My Review of Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep

Originally submitted at As Seen On TV

Rule The Kitchen with the Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep, the revolutionary food and drink maker with the power of a Ninja. The Ninja Master Prep combines the best features of a blender, food processor and stick blender in one appliance. Turn ice into smooth, creamy drinks and deserts in seconds. Make ...

Awful - Magic Bullet is SO much better!

By StephyG from Las Vegas, NV on 1/24/2012


1out of 5

Describe Yourself: Power User

Primary use: Personal

Was this a gift?: No

This thing is so awful, at least compared to my Magic Bullet!

I use my MB at LEAST twice a day for protein shakes and smoothies, which both involve a lot of pulverizing of frozen food. I used this when I flew out to NY for my birthday, and instead of LOVING my protein shake (which I still look forward to after drinking one every day for two years) I HATED them!

There were still ice chunks at the bottom because the blade is too far away to ensure it's all crushed. I had to run it about three times as long as I do my Bullet to get that half-crushed ice as well. And for something as small as a 16 oz protein shake, the clean up that is necessary is INSANE!

Go get a Magic Bullet. Or even a generic personal blender from WMart, KMart, etc. This thing is disappointing and a total waste.



Sneaky and Healthy Recipe #2 - Vegetable Chili

Chili is one of my favourite foods for several reasons - it's yummy, it's different with every bowl and every bite, it's filling, and if you do it right...it's extremely healthy. And did I mention cheap? This meal, much like my Whole Wheat Pasta w/ Chunky Garden Vegetable Sauce, can be made in huge portions and then dosed into individual servings.

As opposed to the chili that you can find in the canned bean aisle of your grocery store, this recipe for chili cuts down the calories, fat, salt and sugar while increasing your protein, vitamin, fiber, and mineral intake, and all for a much, much lower cost than filling your cart with cans of the greasy factory made stuff.

Here are the ingredients and cost analysis per 14 serving batch:

(Please don't be afraid...I made a double batch.)

1 lb 96/4 ground beef ($3.15) (ground turkey also works extremely well!)
2 tbsp garlic, minced ($.15)
1 medium onion, diced (.25)
1 medium green pepper, chopped ($.50)
1 medium red pepper, chopped ($.75)
1 medium yellow squash, chopped ($.50)
1 medium green zucchini, chopped ($.50)
1 14.5 oz can yellow corn, drained ($1.25)
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes ($1.00)
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted canned tomatoes ($.50)
2 14.5 oz cans dark red beans, drained and rinsed ($.57)
2 14.5 oz cans light red beans, drained and rinsed ($.57)
14.5 oz can black beans ($.57)
1 packet chili seasoning ($.64)
1 tbsp red chili flakes ($.05)
1 tbsp ground cumin ($.25)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ($.05)

Combine 1 tbsp minced garlic and half of your onion in a large pot on medium heat until they sweat. Add ground beef (or turkey) and raise heat to medium high heat until beef starts to brown. Add chili packet and mix until combined.

Add zucchini, squash and peppers, stir and cook until they sweat.

(Don't ask me why, but I love how a vegetable strata looks!)

Finally, add undrained tomatoes, drained beans and drained corn. If you are looking for a spicy chili, this is the best time to add any crushed chili flakes (try a teaspoon to start), cayenne pepper, red hot, or whatever you like to add to yours.

Stir everything together, allow it to come to a boil for 10 minutes, and then let simmer for at least a half hour. Make sure to stir frequently, as this is such a dense mixture that the bottom may be black by the time the top starts to get warm. The batch may seem really large, but after the vegetables cook, the volume will decrease by at least a quarter.

This entire batch cost $11.25, and made 14 one cup servings per batch. Each serving only cost $.80, has 240 calories, only 3 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, as opposed to store bought chili, which is 260 calories, but 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber - for $2.30 a can (compared to Hormel Chili).

(What do YOU think?)

Have a potluck coming up? Need an appetizer? Something to munch on while at the pool? Then stir in some low fat sour cream, a little cheddar cheese, and break out a bag of corn chips...it makes a GREAT dip!



100 Calorie Apple Pie

I love this recipe for quite a few reasons...it's a great 100 calorie snack, satisfies a common comfort food craving, it's pretty high in fiber for a dessert (4.5 grams with Grape Nuts, 3.5 without), and it's a great way to get rid of apples that are getting to the end of their life span (and if you're anything like me, apples that aren't crunchy will NOT be eaten.)

Depending on the season (and when are apples really THAT expensive anyway), this recipe is very cheap for an entire week of snacks. If you average the cost of all of these ingredients at $5.00 (which is a rather high estimate considering the cost of your spices are negligible, and you don't need to buy a specific kind of apple so those "value bags" your local market sells are almost always the way to go), you're still spending less than $.75 a serving.



2 1/2 lbs apples (about eight small, any kind)

4 tsp Truvia

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp allspice

1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal (optional, not HCG-friendly)


Peel and dice apples into medium sized chunks. It should yield about 28-32 oz of usable apple.

Toss with Truvia, cinnamon, ground cloves and allspice. Ground nutmeg also works nicely, especially with the cloves, as it gives the mix a nice autumn feel.

Sweat apples in a large skillet set on medium/medium high heat for ten minutes. Reduce to medium/medium low for five more minutes, stirring mix frequently.

(Optional) In one cup plastic storage containers, cover bottom with 1 tbsp Grape Nuts cereal.

When apples are a soft, spongy consistency, remove from heat. Add 3/4 cup to each storage container.

Store in the refrigerator; these are great hot or cold. To warm up, microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Serving Size: 3/4 cup apples with 2 tbsp Grape Nuts

Number of Servings: 7