In the spirit of Mother's Day I’ve partnered up with Vitamix to share how our family uses time in the kitchen to connect through creating simple recipes. Growing up I always had an interest in cooking in the kitchen with my mom. My mom (Sheila) was always so sweet and patient with me in the kitchen and took the time to create with me and teach me. I love her for this reason and I am grateful for her. Now that I am a mother it’s important for me to spend time in the kitchen with Tama and Ira to teach them about food and how to create with it.
Making simple recipes in the kitchen with the kids gives me a chance to connect in a fun and different way. Of course we love the beach and outdoors but doing something where we are creating together I get to learn fun little things about the boys. Ira is so inquisitive right now and is always asking where different things come from and what they are made of, from potatoes to mangoes he's just so curious. Tama is on texture control, he ensures whatever we are making is mixed right and just as important tastes right :) The time we spend in the kitchen gives me the chance to know a side of my children that I love discovering with them. Cooking in the kitchen was special to my mother and so it for me to be carrying on that tradition with my children.
To celebrate Mother's Day, Vitamix is giving up to $100 off of their blenders along with free shipping (limited to US only)! Click here for the link (HERE). As you all know, we love creating with our Vitamix. We have the A3500 and it works great because of the powerful motor and large pitcher size. We always make enough in one pitcher to feed our little family and usually the 3-4 other kids hanging outside the door like puppy dogs waiting for a bite!
This past weekend me and the boys whipped up a simple soup in our Vitamix that takes less than 15 minutes to make and there is no oven or stove involved! The boys and I made Veggie Tortilla Soup with a dollop of coconut yogurt, lime and fresh cilantro.
- 1 Roma Tomato
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 3 celery stalks
- 2 cups of baby carrots
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup of fresh cilantro (add at the end)
- 1 cup packed spinach (add at the end)
- 1 cup tortilla chips (add at the end)
- 2 tbs lemon or lime juice (add at the end)
- 1 lime
- 1 avocado
- 1 dollop of unsweetened coconut yogurt (optional)
In your Vitamix put in the tomato, vegetable stock, celery, carrots, garlic. Blend on low for about 30 seconds then adjust speed to high and blend for 6-7 minutes or until hot. If you have the A3500 then you can choose the soup setting, the blender should automatically turn off after that time frame.
Once the mixture is hot add in cilantro, spinach, lemon juice and tortilla chips and blend on level 3 for 30 seconds.
Serve with a dollop of unsweetened coconut yogurt, fresh avocado slices, fresh chopped cilantro and a lime wedge.
I want to wish all women a happy Mother's Day whether or not you have kids. Chances are there is a little boy or girl that looks up to you for the love that you show them and for being the person that you are to them and that is what being a mother is all about. Happy Mother's Day!