Making the Most of Your Blender Cooking Class with Mt. Airy Learning Tree

Making the Most of Your Blender Cooking Class


I had the honor of teaching a cooking class for Mt. Airy Learning Tree and had a blast with my chefs in training!

The class was based on being able to use your blender for...well, just about everything!

We started the course with a familiar blender recipe, a smoothie. And with it being fall, I couldn't help but make a fall themed apple pie smoothie. 

I let the students take a lead where they felt comfortable and informed them, that I am not a fan of measurements for cooking - it's all about what you are feeling that day and how the dish looks.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie
1/2ripe banana
1 apple, peeled, seeded, and quartered
Some dairy-free milk
Some almond butter (or any butter of choice)
Some cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Second dish of the evening was a vegan creamy cashew and tomato dip. I think many of the participants found themselves surprised at how creamy the cashews made the dish and just how much they enjoyed it.

Tomato Cilantro Cashew Dip
2 cups cashews 
1/2 canned diced tomatoes
Small handful of fresh Cilantro leaves
Water
Salt to taste
Crudités to serve

Third dish was a quick almond butter salad dressing. Today's society has grown accustomed to purchasing salad dressing and they forget how easy it can be to create your own healthy versions. I wanted to highlight how you could play with something new and with something as simple as a new salad dressing, you might be sparked to create an entire new family-favorite dish.

Raw Ginger Salad Dressing
Almond butter (any nut butter of choice)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
2-inch knob of ginger
clove of garlic (optional)
Cumin
Black pepper
1 date or 2 tablespoons of honey.
Pre-made Salad Mix

After the salad course - we moved directly to a creamy carrot soup.  Which, thank you Vitamix for not only creating the soup, but for heating it as well!

Honestly, a good powerful blender is one of the only kitchen gadgets you will ever need!

Carrot Ginger Soup
1 red onion, diced and steamed
Garlic cloves, minced
Fresh grated ginger
1 large apple
3 cups carrots, steamed
2-4 cups vegetable broth
Pinch of nutmeg

Before our dessert selection, we all need a good pasta dish! The more carbs the better!

Vegan Creamy Squash Pasta
3 cups squash of choice
Almond milk
Organic vegetable broth
Nutritional yeast to your tasting
Cinnamon 
Ginger
Ground black pepper

Finally, dessert! Sorry, there was no leftovers for this one, so I wasn't quick enough to snag a photo!

Sweet Potato Pudding
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup almond milk
1 banana
2-4 tablespoons sweetener (Maple Syrup, Honey, etc.)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2-4 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)









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