For those of us who’ve discovered the joys of a Thermomix, there’s almost a cult-like obsession with it (what can’t it do?!?).
We asked food and nutrition writer and author of Thermomix Something for Everyone, Louise Fulton Keats, to share her top 10 tips for easy, nutrient-filled cooking the whole family will love.
1. Green smoothies
Add extra colour to your day with a delicious green smoothie. Spinach, kale and parsley all work well, and for a dairy-free version try almond milk, soy milk or coconut water. Blend through a piece of peeled, fresh turmeric for an extra flavour and nutrient boost.
2. Avoid additives, go for homemade
Cancel that trip to the supermarket and go for homemade instead. You can make so many of your favourite processed products, with no additives. Make your own pesto, with less cheese and salt and more herbs and seeds. Cook your own stocks. Blend your nut butter without added sugar or oil. You can even grind your own mince meat!
3. Get steaming
The Thermomix Varoma is the perfect tool for creating low-cal steamed meals. It’s ideal for fish fillets, vegetables, healthy homemade wontons, even eggs – try them steamed in ramekins with some tomato and herbs for the ultimate breakfast. If you’re cooking for a crowd, you can even steam a whole chicken or fish.
4. Mix up your grains
If white rice is a staple in your household, it’s time to get adventurous. Yes, you can make the most perfect fluffy white rice, it’s also great for cooking wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, barley and amaranth – all of which have more protein and a better nutrient profile than white rice.
5. Varied veggie mash
Increase your vegetable variety by ditching the potato mash and instead making a puree using three or four different vegetables – cauliflower, beetroot, pumpkin, broccoli, zucchini – the options are endless. Just steam the veggies in your Varoma and then puree away. Use stock instead of cream or butter to thin the mash, plus add some garlic cloves and a handful of herbs for a flavour boost.
6. Protein bliss balls
With a few simple ingredients you can make your own protein balls in a matter of minutes, without the added sugar. Use fresh dates, chia seeds, protein powder, coconut, ground seeds, ground nuts, prunes – even a sprinkle of wheatgerm or some acai powder – for a super healthy snack, packed with omega-3s and other goodness.
7. Sneaky vegetables
For any fussy children in your family, this is the perfect tool for sneaking hidden veggies into meals. Add pureed capsicum and zucchini to a Bolognese sauce, slip some grated carrots into a muffin mixture, or try some grated beetroot in their next chocolate cake.
8. Hummus heaven
Skip the butter and instead use hummus on your toast and sandwiches for a healthy protein boost. With dried or tinned chickpeas, it’s a cinch to make. Plus, you can add beetroot or broccoli for a tasty hummus variation – just steam it first in the Varoma then whizz it straight through.
9. Natural sweetness
Say goodbye to white sugar and instead sweeten your baking with healthier fruit and vegetable purees, such as apple and pumpkin. Adding a banana to your pancake mix and muffin batter is another way to cut the white sugar – just whizz it up in the mixing bowl along with your other ingredients.
10. Ice cream dream
If you can’t live without ice cream, your Thermomix is your best friend. Make a super low-cal version using frozen skim milk ice cubes, fresh fruit and minimal sugar – or skip the dairy altogether and make an instant sorbet with frozen fruit. Yum!
Free 12WBT Recipe: Thermomix Beef Moussaka
- 2 Serves
- 15 min prep time
- 70 min cooking
- 341 Cal / serve
Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 70 min
- 25 g reduced fat cheese
- ¾ cups low fat milk (180g)
- 1 tablespoons plain flour (12g)
- 120 g lean beef steak (or mince)
- ½ onion (73g), quartered
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled
- 1g olive oil spray
- 1 potato, desiree, (166g), thinly sliced in 5mm slices
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste (20g)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (0.5 g)
- 1 eggplant (325g), cut into 1 cm slices
- Preheat oven to 200C. Place cheese in TM bowl. Grate cheese on speed 8, for 8 seconds. Remove and set aside.
- Put milk, flour and 2 tablespoons water (nan always puts a pinch of nutmeg) in the TM bowl. Cook 90C, speed 4, for 10 minutes. Stir in cheese & pepper with the spatula. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wash and dry TM bowl.
- Add beef to TM bowl. Chop on, speed 7 for 8-15 seconds or until minced. Remove and set aside.
- Add onion & garlic to TM bowl. Chop on speed 7, for 3 seconds. Add oil & saute on varoma, speed 1 for 2 minutes.
- Add mince to the bowl & place potato slices in the varoma tray. Cook on varoma, reverse, speed soft for 5 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, oregano & 160g of water to the TM bowl. Cook on varoma, reverse, speed soft, for a further 10 minutes.
- Spray eggplant with oil. Fry eggplant in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes each side or until golden. Layer potatoes → mince → eggplant → pour sauce over & bake for 30 minutes.
- This recipe can easily make 4 smaller serves = 178 cals per serve.
- Use a 4 cup capacity dish or 4 x 1 cup ramekins.
Tips by food and nutrition writer, Louise Fulton Keats. To find out more about Louise, visit www.louisefultonkeats.com. Louise’s book, Thermomix Something for Everyone, is available from www.thermomix.com.au.
12WBT Members can access our range of Thermomix recipes by searching for ‘Thermomix’ in the Recipe Index.