March 2012

My Kitchen Essential~ My Blendtec Blender

I firmly believe that culinary success depends upon being well equipped; that isn’t to say that every doodad has its place- frankly, most kitchens tools are completely useless. But the ones that are useful in my kitchen, I consider part of the family.

Whenever I find myself cooking in someone else’s kitchen, I oftentimes have to hide my frustration over their lack of essentials; but it’s unreasonable to hold it against anyone, because if they don’t know, then they simply DO NOT KNOW; which is why I wanted to share my go to kitchen essentials!

Initially I had envisioned one post; but then I realized that most of you don’t have time to read a digital novel, which is why I’m going to divvy up the post for easier reading; why? Because I care!

I love smoothies; and anything to do with blending. I blend at least once a day; and on a particularly busy day, my blender can see the light of day up to five times. And although I enjoy juicing, I find blending is superior because of one key ingredient- fiber. When we juice we remove this essential nutrient; and while juicing has a laundry list of health benefits, it will not replace eating whole fruits and vegetables. Smoothies on the other hand are nutritionally equivalent to eating the whole fruit. However, when it comes to blending, equipment wise, you often get what you pay for.

I’d like to tell you a story.

Asian Style Red Quinoa And Tofu

Can you believe March is coming to a close? It baffles me that this year is already three months in; I feel like I was just counting down the minutes to the New Year. I was warned about fleeting time in my girlhood; but I thought it was merely a tool that “older’ people used to scare the younger generation.

Turns out they were right.

By no means do I consider myself an advocate for summer diets; however, being on April’s doorstep definitely reinforces that the hot season of the year is right around the corner. And with that comes scantily clad behavior of all kinds; namely, summer dresses and bathing suits.

Have A Good Morning With Amaranth Porridge

Whole grains; once only consisted of brown rice or whole wheat bread. It was a boring horizon that many chose not venture; boy, things have changed! Now, by my own disclosure, I am a quinoa girl; but rather recently I have become quite enamored with Amaranth. This prized ancient grain hails from South America; and has recently experienced a revival of sorts, spurred on by its impressive nutritional profile, flavor and versatility in the kitchen.

Beet Recipe Round-Up

Friday, it’s Friday- pardon me for channeling my inner Rebecca Black; but I love Fridays for so many reasons. One, it’s the weekend; and two, its round-up day!

The internet is wonderful place, isn’t it? Whenever I need recipe inspiration, it’s but a mere click clack away!

This week proved very easy to find hoards of beet recipes to share; almost to the point of overwhelm. But I managed to pare down the list to a few standouts that had my mouth watering. It very quickly became apparent that my love for beets is shared by many.

So without further ado, the Vitality Guide Beet Recipe Round-up!

Beet And Mixed Berry Smoothie

The first time I ever tasted a smoothie made with beets, I was intrigued; I also felt a little bit foolish because I had yet to think of doing this myself. I was surprised at how well beets integrated into smoothies. Believe it or not, they blend effortlessly with berries, citrus and the like; their sweetness enhanced when commingled with the sweetness of the fruit.