Quick & Delicious: Make the Most of Your Blender
Find out how to use any blender for faster food prep, healthy smoothies, flavorful sauces and more. Cooking instructor Nicki Sizemore guides you through how to create whipping cream and butter from scratch. Then, learn how easy and inexpensive it is to make almond milk at home and throw together smoothies your pickiest eaters will love. Moving on, Nicki shares her tricks for transforming standby meals into exciting entrees with bright sauces and dressings. And, find out how to whip up a versatile tomato sauce, mess-free hollandaise, roasted tomatillo salsa and Nicki's special blueberry jam no canning required. Finally, satisfy any sweet tooth with the perfect crêpe batter or kid-friendly banana-oat pancakes. Plus, enjoy an exclusive lesson on how to use a Vitamix blender to make hot tomato bisque, chocolate chunk ice cream and even whole wheat bread!
Nicki Sizemore is a food stylist, video host and cooking instructor. She and her work have appeared on the Food Network, Betty Crocker and Kraft, and she has written for many industry publications, including Saveur and Fine Cooking. Nicki also shares from-scratch meals that can be made in under an hour on her blog, From Scratch Fast.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Nicki Sizemore and learn fast food prep tricks using your blender, from easy whipping cream and creamy butter to your best-ever breadcrumbs.
Nicki shows you how to make almond milk and two satisfying smoothies. First, learn how to make almond milk that's cheaper and more delicious than what you'll find in the store. Then, blend superfood and green smoothies that even kids will enjoy! Plus, whip up a fresh watermelon margarita.
Master emulsions for delicious Caesar dressing and a coconut-peanut marinade. Nicki also shares dishes that pair perfectly with these emulsions.
Move on to sauces and soups! Learn to make mess-free hollandaise, a versatile tomato sauce and chilled cucumber soup, with no chilling required.
Spreads and salsas are up next. Nicki shows you how to make mayonnaise so good, you'll never go store-bought again. Then, roast tomatillos for a delectable salsa and finish with Nicki's take on blueberry jam, minus the canning. Plus, learn how to use chia seeds as a natural thickener instead of instant pectin.
A whole lesson on blender sweet treats? It's true! First, learn the secrets to perfect crêpe batter. Then, make whole-grain, banana-oat pancakes that are healthy, hearty and absolutely kid friendly.
In this Vitamix bonus lesson, learn just how much more you can get from your machine! Whip up hot tomato bisque without a stove, make from-scratch peanut butter with ease and even create homemade chocolate chunk vanilla bean ice cream. Plus, finish your class with the easiest whole-wheat bread dough you've ever made.