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Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet

My boyfriend has recently started Slimming World and one thing I've really noticed is just how long pretty much every single meal takes to prepare and cook. I did want to get into cooking more when I finally moved out, but I am a little bit short of space in my kitchen and it can get a little stressful when I've run out of space to even put something down, let alone try and chop anything. As if they knew my troubles I was contacted by Debenhams to see if I'd like to get involved with their 'Quick meals' campaign and try out a NutriBullet*. I immediately thought 'Yes! We can just blend all of his meals and he can drink them'! I'm joking (kind of), but I did think it might help us out with speeding up the preparation time of meals and for things like making our own soups. 

Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet
Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet
Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet
Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet

There are a few slightly different variations of the NutriBullet but I received the eight piece set. I would say calling it an eight piece set is pushing it slightly though as two 'pieces' are a smallish manual/recipe book and a pocket nutritionist booklet. Mainly you get the NutriBullet body, the blades (which are separate from the main body) two 'cups' (a small one and tall one), a screw on handle (to make the 'cups' cups) and a lid (for the cups). The idea is you pop ingredients in one of the cups, screw on the blades to make one sealed unit and then push this down onto the NutriBullet and click left into place for a continuous blend for things like smoothies, or 'pulse' it (pressing down briefly) to chop ingredients up for things like coarsely chopped onions. You can then unscrew the blade and when it comes to liquids either pour into something else, screw on the handle and drink from the cup or pop on the lid to store for later. 

I have to say the recipe/instruction book you receive with this is a little over the top for me. There are sections telling you how using the NutriBullet is going to help you sleep better, look younger and live years longer. The reason for this is that rather than just a blender this is what has been called a nutrition extractor because it breaks down seeds, stalks, skin etc (you pretty much chuck everything in!) so you are apparently getting as much nutrition from the ingredient as possible. Yes this is probably good for you, but it's not necessarily going to make your life perfect and add 10 years to your life. In fact recent research has suggested that your life expectancy might actually be genetically predetermined and lifestyle factors may play little to no part in how long you will live. Sorry to be a bit of a Debbie downer there!

Oh and make sure you do check the booklet though as there are a few things you shouldn't put in there (like apple pips) because they do contain cyanide!

Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet
Quick meals with Debenhams and NutriBullet

On Saturday after a very disappointing Slimming World meal (the first I've been disappointed with actually) I decided to try a smoothie out and picked the Vita-Berry Blast. This includes 
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • Water
I did end up adapting the recipe slightly as I was picking up the fruit in Tesco and thought 'Oh raspberries' and then had to put less of the other ingredients in. You pop 50% greens (such as spinach or kale) in the bottom, 50% fruit (of different types) on top, you can then add nuts/seeds or ice or 'super boosts' and then add a liquid (water or something like almond milk).

In the book there's pictures of pretty looking pink, purple or even green smoothies, but my choice came out...brown...with bits floating in it. So it didn't look particularly appetising. I've actually never been a fan of smoothies at all as I've always found them too thick, but I thought I'd give them a try again and despite the dodgy colour I was pleasantly surprised and it was quite nice. It was a bit banana-ery for me (not really a flavour I'm a fan of) but there was a background of berry and a slight hint of spinach.  I have tried another one since then and left the banana out (and exchanged water for milk) and I got a much more aesthetically pleasing purple colour that time. One of the reasons why I accepted the NutriBullet was because I was hoping I might be able to embrace smoothies. I'd like to try and have at least a couple a week and was hoping I might see an improvement in things like my skin and nails, but based on the research I mentioned earlier I'm not so sure now!

I also used the pulse option too a few days ago when we made some homemade burgers. As the book says it does take a bit of getting used to when it comes to 'pulsing' because you have to try and make sure it doesn't slip into locked position where it will blend instead of roughly chop. For a second I did think we were going to end up with burger smoothies (yummy!) but I did manage to get it to chop up the mince into what looked like burger meat and I also successfully chopped up some onions too.

One final thing I will mention, although I'm sure nobody else but me could possibly manage this! Don't accidentally drop the lid into the part where the blades go, or should I saw don't drop it crookedly into that part, or it will get stuck. Thankfully calling on my housemate (who's a painter/decorator), some masking tape and a screwdriver we managed to get it out without inflicting any damage.

The NutriBullet was very quick and easy to use and very easy to clean so it's definitely something I'm going to try and get a lot of use out in the future, especially when I'm bored stiff of Slimming World meals! You can get your own NutriBullet from Debenhams

Have you tried a NutriBullet?

*PR sample


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4 comments:

  1. This looks yummy, I need to give it a go! xx
    Glossy Boutique

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    1. The first one certainly didn't look yummy once blended! x

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  2. Becky did not include a photo of the first smoothie she made to a recipe in the book. It contained bananas, strawberries, and oddly enough spinach. She blended it and the result came out as a watery brown gunk that looked like diarrhoea. It looked utterly vile but she made me drink it and I'm still here.

    Later she used milk not water and a lot less spinach and the results looked thoroughly drinkable. She never gave me any of that.

    And I am of course toned and gorgeous I only go to Slimming World to try and find a girlfriend who won't experiment on me with her smoothie recipes.

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    1. I was trying to avoid referring to any kind of poop! It didn't look very nice but tasted fine. You weren't here at the time, that's why you didn't have any of the second one!

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