Healthy Recipes Using Your Food Processor (Go Ahead, Pull It Out of the Pantry!)

A new friend recently asked me for some recipes to make use of his new food processor. So this blog is dedicated to him, to the joy of new friendships, and to all of my readers who need an excuse to dust off the food processor in the back of their pantry. 

My food processor and Vitamix are my most frequently used kitchen appliances. As much as I like to cook, I couldn't live with out them!

You can make so many delicious and healthy treats with these guys, and will save yourself a lot of time.

Here goes...these are some of the recipes on my blog that use a food processor.

Superfood Energy Balls  Very nutrient-dense and delicious.

Almond Butter Oat Balls  Another easy energy ball.
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Vibrant Salad with Ginger-Citrus Dressing
You can do the cabbage and carrots with the food processor, and then do the dressing in it too.
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Easy Summer Gazpacho
I usually do this in my Vitamix high-speed blender, but you could do it in the food processor too, it would just be a little more chunky. It's a favorite EASY summer soup once the tomatoes start to ripen in the garden. 

Raw Apple Chia Seed Breakfast Porridge

Oh wow, this is a favorite with my clients and for my husband and me. Very nutritious breakfast filled with protein, fiber, and healthy omega 3s, and so easy to make in the food processor. I even got this featured here on Kris Carr's amazing website. Her website has many other excellent vegan recipes.
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Vegan Palak Paneer (Tofu in Curried Kale Sauce)

This is a great one to use a lot of healthy dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, or mustard greens), and you get to puree up your dish in the food processor at the end.
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And one more for  you: the quintessential dip, that's great for lunches and snacks...

Homemade Hummus

hummus and veg

Time: 15 minutes, Serves: 4

 A delicious, fast, and healthy lunch! When you make your own hummus at home, you can use good quality olive oil -- a healthy fat -- instead of the highly refined inflammatory oils (like canola, soybean or safflower oil) found in many store-bought hummus brands. 

Homemade Hummus

·       2 cups cooked chickpeas
·       1/2 cup tahini
·       1/4 cup olive oil
·       2 cloves garlic, peeled
·       Juice of 2 lemons, plus zest
·       Salt and pepper, to taste 

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add water as needed to create smooth consistency – try 1/8 cup to start. Serve with raw carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, cucumber slices, celery sticks, or snow peas.


You like to cook, like to eat healthy, and you don't have a food processor or Vitamix yet?

These are game-changers in the kitchen and make cooking faster and more fun.

If you are cooking for a family or crowd, get a 14-cup food processor like this one from Cuisinart.

If you are a smaller household, go for a 7-cup food processor.

I personally only recommend a mini food processor if you are just making dressings and chopping very small amounts. It's handy for those things, but not helpful for most recipes. 

The Vitamix is ideal for smoothies and soups like the Gazpacho. I use it all the time. Try my yummy Dill-licious Pineapple Green Smoothie for a natural energy buzz!!

There are lots of Vitamix models. I recommend (and personally use) the Standard 5200 Model which has variable speed. The Certified Reconditioned Standard Model is another good option if you are on a budget. Those links will give you free shipping on any Vitamix. Sweet!

Happy processing and healthy cooking!

Now THAT'S what I call Processed Food Fit for Human Consumption! 

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