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Energy Bites

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Mornings can be tough. Sometimes you’re rushed, and sometimes you’re just not feeling up to eating a big meal. It’s times like those when having a quick, tasty and not too filling solution comes in handy! This recipe blends together dates, cashews and almonds for a simple shot of delicious energy to start your day with.

 

Energy Bites

Ingredients
  • 10 dates
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup almonds

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Instructions

1) Combine almonds and cashews in Magic Bullet and blend.

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2) Add dates and blend further.

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3) Put mixture into bowl and roll into balls.

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Sleep in a bit longer! Your quick breakfast is covered.

 

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Come fall, I am totally ready to embrace all things that go with the season! Pumpkin begins to slowly creep back into my life and I get so excited at the sight of everything pumpkin in the grocery stores. Unfortunately, the first day of fall is not always the cool sweater weather I am expecting, especially living in the desert! So this smoothie is a combination of the fall flavors with the summer weather.

Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • Handful of ice

 

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet blender.
  2. Blend until creamy. You can add additional milk by the tablespoon if it’s too thick.
  3. Drink immediately and enjoy!

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No need to spend a lot of money eating a fancy vegan sandwich at your favorite restaurant when you can easily (and cheaply) make them right at home with your Magic Bullet! All you need to make your own delicious, healthy vegan sandwich at home is a few slices of your favorite sandwich bread, an avocado, sweet potato, a few beets, a cucumber, hummus, olive oil, cumin and curry powder. I have not seen curried hummus at the grocery store, but with the Magic Bullet it is easy to make it at home using plain hummus and some spices. Would you add anything else?

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of wheat bread
  • 1 avocado, pitted and mashed
  • 4 small cooked beets, thinly sliced
  • 1 cooked sweet potato, sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup plain hummus
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp olive oil

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Instructions

  1. Add the hummus, curry powder, cumin and olive oil to a small Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Put together the sandwiches by starting with the mashed avocado on one slice, followed by the sweet potato, cucumber, beets, and then spread the hummus on the other slice before closing.

Makes 2 sandwiches

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There are times when you want the tart flavor of a balsamic vinaigrette to dress your peppery arugula, and there are other times when you want a thick, rich salad dressing that doesn’t exactly scream health food. For the latter times, I present to you this avocado ranch dressing. It’s rich and delicious, but by using some sneaky ingredients it actually isn’t that heavy.

Avocados are having a little bit of a cultural moment (you can get them on any sandwich at Potbelly!) and this dressing takes full advantage of both their richness and flavor. I also use a bunch of lime as well as Greek yogurt to give it more tang and a bit of body, which you want to keep this more in the “modern take on ranch dressing” category and less in the “this is ranch dressing with an avocado blended into it” category.

I’d recommend serving over romaine or iceberg lettuce with some sliced cherry tomatoes and chopped red onion for an updated version of a steakhouse classic.

 

Light Avocado Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

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  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 5.3 oz package Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup skim milk, plus more to taste
  • 1/3 cup light mayo
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • Juice of half lime, plus more to taste

 

Instructions
  1. Blend garlic clove in Magic Bullet until well pulverized.
  2. Add other ingredients and blend. Taste for salt and lime and add more milk as necessary to thin out into a dressing consistency.

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Ice cream is so much better when it’s homemade. You have more control over the ingredients, portions and flavor proportions, not to mention the rewarding satisfaction of a job well done! This recipe combines banana and cocoa powder for a light and delicious ice cream you’ll be making after every meal.

 

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 Bananas
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cream

 

Instructions

1) Chop bananas and freeze for at least two to three hours.

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2) Combine frozen bananas with cocoa powder, vanilla and cream in Magic Bullet and blend.

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Meet your new favorite dessert!

 

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Did you guys know there is a healthy version of hollandaise sauce that tastes even better than the real stuff? No butter is used in this recipe. Instead, plain yogurt is used as the base. The lemon juice gives it a nice flavor. Careful not to heat the sauce too quickly in the end, because the eggs will cook too fast and you will end up with a chunky sauce! Patience is your best friend for this recipe. Add pepper or dill to taste in the end if you like. This guilt-free hollandaise sauce goes great with asparagus, potatoes, and many other cooked veggies.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a small Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Heat in a small saucepan over very low heat and stir with a whisk constantly for 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Makes 1 cup

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So a few months ago I showed you how to make the world’s most delicious, easiest mac ‘n cheese on the stovetop. That was pretty good. Heck, that was great. But how often can you eat plain homemade mac ‘n cheese? OK, don’t answer that.

In any event, here’s a variation on a theme: extremely easy stovetop mac ‘n cheese that is amped up with Spanish flavors and roasted cauliflower, which as I have noted in the past, is having a bit of a cultural moment. I call it: El Macaroni de Espana.

The cauliflower is caramelized with distinctive flavor and crunchy texture and the pimenton is smoky and earthy with smoked cheese for even more savory notes and the mac ‘n cheese is creamy and gooey and melty. Yeah, not bad for a weeknight. Plus, it has vegetables!

El Macaroni de Espana (Spanish Mac n Cheese)

Adapted from The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez-Alt

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 pound smoky fancy cheese, like smoked Gouda
  • 1/4 lb American cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, cut into hunks
  • Smoked paprika, to taste
  • Frozen peas, to taste (optional)

 

Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water until barely al dente. Meanwhile, toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and paprika and roast in a 450 degree oven.
  1. Blend the cheeses in the Magic Bullet, then move them to a bowl with the cornstarch and stir. Add the milk, mustard, cornstarch, and egg to the Magic Bullet and blend or shake until well-mixed.
  1. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to the saucepan. Over low heat, add the butter and then everything else. Stir and season to taste with salt and more paprika and serve while hot.

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Sep
15
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Zucchini Cakes

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We all love a good potato pancake. But what about a slightly greener veggie to blend into a savory treat? Zucchini to the rescue! This recipe combines blended zucchini with corn to make a rich and tasty fried cake you’ll be serving at every dinner party.

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup chopped zucchini (about 1 zucchini)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

 

Instructions

1) Chop zucchini and blend in Magic Bullet.

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2) In mixing bowl, combine egg, oil, basil, salt and pepper and mix together.

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3) In same mixing bowl, add zucchini puree, flour, corn and cheese.

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4) Fry mixture into pancakes, between two and four minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

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Try it with some applesauce or sour cream!

Sep
12
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Eiskaffee (Iced Coffee)

 

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Normally when you ask for an iced coffee at a cafe, you get a cup of coffee with ice cubes in it plus or minus milk. I was surprised when I asked for one in Germany while on vacation and I got an iced coffee with vanilla ice cream in it. Let me tell you, the ice cream made it so much more delicious! I especially like to add ice cream to my iced coffee on really hot days, but like it any time of the year. Use light vanilla ice cream to cut down on the fat and calories.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 4 scoops light vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Add the coffee and ice cubes to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend until frothy and the ice is chopped up.
  2. Pour into two glasses and top with 2 scoops of ice cream each.
  3. Slightly stir with a spoon.

Makes 2 iced coffees

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What is it about heat that has us craving salads? I live down the street from a salad place, and the first hot day of summer is always the same: lines down the block. I like salad as much as the next person, and sometimes it’s nice to vary it up a little.

Here’s an interesting salad using broccoli slaw, broccoli’s little brother and coleslaw’s cousin. (Does that also make coleslaw broccoli’s cousin?)

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Anyway, this recipe has multiple advantages: it’s a little different (due to the slaw), it’s very easy (my grocery sells pre-made broccoli slaw), it’s cheap, it’s very delicious, and apparently it can be made ahead without much wilting (killer slaw!). It’s topped with a delicious peanut butter and soy based dressing, too, which I’m sure would work on many salads. I used pan-fried salmon here, but feel free to sub in your protein of choice.

Adapted from The Kitchn.

Broccoli Slaw Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, any type
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce, any kind
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 12 oz bag of undressed broccoli slaw
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, core removed, sliced
  • cooked protein, any type
  • 1/4 cup croutons (I used broken up crackers)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

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Instructions
  1. Blend the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, hot sauce, and sesame oil in the Magic Bullet.
  2. Put the broccoli slaw and the pepper in a large bowl and toss with the dressing.
  3. Just before serving, add the peanuts and cilantro. Top with protein and serve.

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