The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! [NOOK Book]

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ABOUT THIS BOOK...

The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind theblendergirl.com, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.


What’s your perfect blend?
 
On her wildly...

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The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

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Overview

ABOUT THIS BOOK...

The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind theblendergirl.com, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.


What’s your perfect blend?
 
On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free. 
 
Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce,Twisted Caesar PleaserSpicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a GlassRaspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.
 
Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.

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Editorial Reviews

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There is little mystery why blogger/presenter Tess Masters has been crowned "the Blender Girl": More than once on major TV shows, she has suggested that the blender, mixer, and food processor just might be the greatest culinary advancements since fire and spoons. Her debut book demonstrates her enthusiasm with its 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes. The offerings don't include just smoothies, shakes, puddings, and soups; Tess also provides recipes for chewable, blender-aided appetizers, snacks, salads, desserts, spreads, and condiments. Nutritious, tasty, and easily prepared treats for all seasons.

From the Publisher
“Healthy fast food has a new superhero. Tess Masters blends up great-tasting dishes that make it easy to eat well, detoxify, and rebalance. If you’re looking for healthy, convenient meals without all the processed stuff and sugar, look no further.”
—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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607746447
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 47,376
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Australian-born TESS MASTERS is a cook, writer, actor, and voiceover artist. She shares her enthusiasm for plant-based foods at theblendergirl.com. 

As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, and Zeste and on Glamour.com, Chow, Epicurious, and AllRecipes, among other publications and websites. Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters. 

Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cooki

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Introduction
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.

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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.
 

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Birth of the Blender Girl   

The Lowdown
    1. Love Your Blender  
    2. Healthy Ideas to Blend in   

The Recipes
    3. Smoothies & Shakes   
    4. Appetizers, Snacks, Dips & Spreads   
    5. Salads  
    6. Soups   
    7. The Main Event   
    8. Desserts   
    9. Drinks, Juices & Tonics   
   10. Condiments, Sauces & Creams   
 
Resources: Get Your Goods Here   
Great Reading   
Acknowledgments   
Index
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  • Posted July 25, 2014

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    Everything is Yummy!

    Have followed Tess' blog for years, so when I saw a cookbook coming out, I had to have it. The recipes are creative, delicious and so easy to make!

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    The Blender Girl has 100 gluten free, vegan recipes. The Blender

    The Blender Girl has 100 gluten free, vegan recipes. The Blender Girl is so much more than just recipes though. In the first couple of chapters, she explains a little bit about blenders and how to use them to their fullest. Chapter 2 has lots of really great information on live enzymes, cleansing, the importance of raw foods, super foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. She also talks about how soaking improves digestion. She speaks to sprouting and milking. Some of these techniques I have already incorporated in my diet but some are now to me. I have not tried making my own milks. I really want to have the time and energy to do so but it also seems so much easier to just by almond milk from the store. I do love her explanations and information. Many of her recipes are wonderfully easy but some of them are fairly involved. I want to get to the point where I find eating the way she describes in the book easy --- some days it just seems like alot of work. That is when I just opt for a simple salad that incorporates all the raw vegetables, seeds, and nuts. It seems easier than soaking and blending. I want to be a blender girl more often than I am. I am hoping these recipes will inspire me to pull out my blender every day. 

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    The Blender Girl 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes by Tess Masters

    The Blender Girl 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes by Tess Masters is an unique book of delicious recipes for gluten vegan smoothies, snacks, desserts, sauces and meals. It is also a wealth of information of how she began to be the Blender Girl as well as what foods to combine, super foods, and even how to get milk from nuts which was interesting. Tess Masters  book is full of great ideas and recipes for those who want to be healthy or need to eat gluten free.
    I found this book to be interesting, unique and easy to follow the recipes. I learned about foods and blending that I didn't know before like how to soak nuts to make them work better in recipes. The recipes are well explained and easy to follow which is to me always a plus. The recipes are healthy, and you can find a recipe that can complete any meal or snack you might want during the day. She also shows you recipes to help with things like Acid Reflux and good Probiotics. This book is really an interesting mix of healthy information, ideas and recipes but don't let that turn you away if you think that is all it is because the recipes are wonderful and healthy. The book has great pictures included to show the end results of the recipe which is great too. A few of the recipes I think I will be trying soon like Rich But Simple Tomato Soup, Papaya Pleasure Blend, Awesome Almond Crackers and Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce to name a few.  This book is a must for those wanting to eat healthier or for those who are already eating gluten vegan and healthy. It is a great resource for everyone and a wonderful addition to anybodies cookbook collection.
    I have to admit that when I was first looking at the book I didn't think I would be able to find anything that I would like. I have never been very adventurous in what I eat and I figured that it would be hard to make these recipes and that they would be like eating grass. Boy was I wrong on all counts. I will not like all of the recipes, but who ever does, there are enough different recipes that I have found several to try and even some my husband, the picky eater, would like. I would give this book 4.5 Stars because I would have liked to see a few more pictures of doing the recipes but I  would highly recommend it to all. 

    If you would like more info on the book and author check out these sites:


    The Blender Girl's Site
    The Blender Girl's Tour
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    Give this book a try and enjoy the wonderful recipes and information I don't think you will be disappointed.



     "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

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