The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! (Anglais) Broché – 8 avril 2014
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Birth of the Blender Girl
Hello, my name is Tess, and I’m a blendaholic.
And when it comes to passing on my addiction to others, I’m also an enabler. But fear not. This habit (one you may soon find yourself hooked on, too) is healthy, and comes with a blender-load of positive side effects.
We can’t bottle time, so in our hectic lives we’ve taken to bottling, canning, boxing, and vacu-packing everything else. Convenience foods offer a quick (and often, virtually empty) way to fill up on the fly, and it’s only human that we make the trade-off.
But we don’t have to compromise on health, nutrition, or good eating just because we’ve got pressing things to do. Enter the blender, which makes healthy fast food possible. This phenomenal machine is the greatest culinary gift bestowed on us since fire and spoons! Blending makes life easier, levels the playing field in the kitchen, and allows anybody to whip up nutrient-dense, tasty foods with limited skills and time.
No, we don’t check our teeth at the door. While this book does contain a repertoire of drinks, smoothies, and soups, you’ll find more here than food to sip, glug, or scoop up in a spoon. My recipes are blender centered but by no means blender only. I favor blender-inspired dishes—appetizers, snacks, salads, desserts, and easy main dishes you can attack with your trusty knife and fork. The blended components—sauces, spreads, and condiments—play a vital role in these dishes; a delicious pesto or homemade mayo can elevate that basic bowl of pasta or plate of steamed vegetables from bland and boring to brilliant.
So, okay, yes, in addition to being an addict and an enabler, I’m also a zealot! But I hasten to say, not an evangelist. I’m neither a foodie nor a chef nor a gourmet shopaholic. I’m a regular person and a self-taught cook who just loves food.
Chock-Full Chocolate Surprise
serves 2 to 4
This smoothie is a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies. Unlike the murky color of some vegetable smoothies, the brown of this smoothie makes it look like a chocolate milkshake, enabling you to hide all manner of nutritious goodies inside. And it’s so delicious and creamy, nobody will know that it contains greens! Note that the broccoli must be frozen and the cauliflower must be steamed and cooled, not raw. This is quick and easy to make if you have a bit of leftover cauliflower. If you can’t quite get your head around blending wet florets, you can always add an extra banana and reduce the sweetener.
1 cup (240ml) unsweetened soy, rice, hemp, or almond milk (strained if homemade)
1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional; see note, page 30)
1/2 cup (22g) firmly packed baby spinach
1/4 cup (25g) frozen broccoli (about 2 florets)
1 banana, plus more to taste
1/2 ripe pear, cored, plus more to taste
1 cup (120g) steamed cauliflower florets (cooled completely), or an extra banana (to save time if you don’t have a bit of leftover cauliflower)
2 tablespoons cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
1 cup (125g) ice cubes
Throw everything into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more banana, pear, cacao, vanilla, or maple syrup).
Note: This smoothie is best consumed immediately, or the day it is made.
Revue de presse
—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. 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!
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. The educational, loving, teaching aspect makes me want to read and reread this book many times over. “The Blender Girl” cookbook has claimed a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. It's absolutely gorgeous, with stunning photography and outstanding information on how to do things I thought were "too difficult" before reading this. Make my own almond milk? What?! It’s Easy! Tonics? What are those? Fixer-uppers, that's what. Try them, you'll like them. Seriously. Yup, it's really that easy.
Tess Masters breaks down healthy eating and blending to a simple step by step "how to" - it's really rather easy when you have a good teacher. Spend some time in this book and on her website and you'll find yourself hooked too.
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. I need more than fruit and ice to hold me from 6:00 to snack time. She does have a handy “build your own smoothie” table, and the recipes have provided inspiration for improving my own smoothie making intuition.
It is also worth noting that there are plenty of ingredients that will require a trip to Whole Foods. Raw nuts and miso paste are not on my normal grocery list. The book may contain all of the information needed for a food lifestyle change, but that change will come with a hefty price tag and often a time expense too. It may be true that “anyone can make their own nut milk,” but I for one do not have the time or cash flow to soak and squeeze $20 per pound macadamia nuts each morning.
Overall, I would recommend this book for its educational and inspirational value. However, I would approach this with the same mantra with which I implement all attempts at health/diet/life improvement: Something is better than nothing! Blender Girl is really a book advocating an entire way of life, not just a collection of recipes. The reader should be prepared to honestly decide how much of this lifestyle they are able/willing to adopt, and then be okay with that decision.
I know that sounds heavy for a cookbook, but this is the health food movement we are talking about. I have found that, no matter how many changes I make to my diet, there is always someone way more extreme just delighted to tell me all the ways I am poisoning myself and thus not living up to my full health potential. That being said, I want to make it clear that Tess Masters is not at all preachy or dictatorial in her tone! She has a wealth of knowledge that can be incredibly useful, as long as the reader doesn’t allow it to become overwhelming.
Who should read this book:
If you want to consume a raw-foods or vegan diet, this book is definitely for you! The novice will gain the necessary know how, and the experienced will get some really tasty recipes. For those who aren’t interested in specialty stores or just want to know how to make a descent kale smoothie, this book will likely be more work than you bargained for. For all the rest of us, this can be a great resource. Just be willing to substitute where necessary and decide how you will compromise to make this work for you. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Tess Masters takes the time to walk readers through the ingredients and how to make the most of your blender (on any budget). It is in the recipes, however, that Masters (a.k.a. The Blender Girl) really shines. The recipes highlight raw and superfoods and are all vegan with a number of gluten-free options. With creations like Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie, Apple Pie in a Glass Smoothie, Artichoke and White Bean Dip, and Awesome Almond Crackers, there are multiple ways to start off a snack session. Amazing options like Basic Creamy Cheeze, Pine Nut “Parmesan:, and Macadamia “Feta” are great accompaniments to dozens of entrees, and recipes like Green Smoothie Fruit Leathers, Glowing Greek Salad, Mushroom Magic Soup, Savory, Sweet and Spicy Crepes, and Baked Caramel Apples round out a wonderful selection. The ingredients are readily available and the book is packed with diverse flavors, all of them getting a special touch with the help of the blender.
The sauces, soups, dressings, and toppings made with the help of a blender and some great recipes are all consistently tasty and a great way to expand the range of your Vitamix beyond just smoothies. Mix on!