10 Awesome Thermomix Hacks

Nutrition // Louise Fulton Keats // 31 May 2016

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


  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Place cheese in TM bowl. Grate cheese on speed 8, for 8 seconds. Remove and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add beef to TM bowl. Chop on, speed 7 for 8-15 seconds or until minced. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add onion & garlic to TM bowl. Chop on speed 7, for 3 seconds. Add oil & saute on varoma, speed 1 for 2 minutes.
  5. Add mince to the bowl & place potato slices in the varoma tray. Cook on varoma, reverse, speed soft for 5 minutes.
  6. Add tomato paste, oregano & 160g of water to the TM bowl. Cook on varoma, reverse, speed soft, for a further 10 minutes.
  7. 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.





  1. Sugar Free Reply

    This is annoys me. This moussaka recipe is loaded with sugar!! When will people learn that eating full fat products is better for you?? Full fat products are full of healthy fats, low fat products are packed with sugar to make them taste better once they take the fat out. In the last 3 months I have lost 6kg simply by swapping to full fat products and cutting out sugar. Do some research…the sugar free movement is starting. It’s about time people like Michelle Bridges and Louise Fulton Keats jumped on board.

    1. LizzyM Reply

      Where is the sugar? Make your own tomato paste if that is the problem, or just make your own version of the sauce.

      1. Sugar Free Reply

        Low fat products are loaded with sugar to make them taste better once the fat has been taken out. An average day’s meal plan for the Michelle Bridges challenge contains 30 teaspoons of sugar because she recommends low fat products, yet the recommended daily intake is 6-9 teaspoons.
        I’m happy to make my own version of the sauce however my point is that people look to Michelle Bridges for health/weight loss advice and recommending a high sugar diet is such an outdated way of losing weight. 1. it doesn’t work without a lot of exercise and 2. that much sugar every day isn’t healthy at all.

    2. Michelle Reply

      love it Sugar free… you are a very nutrient aware .. Bravo

  2. Lorraine Fraser Reply

    I totally agree

  3. ynley McCarthy Reply

    Full fat … low fat … it’s up to the individual. This recipe looks fabulous but if you don’t want to use low fat cheese and milk, then don’t – very simple!. It’s fabulous Thermomix has partnered MB here as I find that when I am finding a new ‘way of eating’ that the thermomix takes a back step… so by them adapting recipes continually they are ensuring people still maintain their love and use of their thermie ! Well done guys!!

  4. Chris Reply

    I’m with you Lizzy. Looks lovely to me. I would love a low fat/low sugar TM5 recipe book and chip. Having used Michelle’s cookbooks in the past I would be happy to have her develop one.

  5. Me Reply

    I totally agree – I would rather eat full fat than anything low fat.

  6. Vanessa Reply

    Sugar Free – I think you need to do more homework on the matter before getting so worked up. Highly processed foods that are low fat use a form of sugar or chemical to make it taste better. Low fat cheese and milk products can be found where they just add more water to cream ratio. And if the tomato paste is causing worry chop up some real tomatoes instead. Get creative. Make it work for you. I’m so glad to see Michelle convert recipes. I’ve heard great things about her fitness + food plan.

  7. Emma J Reply

    The sugar is in the low fat milk. Look at the sugar content difference between full cream and low fat milk. Also look at the carbohydrate loading between the two.

  8. Dayna Reply

    Those of you having a bit of a swipe at Sugar free I think are missing her point. My understanding is that Sugar free is not basing her comment solely on the recipe above (Beef Moussaka), but after looking at a number of recipes in this program, judging by her comment further down. I actually agree with Sugar free. We should be eating good sources of full fat products (grass fed, full fat mince, etc). The research has been suppressed for 40 years regarding the impact of sugar on the human body to support the sugar industry. The scientific research from 40 years ago supports the fact that sugar was never good for the human body, in particular fructose form which places massive load on the liver to process. So, the sort of diets that encourage the use of low fats (which then means most of the diet will contain sugars to improve flavour of products that are low fat), actually is an archaic diet. I do ask that people use their social media manners if they choose to respond to my comment as we are hopefully all adults here and are all entitled to our own opinion, but should express it with manners. TIA!

    1. Kathy Reply

      well said Dayna. Full fat is the way to go.

  9. Karen Reply

    I agree use full fat it’s less processed and better for you … Keeps you fuller for longer …. Watch the sugar film … Or sugar conspiracy…. Sugar is causing so many Health problems not heathy / natural fats … Keep away from vegetable oils /margarine / fruit juices / sugar … Your body will love you for it ❤️❤️❤️

  10. Beverley Donnelly Reply

    I use a lite milk and cheese, there is the same carbohydrate and sugar content in these products as in the full fat version. There is no added sugar, just what is naturally there. It is the added fat, sugar and salt you should avoid or use sparingly.

  11. tracy Reply

    Completely agree with the sugar content in low fat products.

  12. Andrea Reply

    What is important I think is that sugar is really not good for our bodies, our brain and for our children . When we become aware of that fact we all may become more vigilant and read the labels on the food we buy , and eat less sugar altogether. Sugar is addictive the more you have the more you want .

  13. Rebecca Reply

    How much water? (Step 2)
    Did I miss something?

  14. Shaynee Reply

    Hi Rebecca reading the recipe I think it said 2 tablespoons ☺️

  15. Max Reply

    The bottom line is: read the labels. If you can read, you can make an informed decision. Then its your choice. And yes: see the sugar film. Its worth it – and so is your health.

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