The other day I grabbed a package of this stuff at the health food store to try out in my smoothies. It’s Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer in berry flavour. I’ve been looking for a protein supplement to add to my smoothies that is a) gluten-free, b) dairy-free, c) non-ass-tasting. I added it to my smoothie this morning:
It wasn’t that great unfortunately. The “berry” flavour totally took over the whole smoothie and just tasted kind of weird. I was not a fan. I still might try the chocolate version. Can anyone recommend a better one?
In other super important news, I finally found some damn basil so I could make pesto again. I used a slight variation of the same recipe, with real cheese instead of nutritional yeast.
2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup pine nuts
5 cloves garlic (I like garlic)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor until nuts are ground. Pesto should still have texture and not be completely smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I wanted to see how the Vitamix did compared to my food processor. Pros of the Vitamix: less parts, easier to clean. Pros of the food processor: it was WAY easier to scoop out the pesto.
I don’t know if there’s some trick I haven’t learned yet about getting stuff OUT of the Vitamix, but I ended up trying to scoop it all out with a rubber spatula for about 5 minutes until I gave up. Quite a bit was wasted because it was stuck in the blades. It blended almost as well as the food processor, but I did find a few stray pine nuts.
I think I actually liked the nutritional yeast better than the parmesan!