Like any parent or working professional, I’m always on the look out for anything that makes my life run a bit smoother and save me time. Enter the Magic Bullet. When my nieces each took one to college with them, I was intrigued. But I already had a blender and a mini food processor, so I thought I was covered. But when it comes to single serving shakes and smoothies, the Bullet is a great alternative.
Creaminess is something kids miss when dairy is removed from their diet. To scratch that itch, prepare a No-Milk Milkshake, adapted for a single serving:
3/4 c. chocolate almond milk
2 T almond or peanut butter
1 tsp. agave nectar
1 c. crushed ice
1. Add the ice and pulse for several seconds to break it up. (If you add all ingredients together at the same time, the thickness of the peanut butter and banana impede the crushing of the ice).
2. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl of Bullet and blend until smooth.
An anti-oxidant rich Blueberry Smoothie gets a kick from pineapple juice and banana and is a quick breakfast to go, or a mid-afternoon pick me up. In fact, the Bullet is great for a variety of smoothies, just make sure you adapt the recipe for a single serving.
Salad dressings get that creamy, emulsified texture from a quick whir in the Bullet. Just toss your favorite ingredients into the cup and pulse for 30 seconds and you’ve got wonderful, homemade salad dressing with minimal clean up. Here’s one to try:
Amy’s GF Pantry Ranch Dressing
1 c. mayonnaise (Veganaise and Spectrum offer vegan varieties) 3/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 heaping teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. water
1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of the Bullet and screw on the blade.
2. Shake ingredients to the bottom of the container and blend for about 20 seconds. You may have to shake the ingredients a few times, but what you’ve have is wonderful, creamy dressing that kids can use on a salad, or let’s face, to dip vegetables in.
Pesto gets a nice gluten, dairy and soy-free twist with the help of the Bullet, crushing walnuts to replace the flavor and texture of Parmesan cheese.
The Bullet’s cup are safe for the dishwasher – just make sure you put them on the top. The heat from the bottom level will distort their shape. In fact, everything can go in the dishwasher, except the base unit. When you buy a Bullet, you’ll find an accompanying pamphlet with a slew of recipes ranging from iced coffee drinks (that’s for you, parents), to quick salsa and alcoholic drinks. In fact, although the bullet is great to use for kid’s snacks, here’s one for you when you put them to bed at night – an oldie, but a goodie.
8 oz. sweet and sour mix (try Trader Joe’s brand – it’s delicious and no HFCS) 1-2 oz. Tequilla
1/2 oz. triple sec or Gran Marnier
handful of ice
slice of lime
Place everything in the large cup and blend until smooth. Serve with chips and salsa or guacamole – also compliments of the Bullet. Pair it with your favorite movie and you’ve got a fun night in.
For kids and adults alike, the Bullet is a nice little short cut to make your life run a bit smoother.