Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

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

Trade Paperback, 224 pages

It's Spring!

And that means turning a new page on health, getting ready for warmer days and less clothes - certainly less time inside.

Goodbye starchy winter foods, hello healthy eating and fresh produce.

What better way to start eating healthy than with Tess Masters, The Blender Girl?

These healthy recipes are all healthy, gluten-free and vegan - and delicious!

I know that this will be a well used book for me and came into my life at just the right time. It is positive, uplifting, encouraging and filled with beautiful photos.

Not every recipe is for a drink - the blender (your new best friend) is also used for components of larger meals. But really, I am digging those smoothies, shakes and yes, even cocktails.

Let's get healthy!  

Contents Include:

The Lowdown
  • Love Your Blender
  • Healthy Ideas to Blend In

The Recipes
  • Smoothies and Shakes
  • Appetizers, Snacks, Dips & Spreads
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • The Main Event
  • Desserts
  • Drinks, Juices & Tonics
  • Condiments, Sauces & Creams

There are also resources in the back as well as suggested reading to learn even more about healthy living.

From the Back Flap:

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 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, 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.

Tess Masters

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), Cookie.