Apr
19
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Banana Hot Cocoa

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My favorite drink on a cool night is hot cocoa. The other day I had the idea of blending a banana with cocoa powder, milk and cinnamon, and warming it up in a pot. I call it, banana hot cocoa! It came out delicious. I love how the banana adds sweetness naturally to this hot cocoa drink. No extra sugar is needed. It also thickens it up, making it nice and creamy. Serve this drink hot right from the pot, and enjoy with marshmallows on top.

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Banana Hot Cacao Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Pour into a pot and heat over low heat until bubbles start to form at the top.

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Makes 2 cups

 

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Normally I like to make my smoothies with almond milk, but I recently discovered pistachio milk and thought it would taste great as a base for a pistachio banana smoothie. This green smoothie is simple and delicious, as it only needs a few ingredients to make: pistachio milk, spinach, banana, honey and yogurt. You can even add pistachio nuts for a crunchy texture, or add then on top! Go ahead and try your new favorite green smoothie.

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Pistachio Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pistachio milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 banana, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Pistachios for topping

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Top with pistachios (shells removed).

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Makes 1 smoothie

 

Apr
11
0

Fit Hubby Fudge

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You may have heard of a dessert called “chubby hubby” before, a flavor created by Ben and Jerry’s with peanut butter, pretzel and fudge. I decided to create a “fit hubby” version using peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate whey protein powder and a drizzle of chocolate on the top. This is a great energy-boosting snack after a workout to give your body the protein it needs to build muscle, and it tastes like a dessert!

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Fit Hubby Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

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Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients, except for pretzels and chocolate chips, to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Take half of the mixture and combine with 1/4 cup chopped pretzels and press into an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  3. Press the other half of the mixture on top.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for 30 seconds at a time, then drizzle over the top and sprinkle the remaining pretzels.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour before cutting into squares.

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Makes 9 1-inch squares

 

Apr
5
0

Tomato Fennel Soup

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Although I love classic homemade tomato soup, sometimes it is fun to switch things up and add new ingredients. For this tomato fennel soup recipe, I added some chopped fennel cooked in garlic, onion and olive oil. The fennel gives the tomato soup a subtle refreshing flavor. Using many different vegetables in soups makes them healthier, too! Garnish with fennel leaves and serve with a crusty baguette.

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Tomato Fennel Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add the onion, fennel and garlic and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil and turn heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the soup to cool to room temperature, then blend in a Magic Bullet pitcher.

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Makes 4 servings

 

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Making piña colada from scratch at home is very easy and adds a flavorful touch to a classic fruit salad recipe. All you need is some coconut milk, pineapples and pineapple juice to make the non-alcoholic piña colada mix. Then, toss it with some chopped fruit and mint to create a refreshing fruit salad everyone will love!

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Piña Colada Fruit Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple slices
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint

Instructions

  1. Add the coconut milk, pineapple juice and frozen pineapple to a Magic Bullet blender and blend.
  2. Toss the blended piña colada mix with the fruit and mint in a large bowl and chill until ready to serve.

Makes 4 servings

 

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Isn’t it nice to come back from a busy day and dinner is already ready? Let the Magic Bullet and slow cooker do all the work for you, so all you have to do when you get home is eat. A simple herbed lemon marinade is blended together in the Magic Bullet, and poured over chicken breasts in a slow cooker to create the most flavorful, tender chicken to accompany your favorite side dishes.

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Herbed Lemon Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp oregano

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and brown the chicken breasts on both sides, then add to a slow cooker on low setting.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend, then pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Makes 4 chicken breasts

 

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The other day I got into a debate with my friend on what is better: smoothies or smoothie bowls. I think smoothie bowls win, hands down. They are just so much more versatile in terms of toppings and it is way more fun eating it with a spoon when thickened with frozen banana. The texture becomes almost like ice cream! In this smoothie bowl, I add frozen banana to frozen raspberries and coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative to milk or yogurt. You can top it with whatever you like, but fresh banana slices and oats are my favorite.

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Raspberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Oats for topping

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except for toppings to a Magic Bullet cup and pulse a few times until thick and creamy.
  2. Top with fresh fruit, oats, seeds or whatever you desire.

Makes 1 bowl

 

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

 

Mar
1
1

Thai Noodle Salad

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It can be scary to step out of our comfort zones when it comes to cooking. For most of us, the foods and recipes we know are what we stick with in our every day cooking. Once I was experimenting a little and created this delicious Thai-inspired noodle salad. It has cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, and pineapple, all tossed in a peanut sauce. You can use rice noodles or Japanese yakisoba noodles in this recipe.

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Thai Noodle Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 12-oz can chopped pineapple
  • 4 cups yakisoba noodles
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, oils, lime juice and sugar to a small Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  2. Toss the cooked and cooled noodles with the cucumber, pineapple, carrots and cilantro and then with the peanut sauce until well mixed.
  3. Chill before serving.

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Makes 4 servings

 

Feb
27
0

Cookie Dough Shake

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Cookie dough ice cream is my favorite ice cream flavor. As a kid, I would always save the cookie dough until the end and enjoy it in one big glob of cookie dough! For this cookie dough milkshake, I used vanilla ice cream, milk and made my own eggless cookie dough to blend in. For all of you cookie dough lovers, this milkshake tastes like heaven.

After it is blended up, the cookie dough is no longer chunky since it is dispersed among the milkshake as small bits. Top this milkshake with larger chunks of cookie dough to make it even better!

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Cookie Dough Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/16 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Add the butter, sugars, vanilla, salt, and flour to a mixer and blend well until creamy. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  2. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and pulse a few times until the cookie dough is evenly dispersed (you may want to save some of the cookie dough in larger chunks for topping).
  3. Top with whipped cream and extra chunks of cookie dough.

Makes 1 milkshake