A few days before the wedding, I came across a killer deal for a Vitamix at Costco that I could not resist. My life savings was already down the crapper so I figured why not dig myself a bigger hole and purchase myself a super high powered blender while I was at it?
While a lot of people use their Vitamix to create green smoothies, I mostly use mine to create hot vegetable soup. All you have to do is throw in some celery, tomato, spinach, onion, peppers, or whatever type of vegetable you have lying around and you have a nutritious, hot soup in a few minutes! This soup has been a complete saving grace on busy work days or nights I am too lazy to cook.
This week, I decided to kick up my Vitamix game a notch and start experimenting with recipes in their “Intermediate” level. The following recipe is something I developed after I could not decide what I wanted more for dinner: a loaded baked potato soup or a broccoli cheddar soup.
[Steam a handful of red baby potatoes and half a bag of broccoli florets and cube] [Split potatoes and broccoli florets into two portions] [Saute half an onion in pan] [Add 2 and a half cups of milk, onion, some shredded cheddar, a teaspoon of Better than Bouillon chicken flavored, and half of the broccoli and potato mixture into Vitamix and blend on the hot soup setting] [When the cycle has completed pour soup in a bowl and top with chopped broccoli and potatoes to give it a chunky texture. Sprinkle some cheddar on top for good luck.] [Enjoy!]
Yes, this has dairy and yes, I am aware that dairy can cause stomach and skin issues as well as cancer. If it makes it better, I used organic milk but vegans could try using this with a cashew cream instead. I am also aware that Better than Bouillon is not exactly better than bouillon. Potatoes are also not the healthiest vegetable in the world. However, if you compare this to the calorie, preservative and sodium laden soup that they sell at Panera this is a wonderful alternative.
As for taste? Yes, it is green. The hubster was entirely leery when I first served this to him but after one bite his frown turned upside down and he slurped the whole thing up!