Dec
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Blue Cheese Dressing

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Making your own, homemade salad dressing is easier than you think. A handful of ingredients and a Magic Bullet and in no time you have a tasty dressing perfect for salad or dipping your favorite veggies into.

 

Blue Cheese Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 shallot
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tb. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into the Magic Bullet Blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Serve over a wedge salad, use as a dip for veggies or chicken wings, or eat it with a spoon ;).

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We rarely buy store-bought salad dressings. Making them at home is so easy, and saves a lot of money in the long run! This parmesan vinaigrette requires few ingredients, and is very flavorful. I used pre-shredded carrots to save time, and threw some bread crisps on top for some carbs and extra crunch. All you need for the dressing is olive oil, garlic, mustard, red wine vinegar and shredded parmesan cheese.

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Parmesan Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chopped romaine
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • Croutons, for topping

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Instructions

  1. Add parmesan cheese, mustard, vinegar, garlic and oil to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss romaine lettuce with carrots, croutons and salad dressing.

Makes 1 cup

 

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This pasta sauce is definitely a keeper. You don’t need a lot to make a yummy and fresh pasta sauce, and with your Magic Bullet, it’s so easy to do! Roasting the tomatoes, onion, and garlic enhances their flavor. It is super yummy!

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Easy Cherry Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 to 5 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • Fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Add tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Coat with 2 tb. olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for 20 minutes, tossing every so often.
  3. Add the cooled ingredients to the Magic Bullet Blender. Puree until creamy.
  4. Add sauce to medium sauce pan, along with basil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and a little fresh parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve over pasta sauce and enjoy!

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Have you ever tried pasta sauce that wasn’t red or white? I admit that I haven’t had any other sauce besides tomato or Alfredo (or other cheese sauce) with pasta before I tried avocado pasta sauce very recently. My next non-traditional pasta sauce experiment: rosemary butternut squash pasta sauce. I had a lot of butternut squash left over from a butternut squash soup I made, and when trying to think of other things to cook with it, I thought of making a creamy pasta sauce from it! Rosemary and garlic go great with butternut squash, so I added some of those in my sauce too.  This butternut squash pasta sauce is also a great way to eat your vegetables. My 11 month old daughter loved it!

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Rosemary Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan cheese

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Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the butternut squash, garlic and rosemary.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes, then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the half and half and turn off the heat.
  4. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a Magic Bullet cup along with the cheese and blend until smooth.
  5. Add more salt and pepper to taste before tossing with your favorite pasta.

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Makes 3 cups.

 

quick and easy pasta sauce

Usually when I go to the grocery store, I buy pasta sauce in bulk, because it’s SO nice to have on hand for quick and easy dinners. But every so often I’ll go to grab a jar for dinner only to find I haven’t restocked my pantry!

Luckily, putting together a homemade pasta sauce is just as easy as grabbing a jar! (Well, kind of, but it’s definitely close!) This pasta sauce recipe has a little spin on it though, because I added a little bit of sweet potato puree. Having three little kids I’m always trying to sneak in extra nutrients, plus it gives this pasta sauce a nice sweetness as well as a rich taste!

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Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled, diced, and steamed until soft
  • 2 tb. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tb. fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, with basil
  • sprinkle of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste, optional

(To make this a ‘cream’ version you can add 1/2 cup of heavy cream after the onions are cooked)

Instructions

  1. In the Magic Bullet Blender, add your softened sweet potato. Blend until creamy. You can add a few tb. of water as needed to puree easily.
  2. In a saucepan on low medium heat, add your EVOO. Then add your onions and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes until translucent.
  3. Next add in your rosemary and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Once that is done, add in the rest of your ingredients, including the sweet potato puree. Whisk until combined, and adjust seasonings.
  5. You can puree the sauce into the Magic Bullet Blender for a non-chunky sauce, or leave as is.
  6. Keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

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Feel free to make this a meat sauce as well for a hearty pasta dinner for your family!

 

Oct
9
0

Thai Kale Salad

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A few years ago I was sitting in a Thai restaurant and decided to try one of the salads on the menu. I found the tangy peanut dressing to be amazing, and wanted to see how it fit with a chopped kale salad. This Thai kale salad is now one of my favorite salads. The crunchy carrots and shredded red cabbage pair nicely with the chopped kale and Thai peanut dressing.

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Thai Kale Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce

Instructions

  1. Add the kale, carrots and cabbage to a salad bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  3. Pour the dressing onto the salad and toss well.

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Makes 2 servings

 

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Are you tired of the same old boring breakfast routine? Shake things up a bit with this cilantro lime hollandaise that goes great with Eggs Benedict. Fresh cilantro and lime juice is blended with some salt and egg yolks, which are then whisked over low heat until thick and creamy. Drizzle this flavorful twist on your classic hollandaise sauce over an English muffin topped with sunny-side up eggs and bacon for a tasty wholesome breakfast.
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Cilantro Lime Hollandaise Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients, except for the butter, to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  2. Pour into a small saucepan over very low heat and whisk continuously until thick, about 5 minutes. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter once starts to thicken.

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Makes 1 cup.

 

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Fennel is… strange. The middle of it looks like celery, the top of it (the “fronds”) look like Muppet hair, and the bottom like… fennel. And the whole thing tastes like licorice. And then there are fennel seeds, which also sort of taste like licorice, or maybe like anise? And where do the seeds come from?

Anyway, put aside your fennel confusion, because it turns out that chopped fennel makes a tasty, crunchy, vaguely licorice-y salad, especially when dressed in this delicious dressing of tahini, roasted garlic, and smoked paprika. The smoked garlic provides richness, caramelized notes, and deep flavor, the tahini provides a subtle sesame flavor and more richness, and the smoked paprika spice adds smokiness. And it all comes together in a just a few minutes (well, after you roast the garlic).

I use griddled squid in this salad, which provides nice chewiness and squid’s distinct sweet seafood flavor, but really you could use any protein, like shrimp, tofu, an egg, or nothing at all. Roasted chickpeas provide crunch, flavor, and fiber.

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Fennel Salad with Tahini, Roasted Garlic, Smoked Paprika Dressing

Ingredients – Dressing

  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tbl tahini
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Water
  • Olive oil

Ingredients – Salad

  • 2 heads fennel, bulb and stems chopped, fronds discarded
  • 1 can chickpeas, dried on a paper towel
  • ½ pound protein, like squid, dried on a paper towel and salted
  • 1 tomato, sliced

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut the top off the garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast in the oven until just beginning to brown, about 45 minutes. (Check every ten minutes after thirty minutes or so.)
  2. Let the garlic cool, remove the cloves, and blend the garlic, tahini, paprika, and lemon juice in the Magic Bullet. Add water just until you have a salad dressing consistency.
  3. Roll the chickpeas in olive oil and salt and roast in the oven until crispy, about twenty minutes. Cook your protein as desired (I griddled in a pan, but you could also roast).
  4. Mix dressing, fennel, chickpeas, protein, and tomato. Serve, garnishing with fennel fronds.

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It’s spriiiiiiiiiiiiing. Finally! Actually not really, we had a pretty mild winter here in DC. Anyway, though, you can get stuff at the farmer’s market in spring that you can’t get any other time of year. Like ramps! OK, if you’re over ramps, I don’t know what to tell you — I see the point but I think they’re delicious. And if you combine ramps with their springtime partner asparagus, you get a once-a-year treat that takes a bowl of plain pasta to a whole new level. This all comes together extremely quickly in the Magic Bullet after a quick blanch in boiling water (which can then be used to cook the pasta, hey-o).

Of course, you also could just eat the pesto with a spoon. It’s that good, and hey, it’s mostly asparagus, so no shame. I like to eat it with pasta and salted tomatoes, if you can get any good ones where you live this time of year. Pro tip: top with soft-boiled egg.

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Asparagus-Ramp Pesto Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 1 bunch ramps, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 cup walnuts or other nuts, toasted in the microwave
  • 1 large chunk parmesan cheese
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Olive oil, to taste

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Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil and add the asparagus. Let it cook for a minute or two, then add the ramps for about thirty seconds and remove everything with a strainer, reserving water to cook pasta.
  2. Blend the parmesan in the Magic Bullet. Remove to a plate. Blend the walnuts in the Magic Bullet.
  3. Working in batches, blend the walnuts, cheese, and ramps and asparagus in the Magic Bullet with plenty of olive oil and a pinch of salt and lemon juice. Add the end, mix everything up and taste for salt.
  4. Serve, passing more parmesan.

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I just LOVE this marinade. It’s so quick to pull together and is packed with so much flavor! Something good definitely follows when your recipe ingredients contain limes, ranch, and cilantro. You can add it to chicken or fish and marinade it for a few hours, or just add it on right before you bake it.

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Lime Cilantro Ranch Marinade Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 tb. olive oil
  • 2 tsps. sugar

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet Blender and blend until combined. Use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

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