Dec
13
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Pea Pesto Snack

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I fell in love with this snack a few weeks ago when I wanted something other than fresh fruit. It’s a delicious snack that comes together in under a minute. You could even add mozzarella cheese with it and it’s perfectly balanced and yummy!

Pea Pesto Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked, cooled peas
  • 2 tb. pesto
  • 1 tsp. zest and juice of a lemon

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the Magic Bullet Blender, puree until chunky and blended.
  2. Spread on whole grain toast or crackers. Refrigerate for 3-5 days. Enjoy!

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What do you think of when you hear the word HUMMUS?! Do you think of a traditional, simple, tahini spiced dip? Do you think of the creamy swirl of a tasty store-bought brand that gets swiftly disturbed by a chip or carrot? For me, I automatically think of the word VERSATILITY.

My heart was slightly broken (dramatic?) when I found out I had to avoid garlic. I battled my stomach and my body with food intolerances for years until I finally found out that garlic was the big culprit. And orange, but that’s much easier to live without. However, I am always challenged, as I will always say, to make a better version of anything I can order out, or buy at a store. Hummus? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Fall seems like the perfect season to experiment with so many different flavors. Apple, pumpkin, maple… you know. And, being that hummus is always savory, I decided to put my sweet spin on it. This is where my Sweet Pumpkin Hummus originated from. My favorite part? It still goes well with everything! Crackers, chips, carrots, cucumbers, and my favorite – chicken or pork! YUP! Enjoy!

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Sweet Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp s tahini
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In the large Magic Bullet cup*, combine all ingredients until smooth. If you feel you want the hummus thinner and creamier, add a tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Scoop into bowl to serve, add a bit of avocado oil and extra cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

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*Sometimes I split the ingredients in two batches if it does not all fit in the Magic Bullet cup. It has differed for me.

 

Aug
28
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Spinach Feta Pinwheels

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When asked about my favorite appetizer to make, I always think of these spinach feta pinwheels. They are really easy to make, and they freeze well days before you need them! Chopped frozen spinach and a frozen puff pastry sheet makes the job stress-free. All you have to do is wait for the spinach and puff pastry to thaw, then mix up the spinach with feta cheese and nutmeg in your Magic Bullet and spread it on the top. An egg wash makes things nice and crispy, so you definitely don’t want to skip it. Roll it up, slice it and put it in the oven. BAM! A delicious appetizer everyone will love.

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Spinach Feta Pinwheel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 8 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the spinach, nutmeg and feta cheese to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  3. Beat the egg in a bowl with a tbsp water.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and spread the egg wash on the top.
  5. Top with the spinach mixture and roll up.
  6. Slice 1-inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush the rest of the egg wash over the top of each pinwheel.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

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Makes 12 pinwheels

 

Jul
17
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Feta Eggplant Rolls

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Eggplant has always been a difficult fruit for me to use in recipes. By the way, are you surprised I said fruit? Many people think eggplant is a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit! It is really healthy since it contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. My signature recipe is eggplant Parmesan, which we are really tired of by now.  I saw an eggplant roll appetizer recipe in an old issue of Fine Cooking magazine that inspired me to try my own. This is a basic recipe for eggplant rolls that I created and love. Move aside unhealthy bacon wraps!

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Feta Eggplant Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

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Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill (indoor or outdoor).
  2. When ready, cook the eggplant slices drizzled with olive oil until soft.
  3. Add the cheese, yogurt, basil and lemon juice to a small Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread 1-2 tbsp cheese filling onto each grilled eggplant slice and roll up. Hold together by using a toothpick.
  5. Serve warm or cold.

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Makes 8 rolls

 

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Besides the brilliant color of this plum jam, you and your guests are going to love the sweet and tangy flavor combination of this plum goat cheese crostini! The plum jam is really easy to make: just add freshly chopped plums to a pot of boiling water and a little sugar and let it simmer down and then cool into a thick jam. Add more or less sugar to your taste preference. My favorite way to serve this crostini dish is to warm up the baguette and goat cheese in the oven and spread cold plum jam that has been chilling in the fridge on the top. It also pairs great with walnuts.

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Plum Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 2 plums, sliced and stone removed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz goat cheese log
  • 1 baguette

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Instructions

  1. Add the water, sugar and plums to a pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes, then cool.
  2. Add the plum mixture to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Spread goat cheese and plum jam on baguette slices.

Makes 1 cup

 

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One of the Magic Bullet’s best qualities is that it allows you to be in control of what you’re eating. Store-bought yogurt is limiting and doesn’t always offer flavor varieties that are specific to your unique taste. Even when they do, some brands are loaded with sugar.

This recipe combines plain yogurt with blueberries, a hint of maple syrup and a handful of almonds for a hearty and texture-filled breakfast yogurt that beats out anything you’ll find in the local grocery aisle.

Blueberry Almond Yogurt Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 10 almonds
  • 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup

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Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in Magic Bullet and blend. That’s it!

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Breakfast has never been this simple… or delicious!

 

Oct
12
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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.

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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.

 

Jun
23
0

Broccoli Tots

Who doesn’t like a good tot? While potato-based tots are by far the most common, sometimes, you’re in the mood for a little spin off. This recipe uses cooked broccoli, cheddar cheese and some spicy Sriracha to make a baked broccoli tot that’s not only healthy, but just as tasty as any tater tot out there!

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Broccoli Tots

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2-1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices bread
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. First thing, let’s make bread crumbs! Toast 1-2 small slices of bread, break apart, and add to your Magic Bullet cup. Blend until crumbly.
  2. Chop broccoli and add to pot of lightly salted boiling water. Remove after two minutes.
  3. Add broccoli to Magic Bullet and blend until finely chopped.
  4. Beat egg, combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix together.
  5. Roll mixture into cylindrical shapes and place on oiled oven pan. Bake for 9 minutes at 400 degrees, flip the tots over and bake for another 9 minutes.

Potato who?

That’s it! Enjoy!

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When I’m craving a snack during the day to give me an energy boost, these coconut date bites are one of my favorite go-to healthy snacks. It’s so easy to whip a batch of these up in the Magic Bullet, just add in three main ingredients: walnuts, dates, and coconut oil. Then, shape them into balls, roll them in shredded coconut, and chill them in the refrigerator. That’s it!

The dates are already very sweet, so you don’t need to add any sweetener. I also like to use unsweetened shredded coconut to keep the added sugar to a minimum.

You don’t need to buy store-bought energy bars with a long list of ingredients and preservatives when these vegan-friendly coconut date energy bites are this easy to make at home!

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Vegan Coconut Date Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Add the dates, walnuts and coconut oil to a Magic Bullet cup and pulse until well chopped and blended.
  2. Shape into 1-inch balls with your hands and roll in the shredded coconut.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes 12 bites.

May
31
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Angeled Eggs

Don’t you just love deviled eggs?

What’s that? You’ve never had them? Well, no one’s done everything there is to do in life, so we’ll just chalk this one up to saving the best for now. That’s right, it’s time. 

And don’t worry, we’ve got the best, easiest, and healthiest recipe for those of you who think deviled eggs are too fussy to make. Packed with nutritious Greek yogurt instead of the usual mayo, and topped with a hint of smoked paprika, you won’t feel so guilty eating these bad boys, who, turns out, aren’t so bad after all.

Eating with your hands has never been so chic.

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Ingredients

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • smoked paprika to garnish

Instructions

  1. Scoop the yolks from the middle of your halved eggs into the Tall Cup. Set egg whites aside on a large plate or baking sheet.
  2. Add Greek yogurt, salt, mustard, and hot sauce to the egg yolks, screw on the Cross Blade, and pulse for 10 seconds, until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Spoon roughly 1 Tbsp of the yolk mixture into the hole of each halved egg white. Shake paprika over the top, transfer to a serving platter, and watch your guests gobble up these little pieces of heaven!

Enjoy!