Cauling all recipes!

So The Vitamix, Broccoli Cheese sup recip said you could also use cauliflower instead of broccoli.  I received a HUGE head of cauliflower and used half of it in my breakfast smoothies.  Say what?  Yeah, that’s right, I was running out of time before I fly out for the holidays so I threw a bunch into my smoothies:

  • 2 cups of rice milk
  • 1/2 cup of home made yogurt
  • a handful of cauliflower florets
  • half a mango
  • an orange, peeled
  • 2 bananas (had a bunch going bad)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I just shake a bunch in without measuring now)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (added afterwards to take the bite out of the raw cauliflower)

I felt that oatmeal and chia seeds weren’t necessary because there seems to be enough fiber in the mango and cauliflower.  This mixture also generated 6 cups of smoothies versus the usual 4 cups.

Now, what are we gonna do with the other half of that albatross?  The broccoli and cheese Vitamix recipe mentioned cauliflower could be used instead.  I ran out of rice milk, and with upcoming holiday travels, I decided not to go through the process of steaming rice.  I figured I may just use water, but realized I needed something to add a creamy texture.  I rummaged through the fridge and found – MUSHROOMS!  They were part of my organic basket delivery, they didn’t sprout from spores in my fridge.

  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 white mushrooms, washed
  • 2 mini Light Babybels
  • half a head of cauliflower, steamed
  • 2 teaspoons of onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

I placed the head of cauliflower in the Pampered chef microwaveable pot, added someIMG_0001 water to cover the bottom and covered it.  I microwaved it on high for 3 minutes.  While the cauliflower was steaming, I decided to blend the water and mushrooms because it’s supposed to be a substitute for milk.  I dumped the rest of the ingredients in and brought the variable speed up to 10, then let is spin on high for 6 minutes. some salt and pepper to taste, and it turned out to taste really good!

Green soup?

Another reason why I enjoy my Vitamix is not only is it a time saver, but it  has recipes for single people.  I have another organic basket coming, but I still have broccoli in the fridge from 2 weeks ago (kept in Tupperware Fridgemates so they’re still good).  It’s a chilly -11 degree Celsius kinda day so soup would certainly hit the spot!  Based on the Vitamix recipe book I decided to try the broccoli cheese soup again.  The last time I did it, I took the lazy way out and didn’t bother steaming the broccoli.  I also made the mistake of using 1/4 of a raw onion instead of the 1/4 teaspoon of minced onion (I assume dehydrated flakes of onion).  I’m a self proclaimed culinary genius so I also figured I’d toss in a clove or two of garlic.  It was my first stab at making a soup and it tasted AWFUL.  I choked most of it down anyway because I hate wasting food.  The garlic and onions liquefied into a mouth numbing taste I can’t describe.  Raw broccoli isn’t something you should dive into.  So my second attempt:

  • A big stem of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of the rice milk I made (yay me!)
  • 2 Mini Babybel Light
  • 2 teaspoons of onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste

I took my Pampered chef micro cooker, added enough water to cover the bottom, put the broccoli in and microwaved it for 2 minutes.  (That’s how lazy I was before.)  During that two minutes I poured in my milk, unwrapped my Babybels.  Once the broccoli was done I Vitamixed it with the milk to break up the stem.  Once that turned into liquid, I threw in the Babybels, corn starch and onion soup mix.  I turned the variable speed up to 10, flipped the high speed switch, and set a timer for 6 minutes.  During that time I tidied up my minimal mess.

It looks like a nasty colour of green, but it turned out to be tasty.  I will most likely do it again tomorrow ’cause it was so quick and easy.

Milking it

I have an intolerance to milk.  I hate to say it, but I am in fact … a lactard.  I really hate that noun.  As a petite, Asian, my doctor has always shown concern that I get enough calcium through supplements and milk substitutes.

The cost of milk seems to be rising, and lactose free milk is even more expensive.  I had been buying a 6 pack of soy milk from Costco for $8.99.  Whenever it would go on sale for $6.99, I’d stock up.  It’s shelf stable so it can be bought in bulk.

I was at my local natural food store and saw a booklet about eating right for my specific blood type.  I have suffered from allergies all my life so I have always been willing to try anything.  People have tried elimination diets, so why not?  I would never know where to start.  One of the first things it said was that I should be avoiding everything soy!  I recall reading an article that soy has a chemical in it that mimics estrogen.  At first I thought it shouldn’t be a concern for me, but some other articles mentioned that too much estrogen can throw you out of whack.  Given my high stress/anxiety level I figured I will lay off the soy milk and see how I feel.  I started buying almond milk from Costco instead.  A guy on FB mentioned he was trying to find an almond milk without carrageenan.  Again, health risks, and it’s on my avoid for my blood type list.  I couldn’t win.  I’ve tried rice milk before, and wasn’t crazy about the watery consistency.

I had bought a Vitamix to liquefy my foods that were going bad in the fridge.  I hate to waste food, to the point where I’m willing to drink it!  Finally, I get to my point.  There’s a recipe in the Vitamix book for making your own milk substitutes.  Rice seems like the cheapest ingredient to use rather than almonds or sesame seeds.  I may try almonds later, since sesame is yet another food I should avoid for my blood type.

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of cooked rice (I used basmati because it has a low glycemic index)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Splenda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Put the lid on, turn on the Vitamix on variable speed 1, cranked it up to 10 pretty quickly, flipped the “high speed” switch and let it spin for 2 minutes.  I was surprised that there wasn’t a single chunk of rice to be found.  It tasted a little weird because the Vitamix blades spinning at high speed for 2 minutes starts to heat up.  It can make hot soup in 6 minutes!  I had made a lot of rice for my stir fry lunches so I was able to make 2L to keep in the fridge.   I was also able to make 2 cups to have with dinner, and another 2 cups for my breakfast smoothie.  Essentially, I was able to make 12 cups without frying my Vitamix!  I’m sure you can do this with any blender, but it would probably take a little longer.  I know when I had a Magic Bullet, it would smell like it was burning after a few pulses to make a smoothie.

Sure, Vitamix is pricey.   I waffled about buying one for about a year.  I did my research and found the best deal to be Costco (US).  It comes with a 7 year warranty and I would say that I have been putting it through it’s paces since I got it.  Given my TMJ, recent concussion, and motivation to consume all my organic produce before it goes bad, I drink at least 2 cups of liquefied food each day.