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New Toy!

5 Comments | Written on August 24, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

Sometimes I am just like a kid at Christmas when it comes to new appliances, gadgets or, as I call them, kitchen toys!  For far too long I have been using a old, worn out blender.  That’s when I decided it was time for something new, something more than a blender…it was time for a VITAMIX!

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I believe that a Vitamix is one of those tools that instantly elevates the quality of your cooking.  If you peer inside any professional kitchen, you will always find one.  The sheer power of this machine instantly makes chef-style sauces to accent any dish.  I love that the consumer model also comes with a cookbook filled with recipes and ideas.

I say that this is more than a blender because it can do everything from making homemade peanut butter, to grinding  coffee, turning granulated sugar into powdered sugar, or even kneading bread dough!  Anyone who follows a gluten-free diet would be interested to know that you can grind rice or tapioca into alternative flours.  Best of all it functions as its own dishwasher.  Simply take a few drops of soap and a bit of water and turn on the Vitamix.  Rinse it out and it’s clean!

I wanted to use the Vitamix to whip up a smooth and velvety restaurant-quality sauce.  This recipe for Avocado Yogurt Sauce was perfect!  With a few cocktail shrimp, you have an amazing appetizer in under five minutes.

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Avocado Yogurt Sauce

1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

2 avocados, peeled, pitted

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 lime, peeled, halved

1 teaspoon salt

1 jalapeno pepper, halved, seeds and membranes removed

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1.  Place all ingredients, except cliantro leaves, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.

2.  Set Variable 1.

3.  Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.

4.  Blend for 30 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

5.  Reduce speed to Variable 7.  Remove lid plug and add cilantro through the lid plug opening.

6.  Blend for 15 seconds.

Yield:  3 cups

Nutrition Information per 2 Tablespoons:  29 Calories, 1 g Protein, 2 g Total Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholestrol, 3 g Carbs, 1 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 111 mg Sodium.

*Note:  Leaves seeds and membrane in jalapeno for a spicier sauce.  Serve with tacos, fajitas, seafood, poultry or as a salsa alternative with chips.

5 Responses to “New Toy!”

  • 1

    I don’t think I could live without my immersion blender! I have a small apartment and not much space so I don’t have room to store a full sized blender or food processor, so my immersion blender is my go-to tool for many, many recipes!

  • 2
    Kristina Vanni says:

    Yes! An immersion blender is amazing for soups. I will be using it a lot as the weather turns cooler!

  • 3
    Julie says:

    After my recentlu received reconditioned Vitamix it would be my microplanes. Three sizes for just the right grate.

  • 4
    Kris says:

    I too love the vitamix! I am using it to stay cool in Tucson with a daily (eeks!) wholefood smoothie. They are so smooth and creamy I just can’t stop. But your avocado sauce sounds so good I am going to try that this weekend. (fish tacos?? YUM!
    Thanks
    Kris

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    Amy Theune says:

    I love my immersion blender for soups and sauces. I am on my 3rd brand name blender in 9 months… A basic blender has a tough time with anything frozen … Therefore, it’s difficult to make great smoothies.
    This sauce sounds great for taco night this week!

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