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chilled grilled corn soup

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

chilled grilled corn soup

We’re smack dab in the middle of corn* season in much of the country, including where I live in New York. So I thought I’d take advantage of it. Even though I love a good bowl of corn chowder, I really don’t want a steamy serving of it when it’s still so summery hot outside. That’s where this chilled corn soup comes in. It’s rich in flavor from the “naked” grilling of the corn, a hint of “heat” from jalapeño, and a generous pinch of earthy cumin. It provides sweet, smoky, and refreshing goodness in every spoonful!

Calories saved: 270

Why it’s better for you? The extra creaminess is from beans, not half-n-half or cream

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savory spinach & goat cheese oatmeal

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 2 comments

spinach & goat cheese oatmeal

There’s no need to head to a quick-service chain for a breakfast bite on the go. Homemade oatmeal can be nearly as quick and simple. Pre-prep the ingredients the night before, if you like. Then skip the snooze alarm and whip up this great-tasting, good-for-you, comforting take on oatmeal. By going savory instead of sweet, it’ll be more satisfying than a few extra minutes of disrupted sleep anyway!

Calories saved: 50

Why it’s better for you? Lots less sugar, lots more fiber and protein, and lots of veggie goodness

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vegan hollandaise sauce

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

vegan hollandaise sauce

When enjoying brunch at a restaurant, I can’t resist ordering Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise sauce. But the über rich sauce is so-not-good for the heart. So I try to only have it a few times a year. However, I have a sneaky secret when at home: I whip up this simple vegan Hollandaise sauce. OK, so technically this isn’t Hollandaise sauce. It doesn’t have egg yolks or butter—two key ingredients of this “mother” sauce. But my recipe is a really good and truly “real” option when you don’t want the indulgence or simply can’t have it. And don’t just take my word for it. Try it! It’s tasty drizzled over poached eggs, such as in Eggs Florentine, or over poached salmon. Or keep the dish vegan and serve with grilled or roasted asparagus spears, artichokes, or potatoes.

Calories saved: 290

Why it’s better for you? It’s 100% plant-based.

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chocolate zucchini bread with pistachios

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

chocolate zucchini bread

I don’t do much baking in the summertime. But there’s always one thing that finds its way into my oven in July; that’s zucchini bread. This season I changed up tradition to create a chocolaty concoction. The result: it’s a keeper!

Calories saved: 70

Why it’s better for you? Whole grains and cocoa!

Disclosure Note: I’m on the Pistachio Health consumer advisory board. I’m not paid for this posting. All recipe choices and opinions are my own.

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grilled vegetable taco cups

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

grilled vegetable taco cups

If you’re a lover of Mexican cuisine, you’ll be charmed by these cute Mexican-inspired cups. They’re bold, vegetarian, and scrumptious. Serve them as finger foods at your next cookout.

Calories saved: 220

Why it’s better for you? Full of veggies; free of meat!

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dark chocolate-strawberry mousse pudding

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

dark chocolate-covered strawberry mousse pudding

Makes 4 servings: 1/2 cup each

I’m on a chocolate-covered strawberry kick lately. Not such a bad thing, right?! So I’ve uncovered another way to enjoy this perfect pairing—in a lovely pudding with mousse-like appeal thanks to avocados. Savor it slowly with a dainty dessert spoon or by dipping more strawberries into it.

Calories saved: 480

Why it’s better for you: Avocados. Strawberries. No processed sugar. And it’s vegan!

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chocolate-covered strawberry cocktail

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cocktail

Makes 2 servings: 1 cup each

When you’d like a cocktail but are “craving” dessert, this frozen beverage has you covered. It’s like dessert in a glass, featuring the classic pairing of chocolate and strawberries. Delicious!

Disclosure note: I attended an event sponsored by the National Honey Board and received samples of honey. I was not paid for this posting. Recipe and opinions are my own.

Calories saved: 70

Why it’s better for you: There’s 1 entire cup of strawberries in each serving!

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creamy fresh kale dip

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

creamy fresh kale dip

Makes 16 servings: 1/4 cup each

It’s the season for cookouts, picnics, and impromptu parties. You’ll need to have a good dip recipe on hand. So here you go … a natural take on classic spinach dip. No packaged mix required. My version is loaded with fresh vegetable goodness. Fresh baby kale replaces frozen spinach for a trendy twist. Though, if you can’t find baby kale, use fresh baby spinach. I enjoy dunking whole grain rye bread pieces into this dip. Tear from a rustic loaf or use perfectly cut petite slices. Or for veggie fanatics, pair it with broccoli, carrots, jicama, or bell pepper pieces.

Calories saved: 160

Why it’s better for you: Kale is one of the healthiest veggies grown on planet Earth and can protect against cancer; plus yogurt contains probiotics that may help boost your immune system

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