If you are serious about adopting plant-based nutrition, you will want to equip your kitchen with tools that will allow maximum creativity with available foods. IMHO, one of the items necessary for a fully functioning vegan or vegetarian kitchen is a high speed blender. Not just a food processor, but a a blender that can effortlessly produce nut milks, nut butters, nut cheeses, etc.
Enter the Vitamix. For 80 years, Vitamix has been producing top quality, US made kitchen appliances that will handle practically anything you throw at them. (OK…maybe not lug nuts, but I’ll get my iron from othert sources, thanks). Being vegan, means no dairy…no milk…no CHEESE!. Pshaw…no problema…..I can whip up a batch of nut butter, cheese or milk in minutes with this baby, and the time depends only on how many additional ingredients I use.
Another virtue. I love making risotto, but frequently want to skip the complex carbs in rice in favor of 100% vegetables. Kabocha squash are delicious, and can make a great “risotto” However, this squash is pretty darn tough to chop, and would take a long time to mince by hand into “risotto” size bits. With the vitamix, I can peel and rough cut a kabocha squash into manageable chinks in 5 minutes, then put the chinks into the vitamix and have finely minced “risotto” in less than a minute.
There are less expensive options out there, but they are not the same. A vitamix is an investment you will have for many, many years. Take care of it, and it takes care of you. I use it many times each week…best investment I made. I went with the 750 Professional, the top model for home use. The next step would be the commercial ones, but those are overkill, and VERY pricey. I also opted for the dry pitcher for grinding flour and coffee, and a smaller wet pitcher. Comes in handy if you are cooking something with multiple embedded recipes.
Friday, February 27, 2015
36 oz cold pressed apple-carrot-kale-cucumber-parsnip-turmeric juice
20 oz black coffee
112 oz water
Handful raw mixed nuts, handful raisions, 2/3 cup quinoa flakes
handful raw mixed nuts (snack)
handful tortilla chips
11,000 steps includng 3 mile run
6.5, 1.5 hrs deep sleep, 90% efficiency