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Besides the brilliant color of this plum jam, you and your guests are going to love the sweet and tangy flavor combination of this plum goat cheese crostini! The plum jam is really easy to make: just add freshly chopped plums to a pot of boiling water and a little sugar and let it simmer down and then cool into a thick jam. Add more or less sugar to your taste preference. My favorite way to serve this crostini dish is to warm up the baguette and goat cheese in the oven and spread cold plum jam that has been chilling in the fridge on the top. It also pairs great with walnuts.

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Plum Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 2 plums, sliced and stone removed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz goat cheese log
  • 1 baguette

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Instructions

  1. Add the water, sugar and plums to a pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes, then cool.
  2. Add the plum mixture to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Spread goat cheese and plum jam on baguette slices.

Makes 1 cup

 

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You won’t miss the meat in this vegan version of a Shepard’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 Shepard’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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I recently discovered a delicious new side dish: stuffed portobello mushroom caps. Normally, you may think of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, but these portobello mushroom caps are so huge that they are probably better as a side! In fact, two people could probably share one. Goat cheese is blended with herbs and bread crumbs to form a creamy stuffing for these large mushrooms, which are then baked in the oven. I love the combination of goat cheese and walnuts, so of course I had to add some walnuts on the top right after they get out of the oven.

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Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • Walnuts, for topping

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Coat the mushroom caps with olive oil and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cheese, lemon juice, herbs and bread crumbs to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Stuff the mushroom caps and place back into the oven to bake for 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  5. Top with walnuts.

Makes 2 stuffed mushrooms

 

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Mango Shaved Ice

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Simple desserts are the best desserts. They have distinguished and identifiable flavors, are lighter and healthier, and – best of all – are so easy to make! This recipe combines the natural sweetness of a mango mash with crushed ice and a touch of light coconut milk into a satisfying dessert that’ll knock the socks off any sweet tooth.

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Mango Shaved Ice Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 mango
  • 2 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Cut mango into smaller pieces and add to Magic Bullet.
  2. Blend until mashed, and set asideBlend ice in Magic Bullet until crushed.

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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 mea 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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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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This delicious chicken dish is both savory and hearty without being too heavy. The mustard and balsamic vinegar sauce brings together the tartness of both the mustard and the vinegar while really cutting through the richness of the chicken.

Best of all, the sauce all comes together in the Magic Bullet with minimal work and fuss.

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Chicken Legs with Mustard and Balsamic

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken legs, cut into thighs and drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbl dijon mustard
  • 1 tbl honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Olive oil

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Instructions

  1. In a large oven-safe pan, add a glug of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken legs and cook until well-browned. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the garlic in the Magic Bullet. Add the honey, the mustard, and the vinegar and blend.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan all over the chicken and stir. Move to the oven and cook until the chicken is cooked through.

 

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10
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Lemon Ice Box Pie

 

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The impending warm weather always gets me excited about pie season. I especially love cold pies during the warm summer months, like this lemon ice box pie. It is super easy to make, and lasts for a long time in the freezer. Whenever you are craving a slice, all you have to do is open your freezer and a delicious pie is already waiting for you!

This lemon ice box pie is made with fresh lemon juice and zest, which gives it a strong lemon flavor. No additional sugar is needed, since condensed milk is added to the mix. The bulk of this recipe is egg yolks, so make sure you have plenty of eggs on hand before starting. I like to keep the egg whites for an egg white omelet the next morning, so they don’t go to waste.

To make things even faster, buy a pre-made graham cracker pie crust to pour your lemon pie filling into.

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 14-oz can condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add the condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and egg yolks to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the graham cracker pie crust and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and freeze for at least 5 hours.

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Makes 1 10-inch pie

 

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Sometimes you want a dinner that brings you completely new and different flavors, and sometimes you want to rearrange familiar flavors into something delicious and straightforward. This pasta dish takes the latter approach, taking a classic Spanish tapa — shrimp with garlic and pimenton (smoked paprika) — and turning it into a tasty pasta. I came up with the idea after getting some beautiful, large raw shrimp at the supermarket. This all comes together in under twenty minutes and is quite good: the garlic butter spiked with pimenton and juices from the shrimp serves as a perfect sauce for the pasta, which absorbs lots of delicious flavor.

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Pasta with Spanish Shrimp in Garlic and Pimenton

Ingredients

  • 2/3 lb long pasta, like spaghetti
  • 2/3 lb raw shrimp, peeled, preferably large
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbl pimenton
  • 3 tbl butter

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water until al dente, reserving about a cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. Add garlic to the Magic Bullet and blend. Add pimenton and blend.
  3. Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter melts, then add the the garlic-pimenton and cook for a few minutes, just until garlic is translucent.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp is just cooked through (shrimp will change color).
  5. Add the pasta to the skillet with about half of the pasta cooking water. Stir everything and let the pasta absorb the sauce. If the pasta is dry, add more pasta cooking water. Serve.

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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