Sep
10
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Salmorejo

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In August of last year, I had salmorejo, a version of gazpacho from southern Spain, rich with bread and olive oil. I was eating tapas at Bar Eslava – a place where Tripadvisor reviews include statements like, “arguably the best meal of my life” – and bowls of this orange soup kept going by. I asked the couple next to me what it was, and they replied salmorejo with a puzzled look on their faces. Then I asked if it’s good (“¿está bien?”), and their look changed from puzzlement to bafflement. “Si,” ellos dijeron. “Está muy bien.”

Translation: the best tomato soup of your life. And easy, too.

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This is a no cook gazpacho, with just a soak in boiling water to stand in for cooking, so really the quality of the soup depends on the quality of the tomatoes. Luckily, that’s no problem this time of year.

As it turns out, the Magic Bullet was made for tapas. The large container is the perfect size for an appetizer portion for two. Feel free to double the recipe or more. It’s traditional to serve this with a chopped hard boiled egg and a drizzle of oil. I’ve dramatically reduced the amount of olive oil that is typically used in the dish itself, because I find the dish to be just too rich, but feel free to add more if you want the authentic Spanish experience.

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Ingredients
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 oz white bread, ripped into large pieces (baguette)
  • 1/8 small onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tsp sherry or balsamic vinegar, plus a drizzle
  • 1 tbl olive oil (or more)

1 hard boiled egg, chopped, for serving

black pepper, for serving

Directions 
  1. Place tomato, bread, onion, salt, and garlic in Magic Bullet and cover with boiling water. Let sit for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour.
  2. Drain vegetables, squeezing water from bread and reserving 1/4 cup soaking liquid.
  3. Add reserved soaking liquid, oil, and vinegar.  Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve, topped with chopped egg and black pepper, and a drizzle of vinegar.

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Sep
5
0

Black Bean Soup

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I recently discovered an exciting new soup recipe! It is a black bean soup, which sounds boring at first, but there are many ingredients that make it incredibly flavorful and delicious. This soup is great for lunch because it’s really filling and will give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips. If you like your soups on the spicy side, you can add more cayenne pepper. You can also control the texture by reserving the desired amount of soup before blending it, or by pulsing the Magic Bullet blender versus letting it run.

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Black Bean Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Sour cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the beans, salt, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper and stir.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  6. Add the desired amount of soup to a Magic Bullet pitcher and pulse or blend to the texture you want (blend more soup and longer for a smoother texture).
  7. Pour the soup back into the pot and reheat before serving.
  8. Top with sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Serves 2

It’s the first day of spring, but all across America, the temperatures are still in the lows to freezing. So, now, during this still-perfect soup weather, try this one before it gets too hot for soup. Which is really a shame. Because soup is amazing.

Carrot sweet potato soup

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sour cream and apple slices, optional for garnish

Directions

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat oil and add onion and leeks just slightly before the oil starts to sizzle. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until soft. Stir in the broth, sweet potatoes and apple pieces. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender; about 20 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes cook, microwave your broccoli florets and water in a small bowl on High for 1 minute, or until they are crisp.
  3. Once your soup is ready, let it cool. Add about 1/3 of the portion to your Magic Bullet cup or pitcher and blend until creamy and smooth. Repeat with the rest of the soup.
  4. Begin to heat the pureed soup again, stirring in the broccoli florets. Heat for 10 minutes, or until hot.
  5. Serve, adding a dollop or sour cream and apple slices on top, if desired.

 

Feb
10
0

Creamy Corn Soup

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The first time I tried this creamy corn soup was during a foodie conference last summer at a 4-star restaurant in Carmel. I have never tried corn soup before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. This is my attempt to recreate that delicious creamy corn soup, since it has become one of my top five favorite soup recipes of all time! And, as we know, wintertime is the best time to make homemade soup. It’ll warm you up on those chilly winter nights, but you can also enjoy it cold if you prefer!

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Creamy Corn Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Tomatoes and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and celery and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the corn, potato, pepper and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer soup to a Magic Bullet pitcher and pulse until you get a creamy consistency.
  6. Pour back into pot and heat up if needed.
  7. Stir in cream and serve warm or cold. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

Makes 6 cups

Aug
5
1

Cucumber Gazpacho

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What in the world is gazpacho?! I’d never heard of it until my friend told me about it just the other day. It’s basically a vegetable soup served chilled that originated in southern Spain. It’s especially popular in the summer months due to its refreshing nature. I usually don’t make many soups during the summer months, but this I will do! There are many variations, including some that use tomato, grapes, or cucumbers. I decided to make a cucumber gazpacho with my Magic Bullet and it was so quick and easy. All you have to do is toss all ingredients into your Bullet and blend away! So what do you think? Would you like to give gazpacho a try?

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Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber (16 inches)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop cucumber.
  2. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet blender cup, cover and blend until foamy.

Makes 2 cups

Jul
2
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Curried Zucchini Soup

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What’s so special about this curried zucchini soup? You can eat it hot or cold. That’s right, it tastes great either way! Now that it is summertime, I don’t make soups as often as I do during the winter season. This zucchini soup is still on my regular menu because even if it is a very hot day, you can still enjoy it by eating it cold. The soup isn’t very spicy, but you can always add a kick to it by sprinkling in some cayenne pepper.

I love dipping a big slice of bread in it – I know, I am such a carbs addict!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 zucchini, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (if you want it more spicy!)

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add leek and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add spices and stir.
  4. Add the potatoes, zucchini and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Boil for 25 minutes, then remove from heat and allow the soup to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the soup to a Magic Bullet pitcher or cup and blend before serving.

Makes 6 cups

Yes, summer is here! Time for lemonades, fruit popsicles, and delicious gazpachos! This Strawberry Gazpacho recipe is adapted from numerous on the web and works perfectly in your Magic Bullet. Quick and simple, you’ll wish you could lounge on the patio with a shot glass of this every summer day.

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds medium ripe tomatoes, cored
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored and seeded
  • 1/4 medium red onion
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, long stems removed
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
  • juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar, or to taste
  • up to 1/2 cup water, if desired
  • 1 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In batches, combine the first 8 ingredients and a splash of water in your Magic Bullet until smooth; for a chunky gazpacho, use the pulse method.
  2. Add the vinegar and salt and blend. Taste and adjust the seasoning and consistency as necessary by adding vinegar, salt, and/or more water.  Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the gazpacho to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil.
Apr
4
0

LOADED Baked Potato Soup

Whether you:

  1. Know the snow is coming and you won’t be leaving the house for a few days
  2. Had a bad day at work
  3. Have company coming over for dinner and want to slam it outta’ the park on course 1
  4. Wanted to make a sinfully rich treat for someone (or yourself)

This loaded baked potato soup made with your Magic Bullet Blender is soooo one hundo the way to go and you betta bet your Van Halen tush this cup of goodness will make you Jump.

Lauren DeMaio, your Magic Bullet Kitchen Magician coming ‘atcha with a so-worth-indulging recipe for the homies.

(On my playlist today: getcha game face on- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNy3-6ooMTc)

Simple – YES. Impressive – OBV. Delicious – MINDBLOWINGLY.

See below, baby.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 4 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked well done, crumbled
  • 3 green onions, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash, dry and prick potatoes with a fork.
  3. Place directly onto cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes until cooked through. If you don’t have one or prefer to cook the potatoes directly on the rack in the oven, by all means – go crazy. *Tip: When baking potatoes that will be used as a side dish – wash, dry, prick with fork, rub outsides with olive oil and a little bit of sea salt. This helps crisp up the skin a bit.
  4. Let potatoes cool. Peel then cut into about ¼ – ½” pieces.
  5. Add the insides from 2 of the potatoes into your sauce pan.
  6. The remaining 2 potatoes will be going into your Magic Bullet.
  7. Fill up your Magic Bullet Tall Cup about ¾ of the way with potato and then the remaining room with chicken broth.
  8. Blend until smooth, about 10 seconds.
  9. Add to sauce pan with the other 2 cubed potatoes.
  10. Continue the 3 steps above until your potatoes are blended into magically wonderful bliss.
  11. Put the sauce pan filled with potatoes on low heat.
  12. Add sour cream, black pepper, about ½ of your shredded cheese, ½ of your crumbled bacon and ½ of your green onions.
  13. Stir to combine.
  14. Let cook until combined and thoroughly heated through – nothing above a simmer. About 10 minutes.
  15. Soup > Bowl
  16. Bowl of Soup > garnished with a bit of your remaining cheddar, bacon and green onions.
  17. Bowl of ridiculousness is served baby.

 

 Ya done.

Cozy up, dive in and enjoy my friends.

Alrighty – Boston and Chicago are just around the corner for work so this kid has got to get back to cranking.

Until next time my Bullet Babes, sending all my love, from the great, awaiting yet another snowstorm state of Connecticut, to all of yours.

xo

@LdeMaio

Mar
8
0

Tomato Soup

Looking for a special appetizer to serve to your loved ones? Trying to get your kids to eat their veggies? (Ok, tomato’s technically a fruit…) Well, try our scrumptious tomato soup, so simple, even the kids can help you make it! It’s great by itself, but feel free to experiment and make it your own. Let us know how you personalize this recipe!

Ingredients

  • about 1 cup Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • Water
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Your favorite herbs

Directions

Fill the Tall Cup 2/3 of the way full with cherry tomatoes (sliced tomatoes work, too) and steam in the microwave for about 90 seconds (microwaves vary). Using an oven mitt, remove the cup, add about ¼ cup of milk, 1 clove or garlic and your favorite herbs (a few leaves of chopped basil works great). Use the Cross Blade to blend until you achieve the right consistency for you – then pour into a bowl and enjoy.

Handed straight down from the broccoli gods, this recipe creates effortless piping hot, creamy, flavorful broccoli soup. It’s remarkable!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup broccoli florettes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup cream (milk or non-fat yogurt)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add broccoli, garlic and chicken stock to the Tall Cup.
  2. Twist on the Shaker/Steamer Top and microwave for 2-3 minutes, until the broccoli is soft.
  3. Open the cup, add cream and twist on the Cross Blade and blend until you have a smooth soup-like consistency.

Notes

This recipe is for one bowl, or two cups, of soup. For more servings, just multiply each ingredient by the number of servings you want to create. For more than two bowl-sized servings, use the Blender attachment.

Tips

Fat Free version. Use fat-free plain yogurt or skim milk instead of cream.

Vegetarian version. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Kids will eat it. If you heat 1/4 cup of cheese in with the broccoli, there is a very good chance your kids will gobble this up. You might want to play up the “cheese soup” part and play down the broccoli part.