Aug
22
2

Virgin Piña Coladas

Do you like piña coladas? And dancing in the rain? If so, it sounds like we could be friends.

Since rum isn’t my favorite liquor, I decided to make some virgin piña coladas to try and beat the heat. These are just as good as alcoholic ones and are totally acceptable to drink at any function.

I got the recipe from Paula Deen who I still love in spite of her diabetes debacle. She has a really interesting life; I would know, I read her autobiography. You should check it out sometime when you feel up for an easy, food-related read.

ANYWAY, cut up some pineapple. This recipe calls for only a ¼ of a cup, but I added more because I like mine with a punch of pineapple.

Then add in your cream of coconut and your coconut milk. Which are indeed two different things and you shouldn’t substitute one for the other. It will taste funny.

Now, I have to warn you that these yield highly sweet, rich drinks. What else would you expect from Paula? To counteract this, I added a ton of ice to a) water it down some and b) make it ice cold—which I think is a necessity for enjoying a drink like this.

I also felt it was necessary to shake it like a Polaroid picture, too.

I swear these were non-alcoholic in spite of this last blurry picture. I wouldn’t lie to you. But feel free to alcohol it up. Just drink responsibly. And don’t email me when everything seems so loud the next morning.

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Aug
2
2

Mojito-rito

I have no idea why we decided to name this drink a Mojito-rito. But for some reason, it just happened. My first thought is maybe because it’s somewhere between a mojito and a blended margarita… but I’m not sure if that is really why we came up with it or not. Either way, this drink was a creation that was basically the result of bringing home a bottle of rum and realizing we had no mixers. At all.

I had bought a big ol’ bunch of mint at the farmer’s market and was dreaming of making mojitos with some of it. So, graciously, my boyfriend Brett went out and bought some white rum to bring back to me. Club soda, he forgot. So we improvised. It turned out to be the most delicious improvisation we’ve made yet.

Seriously, not only does blending mint turn your ‘mojito’ into the most fabulous shade of green, but it makes something so refreshing that it turns an ordinary Sunday afternoon into a mini vacation. It’s not too sweet, it’s just strong enough that you don’t forget what it is you’re drinking, and, people, look at how green it is! Brett even went so far as to say it was his favorite cocktail he’s ever had. So if that doesn’t convince you, well gee, I just don’t know what will.

Mojito-rito

you can tell it’s delicious (and has rum!) by how happyI am!

Ingredients (for two drinks)

  • 1 big handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 3 oz white rum
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Ice

Procedure

  1. Get out two party cups (or tall cups), and fill each one about 2/3- 3/4 of the way full with ice. Pour 1 1/2 oz of rum into each cup, and then squeeze the juice of a half a lime into each. top with 1/2 handful of fresh mint and 1 tbsp of sugar.
  2. Pop on your cross blade and blend until you don’t hear big chunks of ice whirling around anymore. Pour into a glass (or just screw on the party cup lid if you prefer), top with a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy!

Variation: We made these again and added a few big chunks of fresh coconut that our landlord had given us from his tree. It was delicious in flavor, but fresh coconut made the texture off. I think this would be absolutely awesome with a splash of coconut milk. You could also throw in a couple chunks of mango if you’re feeling crazy. Oooh, that sounds good.. Excuse me.. it seems I need to do some more… uh… ‘taste testing’…

Jul
30
0

Take A Hike Smoothie

Magic Bullet Brothers and Sisters,

In your hour of need, I come to you with an amazing smoothie recipe! Yesterday morning, before embarking on a vigorous hike, I decided to make a fruity concoction to get myself energized and motivated. For the smoothie, I used some of my favorite fruits and even added a little raspberry sorbet, because I was feeling just that crazy.

This is a picture of me on a hike. Stretching my limbs or really exhausted? You be the judge.

TAKE A HIKE SMOOTHIE



 Magic Bullet Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup raspberry sorbet
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh mango
* Just a note– this smoothie is on the thicker side and fruit heavy. Feel free to add more orange juice for a frothier version.

 Instructions

  1. Cut strawberries into halves and cut mango into small cubes.

*Cutting a fresh mango can be challenging. If you’re not up for the task, you can always get pre-cut mango at your local grocery store.

2. Add to tall cup, ¼ cup scoopable raspberry sorbet, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries, ½ cup fresh cut mango and ¼ cup orange juice.


        3. Blend until smooth.
        4. Drink your smoothie and go take a hike. Get out of here! I mean it!

This smoothie, jam-packed with fresh fruit, really helped me power through my hike. I felt like such a professional up in those hills. The next time I decide to take a nice long hike, I will definitely be making myself this drink. Hope you enjoy!
Love,
Kyle
Jun
26
2

Frothy Coffee Drink

Sometimes, we all have those days. You know the ones I mean.

umm.. yeah. so that's our pile of junk in the corner of our house.. please ignore it.

You press snooze one too many times. You stub your toe on the way out the door, and realize you forgot to put on deodorant. You rush to work with sleep still in your eyes and your hair matted to the side of your face. It’s not going to be a good day. And then someone says it, why, you have no idea, but it happens every time: “Wow, did you get enough sleep? You look super tired today.” …seriously? Everyone knows that’s code for ‘You look like crap, what the hell happened?’ Ugh. The day just keeps getting better, right?

Well, this is for those days. The days when you need something to make it better. To make your coworkers disappear for a while and create a nice little island of calm where you can sit for a while and wake up. Then you can fix your hair. And punch out your coworker. Or.. whatever. I don’t advocate violence. Just sayin’.

Frothy Coffee Drink 

Sorry guys, no measurements on this one. Use each ingredient according to your taste. If you use hot coffee, use less of it and use more milk and ice. Cold coffee, you can use more coffee and less milk and ice. Or however you like it. I like a ton of milk and sugar. My boyfriend likes a ton of coffee with just a little sugar and milk. To each his or her own!

P.S. You know you can grind coffee in your bullet, right? Just throw a tablespoon or two (or three) into the short cup, pop on the flat blade and pulse a few times. Whoo! Whole bean coffee keeps its freshness much better than pre-ground (it lasts especially long if you keep it in the freezer), so now you can buy whole bean coffee and grind it at home!

You’ll need:

one of those days..

  • coffee (If you want to plan ahead and make this extra yummy, I have a recipe here for cold pressed coffee. It’s fab. Make it and keep it in the fridge and use a bit as you go. If you use this, you don’t need a lot as it’s super strong. Otherwise, just make coffee straight into your bullet party cup. It’ll do.)
  • milk
  • chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder and sugar)
  • ice

Put it all in your party mug and blend-a-rooskies. Difficult, right? If you’re feeling crazy, I think it’d be delish to add some caramel (here’s my own personal fav. recipe) or whatever other flavors you like. Syrups will blend better than powders/granulated sugar if you are using cold pressed coffee. If you start with hot coffee, put the sugar and chocolate powder at the bottom of the cup before you pour in the coffee. It’ll dissolve right away. Drink and Enjoy!!

Jun
22
1

Coconut What?

Hello friends,

You may have noted from my bio that I’m extremely fond of tropical fruit smoothies.  Well, the rumors are true!

Although my obsession with blended fruit beverages is a fairly recent development, I can’t imagine how I ever lived without them. I must have been so depressed.

If there’s one thing you can expect from me– during my time as your Magic Bullet advisor, it’s that I’ll be making A LOT of tasty smoothies, which hopefully you’ll be dying to try. So let’s begin our smoothie journey together with this delicious and easy-to make coco-nutty concoction…

 

COCONUT WHAT? SMOOTHIE

Magic Bullet parts

Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 

Ingredients

  • ½ banana
  • ¾ cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • *2 leaves of fresh basil

 

Chef Prep

 

  1. Please prepare yourself by putting on your favorite Hawaiian shirt.
  2. Wow, you look great! That shirt really brings out the color of your eyes and I’m not just saying that.
  3.  Guess what? Now you’re ready to make your very own Coconut What? smoothie.

Instructions

  1. To tall cup, add ¾ cup of fresh pineapple chunks, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ½ banana, 3-4 ice cubes and 1 teaspoon of honey. *Make sure to add the honey last so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your tall cup.
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth.

At this point, you might be wondering why I have listed 2 leaves of fresh basil. Well, during one of my first attempts at making this smoothie, I realized that I had used too much coconut milk. While the smoothie’s texture was perfect, it had a weird coconut milk after taste. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t fret! And don’t throw your smoothie out just yet! Try adding 2 fresh basil leaves into your tall cup with the finished product and blend until leaves are fully incorporated or appear as little green specks. The basil leaves really help to cut down the flavor of the coconut milk and also, add a nice fresh flavor to your smoothie.

(Okay, okay, I don’t own a Hawaiian shirt. But the t-shirt I’m wearing has a flower on it. Doesn’t that count?)

I hope you enjoy making this smoothie and feel as though you’ve been transported to a dreamy Hawaiian island!

 

Xo,

Kyle

Jun
13
0

Milk Punch

Milk Punch. Milk. Punch. Punch. With Milk. Milk. That packs a Punch.

Hmmm.. Think about it. Say the words a few times in your head. Mull it over. Mull.. Mulled wine. Game of Thrones. No. Wine. Mmm.. Wine.. Drink. Milk. Punch? Milk Punch? Milk Punch! Does it still sound weird to you? It still sounds weird to me. But to my boyfriend, it just sounded delicious. Right away. No mulling required. So we decided to make it. In fact, we decided to make it for a very special occasion.

I was taking the MCAT. Heard of it? No? It’s just this one test that can decide whether or not a person gets to do the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. No big deal or anything. You know, just the kind of test you study for for four hours a day for three months with no breaks and no fun. Minor stuff, really. So. I was going to take it. And it was going to take all day. And afterward, I was going to need a drink. Stat. Like a doctor needs a stethescope. And a police officer needs your drivers license number. Am I rambling? Let’s have a drink. 

Drained it!

Be forewarned, however. Even though this was supposed to be my celebratory drink, the night I was supposed to have many and more drinks, I drank only this one. Then I, erm.. well I fell asleep. So it’s a good kind of drink. Just not the party kind of drink. Try it. You’ll see what I mean. It packs a punch.

Milk Punch (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Ingredients

  •  1/2  cup heavy cream
  • 2  cups milk (you can use 1 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of milk if you like. use whichever you have on hand. but the more creamy the better..)
  • 3/4 cup burbon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted (or if you’re lazy like me, skip it. Makes no difference and means less dishes! whoo!)
  • nutmeg for garnish

In the large blender attachment for your bullet, mix together all ingredients except nutmeg. Pulse a few times to mix thoroughly. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and let it freeze for several hours or up to one day if you’re a planner and are making this in advance. When you’re ready to serve, take it out of the freezer and give it a few pulses on the bullet. Pour into 2 glasses and sprinkle on some nutmeg for garnish. Note: if you are going to let it freeze all day or overnight, let the blender defrost for 10 minutes before blending. Drink and Enjoy! (And then sleep oh so well…)

So I’ve mentioned how much I like smoothies for breakfast. But generally, a smoothie alone just doesn’t quite cut it. Sure, it makes a nice dent, but it isn’t going to be enough to keep you full until lunch. This is where the genius of the bowl comes in.

You’ve seen them. C’mon now, don’t be shy. You’ve walked past the hippe “health bar” where the guy with dreds flashes you a peace sign as he digs in to something purple and drippy and covered in fruit. You think, “Man, that looks good.” So you’ve even gone in. You’ve looked at the menu. You know it’s covered in organic granola, bananas and, wait.. bee pollen? Then you’ve seen the price tag. “Eleven dollars?!? For a bowl of smoothie?!” And you’ve walked away. Or maybe you’ve forked out the cash and you didn’t exactly regret it because yeah, it was downright tasty, but you’ve certainly mentally scolded yourself for spending so much on something that melts.

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Apr
26
8

Green Berry Smoothie

Hey everyone! Erin here. Smoothies are, well, delicious. They also happen to be nutritious, or at least, they can be. Sure, Juice it up has the best white peach smoothie I’ve ever had in my life. But that’s because it’s made with ice cream. Duh. And even though we’re “grown ups” now and we technically can eat ice cream for breakfast, because y’know what, ma, I do what I want! ahem. We really have become our parents and “know better now” or at least, have to make it through 8 to 12 to 14 hour work days (plus school and studying and oi vey), so ice cream generally isn’t going to cut it for breakfast. 

But smoothies still can. Especially when paired with something like an english muffin or an egg-inside-tortilla, which is my personal favorite thing to pair a smoothie or juice with. And smoothies actually can do a very good job of not only keeping you a bit fuller and keeping your energy up, but you can sneak in a whole bunch of good stuff that you otherwise might not want to eat all that much. Which is what we do. Green powder, which I’m pretty sure you can buy anywhere they sell strange health-food items, is one of my boyfriend’s obsessions and we put a couple scoops in every smoothie we make. And I don’t even complain because I can’t taste it. But the nutrition label says I am being nice to my body when I eat it. go fig. 

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Hello Magic Bullet Heads!

My name is Kyle. It’s so nice to meet you.

The other day, I was reminiscing about Top Chef Season 1, specifically the episode when the chefs are asked to cook an amuse-bouche (a little hors d’œuvre) using only ingredients found in a gas station. It was seriously nutz! The chefs managed to produce amazing plates of food that looked nothing like the original Funyuns, Doritos and soda pop.

While I’m far from a “Top Chef” (I frequently use a microwave), I felt inspired to make my own tasty treat: a milkshake. And I attempted using only ingredients found in my local convenience store, a charming 7-Eleven, in addition to some vanilla extract which I found in my cupboard. I cheated, alright! But I figured most people have that lying around somewhere. Right?! Okay. Below are the instructions for this frosty delight.

 

THE 7-ELEVEN MILKSHAKE

(Note: The Whoppers are not a part of the recipe. I kind of just felt like eating Whoppers.)

Magic Blender Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 1 cup packed vanilla ice cream
  • *2 Slurpee straws (which are totally free at 7-Eleven if you ask the cashier nicely).

 

Instructions

  1. Chill tall cup and lid in freezer for 30 minutes or until container has a frosty look. *If you’re feeling extra crazy, chill a glass for your milkshake concoction.
  2. To cup add 2 Oreos and pulse with the cross blade until Oreos are mostly crumbled.
  3. Unscrew the blade, and add add 1/4 cup reduced fat milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup of scoopable (soft enough to scoop) ice cream to the tall cup.
  4. Re-attach the cross blade and blend ingredients, while checking to make sure that the ice cream is getting its fair share of blender action.
  5. Pour into a frosty glass, insert a red straw and enjoy your very own 7-11 milkshake.

 

My friend took a sip of his 7-Eleven milkshake and exclaimed, “That’s dope.” Although I very rarely use the word “dope,” preferring to use words like “cool” and “awesome,” this milkshake is dope and you should definitely make it. And it’s easy, just head over to your local convenience store (in your pajamas if you feel like it) and create some magic.

 

XO,

Kyle

 

That is me.

That is me pointing at my heart.

And that is my Blueberry Booster Breakfast Smoothie, made with what else – but your Magic Bullet Blender.

Lauren, your Kitchen Magician – and I am back and on full blast with a kick in the tush of a detox of sorts. Everything has temporarily quieted down a LITTLE bit, and my body is still recuperating. I think it’s the whole age thing. I’m almost.. hmm.. 28.5? And I will tell ya, one weekend of ‘friends and fun’ and I am SET BACK… and no, not like the card game.

Below is a recipe for a boost ya energy, boost ya confidence breakfast smoothie that I use as a GO TO. Fills you up with good stuff – including a kick of antioxidants which never hurt anyone.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup or Party Mug
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

INGREDIENTS

  • [1 Cup] water
  • [1/2 Cup] blueberries
  • [1/2 Cup] fresh spinach
  • [1/2] banana

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Squish all of your solids into the cup (they do fit, trust me) then add the water
  2. Blend for 5 seconds, give it a good shake, blend for another 5 until everything is smooth as silk
  3. You are done

Take that baby on the road as I did on this fine February morning, or demolish it while watching Al Roker try to be as cool as Jim Cantore on Good Morning America. You want a good weather forecast, you follow @JimCantore on Twitter. The guy is a genius.

Oh! And today is Valentines Day! Valentines Day for me —- is the same as New Years Eve. Brutal. And this was the case EVEN when I was with man in the past. REGARDLESS..

1.       IF you are celebrating with a loved one, liked one, some random kid you met at the bar last week – I hope you have a FABULOUS evening.

2.       IF you are going out to dinner – I hope the service is good, the food is better, and there are no awkward moments.

3.       IF you are hanging out on the couch by yourself – please see my ‘Lets Talk Sauce’ video from this past summer and crush the cheese based one. In sweatpants. In the dark. And watch a KILLER 80s movie.

Alrighty, back to work. I’ll be checking in with you Thursday my little Sugar Babiesss!

Until next time, Happiest Blending, from my Big Heart, to ALL of Yours J!

XXOOXXOX

Lauren