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Convenience, satiety and flavor are often tough to find when you’re rushing around for breakfast in the morning. That is why I will never give up on trying to create all the make-ahead breakfasts. Chia seeds are known for their high fiber properties which is something often overlooked when considering high nutrient foods. However, some people do feel bloating when eating chia seeds. When mixed with water, chia seeds expand. So, eating chia seed pudding can make us feel the opposite of how we would like when eating a healthy breakfast. Cue the blended part of this meal. By blending the chia seeds, they are already broken down so it helps your stomach and takes the hard work out of the digestion process. And could it get any easier? Blend, refrigerate and enjoy the next morning with the toppings of your choosing. Hint: always add a little crunch. Crunch is the ultimate satisfier!

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Blended Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into the Magic Bullet cup and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until all chia seeds are ground down into a thick pudding-like texture.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and serve with optional toppings. I added the rest of the banana and some grain-free granola for crunch.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Mar
1
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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
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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

 

Feb
23
0

Carrot Potato Soup

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Nothing is more comforting to me on a chilly day than a warm cup of creamy soup and a crusty piece of bread. This simple, healthy soup is made with carrots, potato, onion, garlic, some seasonings and chicken broth. Once cooked, the soup is puréed in the Magic Bullet blender to create a creamy texture. I like to top this soup with a dollop of sour cream to finish it off just before serving.

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Carrot Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and cook the onions until soft, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, carrots, potatoes, chicken broth, and spices and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Cool to room temperature, then blend in a Magic Bullet pitcher until creamy.

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Makes 4 servings

 

Feb
21
0

Creamy Peanut Sauce

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I’m kicking myself for not making this peanut sauce more often. It’s super simple to make and it’s incredibly delicious! I love to pair this with cooked chicken and veggies. Keep this on hand to jazz up on any dinner!

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Creamy Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tb. soy sauce
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut milk, canned
  • 1 tb. brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into the Magic Bullet Blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready.
  3. It will thicken in the fridge, so blend again with a little liquid to thin, or heat up.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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During Fall and Winter, one of my favorite meals is a warm bowl of chili. This white bean chicken chili dish is so comforting on a cold day! I like to top it with sour cream and add a side of corn bread. This is a great make-ahead dish for your busy weekdays. Lime and cilantro also make great toppings for this chicken chili.

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White Bean Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 can Bush’s Best White Chili Beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup corn
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Cilantro, cheese and sour cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the spices and stir.
  3. Blend ⅓ of the beans in a Magic Bullet cup, and add this and the ⅔ whole beans to the chili.
  4. Add the corn, chicken, broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Serve hot, topped with fresh cilantro, cheese and sour cream.

Makes 4 cups

 

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Dare I say this, but I don’t think I will ever make French toast any other way, than this way. I know it’s crazy, but this dish was SO good, my whole family went nuts for it! We are big banana bread people in my house, and I usually bake a batch every week. I get excited when my bananas start to brown because that can only mean one thing!

But  a loaf of banana bread can take almost an hour to bake up, and then you have to let it cool before you cut it. IT’S SO HARD TO NOT DIG IN!

This French toast plays off those same flavors, but whips up in under 15 minutes. it’s also best served hot, with melted butter, peanut butter, syrup, chocolate chips… need I go on?

Banana Bread French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. milk of choice
  • 6-8 pieces of bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat and grease a pancake griddle on medium-low heat .In the Magic Bullet blender, add all the ingredients, except the bread.
  2. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl.
  3. Soak each piece of bread in the mixture and place on the griddle. Watch carefully as each side begins to brown, about 1-3 minutes on each side. The mixture can burn easily, so be careful.
  4. Flip and do the other side of the bread.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings!

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Feb
14
0

Beet Hummus

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If you like hummus, you are going to love this beet hummus recipe. Beets are a great source of vitamin C and many vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy addition to your basic hummus recipe. Surprisingly, the garlic and tahini overpower the beet flavor, so you don’t taste them much if you are worried about a strong beet flavor in this hummus recipe. Serve this beet hummus dip with crackers or vegetables for a snack or appetizer. The beets add a nice color, don’t you think?

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Beet Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 small cooked beets
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ¼ tsp salt

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Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more olive oil if desired to reach a more creamy texture.

Makes 1 cup

 

Feb
12
0

Old Bread Dumplings

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We have all heard of using stale bread for croutons, but here is another recipe that uses stale bread as the main ingredient! These dumplings are great in soup, but also can be eaten alone. Stale bread is ground down to crumbs using a Magic Bullet blender, and then mixed with egg, milk, flour, bacon, onion, and herbs to form dumplings. They are then boiled in broth until cooked.

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Old Bread Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups stale bread, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth

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Instructions

  1. Cook the onion in heated olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 7 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the bread to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend until your get bread crumbs and pour into a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Form 2-inch balls with your hand and drop into a pot of boiling chicken broth.
  5. Cook the dumplings for 20 minutes, then carefully remove with a strainer.

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Makes 12 dumplings

 

Feb
9
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Veggie Mac n Cheese

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A healthier version of everyone’s favorite mac ‘n cheese dish, this veggie mac is made with chopped brussels sprouts, butternut squash, onion and red bell pepper and a light, creamy cheese sauce. This is a great make-ahead dish, or for when you are feeding many mouths. Place it on the table right out of the oven and let everyone feed themselves.

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Veggie Mac N Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package elbow macaroni
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss all vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake on a baking sheet for 25 minutes.
  3. Cook pasta and drain.
  4. Add milk, cheese, and chicken broth to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  5. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat and add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the flour.
  6. Add the milk mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and continue to stir until thick.
  7. Pour the sauce over the pasta and veggies in a baking dish and serve hot.

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Serves 8