Are you preparing for the holidays? Are you busy at work or rushed off your feet with the kids? If so, you probably haven’t got much time to devote to cooking. At this time of year, life can get hectic. But that doesn’t mean you need to have to take out restaurants on speed dial. Here are some healthy meals you can whizz up in no time.
Before you start
Before you start creating magic in the kitchen, you’ll need a blender. As the holidays approach, this is one of the best times to buy new appliances. Stores are competing for your custom, and there are discounts everywhere. Look out for promo codes or a Blendtec sale, for example. Once you’ve got your blender, read the instructions, and then follow these simple recipes.
Fruit and vegetable smoothies
One of the best ways to start your day is with a smoothie packed with goodness. When you buy smoothies from shops and cafes, they often contain a lot of sugar. They can also be pricey. Making your own is a healthier, cheaper option. Choose fruit and vegetables that you like, and combine them to create a nutritious breakfast shake. Strawberries, banana, and mango work well together, and kiwi, lime, and apples are a great combination. Kale and spinach are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Blend them with apples and bananas, and add a splash of lemon juice. When you’ve got a blender at home, you can experiment with different flavors, and find your favorites.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to breakfast staples, why not try oatmeal muffins? Blend together oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, and honey. Add vanilla extract, baking powder, and baking soda. When you’ve got our mixture, spoon into a cake tray, and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
Soup is a simple, cheap, hearty meal for the winter. You can eat soup for lunch or dinner, and there are so many variations to try. If it’s throwing it down outside, why not warm the cockles with a bowl of leek and potato soup? All you need to do is chop your leeks and potatoes. Gently fry the leeks, and then add your potato, vegetable stock, and seasoning. Add the mixture to your blender. Add a sprinkle of salt and serve with fresh wholemeal bread.
Asparagus pesto pasta
Many of us enjoy an indulgent bowl of pasta in the winter months. This quick and easy recipe will provide you with a tasty supper in minutes. Before you get your blender out, grill your asparagus spears for around 5 minutes. Chop them up and then add them to the blender with almonds, garlic, salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle some nutmeg, place the lid on, and you’re good to go. In the meanwhile, boil a pan of water and add fresh pasta. Cook for 2-4 minutes, and then drain. Add your pesto to the pan, and mix together.
If you don’t have time to labor over a hot stove, don’t worry. With the help of a blender, you can whizz up these tasty treats in minutes.
When purchasing a number of ingredients it's worth looking for voucher codes to help save you money.