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I just splurged & got a Vitamix from Costco. Made up some yummy smoothies with fruits & veggies. I love that I can throw in spinach & carrots with pineapple & cantaloupe for an awesome juice.<br><br>
I plan on making tortilla soup tomorrow night.<br><br>
Just froze some soy milk ice cubes to make non-dairy ice cream. Can you share your favorite recipe (dessert or main dish) that you make with your Vitamix?
 

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*envy*<br>
I have VitaMix envy of your fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I'm hoping to get one in October after our move <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Other than some smoothies & juices, I've mostly just used the recipes that are in the recipe book that came with it.<br><br>
We really like the cream of potato soup, we just subbed soy milk for regular milk. We didn't like the broccoli cheese soup very much - maybe I made it wrong, but it was very oniony, even for me.<br><br>
The salsa recipes are really good too. Just make sure you put the ingredients in the order they say. The first time I put the tomatoes in first, and it almost liquified them while the onions were hardly touched. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The poppy seed dressing is good too.
 

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Aw man, I envy you too!!! DH would never be up for spending that much $ for a 'blender' though.. *sigh*<br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Val, it's true that it was expensive, but I figure I can get rid of our ice cream maker & current blender & maybe even our food processor --which will be good to simplify & declutter. Umm, I kind of bought it when my dh was out of town <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">. We've been buying those expensive smoothie all veggie/all fruit drinks and figure we'll save a lot of money by making up our own. It's already done a great job over our blender already! Didn't mean to make anyone feel badly about not having a VM, though, sorry about that.
 

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We've had ours for a couple of years and it has -- truly -- revolutionized the way we eat. So easy to whip up smoothies/juice drinks.<br><br>
I also really like the v-8 style juices that are in the cookbook, and the blended veggie soups. I like making those for lunches or just to have a hot snack. It's also great for vichyssoise or any creamy soup, or really any sauce -- salsa, enchilada sauce, spaghetti sauce, faux alfredo sauce, roasted red pepper sauce/soup. The VM is super for pesto in the summer when you have loads of basil.<br><br>
I also really like to grate cheese and bread crumbs in mine. And in the summer we do Cathe's "Better than ice cream" with frozen fruit and soymilk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
I use my VM at least once a day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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I forgot one thing I just did with my VM. Ds had itchy dry skin, so I put some oatmeal in it and it ground it up as smooth as the stuff you buy for your baths. I don't even have the dry container, just the wet, and it worked great.
 

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Viking, could you share the faux alfredo sauce recipe? Also, does it shred cheddar cheese? Also, I have Cathe's book...thanks for the recipe suggestion. Will try that one! The demo guy showed how to use either soy powder or soy milk ice cubes, juice concentrate, banana & a carrot & made a delicious non-dairy healthy ice cream.
 

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I tried shredding cheese with it, and I didn't like the way it turned out. It does chop it up, but it's not like shredded cheese.<br><br>
So I usually just shred cheese by hand, but you may be ok with how the VM 'shreds' cheese.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aw man, I envy you too!!! DH would never be up for spending that much $ for a 'blender' though.. *sigh*<br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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my husband was the same way until i burned out three ordinary blenders in a year. you can find some cheaper ones on ebay..i did.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I tried shredding cheese with it, and I didn't like the way it turned out. It does chop it up, but it's not like shredded cheese.<br><br>
So I usually just shred cheese by hand, but you may be ok with how the VM 'shreds' cheese.</div>
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It depends on what you want the cheese for. Note that I never said "shred;" I said "grate" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> which might be a semantic difference, but no, the VM isn't going to give you nice shreds the way you'd get from a box grater. It does chop it up enough though if you are using it in a cheese sauce, and so it's good if you have to shred/grate/chop a lot of cheese. It does any kind, but some of the softer ones (jack, some cheddars, muenster, mozz, etc.) tend to clump together at the bottom of the canister. If you freeze the cheese for a while first, it's easier.<br><br>
Faux alfredo sauce: OK, this is gonna be the quick-n-dirty version. It's different every time depending on what I have on hand, but basically I take a half-block or so of cream cheese, plop it in the VM with some chopped garlic, some salt and pepper, some parmesan or romano cheese, and then either cream (if I have any) or milk. I've also been known to make a slapdash roux with some flour and butter and either milk or broth, just whizzing it in the VM. It'll thicken when it's cooked. I've also used silken tofu in addition to or instead of the cream cheese or some of the cream. The beauty part of this is that you don't really have to stand over the stove melting everything; you just combine it in the VM and toss with hot pasta (or cook it briefly if you need to thicken it). And it can be lower-fat if you use lower-fat cream cheese or tofu, and less cheese. It's also just a really good way to make a nice creamy sauce w/o it being the traditional alfredo w/all its calories, yk?<br><br>
Another variation is to throw in some spinach (either fresh or frozen works well) to make a spinach cream sauce. My picky DS even eats this over noodles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I bet roasted red peppers would be good too!<br><br>
HTH! holler if you have questions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I made vegan fettuccine alfredo for dinner one night last week that was delicious! I used MimicCreme Unsweetened. Here is the recipe from their website. <a href="http://www.mimiccreme.com/recipes.html#fettuccini" target="_blank">http://www.mimiccreme.com/recipes.html#fettuccini</a><br><br>
Vegan Fettuccini Alfredo (by Tracy Thompson)<br>
½ lb. fettuccini, cooked and drained<br>
1/3 cup vegan margarine<br>
2 cup MimicCreme, unsweetened<br>
3 cloves garlic, crushed<br>
½ - 1 tsp. salt<br>
3-4 tbs. grated vegan parmesan cheese<br><br>
I doubled the recipe though and used a whole box of pasta and a whole carton of MimicCreme.
 

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what about <a href="http://www.healthmaster100.com/" target="_blank">http://www.healthmaster100.com/</a> ... seems exactly the same only much, much less expensive!<br><br>
I have a vitamix, btw, but I found once I got a food processor I use that much more... not as noisy (to me I find the vitamix painfully loud and wish I had purchased a blend tec instead so that I could leave while it's blending!) and not as much food waste and easier to clean (especially since I can stick it in the dishwasher)... I still use my vita-mix a lot though!
 

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Oh, how did the soy milk ice cubes come out? I never thought of doing that... I haven't had the best luck with making ice cream with the vita mix since it mixes so fast and heats up so quickly I usually end up with something more liquidy unless I use a ton of ice and then things end up watery... so sounds like soy cubes might be the way to go for me! In order to get around having things so watery I've used frozen juice concentrates with ice cubes... our favorite is orange/peach/mango concentrate with frozen cherries.
 

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Ygle, I wish I could tell you how the soy cubes went...but we've been having snow & super cold weather, so the cubes are just waiting (in the freezer), 'til it warms a bit before making the ice cream. I'll try to remember to post once we do use it, though. Sorry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, how did the soy milk ice cubes come out? I never thought of doing that... I haven't had the best luck with making ice cream with the vita mix since it mixes so fast and heats up so quickly I usually end up with something more liquidy unless I use a ton of ice and then things end up watery... so sounds like soy cubes might be the way to go for me! In order to get around having things so watery I've used frozen juice concentrates with ice cubes... our favorite is orange/peach/mango concentrate with frozen cherries.</div>
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Use frozen fruit -- bananas make a good base. Then add in the other fruit -- peaches or mangos would be great, or berries are awesome with bananas too. A smidge of soymilk, a dash of vanilla, and you've got a great frozen treat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I just bought a Vita mix at Costco too. We have made raw soups for the last 2 nights and smoothies for breakfast. I went to the vitamix site tonight to look for some more raw recipes, and several of the things that they list as raw have things like a baked potatoe, whats that about?How is that raw? Anyway, I am also looking for more raw recipes...
 

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I'm late to this party, but I'm bumping this up.<br><br>
I finally got my precious VM a couple of months ago now, and I freaking love it!<br><br>
We got ours at Costco, too. Those demo people sure do know what they're doing!<br><br>
We had bypassed it the previous weekend, cause it was so spendy, but we'd gone out to get a Wii, and the kids begged for the VM and said they didn't care at all about getting a Wii (to be fair I knew me and dh would play with the Wii way more than the kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )<br><br>
But I love it! The tortilla soup is my favorite meal to make in it, and I make a lot of green fruit smoothies and other things.<br><br>
My favorite recipe is an orange "julius", it's like a dreamscicle.<br>
Peel 3 navel oranges, add to VM, add 1/2 c plain soymilk, 1 ts vanilla, 2 TB honey (I'm sure you could use agave to make it vegan), and 1c ice. Blend.<br>
So good!!<br><br>
I'm interested in more recipes for it, too.
 

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Last night I went to a local raw food meetup. It was a potluck so I had to come up with something last minute. I made a veggie dipping sauce in the vitamix. It used Nama Shoyu, Ginger, juice of one lemon, 3 cloves garlic, and 1-2 cups of soaked sprouted almonds. I ground everything until it was about the consistency of peanut butter. It was fabulous! It went really fast. I think I will call it transitioning thai...<br>
I served it with celery sticks and sugar snap peas.
 
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