Monday, April 15, 2013

5 Minute Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce


We were absolutely giddy when Vitamix sent us our very own 5200 blender to review 2 months ago!  We have had so much fun with it. We have used it almost every day and I can tell you already it has made my life soooo much easier.  I have already remade my 5 Minute Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce in the blender.  We are all about simplifying things so it was  perfect match for us.

So, first we tried just about every recipe we have ever posted that used a blender.  Tomato sauce was smoother, ice cream was easier, peanut butter that did not require any oil and processing time what so much shorter.  I was amazed at how well this blender worked.



I am pretty much a doubter when it comes to infomercials or demonstrations and products that make incredible claims.  Honestly I have seen a demonstration inside Costco so many times and even so I didn't believe it would work like that for me.

Then I found a blender that claimed to be as good as the Vitamix for a lot less.  So, I purchased that blender and honestly the first time it kicked butt (made my Orange Banana Smoothie).  The second time the smoothie was all lumpy and by the 3rd time I had to pulse the smoothie because because it kept freezing up.  I returned that blender to the store 3 times in 6 months and finally I realized that it wasn't what I thought it would be.

Fast forward to the Vitamix... 

After I had a chance to look through the fabulous cookbook that comes with the unit, I was blown away.  I made soup out of the blender, hummus, ice cream and so much more.  If you follow us on social media I am sure you saw all the Tweets, Facebooks and Instagrams about it.

Well, one thing that I make all the time is tomato sauce.  I have gotten to a point were I have my favorite products and I can make the sauce in about 5 minutes, using the blender and a pot.  Recently I realized that I can make sauce all in the Vitamix which saves me time and saves me an extra pot to wash.  It comes out hot and ready to serve.  SCORE!

The only issue I had while using the Vitamix was getting used to the lid.  I was accustomed to my old blender having a pour spout.  When using my 5200 I had to be careful pouring until I was adjusted to it.  Purely user error.

Now...  The most fabulous news of them all.  Knowing that I love this product soooo much I knew I wanted to share it with you!

We are so thrilled to be giving a Vitamix 5200 away today.  See the Rafflecopter widget to see how to enter and win your very own Vitamix 5200!  The giveaway runs through 4/18/13 11:59PM.

I wish you all good luck.  I wish I could give everyone a blender.  Believe me it is a game changer.  Don't wait.  Go get one.  Scroll to the bottom to win.

GIVEAWAY ENDED

Congrats to Donna Jo!  Entry #168



5 Minute Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce
2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine ingredients in a blender in the order they are listed.  Process until your sauce is the consistency you prefer or if you are using a high powered blender, allow it to run for 4 minutes until smooth and steaming.  Serve and enjoy!

If you are not using a high powered blender, you can puree then transfer to a pot and warm it over medium low heat or microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

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Disclosure:  I am working in partnership with the Vitamix brand. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own. 

329 comments:

  1. I would love to make an amazing smoothie!!! Or a frozen hot chocolate!

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  2. I would make peanut butter or almond butter! YUM!

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  3. I would LOVE to have a Vitamix. thank you for the opportunity to win one.

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  4. I would make smoothies with the Vitamix!

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  5. Easy Peasy ice cream for kitty, pick me!

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  6. How exciting!! I would definitely make a milkshake the first time I used it. THEN, I'd break out the chickpeas for some hummus!! yum!

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  7. I would make icecream! I have ALWAYS wanted one!

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  8. I think the first thing I would make is the recipe for your 5 Minute Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce

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  9. I would love to win this Vitamix! Our blender is going to die any day now...

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  10. I love making homemade marinara sauce.........and yours looks delicious-AND quick and easy with the help of a Vitamix.....that is one gorgeous machine!

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  11. Would love to win this Vitamix! I hear they are the best!

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  12. Jeanette SantucciApril 15, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    I have heard that the mixer is awesome. With Sever RA I don't get to cook as much but would love one to help in the kitchen!

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  13. The first thing - probably a nut butter, though your marinara sauce would be a close second. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  14. I would love to try your marinara sauce....I am so sick of store bought sauces!!
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  15. What a great recipe when time is short! Can't wait to try it.

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  16. First thing i think maybe a smoothy, then onto a sauce like your marinara sauce... <3

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  17. a smoothie! then maybe a sauce like your marinara

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  18. first thing... a smoothie, then the marinara sauce i'm thinking!!!

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  19. ...have wanted a vitamix forever!!! would love to try this tomato sauce....

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  20. would love the chance to win a vitamix...dont think my first comment went through. the tomato sauce sounds great.

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  21. I have one, but I want another for my work - would make life so much easier :)
    FYI dont store on a shelf high above and try to bring it down 1 handed - I received a black eye when the container fell LOL

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  22. I would first try to make some smoothies, then perhaps try to make a salsa. I would just experiment with it and use it to try new recipes. Thanks for the chance of trying to win this give-a-way.

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  23. I want to try to make soup in one.

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  24. i have wanted a vitamix for a long time and would love to win

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  25. Im always in a rush, so I love this easy & quick sauce

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  26. I've heard some wonderful things about the Vitamix - would love to try one!

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  27. This sounds amazing and I would love to have a Vitamix. Thanks for sharing

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  28. I think first I would have to make a delicious smoothie

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  29. This sounds really easy. Thanks!

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  30. This would be awesome to add to my collection of kitchen gadgets.

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  31. I would make a green smoothie

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  32. Sounds unbelievable to win a vitamix!! Please pick me!

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  33. I would make a green smoothie

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  34. The first thing I would make is a smoothie but I'd also like to try making ice cream with it!

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  35. Saw a demo, they made a fruit drink, coffee and soup (chunky too)...DS wanted it.

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  36. Love it, would make some great smoothies

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  37. I would almond chocolate butter!!

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  38. Your sauce looks delicious. Would love to see this in my kitchen!

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  39. Sitting here trying to figure out what I would make first - dinner or dessert?!?! I think I am going with dessert - something simple - vanilla ice cream.....yum :-)

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  40. Your sauce sounds marvelous. Would love to have this in my kitchen.

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  41. I would love to make my own peanut butter.

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  42. I would love to try the peanut butter

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  43. The first think I would make is a green smoothie. Some Kale or spinach, pineapple, strawberries and half an avocado (cuz I can't do bananas). Then soup. I know you didn't ask for the second thing but........there it is.

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  44. First I'd make a smoothie, Kale or maybe spinach with pineapple, strawberries and a half of an avocado. Then soup...........oh I know you didn't ask what i'd make second but it's out there now!

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  45. I would like to make either almond or oat milk.

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  46. my friend told me yesterday she makes oatmeal cookies in her vitamix... who knew?

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  47. I am sitting here trying to decide what to prepare first - something for dinner, perhaps try the recipe for "the 5 minute......" - oh who am I kidding - ice cream will be the first thing ;-)

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  48. frozen yogurt smoothies...yum!!

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  49. I would make a soup of some sort. I would love a Vita Mix! Thanks for providing the opportunity to win one.

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  50. I make this great white bean and spinach soup. That would be the first thing I made OR a delicious adult beverage.

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  51. I would make the white bean and spinach soup or a delicious adult beverage.

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  52. I would make a protein drink first thing. I have anemia to the point that I need to have iron infusions, sometimes twice a year. The doctor suggested I supplement my diet by juicing and fresh protein shakes.

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  53. I would love to win & I would definitely make the Marinara sauce first !! YUM :))

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  54. I would make a healthy smoothie! I don't have a blender since my other one bit the dust =(

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  55. A healthy smoothie! My other blender bit the dust =(

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  56. Chocolate peanut butter smoothie!

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  57. Chocolate peanut butter smoothie!

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  58. I would love this, and the first thing I would make is the sauce!

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  59. Awesome giveaway, Donna! Love the lemon in your marinara sauce, it makes such a difference and brightens the flavor. 5 minutes start to finish in the blender? Gotta love that!

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  60. Great giveaway! I would love to make my own nut butter.

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  61. Would make my favorite green goodness smoothie. Haven't made one in a while since my blender died from overuse. Would love to have a "real" blender instead of the cheap box store kind. Then maybe I could make all the things I want to.

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  62. I would make butternut squash soup!

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  63. I would love to make a Smoothie.

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  64. I would make some warm tomato basil soup to go with a toasted cheese sandwich on a cold rainy day

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  65. I'd use it to make nut cheeses. MMMMMMMMMMM

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  66. I'd use it to make nut cheeses. mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  67. I would make tomato basil soup to go with a toasted cheese sandwich on this cold rainy day.

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  68. I want to make soup!!

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  69. I would make milkshakes and real peanut butter with my grandkids watching and tasting all the above!

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  70. Smoothie

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  71. I don't even have a real blender anymore, just use my Magic Bullet or my food processor. I should enter but with 1500 entries, meh, I'm not going to win it, lol.

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  72. I would make some ice cream to beat this Texas heat.

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  73. My fist thing would be smoothies

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  74. I would make an awesome green smoothie!

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  75. First thing I would make would be the Berry-Oat Smoothie I've been wanting to try!

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  76. Strawberry Banana Smoothies!

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  77. Mmm, ice cream! And fresh soups.

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  78. My morning smoothie then peanut butter!

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  79. Depends when it arrives! Early in the day, a smoothie. If it came in the afternoon, why, I'd try your marinara for dinner (and maybe make some fresh pasta dough!)

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  80. Can't wait to try this!

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  81. I have always wanted to try one of these :)

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  82. Think I'd make the banana orange smoothie. It looks yummy. I've wanted a Vitamix for a long time.

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  83. Nicki Pietroski @ facebookApril 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I really need this! My current blender can't handle frozen fruit or even ice!
    I want to make better smoothies and sauces!

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  84. I have always wanted one. It would be neat to give it a try. junermusic@bellsouth.net facebook

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  85. OMG! I would LOVE to have this!!! It would make my creations for Dad's meals so much easier!!!!!!!

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  86. Smoothies, sauces, nit butters, soups, margaritas! I would put this to use everyday.

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  87. Oh I would love one.. I would make tons of soups and smoothies. I am currently addicted to kale smoothies and my current blender doesn't cut it.

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  88. I would make a fresh fruit smoothie!

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  89. i would make my fiance' a banana chocolate milkshake!!!!

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  90. I'd love to be able to make frozen smoothies.

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  91. All kinds of smoothies !!

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  92. Been wanting to do a detox cleanse....just for starters.

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  93. I would make everything! :)

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  94. I would make a V-8 type drink followed by everything! One of my doctors owns a Vitamix and has encouraged me to purchase one-- winning one would be the best option!! Thanks for the chance.

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  95. First I would make my daily raw green smoothie!

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  96. I would love to make peanut butter!!!

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  97. I would make my daily raw green smoothie, and then try hummus!

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  98. Smoothies...all the way...every way....every day!!!

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  99. I love smoothies so I would make a smoothie first.

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  100. I love smoothies so, I would make a smoothie first.

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  101. The Marinara recipe looks great! Would love to make it in a new Vitamix blender.

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  102. It's my dream blender! Bring on the smoothies and frozen summer drinks!

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  103. I don't know what I would make first... probably a smoothie because I drink them for breakfast everyday. :) But I'm not sure what "new" thing I would make.. I'd be too overwhelmed.

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  104. I would make fresh veggie soup. Have had several people tell me how quick, easy and yummy it is!!

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  105. Definitely smoothies!

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  106. Ice cream crazy right now; would make a malt

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  107. ice cream crazy; so I'd make a malt or maybe an avocado ice cream :)

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  108. I am always looking for a great marinara sauce recipe and one that come together quick is even better! I would try the marinara recipe you have here, first.

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  109. The marinara sauce looks amazing!

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  110. Easy Peasy Marinara Sauce for homemade pizza.

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  111. I think peach ice cream and tomato soup from fresh tomatoes.

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  112. Green Smoothie. I've never had a decent blender.

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  113. Oh Boy...can make so much with this. It would be so nice for canning ;)
    I guess I would try to make icecream!!!!

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  114. I would love to make healthy green smoothies

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  115. I would love to make healthy green smoothies

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  116. I can't believe you are giving one away ! This is my dream blender ! Can't afford it but dreams can co e true right ? I would start with smoothies for weight loss !! Great motivator !

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  117. This would be a game changer... my grandson and I make smoothies all the time.... morning, noon and night.... yum

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  118. I would make almond butter!

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  119. I would make a smoothie.

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  121. I would make a green monster smoothie, because my current blender is AWFUL and leaves giant chunks of spinach :(

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  122. What would I make? Everything from smoothies to soup to ice cream! Winning this Vitamix would make not only me happy but my husband; He has to sit through every showing when the Today's Special Value on QVC! Thank you for the chance.

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  123. Oh my goodness, what WOULDN'T I make! Smoothies, ice cream, dips / I would use this everyday. I wish they weren't so expensive!

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  124. Love your blog!

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  125. A smoothie.

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  126. A vitamix is on my "if I win the lottery" list. I would make a frozen margarita. I would love to see how it handles ice!

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  127. I think I might make some hummus if I won one of these. I would probably use it almost daily for smoothies, humus and sauces.

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  128. I was going to purchase blender for my every day smoothies and other healthy things but i will wait maybe I will be a lucky one to win VITAMIX! I would be sooooo happy!

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  129. love the blog and the recipes are wonderful!!!

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  130. My first comment ever! But I am happy to have been led here by Barefeet in the Kitchen and have made many of your great recipes!

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  131. I think I would like to try to make peanut butter, almond butter along with smoothies. I am looking for a healthy way for preparing foods.

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  132. I am happy to have been led here by Barefeet in the Kitchen. I have made many of your great recipes. Thank you!

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  133. Love the Vita Mix, so versatile

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  134. I love the blog! We've enjoyed trying many of your recipes, especially the healthy versions.

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  135. I would make peanut butter! I would love a Vitamix!! Love the blog!

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  136. thinkmorehappythoughtsApril 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Making tomato sauce in the blender, great idea! I love your recipies!

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  137. I would make some hummus first!!

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  138. This would be awesome for my green smoothies

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  139. I would just love to make smoothies where the berry seeds actually get crushed. I have an el cheapo blender that won't even crush ice.

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  140. I would do smoothies.. Ohh pesto too!

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  141. Ice cream would be the first on the list especially the yummy banana ones posted :))

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  142. I can't WAIT for my Vitamix... one of the 1st things on my Wedding Registry I will buy for myself if no one else buys it for me (unless I win) so I can make amazing smoothies and everything else!

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  143. I've recently discovered your site and have pinned many of the recipes in several places. Enjoy the blog and photos! Would love a Vitamix to make summer cocktails for our pool parties!

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  144. I'd make a Mean Green Smoothie!

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  145. I have been wanting a vitamix for awhile now but can't afford one! I make Smoothiesfor breakfast every morning and occasionally for lunch or dinner! Thank you for the opportunity to try to win one!

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  146. This vitamix would be wonderful for my daily green smoothies. My little blender is crapping out on me. Your marinara sauce looks yummy, will have to give it a try

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  147. First thing I'd make is Barefeet in the Kitchen's Green Smoothie, followed by the Almond milk recipe and then on to TSRI frozen bars (all of them) lol. I can't stop thinking about them! :)

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  148. Ohhh! Smoothies, ice cream, soup, sauce! I don't know! Whatever I'm hungry for at the time.

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  149. Can't wait to try this recipe. It would be great to win the Vitamix. I really need one!

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  150. I would make vegetable soup !

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  151. so many things to make with a better blender... smoothies would be first on my list

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  152. I would make some Cashew Cream Sauce !

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  153. Love a good Marinara sauce

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  154. I would love to make a green smoothie!!

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  155. OMG!! You have no idea how long I've been dying to have one of these. I keep thinking I need to give a gift to myself and splurge but haven't been able to make it happen yet! I've been wanting to make my own special Italian sauce and would love the heat just like you mentioned no pot to clean!! Also, would love to try my special Alien green mean jolt juice, also, peanut butter, hummus, pesto sauce,tomato soup, and try all soups and juices and your wonderful recipes.....I want it soooo bad....:)thank you for the chance!!

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  156. I'd make smoothies everyday!! Excellent giveaway!

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  157. What would you make first in your Vitamix? I would first make a vegan raw soup as I'm currently trying to switch over from eating meat & dairy because my body feels repulsed when I do. I love mixing and making things like my protein smoothies in the morning, soups for lunch and for dinner, homemade sauces, whether it be a red or white sauce. I absolutely love Hummus and Tzatziki dip too, so you can be those would be on there. :D

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  158. I make smoothies everyday and would love the PERFECT blender to make them even better. Karen

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  159. We so need a good mixer!! Hope we are lucky. Thanks =)

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  160. A friend of mine house one of these And she sAys it's just wonderful!

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  161. I would try to make a smooth picante sauce. I blend ALL of my sauces no matter what and they have to be smooth for me to eat them. I also eat crushed ice by the glass full and this would be wonderful for that also.

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  162. I have read so much about the Vitamix. I would love to win one as they are so expensive. I know they are worth every penny but.... Anyhow the first thing I would make is soup.

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  163. I have wanted one of these for years. This would be such a blessing in my life.

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  164. I have wanted one of these for so long. This would be such a blessing in my life.

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  165. I would love to try soups and smoothies in the VitaMix. The VitaMix has been on my wishlist for a long time!

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  166. I posted on your FB posting yesterday, finally got to my home computer! As I had said-MUDSLIDES people!! C'mon! Haha! Oh and then followed by a Morning After Smoothie of course :)

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  167. Smoothies and jucing! We just started making some healthy smoothies :) I've been wishing for a vita mix for years!

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