Keep the summer heat at bay with creamy, refreshing smoothies. Take a handful of berries, a dollop of yogurt, some ice and viola!, you’ve got an easy breakfast, lunch or snack. Not sure where to start? Try one of Food Network Magazine‘s 50 easy smoothie variations.
Make life (and smoothie making) even easier with a SmartStick Hand Blender by Cuisinart. The lightweight stick fits right into pots, pitchers, cups and bowls for quick blending and simple cleanup. Use it to make not just smoothies, but pureed soups, sauces and even pancake batter.
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- Use a hand blender in recipes that call for a standard blender.
We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan an is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.
One tool that no healthy home kitchen should be without is a hand blender (also called an immersion blender). This svelte little tool goes right into your soup, sauce or smoothie, allowing you to blend up something creamy, without transferring liquids from pot to blender. And with one of these, you’ll never deal with a soup-blender explosion again. When you close the lid on hot liquids and then blend, the steam can build up and cause the lid to blow off, sending hot soup flying all around your kitchen. When you bring the blender to the soup, that won’t happen.
You can even use this blender to mix up pancake or crepe batter in seconds.
Use a hand blender to make these recipes:
Nutty Sweet Potato Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Chicken Sate With Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Souffle Pancake With Apple-Pear Compote
You can buy this Cuisinart hand blender for $29.99 at the Food Network Store, and if you join us tonight on Twitter at 8:30pm for a chat about healthy cooking at home (#gethealthy), we’re giving away two of these hand blenders at the end of the chat.
Tell us: Do you own a hand blender? How do you use yours?