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I just bought a cheap-o basic blender so I can start making some tasty smoothies. I was hoping to get some recommendations on what to put it in! The cheaper the recipes, the better for me as I am on a real tight budget right now.<br><br><br><br>
Just for tonight I bought some red delicous apples, bananas, and oranges for a little something. I couldn't find any frozen berries in my market believe it or not.<br><br><br><br>
also: it seems like it would be possible to make hummus in a blender, what ingredients would i need besides chickpeas? homemade hummus would be a big money saver for me.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
any help would be really appreciated!
 

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I just remembered a lone peach I had in the bottom of my fridge, that will go in the mix as well probably. Thanks for reminding me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You can make hummus in a blender although I've never tried it personally.<br><br><br><br>
Hummus is typically chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, tahini or PB (I typically leave that out) and a bit of oil. There are recipes around, but I usually just add the ingredients to taste often adding in things like cayanne pepper or corriander. With a blender, though, you'll want to put enough liquid in to get the whole thing going and then add the rest of the liquid to get the consistency you want.<br><br><br><br>
Hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I buy a big tub of organic plain yogurt, a big vat of apple juice, and I usually have either fresh bananas or bananas that were going bad that I froze, and usually some kind of fresh or frozen berries. If strawberries or peaches are on sale I cut them up and freeze them and then use in smoothies as well, in the summer some fruit is crazy cheap so you can save $$$ that way too. When I make smoothies it's usually one part yogurt, one part juice, one part berries, and half a banana. If you have an orange for instance you could juice it instead of adding packaged juice, also if you're vegan you can skip the yogurt and it also is very nice.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Red Pepper Hummus<br><br><br><br>
1- 16 oz. can garbanzo beans<br><br>
1/4 cup olive oil<br><br>
1/2 cup tahini<br><br>
1/2 cup cold water<br><br>
1 Tablespoon minced garlic<br><br>
1 teaspoon salt<br><br>
juice from 1 lemon<br><br>
- In a food processor or a blender blend all ingredients until smooth. This is the plain hummus variation.<br><br>
-Add 1/3 cup roasted red pepper and blend until smooth for a red pepper hummus.<br><br>
-Add 1/3 cup cilantro leaves and blend for a cilantro hummus.<br><br>
Serve with fresh veggies, pita triangles, or tortilla chips.
 

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Mmm, smoothies... My favourite is banana and strawberry. I'm actually going to make some in a minute. If you have some yoghurt sitting around (soy works too) you could throw that in with a banana and some mint.<br><br><br><br>
I've made hummus in a hand blender. I typically use chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, oil and paprika. I find it too bland without the garlic, so it needs at least a hint, for me anyway.<br><br><br><br>
Another thing you can use a blender for is Babaghanoush. Just throw an eggplant in the oven until it's softened, which takes a fair amount of time, slit it open, peel away the flesh, purée with onion, lemon juice, oil a bit of tahini, pepper, paprika. If you like you can add walnuts and some (soy) yoghurt, or use sumach instead of lemon juice. I've seen recipes with garlic too, but again: Without either onion or garlic, it's a bit blah. If the walnuts are too bitter, just pour some boiling water on them and let them sit for a few minutes.<br><br><br><br>
For another spread, you can put red bell pepper, walnuts, a bit of stale bread, garlic and some harissa paste or chilli paste etc. in your blender.
 

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I started out with this...<br><br><br><br>
1 banana<br><br>
1 cup blueberries (usually frozen)<br><br>
1 cup strawberries (usually fresh)<br><br>
1/2 cup orange juice<br><br>
Handful of spinach<br><br><br><br>
The spinach doesn't really add to the taste and really ups the nutritional value.<br><br><br><br>
Fruit smoothies are fun and an easy way to get those servings in. Hope you enjoy them!
 

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You probably won't have much luck putting apples in the blender - they're too hard, and need a juicer. Stick to softer things.
 

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Frozen fruit is typically much cheaper than fresh, and you can buy it in bulk. When I make smoothies, I put in as much fruit as it looks like I'd eat in one sitting, then add soymilk (you can use liquid of your choice) til it covers 3/4 of the fruit. I don't add ice because I use frozen fruit.<br><br><br><br>
I work at Jamba Juice, and many of our smoothies are made with sherbet. If you don't mind subtracting some nutritional value, add sherbet along with your fruit to "stretch" it, and it makes the smoothies smoother too.
 

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Make sure the sherbert is vegan. Alot of shebert contains milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Sorbet is the one that is just made from fruit, no milk.<br><br><br><br>
I love mango smoothies ,but mango can get expensive. Pineapple orange is a good smoothie. Canned pineapple will work and is pretty cheap. I also like virgin pina-coladas. It's basically just coconut milk and canned pineapple with some ice. Sooooo good.
 
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