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4 No-Cook Sauces You Can Make in Your Blender

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Regardless of whether you're making pasta for yourself or an elaborate meal for friends and family, your all purpose blender can help you create some delicious sauces that will transform your meal. Rather than eating sauce from a can or jar and waiting for it to simmer on the stovetop, try these no-cook, simple sauce recipes you can whip up in your blender

1. Pesto 
Whether with salmon, roast chicken or angel hair pasta, pesto is a tried-and-true favorite. To make your own all you need to do is add 2 cups of fresh basil, 1/2 cup of parsley, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of almonds (walnuts or pine nuts also work), 1/4 grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper into the blender. Then, remove the blender's  filler cap and process on low while slowly adding 1 cup of olive oil. At the end you'll have a green, delicious pesto sauce. 

2. Creamy avocado 
When you want a unique sauce to add flavor to anything from scallops to fajitas, your all-purpose blender can be your best friend. Combine 3 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 chopped serrano pepper, 1 halved garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt into your blender and mix it on high until everything is finely chopped. Then add in 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of cilantro and a whole, cut avocado without the pit. Blend this mixture until smooth and creamy, stopping intermittently to scrape the sides, ensuring everything is mixed. Then, enjoy!

3. Hollandaise sauce 
Homemade Hollandaise sauce is a great addition to your dinner veggies or morning eggs Benedict, and you can make it in your blender. Start off by separating 3 large eggs. Pour the yolks into your blender jar, run on low. Then slowly add two sticks of melted butter while still blending. Next, add juice from half a lemon as well as salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste. Now you're ready to serve!

4. Japanese ginger dressing 
This sauce is the simplest of the four, but that doesn't take away from its fantastic taste. Mix 4 teaspoons of ketchup,1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, 1/3 cup of canola oil, 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/3 cup of chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of chopped celery and 1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger into your personal blender and put on high. Blend until the mixture is a smooth liquid ready to drizzle on your salads. 

Many people may think of their blenders as smoothie machines, but you can use this appliance to add a unique, flavor-filled touch to any meal.