My New Toy

Sadly, Christmas in South Carolina is over, but fortunately, Christmas/Hanukkah in Georgia is about to begin. My mom is coming down to visit on Friday evening, but I got an early gift from my Grandma.

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This actually wasn’t a holiday gift. My grandma has probably had this Vitamix for almost ten years. She actually used to make green smoothies before they were trendy. I remember saying, “Eww, you put spinach in your smoothies?” After a while, she stopped using the blender, though, and said I could have it.

It arrived as we were leaving for South Carolina on Friday so I didn’t have a chance to use it until tonight, when I made Mama Pea’s Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce and Mediterranean Lentil Meatballs from her cookbook, both in the Vitmamix.

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I did the ol’ spaghetti squash trick – a little bit of regular spaghetti and a lot of spaghetti squash. I can take or leave pasta, so I don’t mind subbing the squash so I can eat more. I don’t think you could ever confuse the squash for pasta, but when you mix them together, it’s not bad. I cook my squash in the microwave, by the way, which is much easier than baking it. Just put the squash in a large bowl with a little bit of water and microwave for 10 minutes. Then, cut it in half and see if it’s done. Depending on the size of the squash, you’ll probably have to cook it a little longer. You’ll be able to tell if it’s spaghetti-like or not. 10-15 minutes is much quicker than the hour it takes for it to bake.

I got another little present this evening when I picked up a copy of the January issue of Women’s Day. I’m in it! I answered a question on their Facebook page and they printed it in the magazine with a picture of me!

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20 Responses to My New Toy

  1. I do my spaghetti squash in the micro too. I’m typically much too lazy for the oven.

    Nice feature!!! You’re famous. :)

  2. Ooooh, you are going to LOVE your vitamix!!!! What a great hand-me-down!

  3. So awesome to both!!!! I want a vita

  4. That’s awesome re: your pic in the mag! How COOL is that?? As for spaghetti squash, I never thought to microwave it, duh, so much faster. I’ll have to next time! And I love that your gram used to make green smoothies before they were ‘in’ – wow. I still have yet to try one, but must

  5. Very cool feature in the magazine – congrats!

    I too microwave my spaghetti squashes – so much easier/faster than the oven!

  6. Whoa! You’re famous! That is so awesome!!
    And it’s also awesome that you got that Vitamix- new or not, I’m sure it still runs perfectly! I asked for one for Christmas from Greg… it was a big wish, but I know he wants one too because he is a smoothie-junkie.
    We had spaghetti last night, and I was almost going to make those same meatballs- I’ve made them before and they’re awesome. But I was too lazy. I bulked up my pasta with a ton of roasted veggies, so that I didn’t feel cheated from my measly 2 oz portion. :)

  7. That is awesome! Can I have an autograph ;-)

    PS I never thought to mix spaghetti squash with real spaghetti, that’s a great idea! I may have to steal that idea when I start marathon training, good way to carb load in a healthier way!

  8. You’re famous – how cool!! =) I’m so very jealous of your vitamix too! That is one heck of a re-gift, I need your grandma!

  9. Yay on being in the magazine! And also – I do the same with spaghetti squash. I don’t have time to bake it. Microwave all the way!

  10. That’s awesome! Those things are definitely quality!

  11. Great idea to mix the spaghetti squash with regular pasta! I’ve never thought to do that. That is neat you were in the magazine!

  12. So jealous of your new-to-you Vitamix! My parents had one when I was a kid, and they sold it before I knew what awesomeness we had, and I could kick them for it!! ;)

  13. I love the magazine shout out…you look really cute in that picture!

  14. Awesome! A Vitamix and a magazine appearance, it’s a pretty good month!

  15. Can you believe I’ve never had spaghetti squash?

  16. Look at you! That’s great!! :)

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