Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pina Colada Breakfast




Ingredients


  • Two ripe bananas
  • One apple, cut
  • 1 tablespoon blue agave syrup (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chao Thai brand coconut cream powder
  • 1-1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Add ingredients into blender in order listed
  • Blend for two cycles on "Smoothie" setting

Monday, November 19, 2012

Quick tomato soup

I came home for lunch one cold day, and had a bunch of grape tomatoes out on the counter. They were on the verge of going bad, so I figured they would become tomato soup. And what follows is a quick tomato soup you could slap together in a couple of minutes.

Ingredients



  • Big handful of grape tomatoes, probably 1 cup worth.
  • 4-5 baby carrots
  • 1/2 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate, or whatever "chicken & tomato" cube you have on hand

Directions

  • Toss all that stuff into the blender, preferably a Blendtec Total Blender.
  • Run for one cycle on the "Soup" setting. Or if you got a ghetto home blender, just smash it all up and microwave it to get it hot. Now if you have a Blendtec, you'd be done becuase it would be hot soup already.

Yield

  • One decent lunch-sized serving of soup.

Now my experience with this was initially, I used an entire cube instead of a half cube, and it was too strong. Use a half-cube. Also, I found the cube did leave a film on the blender that did take a bit more hot water and soap to clean out, but it wasn't anything major.

Ultimately, though, you'll have your hot soup.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A typical breakfast goes like this...

Well, our blender has about 350 blends on it, and a typical breakfast goes like this:

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • a postage-stamp sized piece of orange peel
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • Either a half-block of soft tofu, or a big ol' glob of Greek style yogurt. I suggest the Kirkland brand from Costco. Yes, I know, Kirkland is the Costco house brand. It's really good, though.
  • handful of washed spinach leaves
  • 1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein
  • 1 cup (or more) frozen mixed berries from Costco OR frozen strawberries from Sam's Club. Or frozen blueberries. Well, a bunch of frozen berries.

Directions

  • Get your handy Blendtec Total Blender
  • Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. When adding in the frozen berries, I pile 'em in there to the top of the blender.
  • Blend for two cycles on the "Smoothie" setting, particularly if you use frozen strawberries.

Yield

  • This produces enough for about three drink glasses. Or one big ol' glass and one smaller glass.
 In our case, that's what I'm doing; I drink a large glass for myself as it's my breakfast, and I serve a smaller glass to my son as a drink along with a more conventional breakfast. Cleanup is fast; I rinse the blender container with hot water, and run it with hot water and a drop of soap. The resulting foam works wonders for cleaning the rest of the dishes, and we're out of the kitchen in no time. A typical day's breakfast.