Ginger, Peach & Kefir Smoothie

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I just started making kefir again, after a long break. Kefir is a probiotic rich drink that surpasses any probiotic supplement that you could take. You can make it with raw organic cow’s milk or coconut milk, as I just discovered. Since I no longer am buying organic raw milk from the local farmer here, I’m switching over to coconut milk kefir. You can buy kefir grains from somewhere like here. You only have to buy them once because you use them over and over again and they even regenerate and increase in size, and then you can give them away to your friends when yours grow too much for your own use.

Anyway, I don’t really enjoy the sour taste of plain homemade kefir. It doesn’t taste anything like the kefir you buy in the store which is filled with sugar and other additives. So, I like to add it to smoothies. I experimented today and came up with this smoothie that was surprisingly really good and filled with superfoods.

  • 1 c kefir
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1 c frozen peaches
  • 1 inch nub of frozen whole ginger (I suggest cutting your fresh ginger into 1 inch pieces, then freezing. Trying to cut while frozen is really hard!)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 c coffee (I only added this because it helps with the migraines I’ve been getting during this pregnancy. You can’t even taste it and it’s not necessary if not wanted.)
  • 2 squirts of vanilla stevia

Use a high powered blender to blend. Any regular blender will not be able to blend all the frozen items consistently, as I’ve experienced 🙂 I think that’s why I was never into smoothies until I got a better machine.

The predominate flavor was the peaches and ginger, which was a little sweet and a tiny bit spicy, so I loved it. I think it might be great with some mint added, so might try that next time.

Clam Bisque Provencal

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This was a Vitamix recipe from their “Create” cookbook, but I didn’t even use the Vitamix to blend it, since I have an immersion blender which works great for blending soups in the same pot you are cooking them (even blending while cooking). I also doubled the recipe and changed a few things so it wouldn’t have fit in the Vitamix. Thirdly, I also feel strange about blending really hot liquid in the plastic Vitamix container. It is BPA free, but still, I don’t like hotness + plastic. By the way, when I was researching the Vitamix, I looked into why you could not buy a glass container with the Vitamix and the answer is because any machine with this much power would immediately shatter glass. You can use glass with cheaper, less effective blender machines, but not something with this much power. So, that is interesting.

  • 1 c chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 c chopped celery
  • 1/2 c chopped carrot
  • 2 c diced potato (I used some cute purple fingerling potatos I found at Costco, and I left the skins on)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste (I added some more at the end to give it a little more red color since my cream made it very white)
  • 2 lbs clam meat, divided
  • 4-5 c chicken broth (I added extra broth)
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream (I bought organic cream, but it still had additives like Carrageenan that aren’t healthy, but I couldn’t find anything completely pure, since I’m not in my coop anymore, so I won’t be using that regularly)

Saute veggies in olive oil in large stock pot. I used a large cast iron “dutch oven” with a lid. Then add tomato paste. (Those purple things are potatoes.)

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Add broth, wine, spices and only half of the clam meat. Simmer 20 min.

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Remove bay leaves. Stir in cream. Blend with immersion blender. Add remaining clam meat, but do not blend after adding the rest of the meat. It should be very smooth with texture from 1/2 of the clam meat. Heat another 15 min, do not boil. Add more salt/pepper if needed.

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I loved this and we ate it for several days afterwards. Eva liked to dip some seeded bread in it.

This thing makes peanut butter!

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This Vitamix makes amazing peanut butter! 4 cups of peanuts made 2 cups of peanut butter. Just throw the peanuts in and blend. I was impressed. I don’t like eating peanuts on their own, but I like peanut butter. I also love almond butter, so I’ll try that next. I might try adding some honey or maple syrup next time. I thought it would be a pain to get the sticky peanut butter out of the container, but it wasn’t that hard. The mix container is much larger and wider than most blenders, so it is easier to get a spoon or spatula down around the blades to get most of it out.

Even Eva liked it and ate it with celery.

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Shrimp with Pistachio Pesto – Valentine’s Day Dinner

So far with my Vitamix I’ve made a green tea and frozen berry smoothie, chai spiced latte, and this pesto, which I put over shrimp and einkorn wheat pasta.

I used this recipe’s ingredients, but followed the Vitamix’s blend directions here, then sorta made up the rest. It was really good, but really rich and I think I’ll prepare it a little differently in the future, like use a lot less of it on whatever item I’m putting it on, instead of just mixing it all together. Eva loved the shrimp, but wouldn’t touch the pesto. She wouldn’t eat the pasta either because it had pesto on it. She only ate the few strands that were missed by the pesto.

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Vitamix!

I just bought a Vitamix and I can’t wait to try it out! (It’ll have to wait until Eva wakes up since I don’t know how loud it is.) The sales lady person at the store said that the motor in this thing could propel a small boat! The blades go up to 270 mph with 2.2 horsepower. I don’t know much about horsepower or motors, but I guess those figures are supposed to be impressive. I have been looking at these for a while and saving my dollars since they are expensive. I don’t have any type of food processor, except for a juicer and an immersion blender, so this will be my main item to use for everything hopefully.

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