July 12th, 2009

Single-serve and easy cleanup blender recommendation

Hello! I have a question about blenders - I checked the tags, but could not find anything about smaller, 'single-serve' blenders.

I used to make a smoothie every morning, but the cleanup of my Kitchen-Aid blender, plus putting it all back together each time, has really deterred me. I've been skipping breakfast lately, and would really like to get back into soymilk, fruit, and protein powder smoothies.

I've been looking into smaller 'personal-size' blenders that promise easy cleanup, and it looks like there are two main contenders out there:

Back to Basics:
http://www.amazon.com/Basics-Blender-Express-White-%2528BPE3WHITE%2529/dp/B000G65MSI/ref=sr_1_2

Hamilton Beach:
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-51101-Single-Serve-Blender/dp/B00065L6CU/ref=pd_sbs_hg_3

Has anyone used these products, and do you have a recommendation? The two big factors for me are ice crushing, and ease of cleanup. The fewer parts / pieces to disassemble and clean, the better!

Finally, if you have a favorite breakfast smoothie recipe to share, I would love to hear it.

Thanks!

Curry sauce and Freezing yogurt

I made this curry sauce tonight to have in pita bread.  I tasted it when it was done, but it didn't really have much taste, so i added a few spices (can't remember which) but it just did not turn out well at all.  Which makes me really sad.  I was really excited about it.  What would you have done to improve the tempeh and curry a bit? Oh, and I didn't put the onion in.  I forgot about it until it was too late.

Tempeh in Curry Sauce

Total servings: 4

Recipe ingredients

 400 g tempeh, cut in 2 cm cubes
 1 cup soymilk (or milk)
 1 tsp butter
 1 onion
 1/2 tsp cumin
 1 tsp curry powder
 1 Tbs white flour
 1/4 cup fresh peas
 4 cups cooked rice

Recipe directions

Steam the tempeh for 10 minutes.

Cook the onions in the butter until soft. Add the flour, cumin and curry and stir. Add slowly the soymilk while stirring. Add the tempeh and peas and boil on low heat for 1 minute.

Serve with rice. 
(it's from tempeh.com)


Second, I have been making these wonderful fruit salads for breakfast.  I throw some soy yogurt in and some flax seeds and it makes a great start to my day.  However, I would like to try something new now.  I would love to make them into smoothies for breakfast or lunch (when I have access to a freezer to keep it in during the day).  I would also like to make them into smoothies so that I can put some chocolate protein powder into them since I haven't been eating too well lately.  Can I still put the yogurt in?  Basically, I would be making them at night and sticking them in the freezer overnight.  Will the yogurt work with it?  I don't know how soy yogurt would behave in the freezer.  Or should I just use a little bit of soymilk?  I don't have any fruit juices to put in.

thank you so much!!!