Friday, July 24, 2015

Pinapple-Cucumber Gazpacho with the Nutri Ninja {review}

Summer is in full swing {finally} and we're experiencing some really humid weather. That said, I've been reluctant to turn on the stove or oven just to avoid heating up the kitchen. One thing the weather has encouraged me to do is to tap into some warm weather recipes to try. I know soup is not exactly the summer meal people enjoy on hot and humid days... well, unless it's a gazpacho! 

When making gazpacho, you definitely need a good way of processing ingredients so that they have a nice smooth consistency to qualify it as a soup of sorts. I've gone through so many blenders over the years due to weak motors that burned out, clunky design that were too big or not big enough, and even blenders that just didn't process things as finely as I needed. But now, it looks like I found a winner. The Nutri Ninja Blender is one that has a prominent place in my kitchen! Specifically, the Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ  is a powerful workhouse of an appliance. I am surprised by how much versatility this blender has!


The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ takes the guesswork out of drink making! Auto-iQ Technology features intelligent programs that combine unique, timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns that do the work for you! The digital countdown timer displays how much time is remaining on the selected Auto-iQ program, or counts up to track blending time when using the three manual speeds. Combined with Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blades, Auto-iQ breaks down whole fruits, vegetables, ice and seeds for maximum nutrient & vitamin extraction. Small, Regular and Jumbo Multi-Serve Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip & Seal Lids allow you to make nutrient-rich Super Juices to take on-the-go! Total Crushing Technology delivers unbeatable professional power. Ninja Auto-iQ combined with the XL 72 oz. blender’s Total Crushing Blades pulverize ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies for the whole family! All jars, blades, and lids are BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Many use a blender for shakes and smoothies but it really does so much more. Soups, pancake/waffle batters, sauces, condiments {think mayonnaise and ketchup!}, quick breads, nut butters, salad dressings, dips, puddings, cocktails, etc. The real challenge in using this particular blender is deciding what to make because it's so versatile!

When I've made gazpacho in the past, it usually came out too thick because it just wasn't processed as finely enough. This particular recipe is slightly chunky but I processed it a bit more with easy for the perfect consistency I was looking for. Definitely give this recipe a try for a refreshing, light summer soup and if you've been looking for a solid blender to do the work for you in the kitchen, the Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ  will do it all with ease!


Pinnapple-Cucumber Gazpacho
Makes 4 to 6 servings

4 cups chopped peeled cucumber (from about 1 large English cucumber or a few Kirbys)
4 cups chopped pineapple (from 1 large or 2 small pineapples)
1 cup fresh pineapple juice
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1 green onion, white and 1 inch of green, chopped
1 Tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. sea salt
1 handful cilantro leaves, plus a few extra for garnish
3 Tbsp. avocado oil, macadamia oil, or cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil
1 handful finely chopped raw macadamia nuts

In a blender, add 3 cups each of the cucumber and pineapple, the pineapple juice, jalapeño, green onion, lime juice, and salt. Blend until smooth.

Add the remaining 1 cup pineapple and 1 cup cucumber, the handful of cilantro, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil. Pulse the blender quickly a few times—the gazpacho should remain chunky.

Before serving, add the macadamia nuts to the gazpacho and stir to distribute evenly. Divide among serving bowls and drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Garnish with cilantro.