I am super excited to be sharing with you guys today, one of my favorite new cookbooks, The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts & Drinks. This drool worthy masterpiece is the debut cookbook from the beautifully talented Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl. This comprehensive cookbook releases tomorrow and it is chock full of 100 gluten-free and vegan recipes!
I met Tess last month at Expo West and I knew immediately when I saw her shining smile and welcoming presence, that she was someone I could totally get down with! Tess is a health-conscious blogger with a love for food very much like my own. The recipes in her brand new cookbook are all plant-based and gluten-free and each one is created with the intent to not only tantalize your taste buds but to also nourish your body and your soul. I have already bookmarked several of these amazing recipes to make over the next few weeks! I cannot wait to cook my way through this beautiful book.
The Blender Girl Cookbook is loaded with nutrient-dense recipes that run the gamut of creativity. Sure there are the traditional blenders recipes you’d expect to see in a cookbook like this, such as smoothies, sauces, juices and soups but Tess takes what a high speed blender can do, to new limits creating recipes like:
A Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie
Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff
Chai Rice Pudding
Tons of various salad dressings, dips, sauces and so so much more.
Besides all of these amazing recipes, Tess shares details on the benefits and how-to’s of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients. 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.
This beautiful book officially goes on sale tomorrow, but I am so happy to be sharing my favorite recipe of Tess’ from the book and to be giving away two copies of the book to two very lucky readers.
I had the pleasure of sampling this incredible vegan soup at Expo West last month where I met Tess at the Massel booth. Tess had created a large pot of this comforting creamy cauliflower soup with Massel’s vegetable broth and she was serving it up with a side of her infectious smile.
First of all, you will not believe how creamy this soup is without a bit of dairy, it is so comforting and insanely simple to pull together. This soup is a great starter or a weeknight meal, being thrown together in less than 40 minutes. Tess recommends a scoop of our favorite grain or a side of your favorite crusty bread on the side to make it a complete meal and it freezes quite nicely, too. Though I doubt it would ever make it to the freezer, in our house.
Check out this impressive recipe below and be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter to win a copy of The Blender Girl or heck, just head over to Amazon and get yours ordered now and have it by the end of the week.
[print_this]Creamy Cauliflower Soup – Gluten-free + Vegan
By Tess Masters for the The Blender Girl Cookbook
serves 6 as a starter, 4 as a main
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic (about 2 cloves), plus more to taste
- 2 cups (200g) chopped leeks (white parts only, from 2 or 3 leeks)
- Natural salt
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 7 cups (1.65l) vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup (35g) raw unsalted cashews or 1/4 cup (35g) blanched slivered raw almonds, soaked
- 3 tablespoons chopped chives or a grating of nutmeg (optional; choose one, not both), to garnish
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and saute the garlic, leeks, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add the cauliflower and saute for another minute. Add the vegetable broth, increase the heat to high, and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is completely tender. Stir the mix periodically and mash the cauliflower with a wooden spoon.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly; stir in the nuts. Pour the soup into your blender in batches and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. (Remember to remove the plastic cap in the blender top and cover the opening with a kitchen towel so steam can escape while you blend.) Return the soup to the saucepan and warm it over low heat. Stir in salt to taste. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with either chopped chives or grated nutmeg.[/print_this]
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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I’d love a copy of this cookbook because I love using my Vitamix and I’m always looking for new recipes to try! Thanks!
Wow,the book sounds amazing.I am quite new with Gluten free and dairy free diet and this book can help me on my way.
I’m trying to include more smoothies and healthy soups in my diet, so this cookbook sounds awesome!
That vibrant green smoothie on the cover is enough for me to want this book! All the recipes sound amazing, and I’m always looking for new ways to use my vitamix.
I would love a copy of this cookbook because I strive to live a vegan diet, and a few of my close friends are both vegan and gluten free as well. I’d love to have a big delicious dinner party with recipes form this book, so that everyone can socialize together while eating according to their needs!
Thankyou for your lovely lovely write up Beth. I really appreciate it. Can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow night. Enjoy everybody. xxx
I would love to test the recipes out for my blog 🙂
This book sounds amazing! I don’t have many cookbooks. I want to build up my library!
I WANT THE COOKBOOK!!!!
I would love to have this cookbook! I use a vitamix at least twice a day, so it would definitely add some variety to my usual meals (as well as new ideas to help with my annoying giant list of allergies and food intolerances). Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Great inventive healthy recipes are always welcome here!
I would love to have the Blender Girl book because it looks like something I could actually use and benefit from! I love using a blender, but don’t get it out enough, only because I don’t know what to make besides smoothies!!
I love the convenience of meals made withy Ninja blender, and these recipes are even better since they are fresh and gluten free!
I am drooling already! This cook book looks amazing! I can’t wait to read it!
I need more ways to use my vitamix and this would be perfect.
I just started my juice fast yesterday and I’m hoping that it’ll be a smooth transition into raw/vegan food. I would love this book to start off my journey after I get off my fast. Plus I don’t have any cook books and neither do I know how to cook ANYTHING! I neeeeed this 🙂
How exciting! I would love this book.
I’m trying to get more healthy foods in my life, and this book looks like a wonderful way to do it! Everything sounds so good.
I have recently adopted a vegan lifestyle and need all the recipes I can get…especially ones that look as fabulous and enticing as Tess’s recipes! Looks like a gorgeous book.
Please please choose me…here’s why…
One of my 14, 2014 New Year’s resolution is to cook my way through a cookbook! I’m well on my way to ticking away and implementing many of the 14…but sadly I haven’t found the cookbook that keeps me cooking from it! And yikes, it’s April 7th…however, after reading the Blender Girl’s table of contents and a bit about her, I’m certain this is the one for me! I loved her opener about being a “health enabler”…as that’s what I’m affectionately called by my friends along with “health pusher”! Two titles I’m proud to take on.
Both you, Beth, and Tess seem like girls I could totally hang, eat and chat the day away with. Before during and after a great yoga class…
So again please please pick me!
Big fan- Juliet
I’ve Really enjoyed smoothies since I got my Vitamix at Christmas, this book also provides a wealth of knowledge to expand my horizons outside the smoothie realm – and is So Beautiful!! A must have for sure!
I use my Vitamix blender every day! I’m always looking for new smoothie, juice, and sauce recipes to blend up.
This looks delicious and I’d love to win a copy of the book to try out some other recipes. Thanks for sharing this one!
I’d love to win this book!
This book sounds great. I love my blender but would like to find some new and adventurous ways to use it.
Just bought a Vitamix blender, it arrived Friday and I am so excited….. Would absolutely LOVE a copy if the beautiful book. I am a total newbe to this, can’t wait to start blending away!
I love being a vegan such a great cookbook
i seriously want to start eating healthier and this would be the perfect “excuse” and jump start to start!
I would love to get more creative with my use of the Vitamix, so this book would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
I am a big fan of the Blender Girl and I love healthy eating. This cookbook would be a wonderful resource! Thank you for the giveaway!
Would love a copy! I love making new healthy recipes for my family 🙂
I love smoothies! I hope I win!
really getting on the smoothie/blender bandwagen. been juicing for years and honestly really just started to get famailar w the difference in benefits between juicing and smoothies. big fan and would love to learn more recipes!!
I’m super excited about this cookbook!!!! We JUST bought a Vitamix, and I’m looking forward to some awesome recipes! I’m a vegan “wannabe” and love all things veggie & green.
Would love love love this!!!
This is going to be one of my FAVORITE cookbooks 🙂
What I like is the book isn’t just about smoothies. Would love to explore!
My 12 year old daughter is obsessed with cooking and she LOVES our blender. She makes us smoothies every morning. So rad. She would absolutely flip over having a copy of this book!
Beth, I am so grateful for your blog! Thank you!
I would be blessed to win this book because I have a Blendtec, and I’m in serious need of some inspiration and recipes. I’ve just recently decided to cut down on my gluten intake, and I’d love to incorporate more smoothie and easy blender foods into our day. 🙂
If the food tastes anything like the photos look, this will become a ‘go to’ book for me.
I can’t wait to try that soup and buy the book! YAY!
This book looks amazing… So hope to get my hands on a copy soon. Love my Vitamix but need some new inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.
Vegan cheeses and nutrient dense foods and making my vegan diet taste more interesting interests me.
I’d like to eat healthier and this book has great recipes…thanks!
Very creative way to enter/earn points to win the free book! Trying to eat healthier while on a college/grad school budget can be challenging to say the least. Hopefully this book would help to motivate!
I have a Vitamix and would love some recipe ideas to use it for! Thanks for the giveaway!
This book looks awesome! Very unique. Would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.
entered as much as i could! this book sounds awesome. =)
yummy. I hope I win this!!!
this book looks amazing. i’m always looking for quick, inspired, healthy recipes to add to my repertoire!
I want a copy of this book because I have a passion for eating healthy! And I love learning new interesting recipes full of health! I’ve always wanted to try blender recipes, but I feel I don’t know enough. Plus I have never found a guide that I liked all that much! This book seems perfect!! And even if I don’t win this giveaway I’ll be purchasing a copy!:)
I’d like a copy bc it looks like a cool book 🙂
I’d love to win because I love collecting cookbooks. It’s gluten free and vegan so it’s prefect for me since I’m a gluten free vegan
I would love to win a copy because all of her recipes look so good!
this cookbook looks amazing!!! i love blogs, and it’s great that’s there so many amazing recipes online, but it’s not quite the same as having a shelf of cookbooks in the kitchen.
I am desperate for this book! It would help ensure my family always has quick and nutritious meals, especially for my grandma who has arthritis, diabetes and suffers from gout regularly.
looks like a really lovely cookbook- would LOVE some new ideas for my Blendtec!
Hope I win the book!
I would love to have this kind of giveaways.