In my last post, I mentioned that I am the proud new owner of a Vitamix high performance blender. I have been dying to get this tool in my kitchen for some time and it was a VERY special Christmas gift. I have been making soups, frozen desserts, fruit smoothies and even frozen cocktails in this appliance.
A few days ago, inspired by an article in Bon Appetit Magazine, I made the above pictured veggie based elixir. I always try to use up what I already have in my refrigerator/pantry, so I put my own spin on the recipe.
Primary Hardware Used:
Vitamix Professional Series 500; Cuisinart 7″ Stainless Steel Santuko; cutting board.
1 – Granny Smith Apple, chopped
1 – Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
1 – 3″ piece of English Cucumber (seeds removed), chopped
1 – box of chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
3/4 Cup – Green Grapes
2 1/2 Cups – Mint Flavored Green Tea, brewed and brought to room temperature
2 Tablespoons – Honey
Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice
I combined all ingredients in the Vitamix on the “Smoothies” setting. Then I strained the mixture through cheesecloth, chilled and served.
I think vegetable based smoothies and drinks will be a taste for me to acquire going forward. This mixture was on the sweeter, fruiter side but I still felt a bit like Popeye drinking this. However, as I result of this experiment I am looking forward to trying more veggie based drinks in the future.
Notes for Next Time:
Do not try to drink the mixture unstrained!!! Yikes!