Mid-week Meals: Oh Vitamix, how I love thee

Easter threw me off track; I missed #MondayMeals! Here we go with a Mid-week Meals post. Let’s talk about the Vitamix. We were debating about buying a blender a few years back. I told T that I wanted a Vitamix, but knew they were spendy. He did some research, as he does, and decided that maybe the Ninja could do what I wanted it to do, but was more in our price range.

I was hosting our monthly Bunko group at the time and we were having margaritas. I came home from work to prepare for the get together picture this: angels were singing and the clouds were parting with the sun rays shining down…there it was, a Vitamix!! There was me smiling ear to ear. T is not much of a gift person, but when he does it, he does it extremely well.

I use the Vitamix almost daily for my morning protein smoothies, but it does so much more. It will tell you in the manual and the cookbooks that you can let the blender run for over five minutes to make soup recipes hot. I personally use it to blend the items up to the consistency it calls for, or I like, and then will move the soup to a pot and let it simmer until hot. It is the top kitchen “gadget”, in my opinion, to own. A must have, and one that I would suggest to anyone.

At the time, T found a refurbished one through the company. It came with a warranty, a good one, not quite as long as if you bought a brand new one, but still better than what I thought a refurbished one would have. The company probably does this as the product is so good and typically the warranty will not be used.

Here is the recipe we used last week to marinate our chicken breasts, Asian Buffalo Sauce. We used it to only marinate two breasts so we had extras left. I took the remaining sauce and added about 3 tablespoons of sour cream to make a salad dressing.

There are a lot of great recipes provided with the Vitamix, here is the one I make the most, Black Bean Soup. It is an easy one to make and take for lunches. I don’t always sauté the onion before putting it in the Vitamix and I don’t feel like it alters the taste in anyway.

My go-to shake in the morning is a cup of almond milk, tablespoon of almond butter, banana, cinnamon, chocolate protein powder and some ice. Blend for about 30 seconds and drink on the way to work!

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