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About the Book:
The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind theblendergirl.com, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.
What’s your perfect blend?
On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.
Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce, Twisted Caesar Pleaser, Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.
Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.
I’ve been trying to find ways to make use of my Ninja Master Prep that my hubby bought me before Mother’s Day and so when The Blender Girl came up for review, I knew I had to grab it and see what it was all about – especially since I’m wanting to get back on track with healthy eating. Inside this book are 100 gluten-free and vegan recipes however they are good even if you’re not vegan (I’m not, I’ll admit I do love my steak) or gluten- free (I’m not but wondering if I should be) so be assured anyone can use the recipes in this book and they are quite easy to make. The beginning of the book walks you through choosing a blender (although the Ninja isn’t mentioned) and how to care for it and also how to use it with some care tips such as not over-filling your blender. After that Tess goes over things to blend in that are healthy and why those things are healthy, even going into detail about whether to soak or not to soak and why one should soak their nuts, seeds and grains before using them – I really appreciated this chapter as I’ve heard of soaking but never understand why or even how to do so unless it was with expensive equipment. She also goes into how to make your own milk from nuts and seeds, which can be a money saving venture if done right, as well as natural sweetener choices (I disagree with agave nectar, I’ve read too many negatives about this especially for diabetics) preferring Stevia over blood sugar raising choices.
There are recipes for:
- smoothies and shakes
- appetizers, snacks, dips and spreads
- the main event
- drinks, juices and tonics
- condiments, sauces and creams
- as well as resources and more reading
As a mom on a limited budget I couldn’t make all the recipes as some call for items not readily available at our local market or even in my budget such as macqui powder (thankfully it’s usually an optional) although sometimes it’s something easily substituted such as the sweetener I can add Stevia to a recipe that calls for molasses or agave. Apple pie in a glass, onion and herb socca and key lime pudding is just a sampling of some of the delicious recipes you’ll find in this book – if you want to substitute a healthy drink for breakfast to get your day started right this is the book to get you going. If you want to substitute one vegan meal to save money on meat products and get a healthier meal on the table for your family, this book will have you heading in the right direction – of course some recipes will need double or tripled depending on your family size! Overall, this is a great book full of recipes for giving your blender a run for it’s money and I do recommend keeping it close at hand as a go-to source for using your blender to get health or healthier.
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