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The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Paperback – April 8, 2014
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—Mark Hyman, MD, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and six-time New York Times best-selling author
“Tess Masters has created innovative and heartwarming plant-based recipes for every meal of the day that will keep your blender busy and your family happy and in good health. Your blender will become your new best friend as you create culinary blended bliss together. ”
—Joy Pierson, nutritionist and coauthor of The Candle Cafe Cookbook and Candle 79 Cookbook
“The Blender Girl is not just a collection of fruit smoothies. It’s a gift of deliciously balanced recipes, power packed with information that adds a new twist to the old adage ‘drink your solids and chew your liquids.’”
—Ann Gentry, author of The Real Food Daily Cookbook
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The author includes delicious recipes on:Appetizers; Snacks; Salads; Main Dishes; Smoothies; Dressings; and more. Tess Masters discusses the power of whole foods, balance, choosing the right blender, and other important information. We learn how to Soak, Chop, Mince, and Grate. The author also discusses why the Spatula is Queen, Types of blenders and performance, raw power, and the colorful photos are inviting.
There is a section on Increased Energy, Prevention Of Disease, and discussions on the well-being of a healthy life. We also learn about Superfoods, Vitamins, minerals, and Antitoxidants. There is interesting information on soaking nuts, cheat charts, how to make homemade milk, and how to Store and Freeze.
The author includes facts on Vegetables, Fruits, and Sweeteners, such as Stevia. She begins Recipes with delicious Smoothies and Shakes such as: Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake, Pineapple Salsa, Creamy Orange C, and other yummy recipes that make your mouth water. We made thus far, the Apple Pie In A Glass And the Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise, both were delicious, and my daughter requested those again. In addition, there is information on:Juicing Versus Blending, Nuts and Seeds, Dips and Spreads, and more.
The desserts are amazing, and we had fun making the Ginger-Apple Pear Butter, which we love on toast.Read more ›
Have you seen the movie "Julie and Julia" about a young writer attempting to test each and every one of Julia Child's recipes in her first cookbook? Well, that's me and this book (and website, truth be known, but that's a lot of material!) I absolutely love every single Tess Masters recipe I have ever tried, and interestingly, I don't even tweak them. I tweak EVERY recipe, honestly, but not these - they're PERFECT the way they are.
My kids are now slurping all things raw and full of nutrients: hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond milk and kale, gazpacho and cauliflower soup, among other things. They eat flax seeds, coconut and more - sometimes knowingly, sometimes - HA - not! That's the beauty of some of these recipes! You can honestly sneak in the healthy stuff and since the recipes are THAT GOOD the kids don't ask too many questions! We served the "Spicy Gazpacho Grab" and the ridiculously perfect "Pineapple Vanilla Sangria" at a fairly large party one evening and EVERYONE (not the kids) asked for the recipes. I told them all to go buy the book!
There are smoothies, dips, spreads, pancakes, soups, desserts, salads and so much more - but it's not just the recipes that make this book seriously amazing.Read more ›
There are some good smoothie recipes, of course, but they are not the highlight as far as I’m concerned. What really makes the book unique is the “how to” sections for everything from sprouting grains to making cheese substitutes. Blender Girl really seems to contain everything one would need to know to adopt a healthy, balanced, vegan diet… which is a lot more difficult than one might think.
Of course, for those (like me) who are not interested in a full dietary overhaul, the book still has a lot to offer. I may not sprout my own grains every day, but knowing how to soak cashews to add creaminess to a soup is information I can use. The book is well laid out, and thus I have found it to be a handy reference which I open on a nearly daily basis, even if I am not actually making one of the recipes.
Aside from all the tips and tricks and dietary information, all of which I have found very useful, some of the recipes are phenomenal! The watermelon gazpacho was absolutely perfect during last week’s heat wave. The dream of spinach soup was equally amazing (although I think I will use a little less garlic next time… my piece was especially large). The salad dressings are also excellent. I have not had a chance to try the appetizers or entrées, but I am sure they will not disappoint.
What’s not so good:
I was actually a little disappointed in the smoothies. They are almost all really fruit heavy, with ice as a base. The pineapple salsa smoothie was tasty, as was the fruit curry, but neither of them made much of a meal.Read more ›
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I bought one of the high speed blenders and was at a loss to make something besides smoothies. This book gives options like soups and sauces. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Terry