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The $40 Kitchen Gadget You Should Never Be Without

Was Santa good to your kitchen this year? Got a Magic Bullet, did ya? You may have wished for that $500 Vitamix, but you have every reason to be just as excited about this little gadget that whips, chops, blends, and more.

For a countertop appliance with such a small footprint—12 inches tall and 4¾ inches in diameter—and equally small price tag (ringing up at about $40), it sure does cover a lot of blending ground. That big 18-ounce cup it comes with with crank out smoothies, yes— and so much more. So, put away that cutting board and knife, and that big, bulky blender (you really didn't want that Vitamix anyway, right?). Because whether you're looking for a little help with some healthy New Year's resolutions, or you're just looking speed up your prep, your new toy will have you covered for a range of everyday cooking adventures.

1. YOU Get a Smoothie, and YOU Get a Smoothie, and…

Since the Magic Bullet comes with multiple cups, everyone gets their own smoothie flavor! Choose from Allrecipes crowd favorites for some healthy smoothie breakfasts.

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

2. Tear Up Taco Tuesday

Skip the food processor because you can use your new little "magician" to make both the guac and the salsa! Does that make you want to fiesta or what?

Guacamole

Guacamole is ready in a snap

3. Bring Back the Salad Days

Whether it's chicken, egg, or tuna, an easy lunch or dinner is in your near future. And, it just may feel like summer with these sandwich salads.

Fruity Curry Chicken Salad

Fruity Curry Chicken Salad | Photo by DIZ#9829;

4. Chill Out with Cool Treats

From sorbets to vegan "nice cream" ice cream substitutes, frozen desserts are well within this appliance's capabilities.

nice-cream

Whip up a batch of dairy-free "Nice Cream"

5. Whip It Good

From pancake batter to whipped cream to salad dressings, the possibilities are seemingly endless. The Magic Bullet is kind of, well, magic.

Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes | Photo by Sara

6. Let It Become The Daily Grind

Put this one in the, "I'm scared to, but I really want to use it to" category. The product website confirms: using the Magic Bullet to grind coffee beans is a-okay (and one of the top 10 uses of the device).

Coffee Beans and Coffee Drink

Coffee Beans and Coffee Drink | Photo by Meredith

7. Chop, Chop!

Have your way with onions, garlic, and nuts in just a few seconds for quicker weeknight meal prep.

Chopped Vegetables

Chopped Vegetables | Photo by Meredith

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About Mackenzie Schieck

Writer and photographer obsessed with lattes, Mexican food, and stuff that’s funny.