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
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!!!
Tuesdays are always terrific – right?
And if you are lucky enough to live in the northeast like me, this rain and extreme humidity that has made for a fabulous, high-gloss complexion for the past two days has been a fantastic added bonus……………………
Now let’s be serious for a moment.
Is any recipe with the word ‘dip’ in it ever a bad?
In my opinion, no. Are dips always the most healthy things in the world? Again, that is a big fat no.
Below is a recipe for one of my ‘go-to’ dips when I have some of my more health conscious friends over – but there is NO sacrifice made in terms of taste, I promise you that.
BLACK BEAN DIP – Don’t sell yourself short, do it.
 Magic Bullet tall cup
 Magic Bullet cross blade
[1 can] rinsed, drained black beans
[1 Tablespoon] tomato paste
[1 Tablespoon] extra virgin olive oil
 cloves of garlic, chopped
[2 teaspoons] lime juice
[1/2 teaspoon] ground cumin
[1/2 teaspoon] salt (to taste)
[1/2 teaspoon] cayenne pepper (to taste)
 green onions, chopped
[2 Tablespoons] mild green chilies, chopped
– Add all ingredients to the tall cup
– Pulse until well blended and almost all beans are broken up
– Serve with your favorite corn chips, pita chips, or for those waist watching folks, a veggie platter
– If you have had a rough day, a beer is a fantastic addition
** ADDITIONAL RECIPE – Below I have listed a recipe for BLACK BEAN BURGERS – made with your BLACK BEAN DIP –
– Take your black bean dip and add to a bowl
– Add  egg,
– [1/2 cup] of seasoned bread crumbs
– [1/2] green pepper finely chopped
– [1/2] vidalia onion finely chopped
– Shape into patties
– Spray frying pan on medium heat with non-stick cooking spray
– Add patties and cook on both sides for about 4 minutes, or until cooked all the way through
– These are delicious. No bread needed delicious. I like to top them with a couple of slices of avocado, couple tablespoons of salsa, amazingness.
You have to try everything AT LEAST once.
It’s the words I live by. And you should too. So give it a shot, and enjoy.
Happy Blending kiddos –
Xo – Lauren
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It was really rainy in the city this weekend, and when that happens, it seems like no one goes anywhere! I was definitely a homebody….which is good, because it helped me come up with some great new recipes, like this one I’m about to share with you!
Whenever it’s rainy, even in the summertime, I LOVE a good soup, and so to complete my series on recipes for watermelon, I’m including a chilled soup recipe that also includes our next ingredient. Can you guess what it is?
As you know, I love recipes that are a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy. This one fulfills both of those requirements! We are using mostly sweet fruits and veggies, and then adding a serrano chile for a little spice. Serranos are about 5 times than your regular jalepeno pepper, but they have a distinct flavor that makes them a great way to spice up sweet dishes. Since we’re using tons of sweet ingredients, we’ll tone down the spice just a little bit.
So here we go, a little sweet, a little spicy, WATERMELON GAZPACHO!!
- 8 cups finely diced seedless watermelon
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, and finely diced (I leave the seeds, although you can remove them if you’d like…)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablesponns extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 minced serrano chile
- approx. 1/4 cup feta cheese to top
Everything but the feta in a large mixing bowl. Moving in batches, puree 6 total cups of the mixture in your Magic Bullet. You should be able to do this in 2-3 batches if you use your large cup and the cross blade. Transfer this to a new bowl, and then stir in the remaining diced mixture.
Serve this at room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
When serving, top with a sprinkle of feta cheese.
Stay tuned! Wednesday I’m going to introduce you to a delicious summery dressing!
Stay cookin’, good lookin’!
Are you ready for the weekend? Me too!
Tonight I’m attending a really posh tiki bar party in Greenwich Village, and will be drinking inspiring Hawaiin-themed cocktails in a room full of exotic birds!!
I want you to come with me in spirit, so I’m sending along a WONDERFUL watermelon cocktail with which to start your weekend! Here ya go!!
- 1 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 tbs lemon juice
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1/2 ounce melon liqueur
- twists lemon zest, garnish
In your Magic Bullet, puree the watermelon flesh. Pour the pureed watermelon into empty ice cube trays and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Take this time to do something special for yourself, maybe a pedicure for the bare feet you’ll be displaying while drinking this cocktail…
Later, in your Bullet, combine the frozen watermelon cubes, simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and melon liqueur; blend for about 7 seconds.
Screw on your comfort lid put on a lei, and listen to some Jimmy Buffet.
Have a safe weekend, ladies!
Thursday ….. oy is a toughie.
You are so close, yet so far.
The weekend itch is starting.
The AM shift at the coffee joint is getting testy.
Your kids may be approaching that ‘off the wall / I haven’t fed you candy today and don’t understand how you can be this hyper stage’.
You can FEEL that underlying excitement vibe all around… but you still have Friday to deal with.
On that note – let’s break it down.
A little background – I LIVE for embracing, entertaining and over feeding my loved ones.
And when time permits – and Thursday hits, the weekend planning is going full throttle.
This weekend I have volunteered to host my dear cousin and biggest Kitchen Magician Competition supporter, Danielle’s bachelorette party. Approximately nine lovely ladies in their mid-twenties will be shacking it up with me – and yes … it is time to get down.
Saturday is going to be a busy day around the city with many agenda items on the list – but once the late afternoon hits – we are hitting my roof deck, hitting the bullet, and taking a knee before my own little wolf pack heads out the town.
And what better way to unwind for a hot minute than diving face first into a CITRUS BERRY CHILLER
My favorite ingredient – limoncello. What I would do to bathe in limoncello.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with limoncello, it is an Italian liquor made with lemon, vodka, water and sugar, and then sits at room temperature – timing varies. Regardless, it is typically served chilled and is fabulous as an after dinner palate cleanser or sometimes used to spice up dessert recipes.
But for this weekend – and due to my fabulous cousin’s love for limoncello – we are using it to spice up our beverage.
Here we go –
*NOTE: For all beverage recipes, I will be including a ‘kid friendly’ variation as well. Yes, I love to go out and do event management for a living, but I was also an education major and certified to teach in the state of Massachusetts. The kiddos will never go by the way side J
CITRUS BERRY CHILLER
 Magic Bullet party mug
 Magic Bullet comfort lip ring
 Magic Bullet cross blade
[3/4 cup] frozen lemonade concentrate
[3/4 cup] unsweetened, frozen raspberries
[1/2 teaspoon] granulated sugar
[1/2 cup] chilled limoncello
*KID FRIENDLY: substitute limoncello with [1/2 cup] orange juice
– Add all ingredients into the party mug
– Blend for about 15 seconds
– Screw on your comfort lip ring
– Toss in a BIG FAT straw
On that note – I hope you all have a safe and fantastic weekend! And use those bullets, baby.
Hugs & Happy Blending, from my heart to yours.
Hey Magic Bullet fans!
I’m here with your first recipe for the What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’? recipe series! In the first few installments, I’m going to be focusing on a refreshing summertime ingredient: WATERMELON!
This enormous fruit, originally from southern Africa, is a great source of Vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. Most importantly, though, because it’s 96% water, it’s a great and tasty way to stay hydrated on those HOT summer days we’ve been having in Brooklyn.
Over the next week or so, I will introduce you to smoothies, soups, and cocktails you can make during this heat wave.
So here goes, our first recipe:
- 1 cup seeded watermelon chunks
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 tbs sugar
- pinch ground ginger
- dash of almond extract
Throw all this into your Magic Bullet, throw on your cross blade, and in seconds, you’ll have a REFRESHING summer smoothie!
Now sit back, relax, and take in a sweet sip of summer!
Like the fabulous Miss Lizzie, you will be seeing some posts from me, along with some videos illustrating the wide range of capabilities the Magic Bullet Blender has to offer. I’ll be sharing with you some of my STAPLES. I’m talkin what I live and die by. And we are not playing around here – you will get a taste of everything – from weeknight shortcuts to weekend treats. Some for the kids –some for the adults. Regardless, they will ALL be recipes for success. I promise, I would never let you fail.
Keep an eye out for me, and do yourself a favor … let this Magic Bullet Magician into YOUR kitchen.
Hugs & Happy Blending, from my heart to yours.
Xox – Lauren
Remember me? I made that silly little video for the Kitchen Magician competition? Well, I may not have won the pot o’ gold out in Hollywood, but Magic Bullet and I are teaming up to bring you a special segment here on their facebook page. It’s called What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’? and it’s a single lady’s guide to cooking in the city.
I’ll be updating several times a week with fun recipes that you can make quickly with your Magic Bullet. I’ll be highlighting certain ingredients each week and using them in everything from soups and salsas to main courses and mud masks.
Keep your eyes peeled for some special videos, too. Who knows, my friend Lizzie Boredom might even make a few appearances. We’ll see!
Well, see you all soon!