Your blender isn’t just there to whip up kick-ass smoothies - you can also use the tool to cook actual gourmet meals.
Blend these four healthy, insanely delicious concoctions tonight.
01/ Deluxe Falafel Plate
Dump a can of drained chickpeas in a blender. Pulse; add ½ hopped onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 handful parsley, 2 shakes cumin, a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper.
Pulse, working in a palmful of bread crumbs and a pinch of baking powder, till firm.
Make balls (golf ball size); add to a hot, oiled frypan, and smush. Fry till crisp, 3 minutes a side. Eat with pita.
Prep time 15 minutes
Per serving 2500 kilojoules, 22g protein, 51g carbs (9g fibre), 36g fat
02/ Chipotle Pumpkin Soup
Pour a cup of chicken stock and 2 big glugs of canned coconut milk into a blender.
Add a 12-ounce can of pumpkin, a small handful of brown sugar, 1 chipotle chile in adobo plus a dab of the sauce, and a few shakes of cinnamon.
Puree; transfer the mixture to a pot and heat on medium. Add salt and pepper. Top with pumpkin seeds, chives, cream, and olive oil.
Prep time 10 minutes
Per serving 1035 kilojoules, 6g protein, 31g carbs (6g fibre), 13g fat
03/ Green Eggs and Ham
Blend up 4 eggs, 2 big handfuls of baby spinach, a palmful of chopped chives, a big pinch of salt, and 2 big pinches of pepper.
In an oiled ovenproof skillet on medium, add the eggs and cook till the edges set, 2 minutes. Add 2 ounces of ham cubes.
Bake at 200°C till puffy, 8 minutes or so. Remove, slice, and top with shaved parmesan and sliced chiles.
Prep time 13 minutes
Per serving 2150 kilojoules, 42g protein, 10g carbs (3g fibre), 33g fat
04/ The King's Sundae
Slice up a banana and freeze the slices until firm. Toss them into the blender and pulse several times; then drop in a gob of peanut butter and blend till creamy.
Now spoon the mixture into a bowl and stir in a small handful of dark-chocolate chips and a hit of chopped peanuts.
Top with whipped cream and a cherry if you want. Elvis would be jealous.
RECIPE REMIX 1
Nix the chocolate; add mini marshmallows. In a microwave-safe bowl, nuke a spoonful of grape jelly. Drizzle it on top.
RECIPE REMIX 2
Swap out the PB, chocolate, and peanuts for dulce de leche, toasted coconut flakes, and hulled pumpkin seeds.
Prep time 5 minutes
Per serving 1850 kilojoules, 11g protein, 51g carbs (7g fibre), 27g fat