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There is something about sparkling drinks that make them more sophisticated than other drinks. If you add sparkling water to any plain juice, it magically transforms into a fancy drink. In this non-alcoholic spritzer, sparkling water is mixed with pomegranate juice and lime juice in the Magic Bullet blender, and infused with mint, lime wedges and fresh pomegranate seeds. These flavors combined with carbonation create a refreshing drink suitable for any special occasion.

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Pomegranate Mint Spritzer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Add the sparkling water, pomegranate juice, and juice from 2 limes to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Divide into 6 glasses and drop 1/4 lime, a few mint leaves and 1-2 tbsp pomegranate seeds.

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Makes 6 drinks

 

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Most store-bought carrot juices are full of sugar and flavors that compete with the carrot’s natural health benefits and taste – the flavor of which is strong and delicious enough to stand alone in a simple juice.

With help from the Magic Bullet, this recipe blends a handful of chopped or baby carrots with water to make a light and extraordinarily healthy drink that’ll pack your body with vitamins and energy. I’ve used a nut milk bag to filter the shredded pulp out of the juice, but feel free to add some of that in if you like the texture!

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Simple Carrot Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Chopped or Baby Carrots
  • 1 Cup Water

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Instructions

  1. Blend carrots and water together.
  2. Pour mash into bowl through nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Squeeze all liquid out and into bowl.

 

No added sugars to negate the natural health benefits of the carrots: just simple delight!

 

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Is there anything more delicious than pesto? Or anything better suited to the Magic Bullet? If there is, I don’t know it.

I like to change up the pesto sauces I make and this time I  swapped the traditional basil pesto with fresh arugula pesto. Subtle, yet delicious: the arugula is peppery and vaguely woody, giving it a nice but none-too-bold flavor. I picked up some fresh pasta at the farmer’s market here in DC, as well as some delicious in-season tomatoes.

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Arugula Pesto Pasta Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 8 oz. arugula
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbl. walnuts, toasted in the microwave in a bit of oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil with some salt and add the arugula for fifteen seconds, then remove and run under cold water. Squeeze dry in a strainer.
  2. Add the pasta to the water and cook according to the package instructions.
  3. Blend the parmesan in the Magic Bullet until all the big pieces are gone. Add the arugula, garlic, olive oil, salt, and walnuts, then blend until you have a paste.
  4. Mix pesto with pasta and serve, passing additional parmesan, with a runny egg if you like.

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I have been making this butternut squash quesadilla almost daily for the past few weeks because it is just that good.  Just like I do with my kiddos, I try my best to incorporate a vegetable at least 2 out of the 3 meals that we eat each day. Sometimes I don’t have the time to sit and cook a full lunch for myself, which is why I love this recipe. To make it simpler, I make a huge batch of butternut squash at the beginning of the week and prepare it so it’s ready to add to my lunch quesadilla. Saves me time and sanity.

Butternut Squash Quesadilla Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cooked butternut squash
  • ¼ tsp. each of cumin, paprika, chili powder, and pepper
  • ¼-½ tsp. salt
  • Water
  • Tortillas and cheese for quesadilla

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Instructions

  1. Add squash and spices to the Magic Bullet blender. Blend until completely creamy. Add a few tsp. of water if needed to blend.
  2. To assemble your quesadilla, spread a nice layer of butternut squash on one side of the tortilla. Top with cheese and another tortilla. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until tortillas are golden brown.
  3. Serve with your favorite toppings. I love cilantro, salsa, and taco sauce.

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Black Bean Cakes

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These black bean cakes are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The secret is Panko bread crumbs, which are used both inside and outside. The batter is made of finely chopped onions, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and black beans blended in a Magic Bullet blender, which is then dipped in flour, egg and Panko bread crumbs and fried until golden and crispy on the outside. These black bean cakes go great with avocado, sour cream and cilantro and can be served as an appetizer or side dish. I also like to top salads with them!

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Black Bean Patty Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, drained
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Instructions

  1. Add the onion, half of the beans, cumin, and cayenne pepper to a Magic Bullet cup and pulse a few times.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining beans, blended mixture, and 1/3 cup bread crumbs and stir well.
  3. Beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Pour the flour onto a plate, and the remaining bread crumbs on another plate.
  5. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  6. Form balls with your hands and flatten, then dip into flour, egg, and bread crumbs in that order.
  7. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes until golden.

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Makes 8 black bean cakes

 

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Ice cream without the cream? Thank you Magic Bullet! This peanut butter, banana and honey ice cream is simple and delicious. You’ll fool everyone into thinking you scooped it right out of a container!

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 bananas (chopped and frozen)
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. honey

Instructions

  1. Add frozen banana slices to Magic Bullet and blend until smooth.
  2. Combine banana mixture with remaining ingredients and blend.

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You’ll never want store-bought again!

 

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Pasta carbonara

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Spaghetti carbonara… it’s a classic, easy, delicious, cheap, and hearty dinner, so why haven’t you made it? If you don’t know what carbonara is, you’re in for a treat. This classic, Roman dish consists of bacon, barely cooked eggs and parmesan, to create a rich, delicious pasta sauce.

Although I’ve made carbonara many times before, this one follows a new recipe from Serious Eats, which involves more egg yolks and less bacon and cheese than other recipes. The result is particularly eggy and rich but less greasy. You can also use any type of bacon; here I use pancetta, which is more porky and less smoky.

The Magic Bullet does triple duty here, grating the parmesan, chopping the garlic, and grinding the pepper.

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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta (I used bucatini; spaghetti is “traditional”)
  • 1/2 cup diced bacon (or guanciale or pancetta)
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 2 whole eggs plus 6 egg yolks
  • 1 large parmesan (enough to make ½ cup when grated)
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

 

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta until al dente in heavily salted water. Without draining the pasta water, remove the pasta.
  2. Add bacon to pan with oil over medium heat and cook until crisp. Turn off heat.
  3. Blend garlic in the Magic Bullet and remove to a large metal or glass bowl. Blend the parmesan and remove to the bowl. Blend the black pepper and remove to the bowl. Add the eggs and egg yolks and stir everything up.
  4. Add cooked pasta to the pan with the bacon and stir everything together. Add the egg mixture to the pan and stir everything some more. Add ½ cup of the pasta water and bring the pasta water to a boil.
  5. Dump everything in the pan back into the bowl over the boiling water. Let the pasta cook from the heat of the steam until you have a creamy sauce.
  6. Serve immediately.

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This is one of my favorite lunch time sandwiches, especially because it’s a nice switch up from the regular turkey and cheese. It also comes together almost as quickly too! You could easily switch up the flavors and seasonings to adjust to your liking, play around and have fun with it!

Avocado Chickpea Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tb. hummus
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder, paprika, and cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

  1. In your Magic Bullet Blender add chickpeas. Blend until the chickpeas have mashed a little. You don’t want a puree, just a rough mash.
  2. Add chickpeas to a medium bowl and mix in the avocado, hummus, mustard, lemon, and spices. Mash together until combined. Adjust seasonings if desired.
  3. Spread onto sandwich bread, and top with lettuce and tomato, or other preferred sandwich toppings.
  4. Eat and enjoy! You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-3 days.

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Red velvet cupcakes are my weakness. Especially with cream cheese frosting. February is the perfect month to bake red velvet cupcakes in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, I give you a healthier version, using fresh beets in this cupcake recipe. The beets give the cupcakes a beautiful, natural color and moist texture. We don’t need to use any artificial food dyes or a lot of butter in this recipe, which makes it much healthier! Go ahead and eat your heart out.
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Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 beets, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • ⅔ cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with liners.
  3. Add the beets, buttermilk, and vanilla to a Magic Bullet cup can blend.
  4. Combine the butter, oil, sugar and salt in a stand mixer (or bowl with electric beaters) and add the beet mixture.
  5. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl and slow add to the mixer.
  6. Fill the liners 3/4 full and bake for 18 minutes.

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Makes 1 dozen cupcakes

 

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Cherry and coconut… doesn’t your mouth start to water just thinking about that combination? This smoothie is a refreshing and unique blend of the two foods, balancing out the strong cherry flavor with both coconut milk and coconut flakes, along with a splash of vanilla yogurt for some added texture and taste.

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Cherry Coconut Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup low fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

 

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in your Magic Bullet.
  2. If you’re like me and crave coconut flavoring with just about everything, add more coconut flakes on top!

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Breakfast or dessert – you’ll feel good making this for either!