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Roasted sweet potatoes, black beans and corn tossed with a cilantro lime dressing makes an easy, delicious vegetarian dinner. Lately, we have been trying to eat less meat and in it’s place entered sweet potatoes. They are very filling and have many health benefits. Combined with beans and corn, you are getting fiber and protein, too! The cilantro lime dressing is really easy to make in the Magic Bullet – just toss all ingredients in a cup and blend before drizzling over your sweet potato salad. Enjoy warmed or cold.

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Southwest Sweet Potato Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with 2 tbsp olive oil on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender, about 25 minutes. Turn halfway.
  3. Combine the garlic, cilantro, olive oil and lime in a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  4. Toss the dressing, cooked sweet potatoes, beans and corn together in a large bowl and top with fresh cilantro.

Makes 4 cups

 

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Oct
6
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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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When you ask most people who they don’t like cauliflower, they respond that it is flavorless. To me, this makes it the perfect canvas for flavor. This sweet sesame cauliflower is a delicious side dish that goes great with Asian-style meals. Toss it into a stir fry, or eat it by itself on the side. You can double the sauce recipe for a more saucy dish, or keep it light with a touch of sweet sesame flavor.

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Sweet Sesame Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with oil and lay the cauliflower florets on top. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Add the cauliflower to a skillet over medium heat and drizzle the sauce on top.
  5. Cook until warmed.

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Makes 3 cups

 

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Cauliflower Falafel

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Although falafel is usually deep-fried, I came up with a delicious baked alternative using cauliflower as the base. This may be one of the those “I don’t believe it til I try it” recipes, but take my word for it that these baked cauliflower falafel are going to knock your socks off. I like to serve them over a bed of greens alongside some carrot and hummus for a tasty, healthy lunch.

 

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Cauliflower Falafel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the cauliflower to a Magic Bullet pitcher in sections and pulse to “rice” the cauliflower to small grains. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and blend, followed by the cauliflower. Add more bread crumbs if needed to get to a sticky, yet holdable texture. It is ok if the batter is a little runny, as long as it can just barely form a drop on a pan.
  4. Drop tablespoons of batter onto a pan lined with parchment paper, forming mounds.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes, then turn the falafel over and bake another 18 minutes.

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Makes 9 falafel

 

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Breakfast muffins are one of life’s finest treats. This recipe, which features oatmeal, yogurt, vanilla, banana and honey, is a wonderful break from the many muffins that are packed with sugar and butter. The best part is that having seconds and thirds is guilt-free!

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Banana Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Blend banana, oatmeal and egg in your Magic Bullet.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to your Magic Bullet and blend until combined.
  3. Add to an oiled muffin tin and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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Start your day on the right foot!

 

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28
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Spinach Feta Pinwheels

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When asked about my favorite appetizer to make, I always think of these spinach feta pinwheels. They are really easy to make, and they freeze well days before you need them! Chopped frozen spinach and a frozen puff pastry sheet makes the job stress-free. All you have to do is wait for the spinach and puff pastry to thaw, then mix up the spinach with feta cheese and nutmeg in your Magic Bullet and spread it on the top. An egg wash makes things nice and crispy, so you definitely don’t want to skip it. Roll it up, slice it and put it in the oven. BAM! A delicious appetizer everyone will love.

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Spinach Feta Pinwheel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 8 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the spinach, nutmeg and feta cheese to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  3. Beat the egg in a bowl with a tbsp water.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and spread the egg wash on the top.
  5. Top with the spinach mixture and roll up.
  6. Slice 1-inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush the rest of the egg wash over the top of each pinwheel.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

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Makes 12 pinwheels

 

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The classic potato salad can be made with an overwhelming amount of mayonnaise, and while that can taste great, it’s a heavy dish that doesn’t agree with all diets or palettes. The spin in this recipe is replacing the creaminess of the mayonnaise with an avocado – a much healthier and lighter version that retains the classic texture and adds refreshing flavor. For added kick, we’ll be blending in some dill, as well.

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Avocado and Dill Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. small potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup dill
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

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Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into halves and quarters. Dress with oil, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes on 400 degrees (or until brown), stirring occasionally.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, peel garlic clove and blend in the Magic Bullet.
  3. Add fresh dill, oil, lemon, avocado, salt and pepper to the garlic in the Magic Bullet and blend until creamy.
  4. Place browned potatoes in mixing bowl and toss with avocado dill sauce.

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Now you have a unique and delicious treat to liven up any dinner party, lunch party or picnic!

 

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Homemade tortillas are the best! They taste so fresh compared to store-bought tortillas, and don’t have any preservatives. You can make a larger batch and freeze them for later use, too. My toddler is a bit of a picky eater, and doesn’t like to eat vegetables. I try to sneak them in any way I can, and these spinach tortillas are just one example. Fresh spinach is puréed in the Magic Bullet, then mixed with flour and olive oil to create spinach tortilla dough. The dough is then rolled and heated in a skillet until cooked (you can tell it is done when brown spots appear). Keep them warm in a tortilla warmer until all are cooked and ready.

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Homemade Spinach Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add the spinach and water to a skillet and cook over medium heat until the spinach is wilted (about 5 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  2. Blend the spinach in a Magic Bullet cup until puréed.
  3. Combine the spinach, olive oil, flour and salt in a mixing bowl and knead with your hands until a dough forms. If it is too dry, add a little more water. If it is too sticky, add more flour. The dough should be elastic, but not stick to your hands.
  4. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Break the dough apart into 6 equal circles.
  6. Roll out each circle on a nonstick surface and heat on a skillet over medium heat on each side until brown spots appear.

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Makes 6 tortillas

 

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This is a delicious, easy-to-make, rich meal that combines unusual flavors to create a retro classic. It’s like if fettucine alfredo had a baby with a tuna fish sandwich and it was all topped with potato chips. The Magic Bullet comes in handy for making a delicious, creamy sauce, and cooking the pasta in the pan makes this an easy, one pot meal.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 lb egg noodle pasta
  • 1.5 cups creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tbl cornstarch
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cans tuna, best quality, drained
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Crushed potato chips, for serving (omit if you dare)

Instructions

  1. Put noodles in a big pan and cover with water. Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil. Cook until pasta is just short of al dente. Drain most of the water but leave a little wet.
  2. Blend creme fraiche, egg, cornstarch, and half the lemon juice in the Magic Bullet.
  3. Add the mixture to the skillet and cook until sauce is thickened, stirring to coat noodles. Turn off the heat.
  4. Mix in the tuna, peas and rest of the lemon juice. Serve, passing potato chips.

 

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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.