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mexican brunch salad with pan-charred vegetables

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 5, 2017  |  0 Comments
Do you have one of those recipes that you make over and over and over again? Here’s one of mine! I thought it was time that I shared it! Huevos rancheros is a traditional Mexican meal ideally served mid-morning. Unfortunately, it can fall into the not-so-good-for-you category. So, what can you eat if you want all of its comfort but not its excess bad fats and sodium? This brunch salad! It’s so flavorful, satisfying, and simple—and perfect for any time of day and any time of year. Use any seasonal veggies you like in place of the grape tomatoes and frozen organic corn. And if you prefer to go vegan, swap pinto or black beans in place of the fried...
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orzo, greens & pan-charred corn salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 21, 2016  |  2 Comments
I recently had a mini-getaway to the Hamptons for a badly needed stress break. Clean air and a beachy breeze does wonders for the psyche! I also get slightly giddy over the farmstands and fresh produce that’s so readily available there. One of the local dishes that a friend served me while visiting was a corn and orzo salad picked up from my favorite little market, Round Swamp Farm. That provided the inspiration for this seasonal vegan salad. It’s a perfect fit for the Recipe Redux theme this month: “A Vacation-Inspired Recipe!” And it’s absolutely scrumptious! Calories saved: 62 Why it’s better for you? I used a whole grain orzo rather than the “white” version–plus added arugula–to boost an array...
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summer vegetable coconut curry

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 22, 2015  |  13 Comments
July is one of the happiest months when it comes to the plentiful array of produce available. So this seasonally-inspired recipe takes advantage of what you’ll typically find at the farmers’ market right now, including zucchini, organic corn-on-the-cob, grape tomatoes, shallots, and baby spinach. If you like, make swaps for what’s “hyperlocal” in your area, such as heirloom cherry tomatoes, purple scallions, or dark leafy greens grown at a nearby farm (or your own backyard garden!) rather than grape tomatoes, shallots, or baby spinach, respectively. Ladle the saucy vegetable-centric curry over steamed whole grains of choice, like brown rice or quinoa or a blend, to round out the meal. Serve it as a vegan dinner that’ll please everyone–on Meatless Monday...
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chilled grilled corn soup

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 19, 2014  |  0 Comments
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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creamy corn and bell pepper bake

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 18, 2013  |  2 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 12 servings: 3/4 cup each It may be nearing the end of summer, but it’s still the best of corn season. So here’s a way to celebrate it. First, to assure your corn is GMO-free, pick organic. Then rather than going greasy with bacon, I created a flavorful and more eye-appealing corn casserole-style dish by using a variety of peppers. What’s more, there’s now no overly-processed cheese-like product in the recipe. Yep, that means no Velveeta; I just can’t go there … ever. The end result is a lovely side to take your tastebuds deliciously into the fall. By the way … don’t feel that you need to use fresh corn; frozen corn...
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