Peel Avocados, Oranges, Mango and chop along with Cilantro leaves and add ingredients into VitaMix.  Select Variable 1 and turn machine on and quickly increase speed to 4. Blend for about 5-10 seconds. 

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This morning I got up and looked outside the window and saw the rain… thought there go my walking plans. All day today, the forescast says it’s supposed to rain.  So I will have to figure out something else for a workout.!!!

But until then, I made my Juice in my VitaMix Juicer.:

Carrot Juice:

Ingredients:

 4 Carrots

 4 Celery

2 Handfulls of Spinach

1 Apple 

Directions:

Cleaned and Chopped up Vegetables, add water and ice. Turn on VitaMix on Variable 1 and turn up speed to 10 and mix for 1minute or until desired consistancy.

Barley Max Mix

Barley Max Mix

Then I went ahead and pulled the Barley Max container out of the cupboard and mixed a glass of water with 1 spoonful of the powder.

What Is Barley Max??

BarleyMax is a barley juice product, which is grown from specially selected seeds on fields that are certified organic in a pristine area of the USA.

Alfalfa juice is blended with the barley juice to optimize the nutritional values and achieve the highest macro and trace mineral content possible.

WHY  CHOOSE BARLEY MAX?

BarleyMax has a balanced and richer amount of macro minerals and trace minerals. Higher mineral content gives more cofactors for higher enzyme activity and building blocks for the living cells, tissues and organs of the body.

Vitamin Content – Tests and research indicate higher vitamin content in BarleyMax. This may be due to growing conditions, but also to lower heat and oxygen exposure during processing.

Antioxidant Capacity – Green drink powders are a rich source of antioxidants. In a measure of total antioxidant capacity, this product is the leading green drink juice powder. Levels of beta-carotene are highly dependent on storage time and light exposure.

Looks Fresh – BarleyMax is green. When mixed BarleyMax has a deep, rich green color. Even if it sits on the counter for a while, it does not separate. This indicates true solubility. It mixes easily and stays mixed.

No Maltodextrin – Though we have believed for years that maltodextrin preserves the sensitive nutrients from damage, our recent laboratory tests indicate that this product, over a year old, without maltodextrin, still has most of the enzymatic activity remaining. This is also good news for those who believe they are sensitive to Maltodextrin.

No Brown Rice and Kelp – BarleyMax is a pure juice product whose mineral and micro mineral values are as good if not better without the use of these additional ingredients. No MLM – What more can you say? This is just a straight purchase. You get what you pay for. You will actually get a better product, more servings, and a lower price. It’s simply a great deal.

Tastes Fresh – BarleyMax tastes fresh. The flavor is full of vitality and has an aroma of freshly squeezed juice. If you put BarleyMax juice, beside the freshly squeezed juice, you will have a difficult time telling the juices apart.

BarleyMax Nutritional Content Trace Minerals:

BarleyMax contains 100% organically grown barley juice concentrate and a small amount of enzyme-rich and nutrient-dense alfalfa. Alfalfa plants have roots that reach deep into the earth, drawing out precious trace minerals that are not found in other grasses. Enzymes are the life force of raw foods.

As we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes weakens resulting in poor digestion and elimination leading to acute health issues and chronic illness. We can conserve our enzyme potential by utilizing raw foods rich in enzymes.

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I just made another smoothie with my VitaMix and it was so great… Now I actually have a reason to eat more fruits. I’ve been neglecting my fruit intake, but not anymore!!!!

I made something that wasn’t in the handbook/cookbook. 

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

 Banana Orange and Plum Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1Orange

2Plums

1Cup Ice

Directions:

Throw all the fruits into the VitaMix and then add Ice. Turn mixer on Variable 1 and increase spead to 10 quickly and mix for 45 seconds or until you get desired consistancy.

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