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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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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

OMG!!! I can’t believe that I did this.

Mike and I went to my girlfriend Robin’s house for a house warming she was having Saturday Afternoon.  So, I got up with every intention of making some salsas with the VitaMix to take to her party!

I made the Tropical Avocado Salsa – Again. Which turned out even better the second time???

Plus, I made a Pineapple Salsa:

Ingredients:

1Can Cut Pineapples

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2Small Onion, Peel

1/2Orange Bell Pepper

2Tbls. Cilantro

1/2 Lime, peeled

1/2Tsp salt

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper

Directions:

Oh they tasted soooo good. I also brought along some Tortilla Chips and some Ritz Crackers for dipping. After finishing the dips and running some last minute errands, we arrived at Robin’s house around 1pm.

I met Robin’s parents, her in-laws; it was such a lovely time. And Robin had out her appetizers (my salsas) and then a lunch which consisted of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, shrimp gumbo, and a big Strawberry Salad. I had every intentions of eating. In fact I was snacking on my dips that I had brought. But as the afternoon went on, my glass of wine kept getting filled (Not once was my glass of wine empty for more than 10 seconds) and before I knew it, it was around 7 or 8 pm in the evening. 

Well, Mike had to pull me away from the festivities which had winded down to an almost screeching halt and drive home. Needless to say, I jumped right into bed and passed out when I got home.

The next morning, I woke up feeling sluggish and brandishing a headache from the night before. I didn’t do much, but watch movies and drink some Fruit Smoothies, Juice and water. I did have enough energy to get up and make my own version of a Strawberry Salad for lunch and for dinner, Mike got take out from The Outback Restaurant. I ordered a Baked Potato and had some more of my Strawberry Salad.

Barbara’s Strawberry Salad:

Ingredients:

Baby Green Lettuce

Spinach

1Cup Cut Mushrooms

3Green Onions

1Carrot

1Small Bunch Broccoli

6Strawberries Fresh Cut

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Directions: Wash, cut up all vegetables and fruit and mix into salad bowl. Pour Oil & Vinegar on individual serving.

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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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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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