4 Food Processor Favorites

by Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Last Updated: February 9, 2021

Learning and applying new techniques in the kitchen may yield more creative and diverse recipes, making the process more enjoyable. Throughout the past year, many have honed their cooking skills and truly developed their practice. Knowing how to make a homemade hummus or throw together a fresh salad dressing has provided the advantage of making restaurant-grade food right in your own home! This is where the food processor comes in; this kitchen tool can help make your meal prep much easier. We’re here to give you some new inspiration when using this handy and versatile machine.

What to make with your food processor?
The food processor can create a delicious and creamy spread from wholesome ingredients, like nuts or chickpeas, to place on your favorite cracker or dip your favorite vegetable into. However, it’s important to note the food processor can offer much more than just your favorite hummus recipe.
  1. Chop vegetables.
    The food processor can be your meal-prep BFF on Sundays to set you up for success in the coming week. You can throw in celery, onions, and carrots to chop up and make a mirepoix as a soup base, or use to cut up veggies that lend themselves to many dishes. We love throwing in bell peppers and onions to mix into a salad, add to fajitas or toss into our favorite egg casserole.
  2. Prep no-bake energy bites.
    If you are looking to have an easy and nutritious on-the-go snack for you and the family, try your hand at blending up tasty no-bake energy balls or bars. You can utilize some of your favorite pantry staples including dried fruits, rolled oats, seeds, nuts and spices. These yummy treats can be nutrient-dense, adding fiber and protein to your snacks, if foods like dates and quinoa are used as ingredients. Check this recipe out for when you are feeling adventurous!
  3. Create your own oat flour.
    Looking at food trends in the past year, oats have shown us time and time again they can be more than just a hearty hot cereal. Using the power of the food processor, drop rolled oats into a food processor and blend until it becomes the consistency of flour. Oat flour can be a great substitute to white flour or bread crumbs, spanning from your favorite dessert to using it as a binder in a plant-based burger recipe.
  4. Blend up “nice” cream.
    “Nice Cream” is a satisfying and budget-friendly way to whip up a sweet, soft-serve style ice cream. The food processor has a magic ability to turn frozen bananas to a creamy consistency that will have you trying this with any frozen fruit you have in the freezer. Try freezing 4 ripe, chopped up bananas (without the peel) and place in the processor when ready. Pulse the bananas until they’re smooth and add 1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter (we love peanut butter) and pulse until incorporated. Check out this article for more inspiration on how to use ripe bananas,

The kitchen can be an exciting place if you use all the tools you have. There are endless possibilities with a blender or a toaster, however, if you have a food processor that’s overlooked and stored away, this is your chance to take it out and have some fun. Happy cooking to all!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria is a dedicated dietitian with a love for helping others develop a positive relationship with food, while setting realistic goals. Victoria has professional experience with various conditions such as strokes, diabetes and weight management. She strives to make a nutritious lifestyle attainable for all. You can catch Victoria scratch-cooking at home, trying new workouts at her local gym or spending time with her dog, Jack.