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Tarte Flambée

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I brought this Tarte Flambée recipe home with me from my very first trip to Germany. It is normally made with creme fraiche as the sauce, but I lightened it up by using a mixture of light sour cream and creme fraiche. A splash of nutmeg and pepper makes all the difference. On top sits thinly sliced onions and chopped ham. Cheese is optional, but I like to sprinkle a little gruyere or mozzarella over the top before putting it in the oven. Tarte Flambée is best enjoyed using a very thin, crispy crust, so make sure to roll your dough out nice and thin.

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Tarte Flambée Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pre-made pizza dough
  • 5 oz creme fraiche
  • 3 oz light sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

 

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Roll out the dough very thin and cover 2 greased pizza pans.
  3. Add the creme fraiche, sour cream, nutmeg and pepper to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  4. Spread the cream evenly between the two pizzas, and top with the onions, ham and cheese.
  5. Bakes for 10-12 minutes, until starting to brown on top.

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Makes 2 13-inch tarte flambées

 

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Nov
6
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Zucchini Meatballs

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Lately, our family has been trying to cook more vegetarian meals. I saw this zucchini meatball recipe somewhere on social media, and thought it was a delicious idea for a vegetarian version of spaghetti and meatballs for dinner one night. Turns out, zucchini and breadcrumbs fried in a pan have a similar consistency to meatballs, and are absolutely delicious bathed in marinara sauce and poured over hot spaghetti noodles.

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Zucchini Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini with a kitchen towel and add to a Magic Bullet cup along with the garlic, egg, basil, breadcrumbs and cheese and blend.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Form 1-inch balls with your hand and brown all sides in the skillet, about 7 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

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Makes 12 meatballs

 

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Garlic Dijon Salmon

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This baked salmon recipe is another one of my go-to quick and easy dinner recipes. Our family eats a lot of salmon, and we love to switch things up all of the time. Lemon, garlic and Dijon mustard make a tasty marinade for these baked salmon fillets. The best part of this recipe is that there is very little preparation time, leaving more time to spend with family and friends and less time in the kitchen.

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Garlic Dijon Salmon Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the salmon to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  3. Place salmon fillets skin side down onto a baking sheet and brush the marinade on the top.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until salmon flakes down easily with a fork.

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Serves 4.

 

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This homemade Asian stir-fry dish is better than take-out and almost as easy to throw together on a busy weeknight. Fresh chopped vegetables are sautéed and tossed with a homemade soy sauce-based sauce and yakisoba noodles. The yakisoba noodles can be found in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store near the tofu. They only need to sit in hot water for a few minutes and they are ready to eat! This dish is perfect for preparing ahead of time in individual portions that are ready for take-and-go or just to heat up when you get home after a long day.

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Asian Garlic Noodle Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 10 oz yakisoba noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 carrot, peeled and matchsticked
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • Crushed red peppers for topping

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Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the noodles and remove from heat. Drain after 2 minutes.
  2. Saute the vegetables in olive oil in a large skillet until tender, about 9 minutes.
  3. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, sambal oelek, brown sugar and oyster sauce to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Toss the noodles and sauce in with the vegetables over medium heat and cook until warmed through.
  5. Top with crushed red peppers and serve warm.

Makes 2 servings.

 

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Recreating Chinese-American food classics at home: What’s the point? Can’t you just get delivery? I’ll tell you the point: it’s healthier, tastier, and cheaper. (I won’t say “faster” because that’s just silly.) Case in point: this beef with broccoli and scallions with loads of roasted broccoli and extra scallions. Believe it or not, the standard kitchen in China does not include an oven, so you’re verrrrry unlikely to find roasted broccoli in a Chinese-American dish. But it’s delicious: the roasting brings out savory notes and crunch that adds extra dimensions to the whole dish. Greasy take-out, no way. I really amp up the amount of broccoli here for delicious healthfulness, and sweet scallions make everything better.

Pro-tip: put the beef in the freezer for an hour or two before slicing to make it easy to get the perfect thin slices. And the marinade slash sauce comes together in the Magic Bullet in no time flat.

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Beef with Broccoli and Scallions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank, sirloin, or skirt steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 medium sized heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • ½ bunch scallions, cut into wedges
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. At least 30 minutes in advance, blend the garlic, vegetable oil and salt in the Magic Bullet. Toss with the steak in a sealed container and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss broccoli and scallions with a dash of oil and salt and roast until crispy and brown.
  3. Add a dash of oil to a large skillet over high heat. Add the beef with the marinade into the pan, using a big dash of water to rinse out the container and add that to the pan too. Cook until beef is just cooked through, about five minutes.
  4. Toss broccoli and scallions with beef. Serve over rice.

 

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Yeah, that just sounds good, doesn’t it? This recipe features a bunch of delicious tasting notes: miso and umami are salty, honey is sweet, butter is rich, and when the combo hits the chicken and is roasted, it creates a flavorful, crispy skin. The miso, though a bit of an exotic ingredient, really blends into the background here, creating a rich and beguiling flavor without being noticeably unusual. Your kids will love it (if you have kids).

The Magic Bullet does a great job of blending up the marinade, which you then smear under and on the chicken skin. I used chicken legs here (it was weeknight), but thighs or even a whole bird would be equally delicious. The idea for this recipe came from food52.

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Chicken with Honey Miso Butter

Ingredients

  • 4 tbl butter, left out on the counter for half an hour
  • 2 ½ tbl miso, any type (I use awase)
  • 2 ½ tbl honey
  • 4 chicken legs or thighs, or any skin-on chicken

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Blend all the ingredients (except the chicken!) into a cream using your Magic Bullet.
  2. Put the chicken legs into a baking dish and pat dry with paper towels. Using a knife or your hands, pull the chicken skin so that it’s not attached so firmly, then take a spoonful of the miso-honey butter and spread it underneath the skin. Repeat with all the chicken, then take whatever miso-honey-butter is left and spread it on the outside of the chicken skin.
  3. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes or until the chicken is done. (I use a meat thermometer.) Don’t flip during cooking (to preserve skin).

 

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You won’t miss the meat in this vegan version of a Shepherd’s Pie. Green lentils replace the meat and serve as a hearty filling when cooked with onion, garlic and peas. Sweet potatoes are blended in the Magic Bullet to creamy perfection, and then spread over the top of the pie to serve as a colorful crust. Bread crumbs and fresh rosemary add the final touches. Serve this hearty pie as a main dish along with a crusty piece of bread for a vegan meal.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the sweet potatoes. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the lentils and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Add the cooled potatoes and salt to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until creamy (you may need to add some water to get it going).
  6. Add a few tablespoons of the sweet potatoes to the lentils and mix to thicken.
  7. Pour the lentil mixture into a pie dish and top with the sweet potatoes.
  8. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until bread crumbs start to brown.
  10. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

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Makes 1 pie

 

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Herb butters are on my brain lately, after making an incredibly good one-pan meal of pork tenderloin the other day. I try to eat at least a few meals of fish each week and am able to get great herbs at the farmer’s market this time of year, so I turned to my Magic Bullet to create a quick, easy and delicious salmon dinner. The key to this meal is the mixture of acid, fat, and flavor. The herb butter melted over the salmon after cooking turns this meal from everyday to extraordinary.

A quick tip on salmon: I recommend “dry brining” it. All that means is put the salmon in a bag with salt and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This does wonders for not only seasoning the fish and adding flavor but it also makes the meat juicier.

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Salmon with Tarragon-Lemon-Chive Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 2 tbl butter
  • 1 bunch chives, rinsed
  • 1 bunch tarragon, rinsed with the leaves picked off
  • 1 lemon, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

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Instructions

  1. Rub the salmon all over with salt and put it in a plastic bag. Move to the refrigerator for at 30 minutes and 12 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the lemon peel in the Magic Bullet. Blend the garlic and add the tarragon and chives. Blend. Add the butter and blend. Add a big squeeze or two of the lemon juice and blend again.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add a glug of oil to the pan. Remove the salmon from the bag and wipe the salmon down with a paper towel. Add the salmon to the pan and cover. Cook, flipping occasionally, until the salmon is cooked through to medium-rare.
  4. Move the salmon to a plate, cover with the herb butter, and tent with aluminum foil. Serve when the butter melts.

 

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For your next pizza night, I challenge you to try something completely different! This asparagus and zucchini pizza is packed with fresh lemon flavor, which compliments the garlic ricotta cheese base nicely. There are so many flavors going on in this pizza, your taste buds will go crazy. The asparagus is boiled before, so it is nice and tender. You can add other vegetables as toppings if you would like, but it also tastes great with the asparagus and zucchini combo.
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Asparagus Zucchini Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh, whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup asparagus spears, sliced in half
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

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Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. Add the ricotta cheese, milk, lemon juice, nutmeg, and black pepper to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough and place onto a greased pizza pan.
  4. Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over the dough and top with asparagus, zucchini and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes.

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Makes 1 18-inch pizza

 

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If you’re tired of the usual chicken-beef-pork routine, here’s an easy recipe to mix things up. Lamb shanks are inexpensive and make a delicious, rich, different-but-not-too-crazy meal. Braising them in pomegranate juice and honey provides a delicious sweet-and-sour sauce that is just perfect over couscous. The sauce comes together easy in the Magic Bullet, and I bet your family will be surprised at just how easy it is to devour something a little different.

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Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Shank Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lamb shanks
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 12 ounce pomegranate juice (beware blends that are mostly apple)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 head garlic, cloves peeled
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Vegetable oil

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Instructions

  1. Blend garlic in Magic Bullet. Add pomegranate juice, vinegar, and honey and blend.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Add a glug of vegetable oil to a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Rub salt all over the lamb shanks and add them to the dutch oven. Cook, turning frequently, until well-browned and set aside.
  3. Add the onions with some salt and cook until the onions are beginning to brown, about eight minutes.
  4. Add the juice mixture and scrape the bottom of the dutch oven. Raise the heat to high and bring everything to a boil.
  5. Add the lamb shanks bank to the dutch oven with their juices. Cover partially with a lid.
  6. Check periodically to make sure liquid remains (if not, add some water). Cook for approximately three hours or until meat is appropriately tender.
  7. Remove the shanks from the dutch oven. Pour the liquid into a small pot, trying to avoid rosemary seeds or any other solids. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce until syrupy.
  8. Serve shanks with sauce over couscous.

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