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Eating Healthy on Independence Day

This 4th of July, don’t let your bikini bod fall by the wayside – pay attention to the food you eat and party the right way with healthy, whole food alternatives to the usual fare. emailprint

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10 Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

When you get home, the last thing you want to do is worry about cooking a hearty meal. Of course, you want a delicious, hearty meal, but cooking it? No way, who’s got time for that? Lucky for you, making a filling, piping hot soup can happen with very little effort and excellent results. Try one of these 10 easy homemade soup recipes and have your dinner ready in no time. Who knew life could be so simple?

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How to Cook Grains

Grains are relatively easy to cook, but with so many grain options and cooking times, knowing how to make the perfect pot of brown rice, quinoa or oats can actually be quite difficult. Never fear! We’ve got this helpful chart from PopSugar.com that will help you in a pinch. Keep a copy in your kitchen for easy reference.

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These spinach crêpes make a delightfully quick and healthy lunch. First, the Magic Bullet whips up a batch of delicious crêpe batter, and then they are cooked and filled with blended spinach and feta cheese and sprinkled with pine nuts. When filling the crêpes, I like to fry them in a little bit of butter until they are warmed, and then top them with crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts. Spinach and Feta Crepes Ingredients 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs  1/4 […]

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News flash: Mexican food is trending right now. Tell your friends. But before you do that, try these tacos. I spent some time in Mexico this winter and gorged myself on cochinita pibil, which is an all-night roast pork extravaganza that you eat for breakfast. That was great, and maybe someday I’ll make this with roast pork, but a similar concept works great for a healthy, very easy weeknight meal with chicken thighs. This recipe relies on achiote, which is […]

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Pasta with pesto sauce is a classic Italian dish that everyone can enjoy. Basil, garlic, cheese, oil… What’s not to like? Here, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit by using pistachios instead of traditional pine nuts. Pistachios add a subtle and very nice nutty flavor to the dish, not to mention that they’re far less expensive than pine nuts. Another plus? They’re green! Perfect for any pesto recipe. Pistachio Pesto Sauce  Ingredients 1 garlic clove Basil leaves (1 or 2 handfuls: […]

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Have you ever thought about adding nuts to your smoothies? I tried it for the first time in this raspberry nut smoothie recipe and loved it. Nuts are a healthy source of protein and fats, and give you a nice energy boost from the extra calories. Before adding them, I was worried how they would affect the texture of the smoothie, but they blended in so smoothly that I didn’t even notice a difference! In this recipe, I use almonds […]

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Are you the star of all things salsa? Are you the bee’s knees when it comes to whipping up a quick dessert? Do you grow basil in your tiny apartment just so you can make your own pesto whenever you want to? Well, what are you waiting for? Work your Bullet Magic!   We want to see what you’ve got! Upload a photo of your best recipe – created with the help of the Magic Bullet – using #BulletMagic for your […]

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This potato and leek soup is a fresh, easy soup to throw together, even on the busiest of busy weeknights. Chopped onion and leek are sautéed in butter, then cubed potatoes and vegetable broth are added to the pot and cooked for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are nice and soft. Then, just use the Magic Bullet to purée the soup into creamy deliciousness. I like to use crumbled bacon and fresh chopped chives for garnish, because I love the […]

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I recently discovered that the Magic Bullet makes a great spice grinder, presenting me with endless possibilities to add a new depth of flavor to my cooking. But when it comes down to it, if I’m going to be grinding spices, I almost always want one of those spices to be Sichuan peppercorns. This is a recipe for a spicy, sesame vinaigrette with the distinctive floral mouth-tingle of the peppercorns – in other words, it really packs a flavor punch. […]

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Who doesn’t love a good hazelnut spread? It’s a delicious and decadent treat that’s almost universally approved of. Have you met anyone who doesn’t love Nutella? Seriously? Stop being friends with them. Or make them this instead! This recipe highlights a fun and easy way to make your own spread, so you know exactly what you’re eating. Enjoy it for dessert or as an early morning treat. Or any time, really. It’s that good. Hazelnut Cocoa Spread  Ingredients 1 cup roasted hazelnuts 1/4 cup sugar (powdered […]

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Preparing your own fresh batch of homemade ketchup is so much easier than you’d think! All you need is a few fresh tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients are most likely already in your pantry. Seriously. The first part of the process takes some time since the vinegar has to boil down to almost nothing, leaving only the flavor. But, once the boiling is over, all you need to do is transfer the remaining ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend them together to […]

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Have you ever completed the pantry challenge? Two weeks ago, I filled a box with everything in my pantry that I hadn’t used in more than a year. It was a big box. Amid the scones and bloody mary mix, I found ancient graham crackers and dried milk powder, as well as a bunch of old snack food. These compost cookies (made famous by Momofuku milk bar in New York) do a great job of using up whatever’s in your pantry […]

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