You heard right from the title-- I'm getting my very own VITAMIX blender! I'm SO extremely excited. I'll tell you the story of how a dream turned into reality, but i'm oh so tired, so bare with me! I just completed an 8 1/2 hour shift at work-- crazy, huh? If my grammer and words get odd, again, bare with me :)
My mama was doing dishes the other night and sadly dropped the not-so-poor "Oster Blender" on it's side, causing it to shatter.
That's not the first time this belittled blender has broke-- rather, it's the second time. I broke the last blender, doing the same thing: dishes. We quickly got a replacement at Costco as I can't go too long without a blender. I mean, who do you think I am without my smoothies? :)
After this second mishap with Mr. Oster, we decided to look to Vitamix. By "we", I mean my dad and I.
(Just getting home from work on Saturday) "What? Who broke the blender this time? Ohhhh no."
(Mi papa) "There was a ton of dishes left out and mom had a mistake. Sorry. What about that amazing blender you wanted, maybe we should give that a shot this time."
"The Vitamix? Oh my gosh, can we PLEASE?"
"Let's try to find a reasonably priced one" (dad)
And that's just what the conversation consisted of-- short and to the point. YOW, I cannot wait to dig into some protein ice cream and actually make blended concoctions without having to add tons of liquid. The price? SUPER expensive, however, I called the Vitamix site to see if there were any reconditioned ones for cheaper, and there were! I bought mine for $379, plus sales tax and shipping. The actual total came to $440. Not terrible, but definitely a hefty investment-- a good one though. One that'll last for A LONG time and won't break quickly, like Mr. Oster.
I don't know if I'll be able to be patient for 7-10 days waiting for this amazing, wonderful (and all positive synonyms) gadget, but I simply must.
Enough about the Vitamix--although, I am quite giddy, as you can see. I made the yummiest thai-autumn soup for lunch today.
I paired the soup with some Gayle's organic pain de campange bread (con almond butter) and a homegrown apple.
Thai Harvest Soup--
Makes 1 large Emilia size serving, or two smaller size servings.
1 garlic clove, minced.
1/4 of an onion, diced.
Oil of choice (I used coconut oil)
1 whole carrot, chopped.
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup chickpeas (or desired amount)
1/2 of a cooked acorn squash (any other cooked winter squash would work fine, too)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
A few dashes of cinnamon
A few dashes of cayenne pepper (to liking)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a nonstick pan with oil of choice and add garlic and onion; cook till soft. Add carrot and cook to tender; then, add kale in bunches. Add chickpeas, squash flesh and spices, stirring to combine with all ingredients. Once mixture is soft and well combined, add the veggie broth; bring to a boil, then simmer to 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat when soup reaches desired consistency (it'll thicken up as it's cooked longer).
The soup was super yummy and hearty, however, I think I would've made it with coconut milk next time. It was already creamy and rich with the addition of winter squash, but the coconut milk would've given it more of a Thai taste and made it creamier. I'll definitely be making that again soon, it was easy, very filling and nutritious.
Alright, I'm off to bed, it's been a LONG day. Goodnight and reminis in the good news with me-- my new and upcoming blog and the addition of a Vitamix to my kitchen! xoxo