Somewhere between writing my last exams, graduating , registering for licensing exams and beginning the job search , I just didn't feel like it.
So in attempt to get back in the swing of things, here are some things that caught my eye amongst the blogosphere.
- Operation Beautiful
The lovely Caitlin was on the Today Show the other day and I'm sure if you read any blogs at all you know that her baby, Operation Beautiful the book launched. The virtual book tour is also something to check out ;)
The people at Vitamix are psychic . How did they know that this is my new favorite vegetable?
The lovely PR people over there sent my readers some Zuc recipes in lieu of National Leave A Zuchinni On Your Neighbor's Door Step Day .
Yup , that is really a day . Here are my favorites of the bunch Vitamix provided. If these don't suit your tastebuds , check out some of the other recipes on Vitamix's website
Zucchini Pesto Yield: 1 1/2-2 cups (360-480 ml)
1 1/2 pounds zucchini cut in 1” pieces
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup cashews
2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup (50 g) freshly shredded Parmesan
1/4 lemon peeled and seeded
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, salt
NOTE: Turn this pesto into a hummus by
adding 1 14 ounce can (drained) cannellini
or garbanzo beans during blending.
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1. Place cut zucchini into Vitamix container & secure lid.
2. Select Variable 5 and turn machine on. Coarsely chop
the zucchini using the tamper to press zucchini into
blades if necessary for 10-15 seconds. Stop machine
and scrape down the sides of the container and
fold larger pieces into the bottom of the container.
Continue for another 10 seconds.
3. Place the chopped zucchini into a strainer and mix in
2 teaspoons salt. Place strainer over a bowl and let
zucchini drain for 5-10 minutes. Stir and press zucchini
with the back of a large spoon to release as much
liquid as possible.
4. Add the drained zucchini and the rest of the
ingredients to the Vitamix container in order listed.
5. Select Variable speed 1.
6. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 10 and then to High. Use tamper to press all
ingredients into the blades for 30-45 seconds.
7. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Zucchini Pancakes Yield: 3 1/4 cups (780 ml)
1/3 cup (80 ml) 1% milk
2 cups (250 g) chopped zucchini
3/4 cup (180 ml) egg substitute or 3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 cup sugar or other sweetener, to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 cups (180 g) whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1. Place milk, zucchini, egg, salt, sweetener, cinnamon
and allspice into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1.
3. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 4 or 5.
4. Blend for 10 seconds. Remove the lid plug. Add flour
and baking powder through the lid plug opening.
Replace lid plug.
5. Blend for 5-10 seconds or until mixed.
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons (105 ml) olive oil
2 pounds (908 g) zucchini, sliced thin
1/2 cup (80 g) yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons herbs de province
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
1. Sauté zucchini, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in
3 tablespoons olive oil, for 5 minutes. Add vegetable
broth, cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
2. Place mixture into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
3. Select Variable 1.
4. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to
Variable 3 or 4. If necessary, use the tamper to press
any ingredients into the blades while processing.
Remove the lid plug.
5. Blend for 1 minute while drizzling in remaining olive oil
through the lid plug opening. Return to sauté pan to
finish heating, if necessary.
Thats all I've got for now. Hopefully the spark will refuel .