WonderMix- Steak and Bacon Burgers

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I love warm weather.

I love warm weather in the summer.

I love barbecues in warm weather in the summer.

I love my family at barbecues in warm weather in the summer.

And I REALLY love hamburgers with my family at barbecues in warm weather in the summer!!

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These hamburgers are seriously killer.

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MY REVIEW:

This is like the ultimate WonderMix attachment recipe! I got to use the meat grinder and the slicer shredder! I have seen a number of different home use meat grinders and I’ve gotta admit that I am really impressed with this one. I dropped thick slices of sirloin steak and big chunks of onion right into the hopper and within seconds I had ground burger. There was no straining or slowing down of the motor. No clogging up of the grinding disc. Not to mention that the attachment itself was super easy to clean. It comes apart so easily and I had it cleaned in minutes!

I also used the slicer shredder attachment to slice my toppings. I did mushrooms and onions and it sliced them so fast! This is definitely the tool that I’ll be using for all of my barbecues this summer–especially for the big family gatherings! This attachment was also very easy to disassemble and clean. Probably the hardest part was cleaning out the slicing drum (which really wasn’t any harder than cleaning out my standing cheese grater). As long as you have a long handled brush, you’ll be totally fine :)

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WonderMix- Steak and Bacon Burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 3 lb boneless sirloin steak
  • 12 slices fully cooked bacon
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh onion
  • Morton Nature’s Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cut the steaks into 1 inch slices.
  2. Using the WonderMix Meat Grinder attachment, grind a piece of steak with each slice of bacon, one at a time.
  3. Grind in a couple chunks of fresh garlic and fresh onion.
  4. After everything is ground, mix the mixture (with clean hands) in a bowl.
  5. Season with Nature’s Seasoning.
  6. Form into patties.
  7. Cook and enjoy!

 

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WonderMix- Venna’s Apple Crisp

Apple crisp always reminds me of my Grandma. She lived one street down from us and she made the world’s best apple crisp (in my humble opinion, that is)! There is something about the smell of freshly baked apple crisp that can instantly take me back to the brisk autumn days of my childhood. I can remember running down to my grandma’s house after school and sitting down, with her, to the tastiest desserts at her kitchen table.

Those were some of the best times of my life :)

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MY REVIEW:

Although my grandma’s apple crisp is my very favorite, this recipe was actually super similar to hers! I was impressed :)

The WonderMix element used for this recipe was the Slicer Shredder Attachment. I peeled my apples and quartered them before putting them through the slicer shredder. Again, it did an amazing job making nice, even apple slices. In the past I would have just sliced them by hand, but not now! I have discovered a new and wonderful thing!

WonderMix- Venna's Apple Crisp
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. bp
  • Dash salt
  • 1 unbeaten egg
  • 6-7 apples
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Crack the egg into the dry mixture and stir around without beating the egg.
  3. Place the mix on top of 6-7 peeled apples (slice the apples using the slicing drum of the food processor attachment).
  4. Pour ⅓ c. oil over the top.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

 

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WonderMix- Cantaloupe Refresher

I’m not a huge cantaloupe fan, but I was willing to try out this recipe (especially since it calls for orange juice, which I absolutely love!) I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the final flavor of this drink :)

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MY REVIEW:

Again, the blender worked great for this recipe. I wasn’t overly wowed by anything in particular, but it did work just as good as my Bosch blender. Personally, I would buy the WonderMix for the mixer aspect of it, not so much for the blender aspect, but it is a nice and convenient accessory (especially if you don’t already have a blender).

WonderMix- Cantaloupe Refresher
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 500 mg. Vitamin C
  • Fresh mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. In the WonderMix blender, blend the orange juice, cantaloupe, honey and Vitamin C until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

 

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WonderMix- Cheesy Potatoes

I could probably eat cheesy potatoes every day, for the rest of my life, and never get sick of them.

And yes, in case you were wondering, they are called “Cheesy” potatoes…NOT “Funeral” potatoes. That is just creepy!

But anyway, let’s talk about food…not funerals…

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MY REVIEW:

The WonderMix element that I used for this recipe was the Food Processor Attachment. I used it to grate my potatoes and my cheese. I’ll say that I was definitely impressed with the speed on that thing! The power house motor on the WonderMix seems to be able to push through anything! My only suggestion, with this particular recipe, would be to grate the potatoes BEFORE boiling them. I boiled mine before grating them (as the recipe instructs) but they ended up being a little too soft while grating. They still grated fine, but I would have preferred them to be less mushy! Other than that, though, these cheesy potatoes turned out great (and they tasted even better) ;)

WonderMix- Cheesy Potatoes
 
Ingredients
  • 6-7 large potatoes (boiled, cooled, grated or scalloped) or 1 ½ bags “Simply Shreds” )
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 2 c. sour cream
  • ½ c. green onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ c. cheese, grated
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes.
  2. Boil potatoes until cooked but firm (since they will continue to cook in the oven).
  3. Using the coarse drum of the food processor attachment, grate the boiled potatoes.
  4. Mix remaining items together and heat so that cheese melts.
  5. Pour sauce over potatoes and stir.
  6. Put in 9x13 pan. Refrigerate several hours before cooking so that flavors blend.
  7. Put 1 cup crushed corn flakes on top (optional).
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

 

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WonderMix- Pesto

Alright, so I have loved pesto ever since I was a little girl. My mom used to make this pesto/cream cheese dip for baguette bread. (So easy, literally just put a couple bricks of cream cheese in a glass dish, slather it in pesto, bake at 350-400 degrees until it’s heated through).

But anyway, my mom used to just buy her pesto (I don’t blame her, with 6 busy kids at home her time was definitely stretched thin). So all I’ve ever known is store bought pesto.  Who knew that it was so easy (and WAY cheaper) to make??  All you need is a couple ingredients and a good blender!

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MY REVIEW:

The WonderMix blender did a really good job with this recipe and it made a very smooth pesto. My one suggestion with this blender (like most basic blenders) would be to add the ingredients in one at a time. This will help to keep it from clogging up. It also helps to put your liquids in first, before any dry or hard ingredients. As long as you follow these little tips, you shouldn’t have any problem with this blender!

WonderMix- Pesto
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. loosely packed basil leaves
  • 2 oz. parmesan cheese cut into cubes
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. shelled pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Put everything in WonderMix blender. Pulse a couple of times and then blend until smooth.
  2. Hint: Walnuts can also be used instead of pine nuts

 

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WonderMix- Dutch Almond Wafers

When I saw this recipe I got really excited because my Grandpa is from Holland (which makes him FULL Dutch…which makes my Dad 1/2 Dutch…which makes me 1/4 Dutch!)

The Dutch heritage runs deep in our family and we have always celebrated our roots in every way possible! The biggest way that we celebrate is by having a “Dutch Christmas” celebration every December. I take pride in my Dutch roots and I love any and everything that has to do with Holland!

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MY REVIEW:

I have never tried making wafers before, so this was a new kind of recipe to try. Although it calls for almond flour (rather than regular flour) I suspected that the dough would still end up like a sugar cookie dough. My suspicions were right, it was very similar to a sugar cookie dough, it was just extra soft. I was able to use the cookie whips to mix this entire recipe without any problem at all. No need to switch out the cookie whips for the dough hook and dough divider!

If you are interested in trying a delicious spin on your average sugar cookie, then try out this recipe! These wafers are thin and chewy, with the perfect mix of flavors :)

WonderMix- Dutch Almond Wafers
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. butter (softened)
  • ¼ c. palm shortening (or regular shortening)
  • ½ c. evaporated cane juice (or white sugar)
  • ¼ c. coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tsp. Pure Mexican vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 c. blanched almond flour
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using the wire whips, mix together the butter, shortening, cane juice (or white sugar), and coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar) in the WonderMix, until creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs, mix well. Mix in the baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the almond flour, once cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Topping: ¼ c. coconut palm sugar (or white sugar) plus 2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. Roll the dough into golf-ball sized rounds, and then roll to coat in the sugar topping mixture. Drop the coated dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake 11-13 minutes, until golden brown. [Note: dough balls may run together while cooking. Don’t worry! Just cut the wafers apart with a knife].
  6. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer wafers to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

 

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WonderMix- Frozen Tropical Fruit Drink

I like this drink because it is refreshing and light! It’s the perfect beverage for a hot summers day :)

MY REVIEW:

This is more of a drink than a smoothie, with a more liquid consistency. Because it has so few ingredients, it blended up really fast in the WonderMix Blender. I particularly liked the hole in the lid for this recipe, because I was able to drop in the strawberries, one by one, while blending. It allowed me to evenly incorporate the fruit without making a big mess!

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WonderMix- Frozen Tropical Fruit Drink
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 12 frozen strawberries
  • 3 c. coconut milk
  • ¼ c. sugar
Instructions
  1. Put coconut milk and sugar in WonderMix blender. Turn blender to speed 1 or 2. Add fruit one piece at a time until smooth.

 

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WonderMix- Arlene’s Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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If you are looking for a super easy yet super tasty cake to take to your next barbecue or your next family party, give this recipe a try!  It literally takes minutes to make! Plus, it will make you look like a really impressive cook :)

MY REVIEW:

I used the French whips to make this cake batter.  They worked like a charm. No issues with pulling up the dry ingredients from the bottom and incorporating them into the batter. Note: before your first use, always make sure to squeeze the whips. This will elongate them so that they make contact with the bottom of the bowl!

WonderMix- Arlene's Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 1 small package lemon instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. oil
  • 1 c. water
  • 3-4 Tbl. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Using wire whips, mix together all ingredients in the WonderMix.
  2. Pour into well-greased bundt pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 min.
  4. Sift powdered sugar over when cooled.

 

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WonderMix- 14 Grain Bread

14 grain bread is amazing.

It’s got this crunchy grainy goodness that makes you feel like a straight up hippie.

I love it!

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MY REVIEW:

The WonderMix didn’t even hesitate while mixing this bread dough. It is definitely a more textured and heavy dough, so I wondered if it would mix any differently than it does with regular bread dough, but it didn’t. It mixed just as well as it has with all the other breads I have tried.

This machine is a beast! I love the 900 watt motor! Not to mention, the irregularly shaped dough hook that creates a very nice and evenly kneaded dough every time :)

WonderMix- 14 Grain Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 6 c. warm water (between 120° and 130°)
  • 4 c. 14 Grain Blend
  • 6 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten
  • ⅔ c. canola oil (or applesauce)
  • ⅔ c. honey (or sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. dough enhancer
  • 3 Tbsp. SAF Instant Yeast
  • 8-14 c. 100% whole wheat flour
Instructions
  1. Using the dough hook and dough divider, pulse together water, 14 Grain Blend, gluten, oil, honey, salt, dough enhancer, and yeast in the WonderMix.
  2. Turn the dial to SPEED 2 and add whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until dough cleans the sides of the bowl and comes up from the bottom. Do not add more flour at this point. Dough should be very sticky.
  3. Knead on SPEED 2 for 4-5 minutes or until the gluten has developed. If dough is still very sticky after 4-5 minutes, add a little more flour.
  4. Slightly oil hands and counter and turn dough out onto the counter. Divide dough with dough divider into equal size loaves.
  5. Shape loaves and place in well-greased pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. (For a
  6. quick raise, you can preheat the oven to 350° and then turn the oven off. Put loaves in oven and let rise until doubled.)
  7. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until the inside temperature of the bread registers 180° on an instant read thermometer.
  8. Yields 5 large loaves or 6 medium loaves.
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WonderMix- Orange Julius

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I could drink an Orange Julius every day, for the rest of my life, and NEVER get sick of it. But really. I love them.

MY REVIEW:

So far, I’ve been impressed with the WonderMix blender’s ability to blend! Although it is not a Vitamix or Blendtec, it definitely rivals the Bosch blender. As far as blending ability goes, I don’t think it’s superior to the Bosch blender- I would consider them to be about even rivals. But as far as the price goes, it is definitely superior to the Bosch blender!

**Note: if you want to really spruce up this recipe, add (1) banana. You will not be sorry! I will publicly thank my mother-in-law for teaching me that little tidbit about Orange Julius’s!

WonderMix- Orange Julius
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ c. orange juice concentrate
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. Pure Mexican Vanilla
  • 6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Put everything in WonderMix blender. Pulse a couple of times and then blend until smooth.

 

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