May
11
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Bacon and Leek Quiche

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It took me many years to perfect my favorite quiche recipe, always striving for the best texture and flavors. This is my go-to quiche recipe that turns out perfect every time. Quiche is always a nice addition to the breakfast table, but equally nice when paired with a salad for lunch or dinner. I think of baking a quiche in 3 steps: the crust (if you are making it at home), the egg filling, and the vegetables/meat/fish filling. The crust is prepared first, so later you just have to add everything in a finish baking. Next, I prepare the vegetables and/or meats/fish and lay them down on the bottom of the pie. Last, I whip up the eggs, cheese and cream in my Magic Bullet blender and pour over the top.

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Bacon and Leek Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 9×13-inch pie crust
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 4 strips turkey bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or cream
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp, then add the leek and 1 tbsp olive oil and cook until tender, about 7 minutes.
  3. Crumble the bacon and fill the bottom of the crust with the leek and bacon mixture.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, sugar, salt and cheese to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend.
  5. Pour over the quiche filling.
  6. Bake the quiche in the oven for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 300 F and bake for 30 more minutes.

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Makes 1 9×13-inch quiche

 

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May
8
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Cheddar Waffles

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Not all waffles need to be sweet. These cheddar waffles go great with chicken and gravy, or with a dollop of sour cream for a delicious savory side dish. You can experiment with other cheeses and herbs by adding them to this basic cheddar waffle recipe. Try adding fresh chives on top!

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Cheddar Waffle Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a waffle maker.
  2. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend.
  3. Pour the batter onto the waffle maker, close and cook until crisp.

Makes 4 waffles

 

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I feel like every time my bananas turn brown, I create a new banana bread recipe with different variations. I wanted to try something different besides my typical chocolate chip banana bread. So, I browned some butter which gave the bread a hint of caramel flavor and then added one of my favorite spices. It’s almost like a little piece of the Fall Season in one recipe!

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Spiced Brown Butter Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cup flour, or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tb. garam masala spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mash the bananas and add them to the large blender cup of the Magic Bullet Blender. Set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan add your butter and melt on medium low heat while continually stirring until the butter has reached a light to dark brown caramel color. Remove from heat to let cool.
  3. In the blender add the eggs, sugar, yogurt, and milk, with the bananas. Blend until creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, and baking soda. Fold in the banana mixture, and then stir in the browned butter.

I made 4 mini loaves, baked at 325 for 30-35 minutes. Adjust time accordingly if you are using large bread pan.

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Mar
27
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Simple Crepes

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My husband has never loved pancakes because they can be so thick and cake like, so I started making crepes a while back to fit his taste buds! They are thin, light, but still so filling! And when a batter comes together all in one blender, you will not see me complaining! Easy peasy!

Simple Crepe Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tb. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 TB. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the Magic Bullet Blender until blended.
  2. Grease and heat a pan on the stove.
  3. Once it’s ready pour a thin layer of batter to coat the bottom. Cook slowly one side, then carefully release the edges and flip. It’s ok if it isn’t perfect.
  4. Once it’s done, fill the crepe with desired fruit fillings, nut spreads, etc. And top with powdered sugar! Enjoy!

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Makes 4 crepes.

 

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The other day I got into a debate with my friend on what is better: smoothies or smoothie bowls. I think smoothie bowls win, hands down. They are just so much more versatile in terms of toppings and it is way more fun eating it with a spoon when thickened with frozen banana. The texture becomes almost like ice cream! In this smoothie bowl, I add frozen banana to frozen raspberries and coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative to milk or yogurt. You can top it with whatever you like, but fresh banana slices and oats are my favorite.

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Raspberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Oats for topping

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except for toppings to a Magic Bullet cup and pulse a few times until thick and creamy.
  2. Top with fresh fruit, oats, seeds or whatever you desire.

Makes 1 bowl

 

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Convenience, satiety and flavor are often tough to find when you’re rushing around for breakfast in the morning. That is why I will never give up on trying to create all the make-ahead breakfasts. Chia seeds are known for their high fiber properties which is something often overlooked when considering high nutrient foods. However, some people do feel bloating when eating chia seeds. When mixed with water, chia seeds expand. So, eating chia seed pudding can make us feel the opposite of how we would like when eating a healthy breakfast. Cue the blended part of this meal. By blending the chia seeds, they are already broken down so it helps your stomach and takes the hard work out of the digestion process. And could it get any easier? Blend, refrigerate and enjoy the next morning with the toppings of your choosing. Hint: always add a little crunch. Crunch is the ultimate satisfier!

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Blended Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into the Magic Bullet cup and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until all chia seeds are ground down into a thick pudding-like texture.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and serve with optional toppings. I added the rest of the banana and some grain-free granola for crunch.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Dare I say this, but I don’t think I will ever make French toast any other way, than this way. I know it’s crazy, but this dish was SO good, my whole family went nuts for it! We are big banana bread people in my house, and I usually bake a batch every week. I get excited when my bananas start to brown because that can only mean one thing!

But  a loaf of banana bread can take almost an hour to bake up, and then you have to let it cool before you cut it. IT’S SO HARD TO NOT DIG IN!

This French toast plays off those same flavors, but whips up in under 15 minutes. it’s also best served hot, with melted butter, peanut butter, syrup, chocolate chips… need I go on?

Banana Bread French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. milk of choice
  • 6-8 pieces of bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat and grease a pancake griddle on medium-low heat .In the Magic Bullet blender, add all the ingredients, except the bread.
  2. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl.
  3. Soak each piece of bread in the mixture and place on the griddle. Watch carefully as each side begins to brown, about 1-3 minutes on each side. The mixture can burn easily, so be careful.
  4. Flip and do the other side of the bread.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings!

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Jan
26
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Green Smoothie Cubes

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I wish I would have discovered the secret to super fast, healthy smoothie prep years ago! Recently, I discovered the technique of freezing my smoothies in ice cube trays in the freezer. When you are ready to make a quick smoothie, all you have to do is pop some cubes out into a Magic Bullet cup and add some water. No more chopping, measuring, or cleaning, and you have your smoothie ready in seconds.

Here is a recipe for one of my favorite green smoothies, and it is freezer-friendly 🙂

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Green Smoothie Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet blender and blend well.
  2. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until ready to use.

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Makes 2 smoothies

 

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Digestion. Eating seasonally. Anti-inflammatory. These are the buzz words that have gained traction in 2017 and will only get bigger in 2018. Why are we so concerned, or even obsessed, with these things? Because everyone wants to feel good and that is highly dependent on how you start your day. “I feel great, have so much energy and feel satisfied after breakfast!” said no one who ever dove into a bowl of sugar-laden cereal. Our digestive system works incredibly hard, day in and day out, that we do need to be mindful of giving it a break sometimes. After fasting overnight for 10-12 hours, morning is the ideal time to do this. You may feel bloated after a morning smoothie sometimes if it is TOO full of fiber and greens, or if its cold. Your stomach has to work harder to warm it up to digest it. When eating a warm smoothie, half the work is already done. Make sense? Good…now try this.

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Warm Ginger-Pear Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steamed cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped pear
  • 1/2-3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the Magic Bullet. Blend until well combined.
  2. Serve in bowl with toppings of choice!

 

Jan
5
0

Hash Brown Casserole

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Whenever we have guests staying overnight, I like to prepare this hash brown casserole for breakfast in the morning. It is filling, and it feeds a lot of people. This recipe is the basic version, but you can also add meats such as bacon or sausage, and vegetables. It is very easy to prepare and doesn’t require much time, so you can wake up in the morning and easily throw it together.

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Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 package frozen hash browns
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pour the frozen hash browns into a 9×13-inch casserole baking dish.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, cheese and spices to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the hash browns and add more cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, until brown on top.

Makes 1 9×13-inch casserole