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Let’s talk about my blender situation.
I’m hard on blenders. Really, terribly abusive. I’ve had the same bright orange KitchenAid blender since I was about 22, and the poor girl is in bad shape. We’ve done a lot of fixes and repairs, but the truth is, my eight-year-old blender just isn’t made to go through the kale-blending, soup-pureeing, ice-chopping daily abuse I put it through. In fact, a few months ago, some part in the blade assembly broke again, and she’s been sitting in basement purgatory waiting for me to decide if she’s going to be fixed again or going to go to the landfill ever since. We’ve had a good run, but my blender was made for folks who want to make the occasional blended margarita, and as much as I love the occasional blended margarita, I use my blender for a lot more than just that.
I’ve seen the big ole fancy high-speed blenders demonstrated at Whole Foods, but as much as I love a good kitchen appliance that can blend a cell phone without losing step, I gotta draw the line at dropping $500+ on an appliance that isn’t really necessary in my life. I’m just way too cheap frugal to spend that kind of money. It’s the same way I feel about organic red bell peppers. Would I love to buy them? Yes. But I cannot justify $4 a pepper, regardless of how pesticide-free they are.
ANYWHO. This sordid tale of my blender-related life is all to inform you about my frame of mind with I walked up to the Ninja booth at the Healthy Living Summit a couple of weeks ago. They had this beautiful, incredible, high-speed blender (the Ninja Ultima) sitting out, and right next to it, a sign saying they were giving away five blenders to HLS attendees—just as long as you snapped a photo with the blender and posted it on Instagram. I was, quite shamelessly, all over that.
And I found out the next evening—I won! I never win raffles or giveaways or things like that, so I was SO pumped. I was at dinner with Lauren, Gretchen, and Amy, and I totally flipped out.
And immediately started thinking about all the amazing things I was going to whip up in my new, shiny blender. So many options! No longer would I have to pre-smash ice. Or only blend things a cup at a time. Or drink a gritty smoothie. Oh, the possibilities!
I really wanted to put my new blender to the test, so I decided to start off with a green persimmon spinach smoothie. Green smoothies can be tricky because if you aren’t careful, you might find yourself chewing your smoothie a lot more than drinking it. No one wants to chew a smoothie.
I know a lot of folks use bananas as the base for smoothies, but we don’t eat a lot of bananas in our house, so instead, I make sweet, tangy persimmons the base of this persimmon spinach smoothie. If you’ve never had a persimmon before, it’s one of the sweetest fruits on the planet, it’s soft, and has a slightly citrus-y flavor. It’s incredible delicious. And we’re very lucky that they grow wild right in our backyard. But if you don’t have your own persimmon tree, many grocery stores carry them (albeit a totally different variety than what grow around here).
The Ultima totally rocked this persimmon spinach smoothie. The thing that impressed me the most was the speed. With my old blender, it took me a good 3-4 minutes worth of blending to make sure there aren’t any spinach chunks, but with the Ultima, it was ready to go in just a few seconds. And the added ice? Absolutely no problem. It was smooth, creamy, and totally delicious. I’m a big fan.
I am so thankful to Ninja for being an HLS sponsor, and giving away their awesome blenders to attendees. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Ninja also decided to giveaway more blenders to two friends of the winners. Which means not only did I win an awesome blender, but so did the amazing Coach Krissie (because it was the least I could do to pay her back for all the awesome she brings to my life).
Combine all the ingredients in the carafe of a high-speed blender. Blend on high until very smooth. Serve immediately.
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I am using my mom’s 30-year old (gold colored!) blender and a Magic Bullet, so this would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen!
The Bullet made 100x ita its weight in smoothies this summer, but now that it’s cool I’d love to blend up a hot, squash soup. Thanks!
Awesome!! I’d make my newest favorite smoothie – chocolate almond milk + bananas + fresh cherries + peanut butter + ice. =)
I’ll bet that thing would make an awesome salad dressing! I’ve been dying to create a recipe for a pumpkin cider vinaigrette for my fall salad (baby spinach, roasted butternut squash, apple, pear, walnuts, craisins, roasted red onion, sauteed mushrooms), so that’s what I’d first use it for! And then I’m make a coconut mango smoothie with my last coconut Chobani and some leftover diced mango I have in the freezer.
I would make a smoothie! I lost the lid in our move, I have yet to use it. Not to mention I would try and make hummus, peanut butter… The possibilities are endless!
holy crap! you’re the luckiest. i, too, abuse my blenders with kale and ice. i’ve broken many handles of wooden spoons trying to jam ingredients down into the blades to make it finally grab the kale after 5 minutes of blending… terrible. the ninja is the one i’ve been dreaming about! the first smoothie i will make will definitely be super bright green: kale, spinach, bananas, fresh orange juice, yogurt, spirulina, maybe some oats if i’m feeling crazy.
enjoy your beautiful new toy!
Definitely corn chowder. I have frozen corn from the summer’s CSA and from my parents’ garden. We love corn on the cob but can never keep up with the “harvest.” This year I got wise and froze the extra.
I would make a smoothie!
I’m with Julie – thinking a nice corn chowder. The timing is awesome, because my blender just bit the dust after many years of loyal service.
Although mine has lost a bit in the power over the years and I had to basically stop making smoothies altogether. The ice just never broke up properly.
I’d make a green smoothie!
I would make my very favorite tomato sauce! Onion, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic thrown in a blender and then poured over hot pasta. Mmmmmmmm
I’d probably make margaritas to celebrate!
I would probably make a smoothie first, but after that I would love to make a pesto or a nut butter. My current blender can’t process all the heavy duty stuff and I would love to try some more adventurous blends in the kitchen!
I would make a pumpkin smoothie! Or some tomato sauce! Or leek and potato soup! The possibilities are endless!
I would make banana soft serve!! I’m trying hard to eat better and my love of ice cream is proving hard to overcome. My friend has a ninja and I am OBSESSED with our banana soft serve nights :) I’d make green smoothies, too, since I’m sick of chunky ones made in my black Friday special $15 blender.
I will finally make Butternut Squash Soup!
I would make an apple pie green smoothies I’ve been digging lately–spinach, kale, parsley, 1/2 banana, 1/2 apple, cinnamon, dash of vanilla extract, coconut milk and almond butter. Deeeelish!
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been dreaming about my butternut squash soup for a few weeks now and it’s finally the time to start making it… it requires the use of a tough blender and I’m pretty sure a NINJA is up for that job! ;)
If I won I would make sure to find some persimmons so I could make this recipe! I’ve never had them before, but they look yummy!
With the cooler temps, I’m ready for soup!! i’d probably try a new pumpkin soup recipe :-)
I would totally rock out a green smoothie like you, or finally make the roasted butternut squash recipe I’ve been dreaming about ever since the first Fall-ish day hit here!
I’ll make a green smoothie. I love them but have a hard time with them with my blender too.
I’d probably make this banana oat smoothie: http://www.marthastewart.com/341010/banana-oat-smoothie
I love adding oats to my smoothies but my current blender is on her way out and doesn’t do a good job of blending them!
Definitely a green smoothie! I’ve always wanted to try one….but I don’t have a blender.
I would love to my my own nut butters and nut milks using it! I would also like to make hummus, and this blender would be awesome for that!
I would make a smoothie, I have all the ingredients I just hate my blender.
I would love to make a smooth and creamy kale and avocado smoothie!! I’ve always tried to make green smoothies and as you described, I usually end up chewing more than drinking it BUT have never been able to fit the nicer blenders in my budget!
The first recipe I would make is a chocolate peanut butter smoothie. I usually estimate each ingredient while I making it, but it would include plain Greek yogurt, spinach, frozen banana, chocolate protein powder, cocoa, almond milk, peanut butter and ice. It’s really good!
My 3 year old has decided that smoothies are the best thing ever, so I’d LOVE to make him his favorite strawberry banana, but also sneak in some additional healthy goodness. Maybe some flax, or some spinach, or kale, or I don’t know what else. I’ve been blender-less since my cat chewed the cord on my trusty Cuisinart, far too long ago.
My blend JUST bit the dust about a week ago and I’m feeling sad without smoothies! I think the first thing I would make would be a smoothie – with some frozen peach and mango, almond milk, spinach and a banana. And while I’m slurping my smoothie, I’d LOVE to try and make some hummus!
I would love to win this blender! Ours really struggles to make smoothies, so that’s what I would make with the Ninja :)
As strange as this sounds, I would make refried beans. I just tried to make them yesterday and blend them up in our blender. (Which I’ve done before.) But it just got goopy and not smooth at all. :( Then I tried to hand mash them with a fork, because I don’t have a potato masher. That was a fail as well. So I’ve been eating half mush, half chunky refried beans. I would love to use the Ninja to make my beans be actual refried beans!
Not strange at all! The first time I broke my original blender, I broke it doing refried beans!
I would definitely make a green smoothie. I have been dying to try them, but sadly my smoothie maker from 2002 just doesn’t have the power I need to blend down the greens!
I use my sad old blender every day for a green smoothie, which sadly, does require some chewing. I’d love to get to actually drink instead of chew my smoothie every day! Otherwise I use my blender several times a week for blending soups, making sauces, salad dressings, etc.
My brain just exploded at the thought of a smooth green smoothie so that would be my triumphant number one. And then maybe a celebratory piña colada (to balance the healthful smoothie of course).
I have all the fixings for a spinach-blueberry-strawberry smoothie already in the freezer and just waiting to be blended. :) I also got my current blender when I was 22… but that was much longer ago for me. LOL I’ve been trying to decide on a replacement so the timimg on this post is spot on!
That’s an awesome win!
One time I won a kitchenaid mixer in a giveaway and I was over the moon about it.
I would love to try a Spinach smoothie, of course!
I really want to go back to starting my day with a green smoothie and the Ninja would be perfect! I use frozen bananas and berries with kale and almond milk. Yum!
I make a smoothie every morning with almond milk, almonds, half a frozen banana and spinach. I have blown through three blenders in five years making them…including an Oster. I would LOVE to be able to make it using a Ninja! I’ve coveted those for years. Thanks for the giveaway!
I would make the Pioneer Woman’s Pumpkin Smoothie. And then lots of healthy smoothies to counteract the delicious and worth it calories of the Pumpkin Smoothie :)
Right now my fiance and I make do with his old blender that I’m pretty sure he got while in college. We eat a lot of salsa in our house being that we live in San Antonio and all so I think the first thing we’d make is some spicy homemade salsa!
My best friend is going through a terrible time in her life so honestly, I’d like to give this to her as a pick me up. I’m hoping shed use it to kick start her weight loss journey!
I think I would do one of my favorites which is strawberry, kiwi, kale smoothies!!!! It is so yummy!
I’d run straight to the fridge and whip out everything I need for a green smoothie! Right now with my sad little blender I have to blend for 20 seconds, then take the lid off and stir to redistribute things, blend, stir, and so forth for like 5 minutes to get things just right. Would love to have one of these blenders to make things faster and smoother (literally!)
Oh my gosh! What a fantastic and generous giveaway! I have similar thoughts about my KitchenAid blender lately – it’s just not cutting the cake anymore.
With the cooler weather rolling in around here, I’m all about pureeing some soup-y goodness. I love making gigantic batches of 2-potato soup and freezing it in Mason jars to cart to work during the really cold months. Mmm, thinking about it is making me drool! :)
I’d probably make my typical green monster with greek yogurt, banana, spinach and some frozen berries.
Gazpacho. Definitely Gazpacho!
Aw man! Perfect timing for this giveaway!! My ancient blender is in sad, sad shape. We keep limping it along because I’d rather spend money on great food & home renovations & fun trips. :) If I was lucky enough to win, I’d make a smoothie (following No Meat Athlete’s perfect smoothie formula).
I would also make a green smoothie, probably a pumpkin pie one and use kale since my old blender does not blend kale good enough!
i would make date balls!
The first recipe I would make with the new blender would be 2-3 cups organic spinach, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1-2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons flaxseeds .What a fantastic giveaway!!!I would love to win.
I would make this recipe! Looks yum!!
The first smoothie I would try is the Apple and Spinach smoothie my daughter found in her American Girl Doll magazine. We tried it the other day. It was delicious, but the spinach wasn’t all the way chopped in places.
I think my first recipe would be a banana chai oatmeal smoothie! I’ve been really craving smoothies and our very expensive (even refurbished it was $$$) Blendtec took cues from our beloved government and shut down indefinitely.
This probably sounds bad being that you won this awesomeness at a healthy living summit but the first thing I would make in that amazing blender would be a peanut butter chocolate milkshake. YUM!
I’d make Scott Jurek’s Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie (tropical fruit, coconut, ginger, edamame–tastes like a healthy Starburst!). I made it all the time when I was training for a half-marathon and it’s super good but also can be thick and grainy. My cheap-o WalMart blender can NOT handle it.
I never win anything either… but keep trying!
I would probably make cashew milk – I’ve been wanting to make it, but I don’t have a blender, which causes a problem. So that would likely be item #1, item #2 would be a smoothie made with the cashew milk.
With the onset of fall and the cooler temps, my first spin with this blender would have to be to puree some roasted root veggies for some cozy warm soup!
I will make ice cream out of bananas. I recently broke my (cheap) old blender attempting to make it, and I would LOVE to have a good blender that blends smoothly and easily!
I will definitely be making a kale & pineapple smoothie! I have been trying to eat more kale but my current blender cannot blend it well enough- and I never want to chew a smoothie again.
Ohhh that blender looks amazing! The first thing I would attempt to make would be a beet and strawberry soup. I tried it in my old blender and it came out lumpy, not the smooth satiny that it looked like in the recipe.
I would try my hand at making my own almond milk, or tomato soup from scratch!
I would make a fruity smoothie! Have you tried the Yoplait smoothies?? I would like to recreate those with my own produce. A new blender would certainly help since mine no longer has a lid.
In our house we love breakfast smoothies filled with veggies, fruit and coconut milk, but haven’t been able to find a blender that will keep up! we are also expecting a baby any day and this would be perfect for baby food!
I would definitely make a tomato and Parmesan soup!
Not going to lie, I would probably make a frozen margarita!
I would love to start making smoothies again. My blender is the WORST.
my usual: frozen banana, frozen chopped kale, cottage cheese, cinnamon, peanut butter.
Holy smokes, what wouldn’t be my first recipe! My blender is much like yours. It takes forever to make a smoothie and it starts to have a disconcerting burning smell after about 5 minutes. I often chew my smoothies. I think my first recipe would be a blueberry spinach or kale smoothie. I’m trying to figure out more ways to fit greens into my diet. Or I could just do a good ole peanut butter banana chocolate one.
I would make a smoothie with lots of ice!! My current blender sucks so my smoothies never taste good.
Oh wow. I think the first recipe I could make is a roasted almond butter :)
I would make a pumpkin pie smoothie!
I’d make soup – it’s starting to actually feel like fall and that means soup needs to be made!!
I will make a fantastic breakfast smoothie! Promise :-)
First, I would ask my smoothie addicted friend Shannon what smoothie she wants me to make. Then….I’d make that:). I’m new to (ice cream free) smoothie making!
I would totally make a kale and grapefruit smoothie!
I would make green smoothies and my favorite butternut soup, I’m trying to get in shape and I need to up my veggie intake drastically.
I would make a chocolate peanut butter and banana smoothie.
Definitely a spinach, pineapple, banana smoothie! My FAV!
A green smoothie all the way!
Definitely hummus … followed by a delicious green smoothie :)
I would make a margarita. I’ve never had a blender that could crush up ice nice enough like they have in the restauraunts. :-)
Holy crap! What an awesome giveaway. A Ninja has been on my wish list for some time now. I would love to make soup with it, since I hear it’s fabulous as whipping that right up!
I would make some margaritas!
Nice!! I’m moving into a new apartment next month with basically zero appliances, so this would be awesome. The first recipe I’d try out is a margarita <- why lie about it?! :D
I would make beet dip – it’s really odd cause I don’t usually like dips or beets, but I got this recipe at a yoga retreat and it’s amazing. And I just started getting beets again in my produce box.
I’d try making the Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie!
As much as I love a good smoothie, I need to be honest here. I am going to make a frozen margarita!
I would probably make some banana soft serve with a hefty dollop of peanut butter thrown in! Not the most complicated of recipes, perhaps, but why gild the lily?
First let me compliment you on your blog, I LOVE IT!!! This blog post has made me want to try a persimmon! I would LOVE to try your Persimmon Spinach smoothie as well as the Sweet Citrus Avocado Green smoothie from the Lunchboxbunch blog. Not to mention the countless possibilities with a fine machine such as this!
Green Smoothie!! No wait, I’d make some soup! No, a chocolate shake!! No, definitely the first use would be a green smoothie with banana and peanut butter. Yum.
Holeeeee moly what an exciting win for you! I think I’d probably make something like b-nut or delicata squash soup cause it’s too cold for smoothies! Unless I made an apple cider-esque smoothie and drank it warm…. when does a smoothie become a ‘smoothie’ and not a soup? Is it the temperature? Is it a sweet vs. savory thing?? Sorry, excuse the pontificating, I have a problem with typing exactly what’s being said in my brain. (Oy vey!) Thanks for the awesome giveaway to you and Ninja!
I would make eggplant soup! Last time I made it I had to blend it in batches with a Magic Bullet. I probably spilled a quarter of it and ended up with 2nd degree burns…such a hassle! This blender would be so awesome!
I would make my delicious roasted butternut squash and apple soup. Yum! Your recipe sounds delicious too:)
I am definitely in need of a new blender! The one I currently have is some super old smoothie machine with a spout that’s impossible to clean!
If I won this blender I would make myself a batch of banana “soft serve ice cream”. So easy and so tasty!
A chocolate peanut butter banana protein smoothie! YUM!
As much as I’d like to say something healthy, if probably make something alcoholic. It’s been that kind of a day! We’re in serious need of a good blender so I definitely appreciate this post. Thanks, Cassie! :)
Oh, man…I would LOVE to win this (I also never win anything, so maybe this will be the time I actually do!). I think I would make a green smoothie as well…I’ve never actually made one with spinach or kale, because my blender is not very good at all, but it’s right up my alley of things I would like to drink. My second choice would probably be to make a milkshake….you know, to balance out the healthy green smoothie. :)
I’m not entering because I already have a Ninja blender, but I wanted to chime in here to say they are AWESOME. I particularly love the individual serving-size blender bottles — perfect for taking morning smoothies on the go!! So glad you are loving your’s too :)
I would definitely make a “green monster” smoothie that my kids would actually eat because it wouldn’t have the chunks of spinach/kale getting caught in their straws! Oh and I won’t miss the smell our current blender produces if we don’t add enough liquid to the mix. Smells like burning…
I love making fruit-based smoothies but I’m trying to get into almond milk, so that might be first
A smoothie for my kiddo!
I would celebrate finally being able to pitch my old blender by making a smoothie in my new one!
pesto! a bunch of it!
Since I’ve stopped buying sweets, my go-to boozy dessert has been frozen mango + coconut milk + plum wine blended together, but I’m also dreaming of homemade hazelnut and almond milks.
I’d totally go the smoothie route as well. I’ve got some grand ideas about the possibilities involved if I were to have a blender that could actually chop ice!
Real Simple’s kale apple smoothie. It’s so good!
I think I would definitely like to try a green smoothie!
I would LOVE to replace our sad, wheezing old blender with something more powerful! The first thing I’d make would be a green smoothie, without any fear that the whole machine would seize up and collapse!
So you know how you mentioned having to practically chew your smoothies? Yep, that’s the story of my current blender. The thing is is rough shape…whenever I make smoothies, I have to hold the base and the very top and shake it all up WHILE it’s blending – it’s quite the sight and my husband gets a good laugh out of it every time…I would be ecstatic to win a Ninja!!
I would either make a smoothie or I just saw a recipe for a blended coffee/frappuccino type drink that sounded delicious and had nutella in it!
I would totally make a green smoothie first, but ultimately, I would use it to make baby food.
Why, of course…your Persimmon Spinach Smoothie! This looks delicious and I really do need to start making smoothies more! Can’t wait to try out your recipe.
I’d make a piña colada.
I, too, have the Kitchenaid. It has been a trusty companion since I got married (13!) years ago. I have gotten into drinking green smoothies (esp love a little ginger in them)! I often dream of one of the big price tag blenders but just can’t justify the expense. I can’t even imagine having a 100% smooth drink in under a minute. One of my faves is – spinach, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, almond milk and ginger. So yummy!
I have only dreamed about this Ninja Blender! I have herd so many great things about it, and I am SO ready to update my poor little food processor and get a real big daddy blender! I have so many tings I would want try with it, so if I won this, I would be busy for at least 4 days straight. But I have always wanted to make a nice thick butternut soup. Prefect for fall time! MY food processor just is not enough power so I would be most excited about soup and that is what I would try first! (: Cant wait!
I would make butternut squash soup that I currently have to make one cup at a time in my food processor.
Lots of friends have been posting juice recipes on facebook. I would probably make on of those.
My smoothie maker died in April and then my food processor bit the bullet in May. I have been without smoothies and homemade guacamole ever since! It’s not in the budget to replace either of them right now since I just started back at college. The first thing I would use it for is to try to make a pumpkin pie smoothie. I would probably use almond milk and chia seeds in it too. Then I would have taco night with homemade guacamole followed by some kind of fall soup, perhaps butternut squash or pumpkin.
So I was seeing lots of other HLS attendees getting their Ninjas delivered to their door. Mine never came. So today I finally checked the address I gave. IT WAS THE WRONG ONE! D’oh! lol stupid me giving a typo at the worst time!! Hopefully I’ll have one in hand soon!!
I want to make butternut squash soup.
As much as I LOVE smoothies (an I do!) this time of year I”m all about the soup. I’d love to make some kind of pureed soup – maybe a cream of cauliflower soup!
So, I would try to recreate this wheatgrass smoothie at a local juicer, but I have to be honest: I’d totally whip up some margaritas in that puppy.
I would make a chocolate cashew butter smoothie..mmm
The first thing I’d make is a carrot apple pear smoothie with cinnamon, fresh ginger and dates. Yum!
I’ve been really interested in the Ninja blenders lately….mine is definitely a work horse too and probably shouldn’t be! The first thing I would make is a thick and creamy green smoothie. With my current blender I blend my milk and greens first to get them smooth, then add everything else…it’s a bit of a process! Thanks!!
I would love to make oreo shakes for the family, we love them!
Probably a coffee protein shake. Yum!
Probably a smoothie, or perhaps some pea soup… tis the season for soup :)
Ohhhh I would make the most delicious smoothie. Coconut milk, spinach, chia seeds, PB powder, and a full cup of blueberries. My blender just hit the curb so I’m having some awful smoothie withdrawal right now.
I’m expecting so I would make baby food for baby and smoothies for me. I hope I win!
I would makes lots of smoothies! My kids love them.
I totally know what you mean about holding onto an old blender. I have had mine for the last 7 years and really it hasn’t worked well for the last 2 :(
The first recipe I would make would be my mom’s butternut squash soup. It is so delicious but in my current blender I can only blend a cup of the ingredients at a time and that makes it very time consuming. I would love to be able to make the dish a lot faster.
I want to make so many smoothies with this!
I would use it to make nut butters!
I’d make a banana smoothie with cocoa powder! mmmmm!
I have never had a smoothie so I would probably make one of those 1st.
My blender is 15 years old and hardly grinds up ice anymore so this would be SO awesome to win! One of my favorite, and easy, smoothies for breakfast is frozen watermelon or peaches with a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 c of uncooked oatmeal, a scoop of vanilla whey protein 1/2 cup of spinach and a tbs of nut butter… YUM!
First of all…I’m using my GRANDMA’S old blender! It doesn’t even have a removable base so it’s super hard to clean the blades. This means that the first thing I’d make is my everyday midday meal: banana, blueberries, kale, and Garden of Life Fit protein powder. BUT it would be sans the crap that I can’t clean out of the blender. I dare to dream.
The first thing I would make with my new blender would be a pumpkin pie smoothie
a margarita, of course!!
I would make the Simple Green Smoothies recipe “Sunshine in a Jar” because it has an awesome name and sounds delish!
1 cup spinach, fresh
1 cup de-stemmed collards, fresh
3-4 navel oranges, fresh squeezed
half a sweet pineapple (about 3-4 Cups)
Definitely my morning green smoothie!
I am going to go find me some persimmons and make your persimmon spinach smoothie!
I would make a mixed berry smoothie with banana and kale. So yummy!
With autumn in the air, I’ll use the blender to puree soup! I’m thinking potato leek is first, followed closely by a cream of Brussels sprout soup! Yum!
I’m thinking, butternut squash soup… perfect for this beautiful fall weather!
My absolute favorite smoothie of all time (and the first one I would make) is my almond butter smoothie:
2 T all natural almond butter
1 c low fat milk or dairy substitute
Splash of vanilla extract
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 c oats
I feel like this would be a great way to make big batches of my homemade salsa instead of 4-5 batches in my little food processor.
The first thing I’d make is would be a soup of roasted squash soup and scwee bit if cream. I sm also a fan of the allusive green smoothie too…. Decisions decisions.
I hope to be the lucky winner.
It’s definitely soup season! :)
I would most like make some homemade tomato or broccoli soup you certainly need a good blender for that!
I really want a pumpkin smoothie so that would definitely be up first on the “to make” list :)
OMGOSH!!!!!! I’m gonna make green smoothies! OOOOOHHHH I pray I win, Please, please, please puh-leeeeease. :-)
A yummy, delicious kale smoothie!
i would make a really thick yummy nutty banana smoothie with peanut butter, banana, almond milk and maple!
I actually already have a Vitamix blender (which I LOVE!!!) but I know a couple who cannot afford a good quality blender and who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle who would absolutely LOVE this blender!!! I know my friend would be making delicious green smoothies with it because she’s been talking about them for some time now. God bless!
I see a Fresh Coconut Pina Colada in my future!!!!!
I would destroy my old blender Office Space-style and get to work making a different green smoothie every morning!
I have to agree on the smoothies! I’m a sucker for that occasional margarita too.
First, I absolutely LOVE persimmons! So glad they’re in season now! :)
I would totally make a pesto or a soup! Maybe butternut squash soup? :)
Packed cup of basil
nub of Parmigiano-Reggiano
handful of walnuts (pine nuts are a bit expensive)
salt and cracked black pepper
a couple cloves of garlic
happy drizzle of evoo
squeeze of lemon juice
YUM! Thanks for always sharing your recipes and life with us! This giveaway is a treat :)
Smoothie! Banana, (frozen)berries, almond milk – not very original, but it’s my favorite.
Wow – fantastic win! A new reader her from Mimi G, the seamstress extraordinaire’s blog. Love what Im seeing so far here. Were I to win I’d definiely try this delish recipe out:
mint chip smoothie
4 cups baby spinach
1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 cup water (may need more depending on thickness)
1 scoop vanilla sunwarrior protein
1 frozen banana
3 cubes ice
2 tbs raw cacao nibs
1 tbs coconut oil
Butternut squash soup!
I would definitely make these serious eats melty american-style cheddar cheese slices! (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/melty-american-style-cheddar-cheese-slices-for-burgers-and-grilled-cheese-recipe.html)
Melty american slices without all the gross junk! Awesome grilled cheese here I come :)
I’d make a smoothie – 1 banana, almond milk, small scoop of almond butter, chocolate protein powder, ice. Boom.
Mocha Espresso Smoothie – so yummy!
I would make a papaya sorbet! Just freeze papaya chunks and blend with water-yum! If I am really in an indulgent mood I will replace the water with milk-papaya soft-serve!!
Thanks for the give away.
The first thing that I would make would be:
Fresh Garden Tomatoes
Fresh Green Peppers
Garden Habanero Peppers
Blend well but leave chunky and enjoy with homemade tortilla chips or on your favorite Mexican recipe.
I grow all of our vegetables yearly and loving making soups, salsa and sauces with them.
I know I’d love to make Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Smoothies! I can’t get enough of pumpkin or chocolate (:
I would make my first try at a smoothie. The blender I have just wont handle anything much.
I think I will try your recipe.
1. I’ve never had a persimmon
I would LOVE to have a new blender..why?
2. The Oster single blender I bought lasted approx 3 weeks before the spinny thing got stripped.
3. The blender I am currently using was inherited from a wonderful lady that rarely bought appliances so it is very old and makes alot of funny noises when I use it.
4. My 13 (almost) 14 year old daughter is on a wonderful health conscious streak and wants to make smoothies rather than eat junk so I’m game ir you’re game!!
Thanks for the chance…Jenn
Another one for a butternut squash soup!!!
I would make cream of mushroom soup
Oh I think I would make Almond Butter! And then a celebratory smoothie with cacao and dates and almond milk!
I’ve always wanted to judo-CHOP around the kitchen with a Ninja blender, but never had the funds to purchase one! I would put that baby to use right away and finally make nut milks from scratch. I tried to make almond milk from scratch a few times and never felt like I was doing justice to the nuts, so I would be all over that!
I’ve also wanted to try mixing almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts together for a nut milk and the using that in smoothies. Whoa. I know.
Cashew cream!!! For sure.
I, too, have an old blender and I have to first grind cashews in my food processor, then finish it up in the ole’ blender.
Thanks for the chance to win :)
This smoothie, of course!
Date/pistachio energy balls! Those are absolutely one of my favorite snacks but my wimpy blender hates dates. They never blend and they just tend to get stuck around the bottom, not really blending. I’m also super frugal and can’t see the point of purchasing a blender and a food processor, so I use an “all-in’one” method. Ha! I’m assuming a blender such as the ninja could easily handle the stickiness of dates…. right?!
ahhhhh ohmygod! i would make almond or peanut butter…i never made home made and this would be awesome to do it with! :)
The first recipe I would make is banana soft serve with raspberry swirl. <3
Hi, I’m new! :) I would definitely make a green smoothie, because a) I need to eat more greens and b) my current blender CANNOT handle it. The first time I made one, I was so excited to drink it on my way work, but it was super gritty. I had little green pieces all throughout my teeth–complete disaster! And I didn’t have floss in my car… FAIL.
I would definitely try the infamous green smoothie that is so popular in the blogosphere!
I would make a chocolate-covered strawberry shake featuring coconut milk and homegrown kale fresh from my backyard. :)
OMG, I SO DESPERATELY need to win this.
My current blender is absolutely terrible and half the time it doesn’t even seem to blend. That said, the first thing I would blend would be a pumpkin pie latte smoothie
Tomato soup! We are still collecting them from our garden.
I’m made pesto, with lots of garlic :)
The first think I’d make is a peanut butter, banana, date, and milk smoothie!!
The first thing I would make would probably be pesto! Or maybe a healthy kale smoothie, but probably pesto.
I would definitely make cauliflower alfredo sauce!
What a great contest! My first would definitely be a strawberry-banana smoothie. YUM!
I’d make a green smoothie that I didn’t have to chew (unlike the ones I make now)!
I love almond butter, but it’s so expensive. I would love a blender that I could make my own nut butters with. If this Ninja can, then that would be the first thing I try. Just almonds, blended to smooth creamy perfection.
White bean hummus — cannellini beans, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper. Delicious, less hummus-y than traditional hummus.
I would definitely be having green smoothies for breakfast again! My poor old gal of a blender is reaching the end of her life and any green smoothies I make right now are of the chewy variety :(
I would make a spinach, banana, blueberry, flax smoothie (which would be devoured by my family of 5 in about three minutes.) Or maybe garden chowder. Or possibly pesto with the last of this season’s basil. Nope…the smoothie. This mama would definitely give in to the chanting for smoothie.
All your recipes sound great and would like to try all. I would make a fresh gazpacho and pumpkin soup. Best to y’all and thanks for the wonderful ideas. Go for the raw.
Forgot to ask – this product works like Vitamix or Breville but costs much less? Tired of the leftover chunks. Thanx folks.
I would absolutely make a frozen beverage of an adult nature :) My perfect blender will crush ice in a daiquiri like it’s nobody’s business.
Then I’d probably make lots of green smoothies the next day to squelch my poor decision making from the night prior.
I like simple smoothies. I use one part yogurt, one part fruit, one part ice and a splash of juice and blend it. I have to add the ingredients in layers and fuss with my blender to get it to do its job.
What an awesome give away! The hubs and I have been enjoying gritty smoothies from his decade old, inexpensive college blender, too. His specialty is a green smoothie with yogurt, cacao nibs, oats, and banana.
My blender is also very sad. Probably some a smoothie, that ideally will not be chunky :)
OH MAN- I would LOVE a Ninja blender! I would want to start testing out “green smoothies”. I love peanut butter and spinach smoothies but the devices I have at home just don’t make a smooth smoothie.
I would make hummus! I love hummus, but have never had a blender up to the challenge!
My go to morning green smoothie:
Handful of Kale
Keeps me going all day! I need a powerful blender for this kale!
I would make a super thick, creamy smoothies or banana soft serve, since my little magic bullet can’t handle these things anymore. And it would be glorious!
I would make some yummy squash soup for fall!
The first thing I would make is my favorite smoothie. A little bit of Greek yogurt, frozen bananas & strawberries, some ice, a little bit of almond milk and a few almonds! So delicious but my current blender doesn’t like to mash up the almonds so you end up with a bunch of chopped almonds in the bottom or sipping a few chunks up in the straw. Although it’s delicious, I’d prefer a smooth smoothie :)
First, i would make a smoothie with kale. when you don’t have a high powered blender, kale never seems to completely be pulverized in a regular blender. Next up would probably be hummus or filling for a raw vegan cheeze cake.
Raw spinach dip for the veggies and little ones!
My kids have “green monster” smoothies every day, so I’m sure they would love to break it in ;)
I would probably make a green smoothie, too! My favorite combo is frozen strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple, along with almond milk, yogurt, almond butter, raw oats, and lots of spinach. I would love to try other, tougher greens like kale, but I don’t think my blender is up to the challenge!
The first thing I plan on making is a green smoothie with
baby spinach, banana, frozen strawberries and coconut water!!
I’d love to be able to make smoothies that I didn’t have to chew! Or maybe a creamy soup! Or coconut butter… I really can’t choose
A pumpkin smoothie! I’m quite fond of this recipe:
I’ll make a green smoothie! I’ve never made one before, but seeing them so often on various blogs makes me think they must taste good :)
Cilantro pesto! Fingers crossed!
My ancient blender can’t handle ice anymore, so I’d probably make a frozen adult beverage.
I feel like to celebrate winning this wonderful-looking blender, I’d have to go with a batch of pina coladas.
I’ll just be honest… I’d make margaritas first. And then nurse my hangover the next day with a peanut butter banana smoothie. :P
The first thing I would make would be an oh so appropriate pumpkin pie smoothie.
Like many, a smoothie. Just for the sheer joy of it only taking seconds and it not getting stuck on the bottom! That and no random chunks of fruit found along the way…
What a wonderful giveaway! I think our first smoothie would be with seasonal berries and some nut milk yum!
I’m totally stuck on pumpkins right now so I’m thinking I’ll create something with pumpkin and apples.
My regular green smoothie, minus the chunks of frozen fruit my current blender (such a bummer). My recipe: kale, spinach, spirulina, maca, coconut water, almond milk, coconut oil or avocado, frozen blueberries, frozen pineapple, and frozen mango chunks. Not a big banana-base smoothie girl myself.
I would make a banana and peanut butter smoothie…my blender is shot!
I’m enjoying making different variations of hummous!
I will definitely make a green smoothie with kale, spinach, and fruit. Got to get eating healthy again.
Owning a Ninja would be a dream! I would make my preschooler her favorite Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup from your recipe right here!
I burned up the motor on my smoothie maker after only using it for two months. Love making smoothies for my kids. I would make our favorite raspberry, blueberry and blackberry smoothie.
I am in total need of a new blender as well and also fell in love with the Ninja Ultimate at HLS! The first smoothie I would make is either my signature chocolate peanut butter banana OR the green smoothie Ninja made for us for Saturday’s breakfast!
I would love to try some green smoothies… right now my blender has a tough time not giving me very gritty smoothies. Gritties?
Probably my first use would be your Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie. Love that one! I never had the guts to try a green smoothie until I saw that recipe, and I fell in love with it right away. Not only is it delicious, but also it’s really healthy for you.
I, too, am hard on my blender, so this Ninja would be awesome. I have a Magic Bullet that I use quite frequently, but it has started to warp and leak a little from all the use and time in the dishwasher. It also does not puree quite as well as I would like, and I’ll bet the Ninja would do a great job with that.
Congrats on your win!
I don’t currently have a blender and would love this one! The first recipe I’d make with it would be a puréed soup. Probably a simple butternut squash soup, made with chicken stock, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mmmmmmmm!
Kappas juice!!!! Kale apples lemon and ginger
The first thing I would make is some form of yummy sweet potatoes pureed for my daughter. I am starting to make homemade baby food and this would be perfect!
I would make butternut squash or tomato soup!! Perfect for fall
Butternut squash soup, for sure. ‘Tis the season!
My first use of the Ninja would either be for a great fruit smoothie, or I would go another route, and make salsa followed by a huge margarita! Thanks!!
I will make a muscle builder smoothie for post workouts with protein powder, chocolate milk, banana and ice in my new Ninja blender!!! ; )
Butternut squash soup!!!
vegan pumpkin pie smoothie
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I would make a green tea frappuccino with soy milk and matcha green tea, ah so delicious I’m hooked on anything green tea!!
Some frozen banana ice cream!!!
Dying! It would be so amazing to win!!! First smoothie I would make… a kale, chard, peach, banana smoothie. I’ve been missing my kale but my current blender just doesn’t have the fight in it to chop up the kale so in other words, it’s like you mentioned, chewing a smoothie. Hence I often revert back to spinach since it’s much easier to blend. :)
A smoothie with kale. My current blender cannot handle it.
Im so with you on the frugal bit. I’ve been eyeing a vitamix blender for over a year, and I just can’t bring myself to drop that kind of cash on a blender. I just got a Ninja 3in1 slow cooker, and that thing rocks. I highly recommend it! Anyway, I imagine the blender is just as amazing. The first thing I would make in the ninja blender is my favorite green smoothie. Kale, banana, coconut water, handful of frozen berries,some plain greek yogurt and ice. I stopped making them all together bc I got tired of chewing the kale and ice.
I would actually make a green smoothie! My current blender is a wimp, and my juicer doesn’t play well with greens, so winning this would be awesome. Thank you for the giveaway!
The first thing I would make would definitely be a green smoothie! We have a cheap $30 blender and that thing can hardly blend water the right way, lol!! Having a family of 8, a Ninja would absolutely make everything better around here!
I would make some butternut squash soup! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
I never win anything either, so it would be awesome to win this! I would make a green smoothie, too, because I have yet to have one that doesn’t have chewy spinach chunks!
I would most likely make a smoothie for me and my daughter to share.
I’ve always wanted to try a green smoothie! I’m sure that would be the first recipe I’d try!
The first thing I would make with the blender would be peanut butter!
what a cool giveaway! i would probably make a green smoothie for the first time ever. i love smoothies, but i have to admit that i’ve still never tried putting veggies in them. i’m too nervous that it will taste funny!
I would totally make a smooth filled with all sorts of spinach and other good vegetables that my toddler daughter refuses to eat!
I would most likely make a smoothie, I love the green ones! thank you!
Most definitely, puree homemade squash soup to ease my way through the first batch of midterms. Such a perfect fall eat
I would make almond milk with this amazing blender. A friend shared her Ninja with me and they are awesome!! And affordable.
I would make my morning smoothie….almond milk, chia seeds, protein powder, spinach and strawberries. My sons and I love it!
Thank you so much for the opportunity for this give-away! I would make a creamy, dreamy roasted butternut squash and sweet-potato soup with rosemary, sage, and thyme! Getting excited for Thanksgiving!
Butternut Squash Soup!
I would make a healthy morning smoothie to bring on my long train commute each morning!
I have a healthy apple pie smoothie recipe that I want to try!
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