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meatless monday: baby bella and broccoli lo mein

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

meatless monday: baby bella and broccoli lo mein

This Asian-inspired stir-fried noodle dish is a delight! It has a nice balance of saltiness to sweetness … the slight hint of sweetness coming naturally from coconut water. It’s a tasty way to up your veggie quota for the day. It’s a versatile recipe, too. You can swap in nearly any non-starchy vegetables. Try it with various noodles, like protein rich adzuki bean or edamame spaghetti. And serve this dish hot or cold. When chilled, lightly splash with rice vinegar and enjoy as a lively noodle salad. Whichever way you choose to partake in this lo mein, do enjoy it often–and especially on Meatless Monday!

Calories saved: 230

Why it’s better for you? Lots of veggies + whole grain goodness!

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vegan vanilla chia cupcakes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 0 comments

vegan vanilla chia cupcakes

I just turned another year older, so I baked cupcakes to celebrate. Birthdays do only come once a year, after all! However,  to make sure the desserty treats were at least a tiny bit better for everyone to enjoy, this cupcake recipe uses whole-wheat pastry flour and chia seeds. It’s free of butter and eggs to please any vegan, too. Now I’m sharing my recipe—with its hint of wholesomeness—for all of you to enjoy.

Calories saved: 110

Why it’s better for you? Whole-wheat and chia seeds! Unless you need to be following a gluten-free/wheat-free diet, embrace wheat … it’s full of health protective benefits, including the potential to improve intestinal and metabolic health and lessen chronic inflammation. And chia seeds help to punch up heart-healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

Disclosure Note: I attended an excursion sponsored by the Wheat Foods Council and I’m a member of their Media RD Group. I was not paid to write this blog post. The recipe and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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meatless monday: mexican breakfast scramble

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 2 comments

simple mexican breakfast scramble

I make many variations of this breakfast scramble. It’s my go-to recipe idea when in the mood for an egg entrée with plenty of intrigue. This Huevos rancheros-inspired version highlights Udi’s Ancient Grain Crisps. Ancient grains, such as millet and amaranth, have withstood the test of time since they haven’t changed for ages, literally. And they’re key ingredients in the crisps in this dish, which can ultimately help boost your plant-based nutrient intake and satisfaction.

This recipe is a fun and tasty way to get your grains. It’s a winner for anyone fond of Mexican cuisine. It’s ideal if you need to follow a gluten-free lifestyle. Plus, it’s a perfect pick when you want a meat-free breakfast (or lunch or dinner) dish for four in 20 minutes or less. Perfect for Meatless Monday!

Disclosure Note: I was compensated for my time to participate in a webinar sponsored by Udi’s Healthy Foods, LLC. I was also sent free product samples. The recipe and opinions in this blog post are my own.

Calories saved: 860

Why it’s better for you? Ancient grains may help reduce risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity. This dish is “just right” sized, too!

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roasted vegetable hummus

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in tasteovers by jackie | 2 comments

roasted vegetable hummus

I’m a big advocate of food never going to waste! So whenever I have extra vegetables getting lonely in the fridge, I often sauté them and toss with pasta, scrambled with eggs, or stuff into a burrito. Sometimes I create new flavors of hummus with them, too. So I decided it was time to write down the recipe and share it with all. This is my roasted vegetable version of hummus. I made this particular recipe with broccoli. But you can swap out the broccoli and replace with nearly any veggie that roasts well. (Hint: Try it with roasted beets; the hummus will be pink!) You can go heavier on the vegetables if you wish, too. Serve it like you would traditional hummus, such as a dip along with pita wedges, or enjoy in any non-traditional way you choose, such as a sandwich spread or an intriguing pasta sauce!

Calories saved: 160

Why it’s better for you? Beyond beans … it’s beans + veggies + green tea.

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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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