It may not sound quite right, but it’s possible to make tasty and nutritious soups directly in your blender, and depending on the type of blender you may not even have to heat it up in a pot or microwave, as heating friction is enough for the soup to come out nice and hot. To make blender soups you will need a blender powerful enough to liquify the ingredients such as Blendtec or Vitamix. For less powerful blenders you may want to chop produce fine to make sure you get good consistency.Directions
To make raw blender soups all you need to do is to wash produce and place ingredients in the blender jug. Just remember, not all ingredients are suitable for raw soups e.g. potatoes, beans and lentils, so always make you they are cooked prior to blending. If you use a power blender there’s no need to chop ingredients, even though I often roughly chop them, e.g. carrots in to two or three large chunks. You may want to use room temperature water for a warm soup and hot water for a steaming hot soup. I use a Vitamix Pro which is fantastic, and although it certainly does come out hot on the “hot soup” mode when using cold water, it still works in your favour to use warm water.Depending on your type of blender you may select “hot soup” mode or slowly increase the speed to high whilst initially using the tamper to help the process. Blend until smooth. If you prefer your soup chunky add a few e.g. tomatoes and hit “pulse”.
For a quick and easy meal you may want to serve with brown rice, it’s feeling and makes a great lunch or dinner. I often put brown rice directly into the soup bowl which is yummy, and the rice adds extra heat to the soup.
On a hot Summer’s day you may not want a hot soup, so a quick gazpacho may be the go. Simply blend some tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, garlic, pepper, olive oil and vinegar and let it cool down in the fridge, and you have a lovely treat.
More Veggies into your day
Raw blender soups (or if you prefer traditional soups made in a pot) is a great way to get more vegetables in to your diet. It is quick and easy and a great way to enjoy nutritious meals. Raw blender soups are extremely quick and handy, but you may find them a little less tasty compared to a slowcooked soup where the flavours slowly release. However, they two different things, both great ways of including more vegetables in your diet, with raw blender soups being the fastest way, if it’s speed you are after.
Raw Soup Recipes
I make soups both ways, but these are some of my favorite Vitamix soup recipes. This soup is from Vitamix website and is by the green smoothie queen Victoria Boutenko.
Yield: 1.9L – Total time – 11 minutes
◦2 cups (480 ml) filtered water
◦3 (120 g) celery stalks, quartered
◦1 sprig oregano
◦1 sprig thyme
◦1 (120 g) red bell pepper, seeded and stemmed, cut into chunks
◦1 (200 g) avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
◦1 (300 g) cucumber, cut into chunks
◦1 (10 g) jalapeño
◦1 (67 g) lime, peeled, halved
◦3 cups (90 g) spinach
Directions: 1.Place all ingredients except spinach into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. 2.Select Variable 1. 3.Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. 4.Blend for 10 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. 5. Once mixture begins to circulate and head room is created at the top of the machine, stop machine and remove lid. 6. Add spinach leaves and secure lid. 7.Select Variable 1. 8.Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. 9.Blend for 30 seconds. 10. Serve and enjoy.
Raw Tomato Carrot Soup
This is another Vitamix favorite. It is super easy on only requires very little time and few ingredients. It is well suited as a light meal or starter.
300g or 3 tomatoes
250g or 2 carrots
1L Vegetable or Chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions: 1.Place ingredients into the Vitamix Wet Jug container in the order listed. 2.Secure lid and select Variable Speed 1. 3.Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to Variable Speed 10, then to High. 4.Remove the lid plug and using the tamper push the ingredients down into the blades. 5.Process until ingredients are chopped. Remove tamper and resecure lid plug. 6.Run on High for 7 minutes. Turn off machine. 7.Being careful of the hot steam, remove lid plug and add a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. 8.Replace the lid plug and turn machine on for about 2 seconds to combine. 9.Serve with chopped chives.