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asian-style noodles with gingery prune sauce

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 13, 2019  |  0 Comments
I’m a big, BIG noodle fan! They’re such a fun food. This cool bowl of noodles is no exception. You can make it with any variety you like. And there are sooo many types available today. When doing a cold salad like this, I find that whole-wheat or brown rice noodles offer the best texture. But when you want a boo punch of plant-based protein, you can make it with a pulse pasta like I did her. That’s red lentil spaghetti you see.
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farro with california prunes, butternut squash & pecans

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 25, 2019  |  0 Comments
I’m a big fan of grain sides and salads … especially when farro is the grain of choice. Grain salads are usually heartier and more satisfying than leafy salads. And this recipe is definitively satisfying! Farro is an ancient grain, yet it’s ideal on your thoroughly modern table. If not familiar with it, it’s got a slight nutty taste and a delightfully chewy texture. You’ll adore it as a base for this dish. Here it’s ideal for fall through early spring as it features prunes and lightly caramelized butternut squash for a punch of produce and a touch of sweet. (Hint: The prunes provide gut and bone health benefits!) It’s perfectly paired with pecans, scallions, and a generous amount of...
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sweet-n-salty sesame roasted chickpea snacks

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 10, 2019  |  3 Comments
I’ve been a member of the chickpea “fan club” ever since I was a kid. OK, so not really! But I guess that’s one thing that can happen when you have a Lebanese mother who was an amazing cook (and caterer)! No complaints here … my nutritionist self loves that these pulses offer plenty of protein and fiber. Though, if my mother were still around, she’d probably be a bit bewildered by all of my non-traditional chickpea concoctions. This is one of those.
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greek-inspired spinach breakfast salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2018  |  0 Comments
Sure, a spinach and feta omelet is a comforting, breakfast-y pick. But how about a spinach and feta salad in the morning? Do it! I adore doing salad for breakfast or brunch. You get the deliciousness of an omelet along with extra nutritiousness. Plus, it’ll satisfy until your next meal without giving you that uncomfortably full feeling. In fact, don’t just reserve this salad for breakfast; it’s equally lovely for lunch or dinner. Hope you try it soon!
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two-ingredient berry mustard

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2018  |  0 Comments
I like traditional mustard. But I looove fruity mustard. Luckily, it’s super easy to make it yourself. It literally takes seconds to fix. You’re definitely going to want to try this two-ingredient berry version. Enjoy it as a condiment of choice for meatless or no-so-meatless burgers or cheesy sandwiches. Use it as a dipping sauce in place of honey mustard. Or try it as a topping for grilled fish or poultry. Yep, it’s quite versatile. By the way, you can transform this recipe into an intriguing three-ingredient condiment by adding 1/2 teaspoon of minced fresh herbs, such as basil, rosemary, or tarragon. Whether you opt for the two- or three-ingredient version, do plan to enjoy it often!
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