Goblins, ghouls, spider webs… It can only mean one thing: It’s time for our Halloween Recipe Spook-tacular!!

Show us the recipe for your favorite Halloween treat – whipped up in your Magic Bullet – and you could win an entire Party Bullet system – absolutely FREE!

Have you whipped up a scary Halloween smoothie in your Magic Bullet? Made pumpkin pie filling? Maybe a creepy cocktail? Submit your recipe below and we’ll choose our favorite to win one Party Bullet System, including the Spin & Sip Goblets, Cocktail Shaker, and Party Pitcher – the perfect edition to your holiday gatherings!

The contest closes on November 1st, 2012, and the winner will be announced Friday, November 2, 2012, so get to it! Wouldn’t want you to miss out on all the fun…

MUUAAHAHAHA!!

-Magic Bullet Team

 

 

 MAGIC BULLET “HALLOWEEN PARTY BULLET” CONTEST

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I don’t have a ton to say about this, because it really is the best effing steak marinade you’ll have.

Hands down. There’s no debate.

I got this recipe from So Delushious, written by Chrissy Teigen, who is a model and also John Legend’s wife. A food blog written by a rich and famous model? How interesting could it be? What recipes are featured? Well, they’re pretty awesome and always delicious. And not in a healthy, body conscious sort of way. In a down and dirty, no holds barred kind of way.

You’ll get what I mean when you make this marinade.

Now, you’ll have to break out your entire spice cabinet.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic (optional)

Directions

  1. Dump all of this into your Magic Bullet.

 

     2.  And blend!

Then pour this magical sauce all over your steak.

Make sure it gets on both sides and let it soak for a few hours.

I left this sucker sit overnight.

Then just heat up the grill and make sure it’s hot before laying your steak on it.

Let it sear on one side for a few minutes and then flip it once. ONCE.

Don’t mess with it and don’t overcook it.

And, although you’ll be tempted, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting into it or else you’ll lose all those delicious juices onto your plate.

 

Like I did.

Except I soaked it up with pieces of bread, cause you know I’m not going to let that go to waste.

You won’t either.

Oct
16
1

Arugula Pesto

Brett has a serious thing for arugula. It took me a real long time to get into it with him. It’s a pretty strong herb/lettuce/leaf/green leaf/whateveryoucallit. But I’m kind of into it now. It’s really peppery. And strong. And when you mix it with some spinach and make a bomb salad, well it’s pretty dang good. But I’ll admit, I was still pretty skeptical of the idea of arugula pesto. Once again, my skepticism proved to be way off the mark because this stuff, well let’s just say I’ve planted some arugula alongside my basil… because this stuff is definitely making another appearance on my table.

This will make a very saucy pesto, however I still recommend diluting it with either some leftover pasta cooking water, or with cream or half and half [our personal choice], as it is very strong in flavor and gets very thick if left to cool/stored in the fridge. If you’re feeling totally crazy, it goes really well with fresh homemade pasta, but would fare equally well on store bought pasta, or as a spread for sandwiches, a marinade for meat or fish… you get the idea.

Arugula Pesto (roughly adapted from this and several other sources)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup (plus more if needed) olive oil
  • squeeze of lemon juice
Procedure
  1. Throw everything in your Tall Cup, fit it with the crossblade, and blend! No, seriously! That’s it!
  2. You can, however, to make things easier,  first grind up the cheese and pine nuts. Then add in the garlic and blend that up. Add in the arugula, salt and pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. It will take a lot of shaking and pulsing but eventually it will come together into a smooth, creamy sauce. add olive oil as needed to reach desired consistency.
  3. Serve over chicken or fish, as a sandwich spread, or heat with cream or reserved pasta cooking water and use as an awesome pasta sauce.

 

 

You know those days when you’re in the mood for something light (like, say, a warm soup) but you’re also hungry and need something filling (like maybe a sandwich)? Well, why not pair the two together? After all, nothing’s better than a bowl of tomato soup and a side of grilled cheese. And lucky for you, we found the perfect pairing guide!

So what goes best with Potato and Bacon soup? Try a veggie roll-up. The soup is heavy, so a light and fresh sandwich-side is the perfect match. What about the classic chicken noodle? Pair it with a delicious BLT, or try a more modern twist with bacon and edamame wraps.

With beautiful pictures and delicious recipes, be sure to click here to find out what pairs best with your favorite soup. We’ll see you at lunch!

 

Oct
12
1

Watermelon Smoothie

We drink a lot of smoothies around here. But they’re usually all the same. That’s what happens when you buy frozen fruit at costco. You end up drinking the same dang thing every day. So sometimes, we want to change it up. Get a little crazy. Throw a little curveball. Freeze some watermelon and smooth it up.

 

It’s a good idea to change things up every now and again.

Watermelon Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Frozen watermelon chunks
  • Orange juice
  • Plain Greek yogurt [if you haven’t already jumped aboard the Greek yogurt train, choo-choo, people! Hop on! It’s the greatest train around! P.S. It’s all about full-fat yogurt, too. Brown Cow Cream Top Greek and Greek Gods are my personal favs. And they’re not even paying me to say that.]
Blend until smooth and creamy. Slurp up!

 

I have to be honest, I was skeptical of this recipe for Baked Donuts that I found on the Camille Styles blog. I mean it’s very nicely photographed and all, but how good could baked donuts really be?

These are a little denser than your normal fare but since they’re baked that means you can definitely eat twice as many.

The recipe calls for a donut pan but I just used a muffin/cupcake tin and it worked just fine. As long as you don’t have your heart set on donut holes.

You’ll need:

Donuts

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used whole milk)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat donut pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg; mix well.
3.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
4.  Fill donut tins half full. Bake 15-20 minutes. Take out of pan immediately and swirl tops with melted butter, then sugar and cinnamon mixture. Makes 6-7 big donuts.

Look at those beauties. My mornings at work just got that much better.

I’m going to be entirely honest with you: I’m an ice cream kind of girl. If I had a choice between sorbet and ice cream, I’d pick ice cream every single time. Popsicle vs. ice cream? Ice cream for the win. Cake vs. ice cream? Ice cream wins. Pie vs. ice cream? I’ll take both, thank you very much. But, you see, we are turning over a new leaf here in my tiny little kitchen. This is a leaf of a slightly-more-healthy sort. So we’ve nixed the ice cream. At least for a little while. But I can’t live life without dessert after every meal dinner.

Enter: granita. Not 100% sure what it is in real life, but in my world, it’s basically frozen fruit juice. Or a mashed up popsicle. Or a wanna-be shaved ice. Whatever. It’s delish. And way easy to make. And has zero [refined] sugar. Which means I can eat it All. The. Time. And hopefully not end up with diabetes…

Melon-Pineapple Granita

Ingredients

  • 1/4 melon or cantelope [honestly I have no clue what kind of melon we used. it was yellow on the outside with smooth skin and orange on the inside. any ideas what kind of melon that is? it was daaaang delicious. but any kind of melon will do. honeydew would probably be awesome]
  • 1/4 pineapple [if you use those giant pineapples. If you use small ones like me, you could up this to half.]
  • splash of orange juice

Procedure

  1. Cut up your melon and pineapple into chunks. Place chunks into the Magic Bullet big ol’ blender attachment [or do this in batches in the tall cup]. Pour in a splash of orange juice. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a shallow, high-surface-area container that is freezer safe. A lid is helpful, but not required.
  3. Freeze for about 1 hour, then, using a fork or knife, crunch up the mixture so that it doesn’t freeze too solid. Freeze for another 3-4 hours or until frozen through.
  4. To serve, scrape along the top of the container with the side of a spoon. You want to shave the ice off the top, not cut or scoop any out. Eat and enjoy!

So, I don’t know about all of you out there, but I grew up in a household that did not idolize Martha Stewart. I may or may not be mildly obsessed with all her craft products and drool-worthy recipes now, but growing up I thought she was a weirdo. Like, seriously. On her shows back then she would do something like, I don’t know, make butter, and I swear it would start with milking the cow. Who has a cow in their backyard to milk?! I buy my butter at the store! Her jam recipes would start with growing your own insert-fruit-here, and people, her breads may as well have started with growing your own wheat as far as I was concerned.

My point is, Martha Stewart is known for doing things the hard way: from scratch. And in my youth full of boxed cake mixes and easy bake ovens, that made absolutely no sense to me. But these days, I really relish making things from scratch. There is an immense amount of pride and satisfaction one can get from creaming together butter and sugar, mixing in eggs and flour, and coming out with something amazing. And I’ll tell you another little secret: homemade stuff tastes better. Really. Even my biggest flops in the kitchen usually come out miles ahead of anything packaged in plastic. So for awhile now I have been baking my own breads, making my own pasta sauce, and always, always baking all my sweets from scratch.

In baking, and in baking bread especially, one can end up with a ridiculous amount of flours. I literally have at least 6 different kinds of flour in my cupboard, and people, I only have one cupboard in my kitchen. So suffice it to say flour is taking up quite a bit of room in my teeny kitchen. So I learned a trick, and I want to share it with you. It isn’t exactly a recipe, but it’s a trick that I promise you will want to use. The bullet can make flour. In literally seconds. Throw some oats in your bullet, top it with the flat blade, and in five seconds you have oat flour. Throw some flaxseeds in your bullet and in six seconds you have flaxseed flour. Quinoa, almonds, rice? Ten seconds. I’m serious here people. Do you know what you can do with this capability?! The possibilities are endless!

With oat flour you could make the best granola bars I’ve ever had. Or bread that is secretly healthy. With almond flour you can not only make fabulous cakes, you could make the fanciest french cookie in existance. You’d be a star! With homemade rice, quinoa, coconut and other flours you can make gluten free baked goods, mix up your flours in bread for extra nutrition you need but never really want to eat. Are you getting the picture here? To buy a bag of oat, quinoa, or almond flour is expensive. Almond flour where I live is something ridiculous like $9 a bag. But I always have almonds in the freezer, and whole they are less than $6 a pound. So by making your own flour you are not only eating something that is fresher, but you’re saving a ton of money in the process. So. I urge you. Try your own. Not going to lie, the first thing I made was these granola bars and I am pretty much obsessed with them now. So all I’m saying is that’s not a bad way to go.

So. Will you try it? Will you grind up your own flour? What are you going to make with it?? I’m so curious!

Oatmeal and fruit makes everything healthy, right? 


Right. I’m glad you’re on-board with that.

That’s what you should tell your coworkers if they refuse to eat these Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with you. They’re called “cookies,” but I mean…

Fruit=good

Oatmeal=good

Milk=good

Just like Joey’s logic for Monica’s Meat Trifle.

That logic is completely infallible. So now that your conscience is clear, go ahead and make yourself these delicious treats.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add egg; beat well.
  3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana mixture in bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until golden. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

A couple weeks ago, Julie (my roommate) and I made the mistake of watching The Patriot late at night. It was a mistake not because it’s a Mel Gibson movie, but because we had forgotten how incredibly depressing it is.

Just one hit after the other, the low blows just never stopped.

And that’s when Julie’s Midnight Smoothie came to the rescue.

This recipe is perfect for those nights when you need to do some emotional eating.

We used a very precise, and by precise I mean whatever we had in our kitchen that went well together, combination of ingredients.

We threw a scoop of strawberry ice cream, one banana, ½ cup of milk, and a healthy amount of chocolate syrup in the Magic Bullet Party cups and had a private party for two.

It doesn’t get much better. So if you find yourself alone at night with your feelings and you’d like to drown those feelings, try this one out.