Terrific Tuesday – SALSA VERDE

Buenos dias you little jumping beans and Happy Tuesday to all of you!

Lauren here – your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician – here to spiiiice up your work week.

Today – we are going VERDE. GREEN.

No, I am not teaching you how to compost or recycle. Although yes, I am a big advocate.
And no, not talking about that hit Tom Hanks movie, ‘The Green Mile’… the only flick that makes me absolutely lose my mind sobbing more than when they carry the bobsled over the finish line in ‘Cool Runnings’.
And no, this is not a write up on how awesome ruffage is.

This is green – as in verde – as in tons of phenomenal flavors brought together into a harmonious bowl of love – as in SALSA VERDE.

Blend and enjoy, por favor.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS:

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender cross blade
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender tall cup

INGREDIENTS:

  • [1 1/2 Cups] husked tomatillos
  • [1/4 Cup] roughly chopped onion
  • [1/2] Serrano chile pepper
  • [1 Tablespoon] chopped cilantro
  • [1] clove of garlic
  • [1 1/2 teaspoons] oregano
  • [1/4 teaspoon] ground cumin
  • [1/2 teaspoon] salt
  • Water

RECIPE:

  1. Add tomatillos, onion and the Serrano chile pepper to tall cup with about 2 tablespoons of water
  2. Blend with cross blade for 10 seconds
  3. Add all other ingredients to tall cup
  4. Fill remaining space in cup with water
  5. Blend with cross blade for 10 seconds
  6. After it’s blended it goes into a pan on high heat and bring it to a boil.
  7. Turn the heat back to medium-low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Love it

My post for today, as well as this Thursday’s, will tie directly into next Tuesday’s video – so slap on your sombreros and join me for the ride.

My nickname in college was actually ‘The Walking Enchilada’, so you can only begin to imagine how excited I am about these next few posts.

Hasta luego and Happy Blending – from my big heart in Boston – to Yours.

Lauren xox

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FULL THROTTLE THURSDAYS!

Happy Thursday my little Bullet Banshees! Lauren here – your Kitchen Magician, straight from drizzly Boston – and in turn, frizzily hair.

I have one word for you – TZATZIKI. If you haven’t tried it – you need to.

I may sweat garlic, and my last name may contain almost all of the vowels in the alphabet – but slap me silly and call me Aphrodites, I do love Greek food. I’m talking – get the shakes every couple weeks LOVE.

Tzatziki is awesome. Basic. Yogurt based but TONS of flavor so you can go the low-fat route with it too! Great weeknight go-to, also whip it out during entertaining, all around – one heck of a sauce / condiment / topping / heaven sent – and the Magic Bullet Blender is THE BEST for this.

Below I have listed the recipe as well as how I like to use it. Hit up that grocery store and try it kids.

MAGIC BULLET PARTS:

–          [1] Magic Bullet tall cup

–          {1} Magic Bullet cross blade

INGREDIENTS:

–          [1] cucumber – peeled, halved, seeds removed – then roughly chopped to fit into bullet cup

–          [1] cup – plain, Greek yogurt

–          [2] cloves garlic, halved

–          [1/2 teaspoon] fresh mint leaves

–          [1 teaspoon] fresh dill

–          [1/4 teaspoon] salt

–          [1/4 teaspoon] white pepper

RECIPE:

–          Add cucumber, garlic, mint and dill to tall cup

–          Pulse approximately 5 times until broken down

–          Add remaining ingredients (yogurt, salt, pepper)

–          Blend for 10 seconds

–          Cover and place in fridge for approx. 30 minutes before using

TO SERVE:

–          Use with pita chips [try the ones I made in the Greek Dressing video!] for mass entertaining

–          Bangin with a gyro of any sort [google it if you are unaware of this gift of life]

–          I LOVE using a bit of this on a piece of grilled chicken with some veggies on the side

–          Spread it on your bread to spice up a sandwich

In the words of the legendary, life changing, rock artist, Meatloaf – ‘I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that’.

AKA – Try it – don’t buy it.

And then youtube  that song. It will get you through the rest of the afternoon.

Have a FANTASTIC and safe weekend. I’ll see you all next Tuesday!

Happy Blending – from my big heart in Boston – to Yours.

Xox Lauren

Hey everyone,

Doesn’t it seem like not too long ago we were singing “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks…”? Well, summer is over, and it is officially the 2011-2012 school year!

 

As a tribute to teachers and students everywhere, this week, I’m focusing on APPLES!

 

Sure, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an apple a day can also get pretty BORING. That’s why I’m going to show you how you can spice up your regular ol’ pomme into a sweet little treat, with my EASY PEASY APPLESAUCE!

 

The best part? This cost me less than $1!

 

Ingredients:

1 apple, peeled and chopped into small chunks

1/8 cup of water

3/4 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Throw all of these into your small Bullet cup, blend for about 10 seconds (this varies on how chunky you like it) and in just a moment, you can savor those autumnal flavors that we’ll be delving further into over the coming month! This is a great way to get your kids to incorporate more fruit into their diet as well.

 

Enjoy! And see you next time!

Hey everyone,
I hope you’re all having a safe and fun Labor Day weekend. This is a good time to get out all your last summer kicks before settling into the reality of autumn. In order to close out my segment on chipotle peppers, I’m giving you all a wonderful elixir for those of you who might have partied JUST a little to hard this weekend!

Here we go, my Super Spicy Chipotle Elixir!

I love, love, LOVE bloody marys, and I wanted to make a little spicy twist on the same ol’ thing, so I decided to throw in some extra spice! Follow me!

Ingredients:
-2 cups diced tomatoes
-juice from half a lemon
-dash of Tabasco
-dash of Worcestershire
-pinch black pepper
-pinch celery salt
-pinch sea salt
-1/4 cup pickle brine
-1 chipotle en adobo
-1-2 oz vodka (I’m using black pepper infused vodka, recipe follows)

Throw all these ingredients into your Magic Bullet tall cup, and blend for about ten second. This is great as-is, or passed through a strainer!

For black pepper infused vodka: take a large bottle of your favorite vodka. Measure out about 1/8-1/4 cup of black peppercorns. Roughly break up the peppercorns and add the the vodka. Let sit for about three days, giving it a good shake about once a day. Pass the vodka through a strainer and voila!

Again, I hope you’re all having a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! See you all soon!

~Lizzie

Hey hey hey! Happy Hump Day!!!
I am getting back in the school spirit! Tomorrow is the first day of September, which means all kinds of students are preparing their notebooks and backpacks with nervous energy. Including me! After three years of being a teacher, I decided a couple years ago to become a student again.
Every fall, I feel much more productive. It’s something about the weather. I usually take this time to go on a health cleanse, because I need to repair my body after all the barbecues and cocktails from summer.

So today, I’m gonna summon the teacher in me, and give you all a lesson: EAT YOUR VEGGIES!!!

Now, if you’ve been following, you know I’ve been working with chipotle peppers. That’s why I’m going to share with you a dressing recipe using those spicy little fellas.

Without further ado, here’s my SMOKY CHIPOTLE RANCH DRESSING!

Ingredients:

  • 1 chipotle chile en adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Throw all these ingredients in your small Magic Bullet cup, blend for ten seconds, and voila!!! I actually usually throw in a tablespoon of the adobo sauce as well, but that’s because, as we know, I’m obsessed with the flavor.

Today I used this on a normal green salad, but next, I think I want to try it on some roasted corn!!!

YUMMMM!!!

Enjoy the rest of the week, peeps!!

~Lizzie

I keep seeing all these “Back to School” sales, the number of cookouts to go to is dwindling…and, another sign that summer is coming to a close, STRAWBERRIES ARE ALMOST OUT OF SEASON!

That’s why, this week, I’m going to highlight them, because there are a ton of great recipes that you can make using strawberries in your Magic Bullet.

ALSO, the good thing about strawberries going out of season is that you can find them on sale EVERYWHERE! Pints are currently 2-for-1 at my local grocery store, so you really can’t beat that!

There are countless combinations of smoothies and desserts you can use strawberries in, but I thought I’d switch things up and do something a little unusual with this sweet little fruit.

Following is a strawberry marinade that will be a total hit at your next cookout, turning every savory dish into something that’s a little sweet, too. You can use this on steaks, sausages, and even vegetarian BBQ foods.

The best part is that this marinade can DOUBLE as a salsa for chips! It will be a little sweet and sour, so I would recommend pairing it with some lime-flavored chips.

Here ya go, y’all!

STRAWBERRY MARINADE

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
1″ of ginger
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp sugar

Chop the strawberries, pineapple, and mango and put them in your large Magic Bullet cup. Peel the ginger and chop roughly before adding it. Throw in the remaining ingredients and give this all a quick whirl in your Bullet!

Voila!

For marinating, you REALLY don’t need much AT ALL, in fact, in my picture, I used a little too much. You can just BRUSH this on your meats while they’re cooking, or soak them in it for a few hours before cooking. Just remember not to reuse any marinade that raw meats have been sitting in, unless you boil it for 3-4 minutes before to kill off any bacteria.

Have a great week everyone! I’ll be back Wednesday with a SWEET TREAT!

~Lizzie (The Swinging Single City Gal)

Hey folks!

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I’m going to show you a versatile dressing that you can make with my next featured ingredient: cucumbers!

I LOVE cucumbers, they’re super tasty and refreshing, and so is this dressing. It is a Greek-inspired yogurt dressing that can be used as a dip or dressing. Last night I even used it to drizzle over baked chicken cutlets and it was divine!

In this video, I’ll show you how to use it for a tasty cucumber salad.

So, grab your large Bullet cup, and we’ll take it for a saucy spin!

CREAMY CUCUMBER DRESSING
Ingredients:
1 cup of plain yogurt (whole milk or low-fat is fine)
1/2 a cucumber, cut into chunks
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1-2 cloves of garlic
juice from half a lemon
1-2 tbs fresh dill (use about half as much if using dried)

Throw all of this into your large Magic Bullet cup, in the order that they’re written above. Give the bullet a spin, and voila!

This is going to yield a bit, and will thicken when refrigerated, but as I said, It’s so versatile, you will be using it for everything!

For the Cucumber Salad, cut up an entire cucumber into bite-sized chunks. You can keep the skin on, but I only recommend doing this if you are buying organic, you don’t want to eat all those nasty pesticides.

Pour about 1/4 of your pre-made dressing over the cucumbers, and serve!

Stay tuned, ladies, this Friday I’m going to show you an awesome cucumber cocktail!!!

Au revoir!

Lizzie