3 Healthy Vitamix Recipes Worth Trying Right Now

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Whether you already own a Vitamix, are considering getting one, or have a different blender altogether, these three recipes from Vitamix show off the wide variety of things you can make with a quality blender in your kitchen. Not only are they healthy, but they’re easy as well, and with the easy cleaning functionality on most Vitamix blenders, cleanup will be a breeze.

We’ve picked these recipes to suit a broad range of dietary restrictions and palates. For more recipes, you can check out Vitamix’s website.

All Green Smoothie

All Green SmoothieSmoothies and blenders practically go hand in hand, and this “All Green” smoothie is a raw foodie’s dream. Packing nothing more than raw fruits, veggies, some water and ice, this recipe is packed full of delicious sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more, without the need for added sugar.

Low Fat, No Sugar Added, Vegan, Raw

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1 3/4 cups Green grapes
  • 1/4 Pear, seeded and halved
  • 1/2 Avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup Broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Ice cubes

  1. Place all ingredients into the blender in the same order as listed.

  2. Set blender to variable speed 1. (If not using a Vitamix, simply set it to the lowest setting.)

  3. Turn on blender, slowly increasing speed to variable speed 10, then to High. (If not using a Vitamix, slowly increase speed to high or smoothie setting if applicable.)

  4. Blend until mixture is smooth (30-45 seconds).

  5. Enjoy your healthy drink!

Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

This recipe is from the Culinary Institute of America, the same folks who collaborated with Vitamix on the CIA Professional Series. While this recipe is no walk in the park, it makes a delicious gnocchi that you can serve as an appetizer or alongside grilled chicken, fish, or veggies. If you thought blenders were only for making smoothies, this recipe will really open your eyes.

No Sugar Added, Vegetarian, High Protein

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1 lb (454 g) Russet Potatoes, peeled, washed, and halved
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups All-purpose flour
  • Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg to taste

  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 4 cups Basil leaves
  • 2 cups Italian parsley leaves
  • 4 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup Toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

  1. Place the potatoes in a pot of boiling water, add 1 TSP salt, bringing heat down to a simmer until potatoes are tender (~25 min).

  2. Drain water and return potatoes to the pot. Stir to allow them to dry without browning, then mash and season to taste. Set aside to cool.

  3. Add egg to potatoes, and gently fold in all-purpose flour. You will need 1-1 1/3 cups: judge based on the stickiness of the dough. Avoid overworking the dough or the gnocchi will be tough.

  4. Roll out 1" diameter ropes of the dough using your hands. Cut 2" long pieces. Roll each piece over the tines of a fork using gentle pressure, such that there is a ridged edge on one side and an indentation on the other. Set aside gnocchi on parchment-covered baking sheets.

  5. Heat a large pot of generously salted water. Allow it to reach a boil while you prepare the pesto.

  6. Place garlic cloves into Vitamix blender, and select Variable 8. Pulse the blender on and off until garlic is coarsely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the container.

  7. Add the oil, basil, parsley, and pine nuts to the blender. Select Variable 1.

  8. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 6, using the tamper to press down ingredients until finely chopped.

  9. Stop machine, scrape down sides, and add the cheeses. Repeat blending process starting from Variable 1 to 6, until the contents have a smooth, paste-like consistency.

  10. Heat 6 heaping TBSP of the pesto in a large frying pan over medium-low heat.

  11. Drop the gnocchi into your boiling salted water. Allow to cook until they rise to the surface (2-3 minutes). Transfer the gnocchi to the frying pan, along with 3/4 cup of the gnocchi cooking water.

  12. Coat the gnocchi with the pesto, transfer to warm plates, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Acorn Squash Soup

After a long day, maybe you just want to sit down and have a nice, warm bowl of soup. Nothing too fancy, and definitely no stress in the kitchen. But reaching for the canned stuff means a whole lot of sodium and preservatives, yuck! Good thing you can make this deliciously creamy acorn squash soup in basically one step: add everything to your blender and let it do all the work!

Low Fat, Low Cholesterol

Ingredients

Directions

  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Low fat evaporated milk
  • 1/2 Medium acorn squash, cooked, peeled, seeded
  • 1 TSP Maple syrup

  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • 1/4 TSP Ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix blender in the order listed.

  2. Select Variable 1. Turn on machine and slowly increase speed to 10, then High.

  3. Blend for 4-5 minutes, or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.

  4. Enjoy!

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