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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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Featured Recipes from The Blender Girl
—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
- Publisher : Ten Speed Press; First Edition (April 8, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607746433
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607746430
- Item Weight : 1.53 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.66 x 9.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #332,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. I've tasted Apple Butter once and loved it, so we were anxious to make this. Next we will make the Raspberry Jam, and the Rich But Simple Tomato Soup. My daughter selected the Butternut Bliss soup for tomorrow. I also made the Pear And Candied Walnut With Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, very light, refreshing, and tasty. I will be making this again-and-again.
We also learn how to make homemade Vegetable Broth, and the Main Dishes are fantastic. Some Recipes include: Pizza; Tacos; Lasagna; Creamy Mushroom Stronganoff; and other inviting recipes. This book is a delightful addition to my cookbook collection, and I will be gifting it to friends and family on special occasions. Highly recommended!
I eat steak and chicken and all sorts of things, but usually opt for cooking one of Tess's easy meals. Some of my favorites:
Puddings - Key lime and chocolate
Nut Tacos!!!!!!!!!! (w/ vegan sour cream, yum!)
Leek and Cauliflower Soup
Tastes-like-ice-cream-kale (You really can't taste the Kale, it has a lot of sweet stuff so don't drink this every day, but indulge sometimes!)
Cashew cream (Put on desserts, dip berries in it, lick it off your finger)
Grape mint lemonade (Add some Vodka for the adults)
Pineapple salsa smoothie (I'll admit we had mixed reviews in our house, love it or hate it, I love it!)
Incredible Edamame dip
So many more I want to try!
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There were a few recipes that appealed - a couple of tasty dips for example, and 2 vegan cheeses that use a dessicator (low oven for me) to create texture, but some of the best are available on the Blender Girl website anyway. There was also a quite useful 4 pages on creating your own smoothie blends, although I was disappointed that so many of the 12 smoothie recipes contained sweetener. I found most of the recipes for soups & salads quite generic - nothing leapt out at me as 'wow - original!'.
If this is a way of eating that works for you, then fair enough, but for me it's definitely not a keeper - In a year or two it will probably seem quite dated as new food trends emerge. I think Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Happy Herbivore & Oh She Glows do quicker, easier, more healthy vegan food that will stand the test of time far better.