Great Blender Recipes
There are so many things that you can make in a blender that the following question seems back to front:
What can you make in a blender?
Rather, not what can you make in a blender but what can’t you make in a blender? Here are just seven suggestions, but there are hundreds more. Just think what our grandparents would have thought about being able to whizz things around at lightning speed with high-powered blenders, instead of having to rely on old-fashioned utensils or a heavy, laborsome hand mixer.
1. Black Bean Soup
This is a dead easy dish, suitable for lunch or dinner, which can feed as many as 6, and contains delicious items like beans, spices, bell pepper, and onion. In a generously sized pot, you will first need to combine 1 finely chopped onion, 2 mixed cloves of garlic, 2 chopped up celery stalks, ¼ large red bell pepper, finely chopped, 2 small cubes of chicken bouillon, and about 1 ½ cups of boiling water. Simply mix it all and simmer for 10 or so minutes. To this add a half can of black beans, some salt (½ teaspoon), cumin (½ teaspoon), and cook for 5 more minutes. Puree it in an immersion blender, add the remaining beans (1 ½ can), then 1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch with 1 ½ tablespoon of water. Add some lemon juice, a little more cornstarch if necessary, then leave to thicken.
2. Chipotle Salsa
This is just perfect with potato chips and also works as a dip for veggie sticks or even a garnish for fish and meats. You first need to combine a can of roasted tomatoes, a cup of cherry tomatoes, ½ cup of chopped white onion, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, ½ chopped jalapeño, 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon of cracked black pepper, ½ cup cilantro and 1 juiced lime. Put it all in a powerful blender until you achieve an even consistency. Add a little pepper and/or salt, according to taste. You can even put in some more chipotle peppers if you like it a little hotter. All you do then is refrigerate and you’re done.
This recipe is ludicrously easy; all you need is 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice), 2 large apples (quartered and cored), 1 pitted date, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. You first have to put all these ingredients into your blender, and blend until a smooth consistency is attained. Scoop into some jars, put in the fridge, and eat within one week.
Creamy, rich gazpacho for 6 can be yours. You need to first process cucumber, then add roasted peppers. Stir this up with vinegar, ¾ cup cold water, garlic, and bread. Now blend it all until you achieve a smooth consistency. After putting it into a larger bowl, puree half of the tomatoes and add to this larger bowl. Then puree the other half of the tomatoes, adding oil as you do this. Whisk, add salt, season with pepper, refrigerate; it should be ready in about a half-hour. Garnish each serving with two cucumber rounds.
5. Green Chicken Chili
Heat up a sturdy saucepan with olive oil, adding salt and onion, for three minutes. Add garlic and poblano and cook for three further minutes. In your blender blend cumin, cilantro, jalapeño, 1 can beans, tomatillos, and chicken broth until you can see a chunky texture emerging. Then add this to the saucepan, simmering for around fifteen minutes. Stir in the chicken and rest of the beans. Blend avocado, lime juice, sour cream with a pinch of salt until a smooth texture emerges. Add a few pumpkin seeds and extra cilantro, according to taste.
6. Tomato Basil Soup
Heat butter or oil in a large pot, adding garlic and onions, before sauteing until nicely browned. Stir in chopped tomatoes, stir, adding red chili flakes, pepper, and salt. Now add milk and bring to the boil. Add water then simmer for twenty minutes. Let everything cool down before storing it in the fridge for 1 hour. Then, pour into your blender, blending until no lumps remain. Add in chopped basil leaves, then heat and simmer before serving. Mm!
7. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Smooth olive oil into some red peppers; then, grill the peppers for about twenty minutes. Place in a heatproof bowl, cover, and leave for ten minutes. At that time take off the seeds and skin and blend the peppers. Select the chop function for fifteen seconds, then the puree function for fifteen seconds. Season it with pepper and salt. Simply transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with chopped carrots, cucumbers, or whatever else takes your fancy. A delicious addition to a summer lunch.
There are literally hundreds of recipes that your blender can help you to achieve. Be adventurous. Experiment, explore, enjoy!