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Busy Blending: 5 Recipes You Can Do With a Portable Blender
This article, along with the recipes, was written by Katie Tejada, from BlendJet!
Smoothies: most of us love them.
From a decadent peanut butter and banana combo to a refreshing kale and spinach concoction, we’ve all hopped on the smoothie train at some point.
But your blender is capable of far more than making your weekly smoothie.
Desserts, dips, soups, and even breakfast can all be made with the right blender – and with ingredients that are
easy to find.
Your blender should be doing more than taking up space.
When you properly utilize your blender, you can create fun and healthy meal plans that will suit any appetite. Plus, whether you need to whip something up quickly or just want to get the kids involved, your blender can be an
asset to make life a little easier.
So, put that blender to use and create some delicious meals for you and the whole family to enjoy!
1. Peanut Butter Green Machine
We’ll start things off with a classic smoothie. This peanut butter and vanilla smoothie is packed with flavor and all things good for you. It goes a little something like this:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of plant-based milk
- 1 healthy handful of baby spinach (or kale, pick your poison!)
- 2 tbsp. of natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth, we don’t judge)
- 1 tsp. of flax seed
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Optional: Plant protein, chia seeds, or maca powder, and supplements
This is a vegan-friendly option to get your kids eating their greens, and if you want to indulge a
little, this is a great way to get your fix.
2. Falafel Bites
This is a great dish for any event, occasion, or night of the week. Falafel is not only jam-packed with nutrients, it also tastes delicious! This Middle-Eastern delight is easy to make when you have a decent blender. Plus, the ingredients are minimal and easy to access:
- 8 peeled garlic cloves (or to your liking)
- 1 shallot
- 3 cups of cooked chickpeas (canned or soaked both works)
- ¾ cup of fresh parsley
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- Optional: Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Garam Masala, or any preferred spice.
Toss all that in a blender and pulse until all the ingredients are just combined. Add some flour to absorb any excess moisture and scoop into balls. Chill for 1 hour and fry in a skillet until brown and crispy on the outside and enjoy your healthy, vegan appetizer!
3. Refried Bean Dip
This one is incredibly simple, but you can really make it your own. It’s the perfect addition to any vegan taco night or weekend house party. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups of cooked beans (We recommend black or pinto beans)
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- Optional: Spices of your choosing.
Whether they’re canned or just cooked, blend the beans until you get a thick, creamy paste that’s perfect for dipping. Adding crushed red pepper, paprika, chile powder, and even some fresh cilantro is a great way to spice up this dish and make it your own!
The perfect addition in any Italian dish, pesto is a super quick and delicious way to switch things up from your regular marinara sauce. Plus, it’s a simple and easy sauce to make that the kids will love. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp. of pine nuts
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- ¼ cup pasta water
- 2 large handfuls of basil leaves
- Pinch of salt & pepper to taste
Combine basil, garlic, and pine nuts and blend on a low speed. Then slowly add the olive oil followed by the hot pasta water. Continue blending until the pesto is smooth. Toss in your favorite pasta–I’m partial to penne–and enjoy!
5. Chocolate Chia Pudding
A great option for dessert, this pudding will have your kids begging for more of this snack, and you won’t have to feel bad about giving it to them! These few, simple ingredients really go a long way:
- 1 cup of almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1 tsp. of maple syrup
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- ½ cup of chia seeds
- Optional: Protein powder
Stir all the ingredients together then blend on medium until smooth. Refrigerate overnight to allow the pudding to thicken, then enjoy!
No matter how busy life gets, it’s important to eat the right food–food that’s healthy, tastes good, and will keep your family coming back for more. So, dust off that portable blender and start making delicious meals today!