Friday, May 16, 2014

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: the Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from 10 Speed Press, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

the blender girl recipes


The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and moremade 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 Pleaser, Spicy 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 Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, orTastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spillyto 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.


Many people are switching to Paleo or Gluten Free diets, due to allergies or for health benefits. Making smoothies like Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake and Chock-ful Chocolate Surprise, will have your kids begging for more, while you smile at the amount of healthy foods in them!  The recipes cover everything- Appetizers; Snacks; Salads; Main Dishes; Smoothies; Dressings; and Desserts. Who would have thought you could put avocados into dark chocolate pudding, for a super duper yummy treat, that's good FOR you? This is pretty much a Vegan book, but many recipes will delight even meat lovers, with their great taste! She also offers some great healthy tonics to beat off the cold, acid-reflux, and even bring on sleep!  

Let's check out her homemade ketchup recipe, which packs a whallop of flavor and none of the super high calories of the bottled stuff!

About the Author:

Australian-born Tess Masters is a cook, writer, actor, and voice over artist. She shares super easy recipes on theblendergirl.comTess's easygoing approach has made her a go-to personality for discerning eaters looking for healthy fast food that is easy, delicious, and fun. 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,, 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 L.A with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie.

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