Dec
27
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Mango Salsa

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If you like sweet and spicy, you are going to love this mango salsa recipe. Traditional homemade salsa ingredients are combined with mango chunks to create a delicious salsa dip. You can use this mango salsa on top of fish, salads, or as a dip with tortilla chips.

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Mango Salsa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 serrano pepper, seeded
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can S&W stewed mexican tomatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet Blender and pulse a few times until desired consistency is reached.

Makes 1 cup

 

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What do you think of when you hear the word HUMMUS?! Do you think of a traditional, simple, tahini spiced dip? Do you think of the creamy swirl of a tasty store-bought brand that gets swiftly disturbed by a chip or carrot? For me, I automatically think of the word VERSATILITY.

My heart was slightly broken (dramatic?) when I found out I had to avoid garlic. I battled my stomach and my body with food intolerances for years until I finally found out that garlic was the big culprit. And orange, but that’s much easier to live without. However, I am always challenged, as I will always say, to make a better version of anything I can order out, or buy at a store. Hummus? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Fall seems like the perfect season to experiment with so many different flavors. Apple, pumpkin, maple… you know. And, being that hummus is always savory, I decided to put my sweet spin on it. This is where my Sweet Pumpkin Hummus originated from. My favorite part? It still goes well with everything! Crackers, chips, carrots, cucumbers, and my favorite – chicken or pork! YUP! Enjoy!

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Sweet Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp s tahini
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In the large Magic Bullet cup*, combine all ingredients until smooth. If you feel you want the hummus thinner and creamier, add a tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Scoop into bowl to serve, add a bit of avocado oil and extra cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

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*Sometimes I split the ingredients in two batches if it does not all fit in the Magic Bullet cup. It has differed for me.

 

Salsa is probably one of the most versatile foods out there. Good on its own as a dip, or as a topping for tacos or sandwiches, or as a salad mix-in, or as a chicken or fish marinade, the possibilities are pretty endless. But tomato salsa is so yesterday. Modernize your salsa repertoire with this healthy, vegan, sweet and savory salsa you can quickly make in your Magic Bullet. Keep extra on hand to top your favorite protein with, blend it a little longer to create a delicious puree, or mix it in with rice right after cooking for a delicious twist on some classic recipes.

(Did we mention it’s versatile?)

Fresh and Easy Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 mangoes, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 large red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, leaves only
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet Tall Cup and pulse 5-6 times, or until ingredients are well combined and you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy with chips, baked atop fresh salmon or tilapia, or as a topping on your favorite taco.

Optional: add 2 small, roughly chopped tomatoes along with the other ingredients.

Note: If ingredients don’t all fit, split into two portions, blend each, and mix at the end.

As fun as it is to try new things while cooking, there’s also a lot of value in having Ye Olde Weeknight Standards. You may be the most energetic person in the world, but if you’re working a job, you probably aren’t cooking adventurously every night. On nights when you aren’t feeling so “up to it,” you can have Thai takeout, eat pasta, or order a pizza, but you’d probably feel better – about yourself or about what you just had for dinner – if you cooked something cheap and healthy. To wit (to wit!), it’s especially great to have weeknight standards in the back of your brain that you can whip up with little shopping, no prep and almost no work.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any such dishes to offer you here, so you’d best be served by clicking somewhere else. Or just order those drunken noodles.

Just kidding!

This is actually a really great weeknight dinner; it comes together in maybe 15 minutes and is pretty healthy, even though it contains both pasta and sausage (and hence is satisfying). The Magic Bullet does a great job of bringing a burst of freshness to the dish, just don’t leave out that basil topping.

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Gnocchi with Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

(Adapted from The Kitchn)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb gnocchi (uncooked)
  • 3 links chicken sausage, any kind, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • leaves from 4 or 5 springs fresh basil
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook gnocchi in heavily salted water, 3 minutes or until beginning to float.
  2. In large pan, preferably with sloped sides, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring once, until browned. Push the sausage to the side.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to blister and brown. Stir in cooked gnocchi.
  4. In Magic Bullet, chop leaves of basil with a dash of olive oil, stopping to shake container to mix up the basil. When all basil is processed, add to pan and stir everything together and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve, parmesan cheese optional.

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Sep
8
1

Chicken Satay

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These grilled chicken strips on sticks paired with a tangy peanut sauce make an easy, fun appetizer. The marinade takes only a few minutes to prepare by adding all of the ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blending them together to make a nice, even marinade for the chicken strips. By the time you are finished with the peanut sauce and your indoor grill is preheated, the chicken strips are nice and flavorful and ready to be grilled! You can heat the peanut sauce in a saucepan if you prefer it hot, but it also tastes good at room temperature and the chicken strips will already be very hot off the grill!

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Chicken Satay

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp grated lime rind
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all marinade ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until evenly mixed.
  2. Pour over the chicken strips in a shallow bowl, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Preheat an indoor grill.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the strips by piercing them with wooden skewers.
  6. Grill the chicken strips about 5 minutes (or 2-3 minutes on each side) and serve hot with the peanut sauce.

Serves 4

It’s brunch season, people. Which means Eggs Benedict.

Which means Hollandaise Sauce. Possibly my favorite part of Eggs Benedict. Here’s how to make it in five minutes before everyone else wakes up and pretend like you slaved over it for hours. It’ll be our little secret.

Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon Mustard (optional)
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce

Instructions

1. After separating the yolks from the whites, add lemon juice.

2. Then the melted butter.

3. A dash of Tabasco sauce. Or four…

4. Then give it a good blend until everything has been nicely incorporated.

5. Then toast your English muffins, heat up your ham, poach those eggs, and pour on the Hollandaise sauce!

If nothing else goes right the rest of the day, at least you’ll have had this deliciousness for breakfast.

Terrific Tuesday – Well hot dang that is a big country.

What is the deal my little Magic Bullet Blender bundles of Love??

Lauren here – your Kitchen Magician – Pop Quiz: What does the speedy, former right winger of the New York Rangers, Pavel Bure and the picture below have in common?

Hint:      They are not both left handed

Hint:      I do not want to date both of them

Hint:      They weren’t both drafted in the 6th round of the 1989 NHL draft

Ok – give up?

They are both RUSSIAN. And today I am sharing with you a nice little recipe for CREAMY RUSSIAN DRESSING.

The kicker is, the dressing isn’t even REALLY Russian – but that’s a story for another time, or you can just google it if you need a mental break later…  AFTER you youtube ‘Ain’t Talkin Bout Love’ by Van Halen…. Talk about a killer morning driving song..

Alright – centering myself – down to business: Russian dressing is good. I do like it. I typically actually like a little bit of it on sandwiches MORE than I do on salads. One thing I do NOT like is chunks of relish in my dressing. I know that may sound odd, but I can’t really deal with it – which is why the Magic Bullet Blender absolutely KILLS this dressing – you STILL get the flavor of the relish.

Do yourself a favor and give this baby a shot – it’s got some damn good flavor – and by now you know your Kitchen Magician doesn’t lie to you. There is no point.

CREAMY RUSSIAN DRESSING

Magic Bullet Blender Parts:

[1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup

[1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients:

[1 Cup] mayonnaise

[1/2 Cup] ketchup

[1/2] small onion, diced

[1/4 Cup] milk

[1/4 Cup] green relish

Instructions:

–          Add all ingredients to tall cup

–          Blend for 5 seconds

–          Shake what ya mama gave ya

–          Blend for additional 5 seconds

–          You are done, like Michael Lohan’s social life

I do Operations Management for a living.

If we can’t do what you want, we gotta have back up, gotta have options.

So what do I have for you below? Optionsssss 😉

Sandwich Stylin – Pumpernickel bread, turkey, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, some of your Russian Lovin on both sides of the bread – Grill. Love.

Ensalada – Lettuce, steak of your choice grilled and thinly sliced, dress it up Pavel Bure style – Delish.

Pasta Salad? – You could soo do that too. Diced green and red pepper, bacon bits [thank you, JR Butler – talk about a domestic gentleman] I dig.

Alrighty, Babushkas – I’m out.

Have a wonderful day, and watch out for huge mammals running out of the woods. You change up the clocks by one hour and …. Good god you don’t even want to know what I was passing on the side of the highway this morning.

Until next time, Happiest Blending, from my big Heart – to all of Yours.

Xo Lauren

Well hello boys and girls!

 

I hope your weeks are shaping up nicely and that you’re ready to enjoy another awesome weekend. I’m heading to a couple Halloween parties myself….my costume? Well…you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out 🙂

 

Until then, I’m sharing this tasty little dressing that is very versatile and will tickle your taste buds! Use it on your salads, your eggs, your pasta, you name it!!

 

And if you’ve been paying attention, go back to that hot sauce recipe and pair the two together! That’s what I did!

 

Anyway, here’s the recipe!

 

All-Purpose Avocado Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 a small onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash cayenne pepper

 

Directions:

Throw all this stuff in your trusty tall Magic Bullet cup and give it a spin. This is one of those situations where you’ll have to do some shaking and tapping in order to really get a good mix going on 🙂

 

This should last a few days in your fridge because of the lemon juice. Here’s how I used this delicious condiment. I made an egg scramble with onion and sausage, then topped it off with the avocado dressing and my 5-Alarm Serrano Hot Sauce from Monday.

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend! See you Monday!

 

Lizzie

Full Throttle Thursdays

 

Lauren here – your Kitchen Magician and dehydrated, kinda looking zombie-ish thing – wishing you a HAPPY ALMOST WEEKEND AND HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

 

Alright, this is going to be like Danny DeVito – short and sweet – I have said it once, and I’ll say it again – WHO DOESN’T LOVE DIP???

 

It’s fall – and chances are you may have a Halloween Party on the books – or some alone time to indulge.

 

Thus, I give you, PUMPKIN DIP. It’s that Pumpkin time o’ year – so use what you are surrounded by and enjoy.

 

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS:

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • [8 oz.] canned pumpkin
  • [4 oz.] cream cheese, cubed **SOFTENED
  • [1 Cup] granulated sugar [separated 1/2C, 1/2C]
  • [1/2 teaspoon] ground cinnamon
  • [1/2 teaspoon] fresh ginger
  • [1/2 teaspoon] pumpkin pie spice

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add 1/2 cup sugar and cream cheese to tall cup
  2. Pulse 5 times, shake, blend for 5 seconds
  3. Add to a bowl
  4. Add all remaining ingredients to tall cup
  5. Blend for 10 seconds
  6. Add to bowl and whisk all ingredients together WELL
  7. Cover tight and refrigerate
  8. Serve with gingersnaps, sliced apples, short bread cookies – whatever you or your crowd likes

 

Enjoy this treat kids – now it the time of year. Another thing I have done in the past is put it out as a Thanksgiving appetizer! Christmas Eve. It’s a good, easy one for this time of year.

 

Whether it is doubling or tripling it to entertain larger groups – or making it as is and demolishing it on the couch yourself. I would never judge ya.

 

Alright my little goblins – Kiddo has a meeting.

 

Have a SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND! And as always, Happiest Blending – from my cold, heartless chest in Connecticut – to all of yours.

 

xo Lauren

Hey kids!

It’s me, Lizzie, back with another recipe for my Bulleteers!

 

We all know that there’s just a certain satisfaction that comes with making food from scratch. It feels more natural, and you feel a little more attachment to whatever it is that you’re making. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how fun it would be to make my own condiments.

 

In the end, you end up spending less money to customize your condiments, and they last for months without any added preservatives.

 

So let’s dip into my first foray with homemade condiments with something you simply MUST try at home……

 

Here’s my Simply MUSTard:

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons mustard seeds (yellow or black)
  • 1/2 cup Coleman’s Mustard Powder
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider, white wine, or sherry)
  • 1/2 cup white wine or water
  • 2 teaspoons salt

 

 

1. Take the mustard seeds and put them in your SMALL MAGIC BULLET CUP.

2. Attach your FLAT BLADE, and grind for about 10 seconds. You can choose go a little longer if you don’t like a coarse mustard.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the ground seeds.

4. Attach your MAGIC BULLET CROSS BLADE and blend for about 6-7 seconds.

5. Let the mustard sit about 12 hours before using. This will allow the flavors to settle in.

 

This should last a couple of months in your fridge!

 

Now, if you don’t want just a regular ol’ mustard, here are some suggestions for ingredients you can add to customize your mustard:

 

*2 tablespoons honey

*2 tablespoons grated (in your bullet of course!) horseradish

*1-2 tablespoons wasabi paste

*1/4 your favorite minced herbs

 

What flavor combinations can you come up with?

 

That’s a wrap, folks, I wish you all a safe and happy weekend!

 

Xoxo,

Lizzie