11 Ways to Use Your 1-Cup Blender for Every Meal of the Day
Whether you bought your small-scale blender to transform your diet or you were just looking for a cheaper substitute to $200+ high-speed models, there’s a chance you are under-utilizing your purchase.
At this point, you’ve probably realized that anything in your fridge can become a breakfast smoothie with the right amount of frozen bananas, liquids, and determination. But how often to you find yourself pulling out the machine for other jobs throughout the day?
I have good news for you: Your blender can do more.
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Your blender can help you create a perfect-sized meal for a party of one, or an easy relish, dip, or sauce for a big family meal.
Before I get into the specifics, it is important to understand that smaller blender models can’t handle all of the same jobs that their heavy-duty, high-powered counterparts can. They aren’t designed to hold any hot (or even warm) contents because there is no way for steam to escape. Wait for all of your ingredients to cool down completely before throwing them in the blending cup.
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With small blenders, you can’t stream liquids in as the blender keeps whirring away. You’ll need more liquids than usual to ensure that the blade doesn’t get stuck. You also shouldn’t even leave it running for more than a minute at a time, which causes the motor to overheat. Stop the blender and shake the contents every 30 seconds, if possible.
I’m not trying to scare you, but safety manuals are included for a reason. Read them. Love them.
People may have different opinions about these blenders versus the larger and more powerful models, but there is no debate when it comes to the price, size, and ease of cleaning of smaller blenders. With a few small recipe adjustments, there is little your mini blender can’t do.
Whip up breakfast:
- To enhance your morning cup of coffee, froth cold milk until creamy and fluffy and pour overtop. If you prefer a morning matcha, blend almond milk, matcha and honey together until foamy and airy.
- Throw eggs into the blender with a splash of milk, cheese, or both to get light and airy before scrambling in a skillet.
Blend instead of mixing:
- For thin batters like crepes, muffins, and pancakes, your blender can make cooking breakfast easier. Just be sure not to overmix! Try these Chicken and Herb Crepes or Green Smoothie Muffins. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go vegan.
- Blend up a mixed berry compote using any ripe fruit and maple syrup to top your pancakes or crepes.
Juice instead of blending:
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Feed your kiddos:
Dress your greens:
Make small-batch soups:
- Making fresh soup for dinner is just as easy as making a smoothie for breakfast. Blend the ingredients together while at room temperature, then heat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Try our Creamy Butternut Squash-Leek Bisque, Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup, or a concoction made from whatever you have in the fridge. In fact, you don’t even need a recipe to create creamy vegetable soups.
- Because your small-scale blender can’t take hot items, it’s perfect for making chilled summer soups like gazpacho. We’re big fans of our Avocado Gazpacho with Sourdough Croutons, Cucumber Gazpacho with Blue Crab, and Strawberry Gazpacho, to name a few.
- If you’re looking for a light dessert, whip up frozen bananas with milk or almond milk for a creamy “nice-cream” treat. Blend in chocolate chips or chopped nuts to add some texture.
- For a more decadent end to the day, blend up a batch of milkshakes with your favorite icecream, milk, and any delicious mix-ins. For example, our Tagalong Milkshake and Birthday Cake Shake call for cookies and cake-mix as flavor additions.
- Addicted to frappuccinos? Save money by whipping up your own. With leftover coffee, sugar, vanilla, ice and milk in the blender, you’ll have a homemade frappuccino faster than it would take to stand in line.
Shake things up:
A few extras:
- In a bind looking for breadcrumbs? Blend a few pieces of chopped, stale bread in your blender and let the blade go to work. You may need to shake the blender cup to make sure nothing gets stuck.
- If you’re making a meat marinade using whole ingredients like garlic, onion or herbs, start by blending the mixture to disperse the pungent flavors throughout. For even more marinating advice, here’s our master guide to whipping up marinades.
- Because some cooked ingredients may need to cool for long periods of time before blending, it’s a good idea to prep your ingredients ahead of time (even overnight) so they’re ready-to-go at meal time. You heard that right. Another chance to meal prep.