Have you ever bought a blender, sworn you will use it every single day and then after a month, completely forgot about it? This story is all too common with blender owners. A lot of times, the blender is purchased for making smoothies and then when you get sick of making them, the blender goes into storage. The key to keeping your blender on the counter is to figure out how many different ways you can use your blender so that it’s always part of your meal prep.

1. Easy Cauliflower Mash Recipe

It is now a common theme for people to be skipping out on carbs when they’re leading a healthier lifestyle. Cauliflower mash is a fantastic alternative to mashed potatoes that still gives you the fluffy, delicious flavor without the negative impact on your body.

Use your blender to whip up your cooked cauliflower into mashed cauliflower in just seconds. You can add in your milk, seasoning and butter as well to make your mash silky smooth.

http://kitchenofeatin.com/easy-cauliflower-mash-recipe/ PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: KITCHEN OF EATIN’

2. Broccoli Cheese Soup

On a chilly, rainy day, this soup is a fantastic meal option for you and your family to enjoy – especially if some homemade bread is also on the menu!

Pull out your blender to blend up all your soup ingredients after they have been cooked to have a quick and easy supper in just a few minutes.

https://diethood.com/broccoli-cheese-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DIETHOOD

3. Asian Peanut-Coconut Dressing

Salad dressings are always packed with preservatives except when they are made at home. Homemade salad dressing is one of the best ways you can control what goes into your body.

Add all your salad dressing ingredients into your blender and then blend until it’s a smooth dressing, worthy of being served at a restaurant!

https://carlsbadcravings.com/asian-peanut-coconut-dressing-and-blendtec-giveaway/# PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CARL’S BAD CRAVINGS

4. Mango Sorbet

Much like salad dressing, frozen treats have a lot more than just the essential ingredients packed into their ingredients list.

When serving a frozen dessert, pull out your blender and make your own! It’s a fantastic way for you to give your guests an authentic fruity flavor along with nutrients that they aren’t expecting to get in a dessert.

http://www.perrysplate.com/2014/07/5-minute-mango-sorbet.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PERRY’S PLATE

5. Chunky Blender Salsa

Homemade salad sounds so daunting when you think about having to chop up all those veggies and making sure that the seasoning is right.HERE

Instead, let your blender do the hard work and create a delicious salsa that your dinner guests can enjoy before the main meal, or even later in the evening.

http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2014/11/24/chunky-blender-salsa/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NUMBER 2 PENCIL

6. Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl

Falafels are absolutely scrumptious, but we all know that everything tastes better when it’s homemade. Try your hand at making falafels without being too intimidated.

Once again, your blender will be your new best friend when it comes to ensuring the right combination of ingredients and the ideal texture for this meal.

https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/perfect-whole30-blender-cauliflower-falafel-tahini-bowl/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PALEO GLUTEN FREE

7. Vegan French Silk Ice Cream

Do you have some friends that are vegan? Maybe you’re vegan. Either way, this ice cream is clearly to die for with its creamy texture and rich flavor.

Your guests will think you bought this gourmet ice cream at a special ice cream shop when the lay eyes on it, but you can just say “I used my blender.”

https://www.feastingonfruit.com/vegan-french-silk-ice-cream/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: FEASTING ON FRUIT

8. Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter is packed with benefits not only for your stomach but also for your skin! Make this at-home spa treatment and cooking ingredient that sells for a lot at the store, at home for free!

Toss all your ingredients into the blender, and let your new favorite kitchen accessory do its thing. It is one amazingly simple recipe.

https://www.bakerita.com/homemade-coconut-butter/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKERITA

9. Wine Smoothie

We all know that blenders can make smoothies, but did you know that you can add wine to a smoothie? Have you ever considered how this is the perfect combination of health and happiness?!

Whether you’re adding red wine or white, champagne or moscato, create your own unique summer drink with the help of your blender.

https://cookingwithcurls.com/2015/05/21/wine-smoothie/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING WITH CURLS

10. Paleo Banana Bread

Banana bread is still possible when you’re on the paleo diet. You may not have thought this was possible before, but you are in luck today!

This recipe not only is suitable for your dietary needs but is also mixed in – you guessed it – your blender! No sore arms from mixing here!

https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/5-minute-paleo-banana-bread/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PALEO GLUTEN FREE

11. Enchilada Sauce

Mexican food is always a favorite around the dinner table, but a lot of times the sauces can be packed with calories and unneeded ingredients that just expand your waistline.

Instead of buying your sauces, make them yourself using your handy dandy blender that you thought you would get tired of but were clearly mistaken.

https://pinchofyum.com/5-minute-blender-enchilada-sauce PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PINCH OF YUM

12. Easy Blender Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the most popular foods you can identify in almost everyone’s homes in North America. The problem is that it’s actually quite expensive.

Make your own peanut butter at home using your blender and make it the perfect consistency and flavor for your family. Your kids will appreciate this special batch of peanut butter that you made just for their taste buds!

https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/06/07/easy-blender-peanut-butter/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: AMY’S HEALTHY BAKING

13. Cheese Sauce

Cheese sauce tastes amazing on fries but once again, it’s packed with garbage ingredients! If you could recreate your favorite guilty pleasure in the comfort of your home, would you do it?

With this simple recipe for cheese sauce, you can do just that. Toss your ingredients in the blender and watch your cheesy fry sauce come to life.

http://veggieprimer.com/no-guilt-cheesy-fries/ Veggie Primer PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEGGIE PRIMER

14. Chocolate Mousse Cake

Baking a cake can get so messy and time consuming that a lot of people will just get cakes made for special occasion so they don’t have to bother with the mess.

Making a cake in your blender is actually very possible and so easy! It eliminates the mess factor and will save you more time than you can even imagine!

https://www.feastingonfruit.com/chocolate-mousse-cake/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FEASTING ON FRUIT

15. Banana Oat Blender Pancakes

Buying a pancake mix is the easiest way to prep breakie on Saturday morning. The problem is that a lot of those pancake mixes don’t offer any nutritional benefits.

Make your own mix by mixing up these banana oat pancakes in the blender! They’ll be ready to be cooked in seconds, making breakfast one quick meal to make.

http://www.bewholebeyou.com/2015/01/02/recipe-post-banana-oat-pancakes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BE WHOLE + BE YOU

16. Buckwheat Blender Crepes

Similarly to pancakes, crepes can get a little messy, especially when you’re trying to get the right consistency without any chunks of the mix.

Blending the crepe mix is a perfect way to get a smooth batter for your next gourmet breakfast meal. It’s so delicious and just might be your new favorite thing to make with a blender.

http://meaningfuleats.com/buckwheat-blender-crepes-gluten-free-dairy-free/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MEANINGFUL EATS

17. Homemade Basil Pesto

Have you tried incorporating pesto into your regular cooking routine? It’s a fantastic way to add flavor to your food without having to mix and match spices.

Use your blender to make some delicious pesto that is packed with pine nuts, basil, and garlic. Add to pasta, sandwiches or even on top of chicken!

http://littlespicejar.com/homemade-basil-pesto/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LITTLE SPICE JAR

18. Hummus

Buying hummus is a lot less intimidating than making it, that’s for sure! What if you could make hummus at home in a matter of seconds and have it taste better and cost less than the stuff at the grocery store?

Adding some chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and tahini sauce is all you need to make an amazing hummus right at home! It sounds like having a chicken souvlaki meal to go with it isn’t such a bad idea.

http://emilyaroach.com/5-minute-hummus-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EMILY A ROACH

19. Grain Free Blender Muffins

Can you believe that muffins can be made in a blender? It’s true! And the best part about it is that it doesn’t take long to make at all because the blender does all the work for you.

Add your chocolate chips to the muffins after you’ve poured the batter into muffin cups so that the blender doesn’t chop up those precious chips of deliciousness!

http://www.forkly.com/recipes/grain-free-blender-muffins-gfv/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

20. Zucchini Banana Bread

Needing a simple breakfast food to sustain you through the morning? This oatmeal based zucchini bread will ensure you are filled with complex carbs that will fill your body with all those nutrients your body needs!

Add these few ingredients into the blender, and you know the drill! Blend away until it’s ready to be poured into a baking dish.

https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/04/28/zucchini-banana-bread-vegan-flourless/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CHOCOLATE COVERED KATIE

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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