Ah, Monday. Here we are again. I don’t know how to tell you this, but I don’t think I should see you anymore. We’re just not right for each other. No hard feelings.
Is there ever a morning that doesn’t start with a case of the Mondays? Please enlighten me to how you do it, because I’d love to know. This is pretty much my face every time my alarm goes off at 5 am on Monday morning.
But on the bright side, I did have a pretty good weekend. Saturday, I went for a long bike ride then spent the day with my brother and Papa John. We played some pool and darts followed by finding our way to Cat Alley. As much as I despise cats, the paintings were pretty entertaining.Maybe it’s because these ones don’t shed or attack my feet from under the couch.
Fortunately for me, my family understands my Granny eating habits and fed my hangry self at a place called the Gyro Spot before I went all Godzilla on the city of Manchester.
I got the veggie gyro (pronounced year-oh, not ji-row in case you were wondering) that was stuffed to the gills with fresh veggies, tzatziki sauce, and salty good feta cheese. It normally comes with fries inside, but I opted for them on the side. The warm pita bread and tzatziki sauce put this sammich over the top delicious.
Sunday was all about the food preppage, with a batch of Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Chowder and cornbread going off of Katie’s recipe. I was quite impressed with how it came out so look for the recipe on the blog soon!
I went grocery shopping on the dreary and rainy Sunday, and finally picked up my first can of pumpkin, which I already have a recipe in mind for. I know, I even surprised myself for actually waiting until it was October to break out the pumpkin. Usually by mid-August I’m already decked out in hoodies and sweatpants and pumpkin-spiced everything until I come out of hibernation sometime in April.
To top off my weekend was that I discovered that my Ninja came in the mail! Yes, my very own Jackie Chan to keep me company and entertain with his awesome nunchuck skills, or bow hunting skills, or computer hacking skills (Please tell me someone out there gets the reference).
Jackie Chan or Bono?
Okay, not really I’m talking about my Ninja Ultima Blender! I had the opportunity to talk with the folks from Ninja Kitchen at the Healthy Living Summit, and was contacted to do a review of their new addition, the Ninja Ulitma.
Here’s a little background on the Ultima(te) blenda. It has 3 sets of blades that offer Dual-Stage blending, which means the blades spin at different speeds to allow for maximum crushing, pureeing, and blending power. It also has a variable control feature that allows you to change the blade speeds depending on what you’re making (and my easy entertainment).
The Ultima also came with two single-serve blender cups with sip and seal lids. Seeing I have a past history of spilling my smoothies all over the contents of my fridge, I was more than happy about these lids. I also received a recipe book which included some great ideas for smoothies, hummus, and even homemade energy bars.
You can check out a few of the recipes on their site, here. Just in case you were considering, the Ninja offers all the options, controls, and power of a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, but at a 1/3 of the cost! I’d say that’s a winning combo, not to mention you can say you have a Ninja. I never get tired of saying that.
Before I even got the blender I already had a recipe in mind to break it in with. I’ve been bit with pumpkin spice bug much like many others out there, and of course wanted to add to the obsession with my own creation, with a pumpkin spiced soynut butter!
Now obviously, I’m obsessed with nut butters, but I’m usually pretty partial to the classic pb. I’ve tried almond butter and sunflower butter, but due to the price tag, I never gave soynut butter a try. It was usually about 2 or 3 dollars more than the usual pb, so my frugal self always left it on the shelf. Until I noticed roasted soynuts for sale for $2.99. My nut butter light bulb went off as i anxiously awaited my new Ninja friend.
Just in case you are wondering what the heck a soynut actually is, it is a soybean that has been roasted to a crispy and crunchy alter ego. Since it is actually a soybean, soynuts are what is called a ‘complete’ protein, which means it has all the amino acids our bodies need to function and build muscle. Also, since it is not actually a nut, it is safe alternative for those with peanut or tree nut allergies. The package of soynuts I bought for $2.99 had about 3 cups of soynuts, which makes this recipe only cost about $2.00! That’s even cheaper than my usual pb. I may have been converted…
Now that you’ve got your lesson for the day let’s get down to nutbutter town.
- 2 cups roasted soynuts
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½-2/3 cup water
- pinch salt (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in high-powered blender.
- Blend together, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth.
- Add additional water if mixture is too dry or thick.
The Ninja blended this butter like a breeze. Woah, that was a lot of b’s. It took about a total of 2 minutes to whip this into pumpkin spiced creaminess.
I also had fun adjusting the speed dial like the grown up 5 year old I am. I can’t wait to try out some of the Ninja recipes, and also when I get on my smoothie kick again, these handy dandy cups and lids will be a lifesaver.
I would highly recommend a Ninja if you are in the market for a high powered blender. And can pulverize just about anything (except thankfully no fingers or hands due to the safety shut off feature) I have to say it does have a different taste which I had to keep reminding myself of as I expected it to taste like peanut butter.
This recipe makes a lot of buttah, so I anticipate spreading this stuff on everything in site. I’m already thinking of some toast smothered in this and apple butter alongside some chai tea. Or stirred into a steamy hot bowl of oatmeal. Or just on a spoon.
And at half the calories and fat of regular nut butters, I can have double to dosage of nutty goodness. Nothing bettah than a spoon full of (insert nut of choice) buttah. I like how I get a Boston accent only on my blog, but that’s a whole other jar of nuts. Thanks again to Ninja Kitchen!
Happy Fall Eatings!
What’s your favorite kind of nut butter?
Do you have a Ninja blender? What’s your favorite thing to make in it?
**Disclaimer: I was provided with the Ninja Ultima for review, but was not compensated in any other way. As always, all thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.**