I have a new toy.
I love my new toy!
It blends everything in sight and it juices, cooks, grinds and freezes.
Oh and it cleans really easilyy too, which is a big bonus.
Can you guess?
Vitamix or a Total Nutrition Centre as they like to call it. I am in love! I have been converted and have joined the ranks of worshippers.
It is just so amazing! No longer do I have to blanch vegetables before using them in smoothie. The fear that my blender will go up in smoke at any minute has left me. I've used it every day and it's not going to be one of those gadgets you use a few times and then relegate it to a cupboard. In fact some of my other toys will be retired because of my new toy and all of it's uses.
I have to admit, the first time I used it, I was ever so slightly terrified, as it takes off like a jumbo jet, but now I'm getting used to it and the fear is leaving me.
pesto in my mini chopper. Herbs, garlic, nuts, parmesan and olive oil. It could handle it beautifully, but I decided to try something different with my new toy. I was thinking about raw vegetables and all the nutrients that would be retained if I didn't cook them first. I settled on cauliflower and peas.
I was very happy with the results. A velvety smooth and tasty pesto that coated pasta beautifully. And, more importantly, it met with approval from my two year old and my newly vegan husband. Of course, if you don't have a vegan in the house, feel free to add parmesan (veggie style of course).
Cauliflower & Pea Pesto
A beautiful, velvety green pesto, packed with flavours and nutrients. Made in minutes.
- ½ small cauliflower
- 128g/1 cup frozen peas
- 25g/1 cup fresh basil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup/240ml olive oil
- a good grinding of black pepper
1. Cut your cauliflower into florets and peel your garlic.2. Pop all the ingredients in your blender and whizz until your pesto is velvety smooth. 3. Have a taste and check the seasoning.4. Serve over hot pasta. Spread on toasted bruschetta, panini or ciabatta and topped with salad or veg and feta or fresh milky mozzarella. Alternatively, add more olive oil and use as a salad dressing.notes: If you prefer a chunkier pesto, then stop blending once it reaches your desired thickness.You can also add some grated parmesan for extra flavour.
Yield: Serves 4
Some more pesto for you to try:
- Creamy Triple Green Pesto by Tinned Tomatoes
- Sundried Tomato Pesto by Green Gourmet Giraffe
- Parsley Pesto by Souvlaki for the Soul
- Red Pepper Pesto by Laura's Sweet Spot
- Spinach & Pea Pesto by Tinned Tomaotes
- Courgette Pesto by What We Eat
Disclosure: Vitamix sent me a Vitamix Total Nutrition Center to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.