Mar
14
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Chickpea Guacamole

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Every time I go to the grocery store I buy chickpeas because they are one of my favorite beans to cook with. I love to roast them, serve them in soups, add them to tacos, salads, and now…guacamole!

I used my favorite healthy crackers and made a lunch of out it! Super filling and full of all the right nutrients that this busy mama needed!

 

Chickpea Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tb. tahini
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Turn on your broiler. Add 1/3 of the beans to a baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray, then sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin on the chickpeas.
  2. Broil in the oven until crispy, watch carefully.
  3. In the Magic Bullet blender, add your avocados, the rest of the chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini. Blend. You may have to stop the blender a few times so you can stir the mixture together for better mixing. (It’s ok if the guacamole is chunky!)
  4. Remove from the blender, mix in a sprinkle of salt, 1/4 tsp. each of pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.  Adjust spices if needed.
  5. Fold in cilantro, top with roasted chickpeas, and enjoy!
  6. Keeps sealed in the fridge for 2 days.

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Mar
12
0

Herbed Goat Cheese Tart

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This herbed goat cheese tart is an easy, flavorful vegetarian dish that uses thin phyllo sheets as the crust. The filling is made with soft, mild goat cheese and cottage cheese, and it is topped with sautéed shallots and cherry tomatoes before baking in the oven. The secret to this main dish is the fresh herbs. You can substitute dry, but nothing compares to using fresh herbs! Once you take the tart out of the oven, sprinkle chopped fresh herbs all over for a finished look and extra flavor.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Tart Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen phyllo sheets
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and toss in the shallot and cherry tomatoes. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. Lay out at least 10 layers of phyllo onto a 9×13-inch baking sheet and spread butter between each layer.
  4. Add the cheese, eggs, flour, and herbs to a Magic Bullet blender and blend until well mixed.
  5. Pour the cheese filling over the phyllo sheets and top with the tomato shallot mixture.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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Makes 1 9×13-inch tart

 

Feb
14
0

Beet Hummus

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If you like hummus, you are going to love this beet hummus recipe. Beets are a great source of vitamin C and many vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy addition to your basic hummus recipe. Surprisingly, the garlic and tahini overpower the beet flavor, so you don’t taste them much if you are worried about a strong beet flavor in this hummus recipe. Serve this beet hummus dip with crackers or vegetables for a snack or appetizer. The beets add a nice color, don’t you think?

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Beet Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 small cooked beets
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ¼ tsp salt

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Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more olive oil if desired to reach a more creamy texture.

Makes 1 cup

 

Feb
1
0

Easy Taco Dip

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Whenever we have people over at our house, the munchies are flowing. We like to offer a few different dips and appetizers for people to choose from. One dip we always make is this easy taco dip. It is made with sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning mix. Get creative with the toppings for this dip: cheese, tomatoes, olives and jalapeños are just a few ideas. This dip is best served with tortilla chips.

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Easy Taco Dip

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • Cheese, tomatoes, olives, jalapeños for topping

Instructions

  1. Blend the cream cheese, sour cream and taco mix in a Magic Bullet cup, then transfer to a bowl.
  2. Top the dip with your favorite toppings!

Makes 1 cup

 

Dec
27
0

Mango Salsa

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If you like sweet and spicy, you are going to love this mango salsa recipe. Traditional homemade salsa ingredients are combined with mango chunks to create a delicious salsa dip. You can use this mango salsa on top of fish, salads, or as a dip with tortilla chips.

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Mango Salsa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 serrano pepper, seeded
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can S&W stewed mexican tomatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet Blender and pulse a few times until desired consistency is reached.

Makes 1 cup

 

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What do you think of when you hear the word HUMMUS?! Do you think of a traditional, simple, tahini spiced dip? Do you think of the creamy swirl of a tasty store-bought brand that gets swiftly disturbed by a chip or carrot? For me, I automatically think of the word VERSATILITY.

My heart was slightly broken (dramatic?) when I found out I had to avoid garlic. I battled my stomach and my body with food intolerances for years until I finally found out that garlic was the big culprit. And orange, but that’s much easier to live without. However, I am always challenged, as I will always say, to make a better version of anything I can order out, or buy at a store. Hummus? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Fall seems like the perfect season to experiment with so many different flavors. Apple, pumpkin, maple… you know. And, being that hummus is always savory, I decided to put my sweet spin on it. This is where my Sweet Pumpkin Hummus originated from. My favorite part? It still goes well with everything! Crackers, chips, carrots, cucumbers, and my favorite – chicken or pork! YUP! Enjoy!

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Sweet Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp s tahini
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In the large Magic Bullet cup*, combine all ingredients until smooth. If you feel you want the hummus thinner and creamier, add a tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Scoop into bowl to serve, add a bit of avocado oil and extra cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

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*Sometimes I split the ingredients in two batches if it does not all fit in the Magic Bullet cup. It has differed for me.

 

Salsa is probably one of the most versatile foods out there. Good on its own as a dip, or as a topping for tacos or sandwiches, or as a salad mix-in, or as a chicken or fish marinade, the possibilities are pretty endless. But tomato salsa is so yesterday. Modernize your salsa repertoire with this healthy, vegan, sweet and savory salsa you can quickly make in your Magic Bullet. Keep extra on hand to top your favorite protein with, blend it a little longer to create a delicious puree, or mix it in with rice right after cooking for a delicious twist on some classic recipes.

(Did we mention it’s versatile?)

Fresh and Easy Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 mangoes, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 large red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, leaves only
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet Tall Cup and pulse 5-6 times, or until ingredients are well combined and you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy with chips, baked atop fresh salmon or tilapia, or as a topping on your favorite taco.

Optional: add 2 small, roughly chopped tomatoes along with the other ingredients.

Note: If ingredients don’t all fit, split into two portions, blend each, and mix at the end.

As fun as it is to try new things while cooking, there’s also a lot of value in having Ye Olde Weeknight Standards. You may be the most energetic person in the world, but if you’re working a job, you probably aren’t cooking adventurously every night. On nights when you aren’t feeling so “up to it,” you can have Thai takeout, eat pasta, or order a pizza, but you’d probably feel better – about yourself or about what you just had for dinner – if you cooked something cheap and healthy. To wit (to wit!), it’s especially great to have weeknight standards in the back of your brain that you can whip up with little shopping, no prep and almost no work.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any such dishes to offer you here, so you’d best be served by clicking somewhere else. Or just order those drunken noodles.

Just kidding!

This is actually a really great weeknight dinner; it comes together in maybe 15 minutes and is pretty healthy, even though it contains both pasta and sausage (and hence is satisfying). The Magic Bullet does a great job of bringing a burst of freshness to the dish, just don’t leave out that basil topping.

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Gnocchi with Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

(Adapted from The Kitchn)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb gnocchi (uncooked)
  • 3 links chicken sausage, any kind, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • leaves from 4 or 5 springs fresh basil
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook gnocchi in heavily salted water, 3 minutes or until beginning to float.
  2. In large pan, preferably with sloped sides, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring once, until browned. Push the sausage to the side.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to blister and brown. Stir in cooked gnocchi.
  4. In Magic Bullet, chop leaves of basil with a dash of olive oil, stopping to shake container to mix up the basil. When all basil is processed, add to pan and stir everything together and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve, parmesan cheese optional.

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Sep
8
1

Chicken Satay

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These grilled chicken strips on sticks paired with a tangy peanut sauce make an easy, fun appetizer. The marinade takes only a few minutes to prepare by adding all of the ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blending them together to make a nice, even marinade for the chicken strips. By the time you are finished with the peanut sauce and your indoor grill is preheated, the chicken strips are nice and flavorful and ready to be grilled! You can heat the peanut sauce in a saucepan if you prefer it hot, but it also tastes good at room temperature and the chicken strips will already be very hot off the grill!

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Chicken Satay

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp grated lime rind
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all marinade ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until evenly mixed.
  2. Pour over the chicken strips in a shallow bowl, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Preheat an indoor grill.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the strips by piercing them with wooden skewers.
  6. Grill the chicken strips about 5 minutes (or 2-3 minutes on each side) and serve hot with the peanut sauce.

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It’s brunch season, people. Which means Eggs Benedict.

Which means Hollandaise Sauce. Possibly my favorite part of Eggs Benedict. Here’s how to make it in five minutes before everyone else wakes up and pretend like you slaved over it for hours. It’ll be our little secret.

Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon Mustard (optional)
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce

Instructions

1. After separating the yolks from the whites, add lemon juice.

2. Then the melted butter.

3. A dash of Tabasco sauce. Or four…

4. Then give it a good blend until everything has been nicely incorporated.

5. Then toast your English muffins, heat up your ham, poach those eggs, and pour on the Hollandaise sauce!

If nothing else goes right the rest of the day, at least you’ll have had this deliciousness for breakfast.