About 10 years ago my husband and I went camping out West around this time of year. We were in Bend, Oregon on my birthday and my husband/boyfriend at the time gave me a smallish black box for a present.
Could it be a fancy necklace or dare I say it - an engagement ring? To my disappointment it wasn't diamonds or jewelry; it was a book light. Yes, you read that right - A BOOK LIGHT! To my man's defense I did read in bed and did complain I needed a little light. A practical gift it was, but definitely not the romantic gift I was hoping for.
Fast forward a decade to last week when I opened my birthday present and was head over heels thrilled to receive a Vitamix. Clearly times have changed. My husband has heard me talk about this high powered expensive blender for months and he knew this would get more use and make me much happier than any diamonds.
What is a Vitamix you ask? Here is a description from their website.
Trusted by more professional chefs than any other blender to create fresh, flavorful dishes from whole-food ingredients, Vitamix is in a class all its own. These self-cleaning machines allow you to chop, blend, cream, purée, and more—through every course of the meal—with a single appliance. With commercial quality and unsurpassed engineering, you can buy a Vitamix once and have it for life.
To thank my man for his thoughtful gift, I wanted to make a meal that he would love and decided on Avocado Tortilla Soup. The recipe in the book that came with my Vitamix used chicken broth, but I substituted vegetable broth for Meatless Monday.
I used a pot to warm the broth, and then only used the Vitamix for the rest of the meal, which made little mess and barely no clean up. I am pretty confident; this recipe can be made with any other form of a blender.
Avocado Tortilla Soup
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tomatoes, quartered
1/3 bunch cilantro
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 lime, peeled
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup corn
2 oz tortilla chips
Place broth, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, pepper, avocado and lime in Vitamix. Select Variable 1. Turn machine quickly to Variable 10 and then to High. Blend for 6-7 minutes. Reduce speed to Variable 2 and remove lid plug. Drop in corn, beans and chips and blend for 10 seconds.
Serve with lime, cilantro and avocado garnish.
I wasn't sure what to expect when the color changed from brown to orange, but I can assure you it tasted rich, hearty and flavorful.
My six year old loved it and had no clue the hidden vegetables inside. I cannot wait to experiment more with my new Vitamix.
What are you eating for Meatless Monday?