Whip, Whiz & Whirl – The Perfect Blender

I came by the VitaMix honestly. After breaking my blender year after year trying to make frozen margaritas, my husband purchased the VitaMix. This super charged blender claimed to have enough horsepower to withstand the ice crushing. Did it ever! Once I had the VitaMix on the counter top, it quickly became an essential kitchen tool. I recently test drove the VitaMix Professional Series 500, which has the added features of an on/off button, different settings, and pulse/continuous speed options. At this point I am obsessed with the VitaMix Professional Series 500. The three new settings are Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Hot Soups. I think this machine was invented for me. Thank you, VitaMix!

Super Girl Soup: The Ingredients

5+ tablespoons olive oil,
1 tablespoon chopped garlic,
3 ounces yellow onions, diced,
1 pound mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower)*,
1 teaspoon pepper,
½ teaspoon rock salt,
½ teaspoon curry powder, and
1 quart vegetable stock. *Use any vegetable you like. Mix in other vegetables, such as celery, leeks, squash, brussel sprouts, etc., for variety and flavor

Super Girl Soup: What To Do

In a stockpot over medium heat, put olive oil in basin. Add garlic and onions and stir until onions are translucent, approximately 2-3 min. Add the vegetables. Mix the vegetables to coat in olive oil. You may need to add a touch of olive oil if the vegetables appear dry. Add salt, pepper, and curry power. Continue to stir. Cook 7-8 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add enough stock to cover vegetables by 1 inch. Simmer covered for 20 min. Remove from heat to cool. Pour soup and desired amount of vegetable stock into blender to puree. Keep adding stock until you achieve the desired consistency.

Trust me, I’m an expert.

I consider myself a VitaMix expert because I must use the blender two to three times a day. In the morning, I make a fruit smoothie for my children to drink with breakfast. I used to make my own combination smoothie until I discovered Yoplait Smoothie in the freezer section. Each pouch contains pre-measured ingredients — just add milk. This is perfect for moms on the go and kids in a dash. It comes in three flavors: Triple Berry, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, and Strawberry Mango Pineapple. If you want to create your own smoothies, be on the look out for the newly released book ‘Super-Charged Smoothies’ by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford, (Chronicle Books, May 2010).

How I Maintain My Superpowers

At lunch I use the blender to make SuperGirl Soup. I bake for a living and people constantly ask me how I stay in shape. I respond that I exercise regularly and eat SuperGirl Soup (vegetable puree) for lunch. So many people have asked me for the recipe that I’ve posted it here. When my kids ask, “What IS that?” I simply say, “It’s Super Girl Soup. It gives me superpowers.” Isn’t that obvious? (Recipe above)

I’m in Baker’s Heaven!

During the day I am usually baking a pie, cake, or something else sugary that requires a berry puree sauce. I love raspberry and/or strawberry puree and drizzle it on everything or use it to decorate a serving plate. Just throw fresh or frozen berries in the VitaMix, sprinkle some sugar, and add a few squeezes of lemon juice. Blend. ALERT: You just may have to grab vanilla ice cream.

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