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6 Things to Make in Your Blender Besides a Smoothie

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Your Oster® Accurate Blend™ 200 Blender whips up delicious, nutrient-packed smoothies, but it can also create a wide variety of other tasty foods. The multiple speed settings and powerful blades cut through all types of ingredients to create fresh and tasty meals, sides and treats in minutes.

Expand the power of your Oster® Accurate Blend™ 200 Blender by making these six foods:

1. Soup
Microwaved soup can lack flavor and nutrients, and making it on the stovetop takes hours of stirring and tasting. Instead, quickly make a batch of delicious, homemade soup with your blender. Simply chop some vegetables like potatoes, celery, carrots and onions and add to them to the blender jar with a little chicken or vegetable broth and a dash of spices, herbs and salt and pepper. You can also add some precooked chicken, turkey or crumbled sausage. Blend for 3-4 minutes, then heat on the stovetop for a few more minutes. Enjoy with crackers or toasted bread for a tasty meal made in just minutes. You can also make specialty soups in your blender, like minestrone or pea or carrot soup.

2. Kale or chard salad
Did you ever think that you could make a salad in your blender? Probably not. But the sharp blades of the Oster® Accurate Blend™ 200 Blender are perfect for cutting through tough greens. After washing the kale or chard leaves, gently tear them apart into smaller pieces. Place in the blender jar, and then add a tablespoon or two of water - this will ensure that the blades can cut through the leaves. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes, and then top with a homemade salad dressing, quinoa or couscous for a tasty lunch that's big on nutrients.

dressingDid you know you can make salad dressing in your blender?

3. Salad dressing
Once you have your kale salad ready, put your blender to work again to make the salad dressing. You can make a classic balsamic vinegar dressing by adding a teaspoon of minced garlic, 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of mustard and salt and pepper to the blender jar and then pulsing for 1 minute. Your blender is also great for making healthy alternatives to creamy Caesar dressing and ranch.

4. Nut Milk
Nut milks are super healthy and are a great alternative to milk for vegans and those that are lactose intolerant, but they can cost a pretty penny on supermarket shelves. Instead, why not make your own with your blender? Choose your nut of choice - almonds and cashews make great-tasting milks - place them in a bowl, and then cover the nuts in water and let soak overnight. After soaking, rinse the nuts, place in the blender jar, add a cup of water and then blend for 3-4 minutes until smooth. Then, strain the nut mixture through a cheesecloth set over the top of a bowl. Pour the mixture back into the blender and blend with sweetener of choice for another 2-3 minutes or until creamy. 

You can also make nut butters in your blender. You don't have to soak the nuts beforehand or add water - instead, just place the nuts in the blender and add a little coconut or canola oil.

pancakesYour blender can make pancake breakfasts easier.

5. Pancakes
There's nothing like a warm and buttery pancake breakfast on a lazy weekend morning. Stirring the batter by hand can be a burden, especially when you have bacon or potatoes to tend to on the stove, so let your blender whip up the batter instead. Whether you're using a pre-made mix or making the batter from scratch, just combine the ingredients in the blender and pulse until it's smooth but still a little lumpy - the right combination for the perfect pancake.

6. Salsa
Everyone gravitates to the chips and salsa at parties. And now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is on its way, fresh-made salsa is the perfect snack. Opt to make your own by simply combining tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and spices in your blender jar, and pulsing for 2 minutes. Use your salsa as a dip, or add it to eggs, potatoes or burritos for a delicious meal.