Vitamix S30

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Vitamix S30

I have been wanting one of these for yearrrrrrs. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but it’s been on my list for a while. Sometimes with big purchases I have trouble committing to, until well, it goes on sale. CHA CHING! A Vitamix on sale for $349? Yes, Please. This is not only a great blender but can be used for soups, food processing, frozen desserts, juices, milks, dressings, nut butters, batters, dips & spreads, flours, soups, purees and doughs. If you love to be in the kitchen this might be your newt favorite appliance. I am glad I made the purchase. Look for recipes to come via the S30 Vitamix in my kitchen! Let’s get Newtritionsavvy together!

2 Bean Vegan Chili

{2 Bean Vegan Chili}

What You’ll Need:

  • Carrots/White Onions/ Celery
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Can Diced Tomato (No salt added)
  • Zucchini
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin/Coriander/Salt/Pepper/Cayenne Pepper/Dried Oregano
  • Lime
  • Jalapeno/ Sliced and Diced
  • Black + Kidney Beans

Saute carrots, celery, onion w/ extra virgin olive oil (can use coconut oil as substitute.) Add water, zucchini, diced tomato, jalapeno, beans into pot.  Add salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper and dried oregano (to taste). I added fresh cilantro into the pot as well. I am not big on measurments, but don’t go too crazy before the chili has had a chance to simmer-  the flavors will taste better after it is done cooking- and remember you can always add. After you add everything into a large pot let the chili simmer for about 15-20 min. Add fresh cilantro and lime for garnish. If desired you can always add cheese/meat. Let me tell you, it was delish w/o any dairy or meat product!

Enjoy!

Health Benefits

*CUMIN:  Cumin is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very smell (aroma) of it, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in our mouth (the mouth watering flavor), facilitating the primary digestion of the food.

*CORIANDER: The health benefits of coriander include treatment of swellings, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, Mouth ulcers, anemia, digestion, menstrual disorders, small pox, eye care, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, blood sugar disorders, etc.

What’s Your Healthy Rachel Rhodes?

{When you work out and eat healthy you feel good and look good. I have a pretty weird digestion system and when I eat anything process I usually get  sick. When I stay away from crap I feel good and my tummy is happy. No matter what anyone says exercising really helps one’s self esteem as well, so I think any form of exercise to help one stay active is really important. When you look good you feel confident about yourself, in return you will have happier life.}

4 healthy snacks…

{Apples w/ Peanut Butter}

{Carrot sticks and Cucumber slices}

{Oatmeal with blueberries}

{Blue Print Cleanse (fave: lemon, water, cayenne, agave) }

1 Cheat Snack…

{CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE}

Favorite Recipe…

I love the fall, colors, fashion, and of course soups}

{Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa}

Ingredients (Serves about 6)

  • 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  2. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.
  7. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
  9. To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
  10. Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
  11. Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.
  12. Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in parsley and serve.

Thank  you, Rachel!