A while back i was doing what i always do when i want to waste time. I was perusing Pinterest for fun ideas. I spotted a recipe for something listed as the best snack ever, and while dubious i pinned it.
Well today i finally tried it. And seriously, best snack ever!
It was about 1 minute of prep and 30 min in oven. Delicious and spicy 🙂
I found a number of versions of tomato soup recipes online, when i went to search for fun things to do with my new Ninja blender. None of them were quite to my liking so i modified here and there, put my own spin on it and voila! here it is for all of you guys!
First things first, my Ninja is not a Vitamix, so i cant cook in it by the power of the motor. And second… i hate celery. So i omitted it, but of course you all can add it back in if you want 🙂
I took onion and garlic and carrot and microwaved them with a bit of water for 5 minutes. This takes a bit of the raw edge off the onion and garlic and makes the carrot softer.
While all of that was steaming, I opened the cans of tomatoes and assembled the Ninja. While at the store i had meant to find some diced tomatoes with Italian Seasoning, but Market Basket was out or something so i grabbed a jar that had garlic and basil. Because seriously how can you go wrong?
Once the steaming was done, into the blender they went.
Followed closely by their friends from the tomato cans.
Once everything was in, i blended on 2 and 3 (medium and highest settings) for several minutes, mostly while i found a pot and cleared the stove to set it on LOL.
Here’s the awesome Ninja in action:
Then into the pot it went. did you know the Ninja ha d a little opening in a corner just so you can pour things out more easily? OMG i am in love with this blender!
Do forgive my untidy and in desperate need of cleaning stove top there in the picture. The soup came out of the blender quite frothy but that calmed down some on the stove top. Took about 1.5 minutes to heat through and then i added in about 2 teaspoons worth of heavy cream and Bam! done.
The cheese and greenery are totally optional 🙂
This made 3 huge dinner servings. Each serving is 2 Green. If you add cheese Then it is also 1 Blue.
There are two new gadgets in my life. One is the previously mentioned Ninja blender which i got for my birthday this year. The other is a GTX101 indoor grill. I have now tried both and can write a review of a sort, with pictures.
For the blender, so far i have mostly tried the single serving cup, because well there is only the one of me. 😀
Frozen fruit, Shakeology, water together blends really well, really fast. certainly better then any blender i have ever owned before.
Please excuse the messy kitchen. That is strawberries, peaches, chocolate Shakeology and some water. 3 pulses of about 2 seconds each and poof, awesome shake. I have not yet tried the main pitcher with the 6 bladed rotating thing in it. Once i hit the store this week i will have some more things to blend.
The GTX101 indoor grill was more of a breakfast maker. 2 eggs, some frozen bell peppers defrosted, some onions, and a bit of cheese.
The eggs cooked in about 4 minutes, which is how long it took me to set up the Ninja and find all the fruit to put in it and blend my shake, so the timing for breakfast was great!
I put the two egg halves together with the cheese inside, and they melted the cheese making it a rather nice omeletty sort of thing. The non stick surface was great, i didn’t have to do anything other then wipe it down with a paper towel. Technically i should have sprayed some non stick spray but honestly … i forgot to do that and nothing stuck to anything.
I think i would have to recommend both gadgets. Super easy and convenient.
Someone was asking me the other day if i starve myself on my planned meals nutrition program thing. Well… this was Thursday’s dinner. Salad. With balsamic chicken, strawberries, spinach, sunflower seeds and balsamic dressing (balsamic, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice).
large bowl of it too.
I really really LOVE dinner salad, its healthy and supper filling.
A serving is 1 red container, 1 green container, 1 purple container and 1 orange container (dressing and seeds)
Then i took the leftovers and turned them into lunches. It turns out that mason jars seal really well (i know, everyone who made canned food knows that!) and the food in them stays fresh forever, even when you store it with dressing already in. Had one for lunch today and it was absolutely glorious.
Italian seasoning spice (dried leaves i think mostly oregano)
Cook brown rice according to package. Brown turkey meat. Add cooked rice, spring onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and marinara sauce. Stir until warm. Mix in Italian seasoning. Remove from burner and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350.
Boil peppers with a dash of salt for 1-2 minutes. Remove from water, transfer to baking dish and stuff with stuffing. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
I mentioned earlier drinking water, but i know not everyone can just drink it up plain. Well, have no fear!
On top of just adding cucumber or frozen fruit straight up to your tall glass, you can instead pre-make these awesome ice cubes and have them at hand.
I really like adding one of each to my glass 😀
Puree fresh or frozen strawberries and mix in a small amount of filtered water. The consistency should be thick but pourable. Fill ice cubes trays with the puree and place in the freezer until frozen.
For the basil flavored ice cubes – fill the ice cubes trays half way with filtered water and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove and top the partially frozen cubes with fresh chopped basil, then fill with additional filtered water as needed. Place back in the freezer until frozen.