"I've been making pasta sauce in my blender with lots of hidden
vegetables. I whizz up the beef mince as well, as the children
claim not to enjoy eating it when it's lumpy, making a smooth vegetable and
meat sauce that the kids LOVE!"
2. Veggie blender burgers
"Add a tin of kidney beans, two slices of bread, a carrot,
one bunch of spring onions, one bunch of coriander
and five mushrooms to a blender. Blend it all
together. Add more bread if needed. These can then be cooked in the
oven or even frozen for a quick meal. My daughter loves this - they
contain no salt and are packed with protein and veg."
3. Carrot and cinnamon ice cream
"Carrots, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream - whizz it up and if it's to
go, take it in a flask to keep it cool. Sounds weird but I
promise it is AMAZING!"
4. Instant frappuccino
"Put ice cubes, milk, sugar and some coffee granules in the blender for
one minute. Miles better than Starbucks - it goes all thick and
5. Broccoli stalk smoothie
"Here's a juice to use up the tough stalk from a head of broccoli,
which tastes surprisingly good: three medium apples, one medium
beetroot, one large broccoli stalk, one inch of root ginger."
6. Stir-in pasta sauce
"I fry two red onions and a clove of garlic in a pan, then pop this
mixture into a blender with 5 roasted red peppers from a jar Lidl do a
massive one for £1.79!). Blitz, and stir through cooked
pasta. It is really thick and creamy, and the kids love it. And it can
be made within 10 minutes of coming home."
7. Homemade cough mixture
"Take a hand-sized piece of ginger root (cleaned and peeled), 250ml
orange juice, one tsp black peppercorns, one tsp cloves, a
finger-sized piece of cassia bark or cinnamon stick, a jar of honey
or golden syrup.
Blend all the ingredients apart from the honey/syrup and boil in a pan
for five minutes. Strain into a measuring jug through a fine metal sieve,
tea strainer or muslin. Add a quantity of honey/syrup that is equal to
the amount of liquid you have and mix together.
Allow to cool and store in the fridge in a glass bottle or jar. Take
with a spoon or add to a cup of hot water."
8. 'Everything in!' smoothie
"Add a cube of frozen spinach to a packet of Lidl frozen mixed berry
selection (it has strawberries, which no others I've tried have),
plus anything that's on the turn in the fruit bowl like pears,
nectarines, plums etc. Add in some chia seeds and a spoonful of
Lidl's milled linseed with goji berries. Blitz till it's smooth with
some apple juice."
9. Almond butter
"I've just made almond butter and it's a lovely, healthier alternative
to peanut butter. Very simple to do."
10. Cold morning hot breakfast drink
"We love this breakfast drink - take a cup of very hot milk and add
banana, cinnamon, honey, PB2 powder or Horlicks and a handful
of oats. Whizz up and drink while it's hot."
And one thing to make, just for yourself
"A refreshing cocktail made from approximately three cups of
very cold seedless watermelon, the juice of
two limes and 60ml rum."
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