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Easy Potato Flatbread

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What is the best way to use leftover mashed potatoes? I would argue for these easy potato flatbreads! They go great with dips, or you can use them for wrapping fresh vegetables and sauce. You will need a cast iron skillet to cook the flat bread once it is rolled out. I like these potato flatbreads plain, but you could also add fresh herbs, garlic, etc. For this recipe, I start from preparing the mashed potatoes. If you already have leftover mashed potatoes, you are steps ahead!

Easy Potato Flatbread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 small potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in a pot of water for 25 minutes, until tender.
  2. Add the milk, butter and salt and potatoes to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  3. Combine the mashed potatoes and flour in a bowl and knead with your hands for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 balls, and roll out on a floured surface.
  6. Cook a few minutes on each side in the skillet until it starts to brown.

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Makes 4 flatbread

 

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Dec
19
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Spiced Sweet Potatoes

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What is it about sweet potatoes and cinnamon that makes them such a great pair? This mashed sweet potato recipe is very easy with the help of your Magic Bullet. First, cook them in a pot with some butter, salt, milk and cinnamon. After allowing them to cool off, let your Magic Bullet blend them to the perfect creamy consistency.

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Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and heat over low heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cool to room temperature, then add to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend until creamy.

Makes 4 cups

 

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When you ask most people who they don’t like cauliflower, they respond that it is flavorless. To me, this makes it the perfect canvas for flavor. This sweet sesame cauliflower is a delicious side dish that goes great with Asian-style meals. Toss it into a stir fry, or eat it by itself on the side. You can double the sauce recipe for a saucier dish, or keep it light with a touch of sweet sesame flavor.

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Sweet Sesame Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with oil and lay the cauliflower florets on top. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Add the cauliflower to a skillet over medium heat and drizzle the sauce on top.
  5. Cook until warmed.

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Makes 3 cups.

 

Sep
15
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Cauliflower Falafel

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Although falafel is usually deep-fried, I came up with a delicious baked alternative using cauliflower as the base. This may be one of those “I don’t believe it til I try it” recipes, but take my word for it that these baked cauliflower falafel are going to knock your socks off. I like to serve them over a bed of greens alongside some carrot and hummus for a tasty, healthy lunch.

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Cauliflower Falafel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the cauliflower to a Magic Bullet pitcher in sections and pulse to “rice” the cauliflower to small grains. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and blend, followed by the cauliflower. Add more bread crumbs if needed to get to a sticky, yet holdable texture. It is ok if the batter is a little runny, as long as it can just barely form a drop on a pan.
  4. Drop tablespoons of batter onto a pan lined with parchment paper, forming mounds.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes, then turn the falafel over and bake another 18 minutes.

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Makes 9 falafels.

 

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The classic potato salad can be made with an overwhelming amount of mayonnaise, and while that can taste great, it’s a heavy dish that doesn’t agree with all diets or taste buds. The spin in this recipe is replacing the creaminess of the mayonnaise with an avocado – a much healthier and lighter version that retains the classic texture and adds refreshing flavor. For added kick, we’ll be blending in some dill, as well.

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Avocado and Dill Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. small potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup dill
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

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Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into halves and quarters. Dress with oil, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes on 400 degrees (or until brown), stirring occasionally.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, peel garlic clove and blend in the Magic Bullet.
  3. Add fresh dill, oil, lemon, avocado, salt and pepper to the garlic in the Magic Bullet and blend until creamy.
  4. Place browned potatoes in mixing bowl and toss with avocado dill sauce.

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Now you have a unique and delicious treat to liven up any dinner party, lunch party or picnic!

 

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Homemade tortillas are the best! They taste so fresh compared to store-bought tortillas, and don’t have any preservatives. You can make a larger batch and freeze them for later use, too. My toddler is a bit of a picky eater, and doesn’t like to eat vegetables. I try to sneak them in any way I can, and these spinach tortillas are just one example. Fresh spinach is puréed in the Magic Bullet, then mixed with flour and olive oil to create spinach tortilla dough. The dough is then rolled and heated in a skillet until cooked (you can tell it is done when brown spots appear). Keep them warm in a tortilla warmer until all are cooked and ready.

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Homemade Spinach Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add the spinach and water to a skillet and cook over medium heat until the spinach is wilted (about 5 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  2. Blend the spinach in a Magic Bullet cup until puréed.
  3. Combine the spinach, olive oil, flour and salt in a mixing bowl and knead with your hands until a dough forms. If it is too dry, add a little more water. If it is too sticky, add more flour. The dough should be elastic, but not stick to your hands.
  4. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Break the dough apart into 6 equal circles.
  6. Roll out each circle on a nonstick surface and heat on a skillet over medium heat on each side until brown spots appear.

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Makes 6 tortillas

 

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Somehow, corn on the cob always reminds me of a hot summer day. Maybe because grilled corn on the cob is always at every summer BBQ. Did you know there are hundreds of ways to dress up corn on the cob? Once you start experimenting with different flavors, I promise you’ll never go back to boring, plain old corn on the cob again! One of my favorite dressings to add to corn on the cob is this chili lime pistachio dressing. Chili and lime add a delicious burst of flavor, and chopped pistachios add a nice crunch. Say goodbye to butter and salt – you can pair corn on the cob prepared any way you want with this dressing to make it extra exciting.
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Chili Lime Pistachio Corn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 4 corn on the cob

Instructions

  1. Cook the corn on the cob by boiling it in water for 10 minutes on the stove or grilling it.
  2. Chop the pistachios by pulsing them a few times in a small Magic Bullet cup. Transfer to another dish and set aside.
  3. Add the yogurt, chili powder, lime juice and salt to the small Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the corn and sprinkle pistachios and lime zest on top.

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Makes 1/2 cup dressing.

 

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I recently discovered a delicious new side dish: stuffed Portobello mushroom caps. Normally, you may think of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, but these Portobello mushroom caps are so huge that they are probably better as a side! In fact, two people could probably share one. Goat cheese is blended with herbs and breadcrumbs to form a creamy stuffing for these large mushrooms, which are then baked in the oven. I love the combination of goat cheese and walnuts, so of course I had to add some walnuts on the top right after they get out of the oven.

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Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • Walnuts, for topping

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Coat the mushroom caps with olive oil and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cheese, lemon juice, herbs and bread crumbs to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  4. Stuff the mushroom caps and place back into the oven to bake for 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  5. Top with walnuts.

Makes 2 stuffed mushrooms

 

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Potato gratin is a comfort dish everyone loves all year long. Potatoes, garlic, ham, and cheese…what is not to love about this ham and cheese potato gratin? You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare. Most of the time it is baking in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for it to be done!

First, you need to cook the garlic and shallots until tender. Then, to make a creamy sauce, add cream, salt, pepper and thyme and blend together in your Magic Bullet. Layer the thinly sliced potatoes with ham and sauce, bake, and at the end top with the cheeses and bake until melted and slightly browned.

To get the potatoes nice and thin, use a mandolin slicer. If you don’t have on, just take your time and slice them as thin as you can with a sharp knife.

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Ham and Cheese Potato Gratin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 package sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyére
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

 

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the garlic, shallot, cream, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cool and then add to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth.
  5. Layer the potatoes, followed by the ham and cream sauce. Repeat.
  6. Bake in the oven covered with foil for 50 minutes, then top with cheese and bake for 10 more minutes uncovered.

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Makes 1 9 x 13-inch pan

 

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the look-out for healthy, delicious, vegetable-based side dishes that come together quickly and can be on hand for almost any meal. Ta-da! Here’s a recipe that doesn’t involve any cooking, just some pantry ingredients (well, they’re in my pantry — you might need to buy them, but then you’ll have them) mixed up in the Magic Bullet for a delicious, and indeed authentically Chinese, side dish. The use of Chinese black (Chinkiang) vinegar here gives a distinctive, vaguely smoky tang, and you can mix up as many or as few other Chinese ingredients to provide as simple or as complex a dish as you like. My version is spicy with sweetness from sugar, depth of flavor from sesame oil and soy, and a good bit of bite from fresh garlic.

Plus, if you have a flair for the dramatic, you can smash these cucumbers with a side of a cleaver (the smashing apparently helps them soak up the dressing) to really impress your friends. Or you can just smush them down on the cutting board, like I did. Up to you, really.

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Smashed Cucumbers with Chinese Black Vinegar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, peeled if you like, smashed on the counter then cut roughly into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbl Chinese black (Chinkiang) vinegar
  • 1 tbl roasted peanuts
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp hot chili oil (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Blend peanuts in the Magic Bullet until roughly chopped. Remove to bowl.
  2. Blend garlic in the Magic Bullet. Add vinegar, oils, sugar, and soy sauce and blend just slightly.
  3. Toss cucumbers with vinegar blend in a big bowl. Serve, garnishing with peanuts.

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