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03-25-2005, 08:25 AM
I am having problems with not having time for food prep... shopping, sprouting and dehydrating and meal planning. I know that there are alot of very busy people here.
I am hoping that I can find some easy ways of keeping meals interesting and tasty. I get so tired of plain nuts, green salads and fruit.
After several days of eating so plainly I get tempted to eat out and that always leads to some cooked foods. Not much, but still I feel like it undoes that good the previous days eating.
03-25-2005, 10:38 AM
I do green smoothies--an apple, a ring of pineapple and some leafy greens in the blender. It tastes good, I'm getting fresh fruits and veggies, and it's a lot easier and quicker to run the blender and rinse it out than to spend a lot of time chopping lettuce or cleaning a food processer.
03-25-2005, 10:49 AM
find a few easy recipes ~ keep them on hand. Make up a batch of a couple of different ones twice a week. Takes a couple of hours at most.
Last night/ this a.m. I am coconut caramel cookies; Dragon Crackers (flax crackers); burgers. They are all in the dehydrator now. I have buckwheat in the sprouter.
For breakfast, like Pailani, something quick and easy. Keep LOTS of raw fruit, bananas and kale and/or chard around. A banana and any other kind of fruit and a few leaves in a blender and there ya go!
Alissa's first recipe on her video ~ one banana and mango or papaya ~ throw them in the blender. Voila! Pudding!
03-25-2005, 11:24 AM
Blended soups are easy, too. Just toss a bunch of stuff into a blender, and your meal is ready, and it isn't a salad.
03-25-2005, 12:31 PM
Are you using a regular blender or a vitamix?
03-25-2005, 01:19 PM
I use a VitaMix. With a "regular" blender, one usually has to add a bit more fluid.
03-25-2005, 01:20 PM
I have a Krups blender, it's not a Vitamix, just a regular blender. But I think it's better than a Walmart $40 blender, more powerful. I seem to remember that it cost over $100 when I got it 8 years ago, which is pricey as compared to blenders I saw at Walmart. The lady who sold it to us raved about how well it would crush ice cubes.
Adding more water helps when the blender has trouble, and I use a firm stick of celery to push things down when the blender needs help.
03-25-2005, 04:35 PM
I just have an Oster blender that cost around $60 almost 15 years ago. It has a heavy glass jar (once bounced it off my bare foot which hurt majorly, so it is HEAVY!) and 10 speeds that in actuality are 20, as there's a hi-lo power switch on it. Works just great for anything I've tried as it has enough oomph to crush ice. Doesn't even get touchably warm when it's run for awhile, so I'm thinking it keeps the enzymes okay. I'm currently straining a batch of almond milk I made a couple of hours ago. My good ol' Oster had no problem whacking those soaked almonds. Took about 15 seconds, in fact.
So, check around at the discount and department stores. There are some really good blenders out there that will cost you less than half what the Vitamix does.
03-25-2005, 05:10 PM
All right!!!!! :p I confess ,I was on ebay -jeesh- :rolleyes:
(btw there are none for auction now)
03-28-2005, 05:15 PM
I tried making an apple and spinache smoothie yesterday. It had too many bits of apple peel in it to just drink it. I have an Osterizer 12 speed. I had put everything through the juicer first and then dumped both the juice and pulp into the blender with some water.
I liked the taste and eventually gave up slurping and chewing and strained the juice and drank it. I was thinking if my strainer was just a bit less mesh it would of been perfect.
I guess I have to get a vitamix, which I know My MIL has and doesn't use... since I get to have her living with me, maybe I'll get to use it. She would be upset if I bought my own when she has one.
03-28-2005, 06:09 PM
If your MIL is living with you and has one, then you should be able to make some great smoothies!!
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