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Carrot Tahini Soup

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Carrot soup is a regular side dish in our family. After making it for so many years, I decided to change things up a little and add tahini. I now don’t make carrot soup without it, because it tastes so much more interesting than a plain carrot soup. A pinch of turmeric gives the soup a nice, bright color, and pistachios add another pop of color and texture while acting as a delicious topping. This recipe makes four servings, so you will have to blend portions of the soup since it won’t all fit into the Magic Bullet pitcher at once. You can control the texture by blending longer for a smoother, creamier soup and shorter for a thicker soup.

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Carrot Tahini Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pistachios, for topping

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Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large pot and heat stove to medium heat.
  2. Cook the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, in the pot for 7 minutes.
  3. Add the turmeric and stir.
  4. Add the carrots, then the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook the carrots until tender, about 30 minutes, then bring to room temperature.
  6. Add the tahini and pepper and let all the ingredients in the pot cool.
  7. Transfer to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend to desired texture.
  8. Add back to the pot and heat through. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  9. Serve and top with shelled pistachios.

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Makes 4 servings

 

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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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For those of us who have a tough time getting into “meal-mode” after a workout, a hearty smoothie can be so valuable. It provides necessary vitamins, keeps your energy up, and doesn’t require a fork and knife. This smoothie recipe is chock full of tasty and hearty ingredients: it combines peaches, protein powder, yogurt, spinach, milk and cereal (that’s right, cereal!) to build the perfect post-workout meal.

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Peach Power Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 peach
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 oz. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon toast crunch (or other cinnamon-based cereal)

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Instructions

  1. Chop peaches and blend in Magic Bullet.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to peach mixture and blend until smooth.

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Breakfast in a cup never tasted so good!

 

May
19
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Brownie Batter Hummus

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I never thought of hummus as a dessert item until I came across brownie batter hummus at my grocery store. What a great idea! Here is how the magic happens: the garbanzo beans are used for texture, and the chocolate, sugar and coconut is used for flavor. Brilliant. This brownie batter hummus dip goes great with fresh fruit or cookies, and makes for a fun appetizer at a party.

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Brownie Batter Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15.5 oz) garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

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Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth.

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Makes 2 cups

 

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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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Avocados are smooth, creamy and incredibly satisfying. What better food to turn into a healthy chilled soup that’s great as an appetizer or a light meal?

This recipe is simple, combining the avocado with chicken broth (feel free to sub in veggie broth if you’d like), milk, lime juice, seasoning and just a touch of serrano pepper for a little kick.

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Chilled Avocado Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 serrano pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp. lime
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

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Instructions

  1. Chop and scoop avocado into Magic Bullet. Cut Serrano pepper length-wise to easily remove seeds before adding to Magic Bullet.
  2. Combine all ingredients in Magic Bullet and blend. Let cool in refrigerator.

 

You’ll be bringing home bag after bag of avocados in no time!

 

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I just LOVE this marinade. It’s so quick to pull together and is just packed with so much flavor! Something good definitely follows when your recipe ingredients contain limes, ranch, and cilantro. You can add it to chicken or fish and marinade it for a few hours, or just add it on right before you bake it.

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Lime Cilantro Ranch Marinade Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 tb. olive oil
  • 2 tsps. sugar

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet Blender and blend until combined. Use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

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May
10
0

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