Beyond Smoothies: How To Use A Blender For Vegan + Vegetarian Dishes

Put your blender to work by whipping up delicious, creative meals from vegan and gluten-free home chef and blogger Tess Masters.
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Put your blender to work by whipping up delicious, creative meals from vegan and gluten-free home chef and blogger Tess Masters.
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Your blender can do so much more with healthy produce than just churn out green smoothies. Put it to work whipping up delicious, creative meals from vegan and gluten-free home chef and blogger Tess Masters and her new book, The Perfect Blend: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize & Revitalize.

I have a blender that is the greatest tool for making delicious, beautiful, healthy food on the fly. While my blender recipes include a full repertoire of what you’d expect—smoothies, juices, and soups—they also go beyond puréed options you sip, glug, or scoop up with a spoon. The blended components for appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts help elevate fork-worthy foods. All of the recipes are super easy and can be made by time-strapped and novice cooks alike.

People often ask me for recipes geared to specific health outcomes—energy, immunity, detox, weight loss. So, for my new book, The Perfect Blend: 1oo Blender Recipes to Energize & Revitalize, I went with ingredients I love that help me stay in optimal health. Rather than serving up a comprehensive analysis of the nutritional properties and virtues of each of these hero foods, below I’ve shared a few top-line takeaways—practical information on their health benefits, and how to prepare, blend, and cook them for amazing textures and tastes. All my heroes boast more than one special power, and these powers often work in concert and offer multiple benefits—or even all the ones I’ve outlined. The chart serves as a guide for combining diverse, nutrient-dense foods to create a balanced, healthy diet.

While I do want you to eat well, I also want to inspire you to have fun with food. The recipes on these pages are functional and geared toward flexibility, with a list of optional ingredients so you can tailor each dish to your own tastes and requirements. Grab your blender and discover what makes your perfect blend.

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Foods for Optimal Health

Almonds: energy, immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Asparagus: energy, detox, anti–inflammatory

Avocados: energy, immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Bell Peppers: immunity, anti–inflammatory

Bok Choy: detox, anti–inflammatory

Broccolini: energy, immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Brussels Sprouts: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Cabbage: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Carrots: immunity, detox

Cauliflower: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Cayenne Pepper: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Celery: detox, anti–inflammatory

Cilantro: detox, anti-inflammatory

Collard Greens: immunity, detox, anti–inflammatory

Cucumbers: detox, anti–inflammatory

Garlic: immunity, detox, anti–inflammatory

Ginger: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Lemons and Limes: immunity, detox, weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Parsley: detox, anti-inflammatory

Sea Vegetables: immunity, detox, anti–inflammatory

Sesame Seeds: energy, anti-inflammatory

Sweet Potatoes: energy, immunity

Walnuts: energy, anti–inflammatory

Zucchinis: weight loss, anti–inflammatory

Get the Recipes

Gluten-Free Sesame Soba
Roasted Veggies with Lemon Tarragon Dressing
Haitian Heaven Soup
Mini Chocs

The Perfect Blend: 1oo Blender Recipes to Energize & Revitalize

Recipes reprinted from THE PERFECT BLEND: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize and Revitalize Copyright © 2016 by Tess Masters Photographs copyright © 2016 by Anson Smart Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.