How to Use an Immersion Stick Blender

9 Nov

How to use an Immersion Stick Blender

You may have seen Chef Bobby use an Immersion Stick Blender to make the Green Onion and Cauliflower Soup from Meatless Monday segment on Fox2.  Are Immersion Stick Blenders easy to use?  Are they worth it?  Yes!

  1. Immersion blenders are compact. They are perfect for small kitchens because they take up very little space.
  2. Immersion blenders are relatively inexpensive. You can easily find an immersion blender for under $40.
  3. Immersion blenders are versatile. You can do so many things with a hand blender – it’s not just for soup, but any time you have a lot of blend-able items to work with such as salsas, shakes, sauces or even baby food.  Make sure the head of the blender is fully submerged in whatever you are blending.
  4. They’re fast. Sometimes, it takes only 30 seconds to create a recipe.  Gently move the blender up and down or in a slow stirring motion. If you are making a hot blended dish or soup, let it cool for 10-20 minutes before blending, as things can splatter occasionally.
  5. Less to clean up. Clean the blender piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water and rinse. The blade of the immersion blender will be harder to clean if you let it sit for too long.

Enjoy this Cherry Popsicle recipe!

Cherry Popsicle

Servings:
2 Fruits
1 Dairy

Ingredients:
9 medium Cherries
2/3 cup mixed Blackberries and Blueberries
1 serving Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt
Juice from 1/2 fresh Lemon
Lemon Zest, to taste
Fresh Mint, to taste

Preparation:
Using an Immersion Stick Blender, blend cherries, blackberries, blueberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh mint, and yogurt in a cup or bowl. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until firm. Enjoy!

 

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Healthy Popsicle Recipes

21 Jul

Looking for a delicious treat to help combat the hot Summer weather?  Try out these healthy popsicle recipes!

Frozen Yogurt Pops
Freedom Meal Plans ONLY

Servings:
1 Dairy
1 Fruit

Ingredients:
6 oz. Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt
2/3 cup Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries), frozen

Preparation:
Puree all ingredients in a blender. Divide evenly between paper cups. Cover with aluminum foil and pierce foil in the center with popsicle sticks to hold sticks in place. Freeze 4-5 hours or until solid.  Enjoy!

Tasty Grape Pops
Freedom and Fast Track Meal Plan Approved

Servings:
1 Fruit

Ingredients:
14 medium, seedless Grapes (Red Grapes recommended)
1/4 cup Water

Preparation:
Wash grapes and blend in blender until smooth.  Pour into popsicle molds, freeze until hard, and enjoy!

Spicy Watermelon Pops

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Vegetable

Ingredients:
1 cup Watermelon
1/2 small Tomato, peeled
1/4 medium Jalapeno Pepper, peeled and seeded, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Water

Preparation:
Puree watermelon and tomatoes together.  Add jalapeno to the puree and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Pour puree into popsicle molds and freeze.

Lime Green Popsicles

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Vegetable

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh Spinach, chopped
1 small Green Apple
1/4 cup Water
Juice from 1 Lime

Preparation:
Puree ingredients together in a blender.  Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

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Chocolate Rootbeer Float

10 Jul

There’s no need to miss out on the classics just because you’re on a diet.  Enjoy a Chocolate Root Beer Float this week! 

Servings:
1 Supplement
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement
8 oz. Diet, Caffeine-Free Root Beer
3-4 Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Blend ingredients and enjoy!

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Benefits of Cherries

2 May

Cherries may be a favorite when snacking on fruit, but there’s more benefits to this fruit than just a sweet flavor!

4 Benefits of Cherries:

1. Cherries are high in antioxidants, contributing to decreased inflammation, and reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.  Sweet cherries are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin.  Fiber, Vitamin C, carotenoids and anthocyanins act as an anti-cancer team.  Cyanidin and quercetin help by reducing free radicals.

2.  Cherries are mostly water! Made up of an average of 80% water, snacking on this fruit will help you stay hydrated.  The water and fiber content in this fruit will also help you feel full, without all the extra calories.

3. They can help relieve pain from arthritis and gout.  Some research indicates that cherries can help reduce the symptoms from gout by lowering uric acid levels and reducing C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.

4.  This naturally sweet fruit is an easy, healthy dessert for Spring picnics.  Just throw in a bag and serve!

Try a Cherry Recipe!

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1/2 medium Sweet Potato
5 medium, fresh Cherries, pitted
1/2 small Orange, peeled and sliced

Preparation:
Bake sweet potato until tender.  Cool slightly and scoop pulp from sweet potato halve so it can be filled.  In a food processor, process cherries and orange slices until chunky mixture is achieved.  Mix sweet potato pulp with fruit mixture until well combined.  Scoop mixture into potato shell.  Bake at 350F oven until heated through.

Cherry Chocolate Crunch

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Starch
1 Supplement

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement, prepared as pudding
1 serving Cherries, pitted
1 serving Rice Cakes, crushed

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together well.  Chill for 2 hours and serve.

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St. Patrick’s Day Shake

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s day!  

Our St. Patty’s Day Shake is so good you’ll need to pinch yourself!



Servings:
1 Supplement
*Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
6 oz. of water
Ice
Green food coloring

Preparation:
Mix supplement, water, ice, and a few drops of green food coloring in a blender. Garnish with shavings from a chocolate mint snack bar.

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Coconut Cream Pie

23 Jan

Happy ‘National Pie Day‘!  We think our delicious Coconut Cream Pie says it all!

Servings:
• 1 Fruit
• 1 Starch
• 1 Supplement
• 1 Snack/Bar

Ingredients:
• 1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 1 serving Pineapple
• 2 ½ tsp. Coconut Extract
• 1 Brownie Snack Bar (optional)
• ½ serving Rice Cakes
• ½ serving Melba Toast

Preparation:
Mix vanilla supplement and pineapple with 10 oz. water. Add extract and mix. Crush Melba toast and rice cakes into bottom of small pie tin for crust. Fill with supplement mixture. Melt brownie bar with a little water and spread over top (optional). Chill 1 hour before serving.

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Eggnog

27 Dec

Bring on the Eggnog! Our recipe will surely keep you in the holiday spirit as long as possible!

Servings:
• 1 Supplement
• Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
• 8 oz. Diet, Caffeine-Free Sprite
• 1 MWLC Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• Rum Extract
• Sprinkle of Nutmeg

Preparation:
Blend all ingredients in blender and enjoy!

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Chocolate Espresso

30 Nov
A nice warm cup of Chocolate Espresso is the perfect treat on a crisp fall day!

chocolateespresso

Servings:
1 Supplement
* Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement
7 oz. Water
1 serving Coffee

Preparation:
Mix supplement with water and add to coffee.  Enjoy!

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