Ginger Sesame Dressing

Vitamix Ginger Sesame Dressing on ChardHere’s another version of the zesty dressing from Real Food Daily that I described previously. This recipe comes from Ann Gentry’s second cookbook, Vegan Family Meals. It’s a similar idea, but different flavor, because the watercress and garlic are replaced with ginger and white pepper. (If you don’t have white pepper, black pepper will suffice.) Continue Reading →

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca with a Vitamix

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Fresh From VitamixI’ve been meaning to make watermelon agua fresca all summer, and now that I’ve made it, I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I usually make something at least a few times before posting about it, but this was just too good, and summer is running out, so I’m posting right away. If you haven’t already been making aguas frescas this summer, go get a watermelon and try making one now!

This drink is cool, light, and refreshing. It’s not thick like the usual smoothies. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Pistachio Sorbet Recipe

Pistachio Sorbet made with a VitamixThis pistachio sorbet recipe uses the same technique as my previously described chocolate sorbet. I’ve come to realize that high-performance blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec are particularly well-suited to making nut-based sorbets. They can blend nuts to a smooth consistency, and they can easily make a sorbet/“ice cream” without needing an ice cream maker. Continue Reading →

Smoothie Recipes without Bananas

Smoothies without bananas

If you’ve been following this blog you may have noticed that all of my smoothie recipes are without bananas. I strongly dislike the smell/flavor of bananas*, so I avoid them altogether. While browsing other people’s smoothie recipes, I’ve found that the majority use banana. If you are like me and can’t stand bananas, you’ll be glad to find that all recipes on this site are banana-free. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with bananas, but even if you like bananas, you may still enjoy some more variety to your smoothies. Read on for banana substitutes in smoothie recipes.  Continue Reading →

Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry SmoothieHere’s a sweet blueberry smoothie recipe. I added lemon juice to brighten it up, and mango and almonds to give it a bit of body. Since we’re using high-performance blenders, I used almonds instead of almond milk.

1 cup water
⅓ cup almonds (raw)
1 cup blueberries (frozen)
1 cup mango (frozen)
1-2 tsp lemon juice (~¼ lemon)

Makes ~2.5 cups: two small (but satisfying) servings or one medium-large serving. Continue Reading →

Updates: June 23, 2014

  1. This is likely the last week of the reconditioned Vitamix 5200 and 6300 sale. I’ve heard the sale expires at the end of June. If you know anyone who wants a Vitamix, this is the best deal I’ve ever seen.  [7/1/14: additional discount expired; however, reconditioned machines are still a good deal.] (Details on the high quality of reconditioned Vitamix blenders)
  2. The $50 QVC dry container deal is back again. [7/1/14: expired]
  3. California cherry season is ending, but yesterday I managed to find an amazing bargain by going to a farmers market near closing time. I bought a bunch to pit and freeze, and I look forward to many cherry almond vanilla smoothies. If you missed California cherries, Northwest cherries will be available for the next two months.
  4. You may have noticed that I added a list of links to recipes by ingredient towards the bottom of the blog’s right sidebar. I hope it makes recipe browsing easier and more fun.

How fast does a Vitamix really spin? (Independent measurements of Vitamix RPM)

Vitamix Speed Control KnobEveryone knows that Vitamix blenders spin fast, but what are the actual Vitamix RPM speeds? And are there differences between the speeds of Classic and Next Generation Vitamix motors? In this post I answer these questions by measuring Vitamix RPM speeds. (For details about which models are Classic and Next Generation see my Vitamix comparison page.) Continue Reading →

Basil: Smoothie Ingredient and Recipe

Basil Closeup-narrowSummer is around the corner, which means basil is coming into season. It’s time to try some basil smoothies! I love basil, but I usually serve it with tomatoes or use it for pesto. It turns out that it can be excellent in fruit smoothies as well. This combination is delicious, refreshing, and just a little out of the ordinary.  Continue Reading →