Hello friends! I hope you are all doing great and keeping afloat in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This time of year usually means lots of time spent in the kitchen, cooking for family and friends and baking awesome treats. I love giving the gift of food to my family and friends for Christmas, it’s always greatly appreciated and you can really get creative with what you bake, and how you package and present it. My son, of course, has a list of toys on his Wish List. 🙂
I am beyond excited to tell you Christmas is coming early around here, folks! I have a huge giveaway for one of my amazing readers! I was lucky to be included in Vitamix’s Canadian launch of their personal blender, the Vitamix S30. They very generously provided me with a blender to test, review, go crazy making recipes with, and ultimately, fall in love with. I use my S30 almost every single day, for smoothies, dips, sauces, and also for my favourite Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe which I will be sharing with you all today.
First, I want to tell you a bit about this little powerhouse! Do not be fooled by its size. The S30 is crazy powerful, with a 790 watt motor, which translates into super smooth greens (no chewing those smoothies anymore! 🙂 )
The Vitamix S30 arrived with a big book of recipes, in both English and French. It’s filled with beautiful photos and recipes ranging from beverages, dips/spreads, dressings, soups, sauces and desserts. This was a really nice added bonus to inspire new creations!
I tried several recipes from the book, and today I’ll also be sharing one from it. This delicious Cranberry Smoothie was so easy to make, not to mention delicious and nutritious.
- 1/3 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/4 lemon, peeled
- 4 pitted dates, halved
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup plain unsweetened rice milk
- Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 20-ounce container in the order listed and secure blade.
- Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase the speed to 10.
- Blend for 40 to 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
One of its greatest features is the portability of its container! In addition to the 40-ounce compact container which you would use for sauces, soups, etc., you get a 20-ounce personal container with a flip-top lid. This is so convenient for blending smoothies on the go. You can blend the smoothie directly in this container, remove the base, screw on the lid, and grab and go! It’s brilliant! Honestly – in love with this feature!
I’m not sure about you, but I have a pretty small kitchen, with limited counter space. I like to keep my blender on the counter because I always notice I’ll slack on the smoothie-making if I store it and have to pull it out when I need it. But, I hate the bulkiness and amount of room blenders normally take up. The great thing about the S30 is its sleek and compact design which allows for keeping it on the counter without taking up a ton of room. It measures approx 20”h x 9”w. Also, the blender-base is removable and dishwasher safe, making things even easier.
I made several of my own recipes using the Vitamix, including my homemade Hazelnut Spread, Berry Green Breakfast Smoothie, and a new recipe, Sunflower Seed Pesto. I created this recipe to satisfy our love for basil pesto, but to make it nut-free. My son started kindergarten this year, and his entire school is nut-free. This has become a staple recipe in my house, the little guy loves it, and so do we. 🙂 It’s also vegan, to allow even more people the option of eating it!
So, here it goes:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients into your blender. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. You don't want to blend until it is a runny pesto, a thicker consistency is best.
- Serve this pesto with your favourite pastas, as a base for your pizzas, sandwich spreads, toss with veggies, and even mix it into your salad dressings.
Time for the fun! Vitamix will be giving away one S30 blender to a lucky reader. You must be a resident of Canada or the USA to enter. This is a phenomenal value, worth over $400! I’m so excited, guys! Be sure to share this with your friends and family! Enter using the Rafflecopter entries below. Best of luck to you all.
Thanks for being here,