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general tso’s-style eggplant stir-fry {meatless monday}

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 29, 2014  |  4 Comments
I eat my fair share of Chinese food! But when I can make it at home, I feel so much better about what I’m putting in my body—because I know exactly the ingredients that I’m using. One of the dishes that always seems crave-worthy to me is anything labeled “General Tso’s.” Unfortunately, that usually means breaded, fried, and tossed in a decadent sauce. I don’t order it for that very reason. So I finally created a healthier homemade version of General Tso’s. This vegetarian stir-fry recipe is full of textures and colors, mainly from eggplant, edamame, and red bell pepper. It’s got a spicy kick, too. There’s no breading or deep frying required. It’s delicious as is or paired with...
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serrano fried rice with apple and almonds

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 6, 2012  |  5 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 4 servings: 1 1/2 cups each Here’s a surprising and scrumptious “fried” rice … and one that you’ve never had. That’s because I just created it. Not only is it vegan, it contains one of fall-time’s favorites: the apple! The apple picks up savoriness and heat when cooked with the onion and Serrano pepper. The toasted sesame oil and pan-toasted almonds balance it out perfectly. And the soy sauce provides the umami and salty elements that give this rice the full-on Asian essence. So pick up some apples at your farmers’ market (or from your apple tree, if you’re so lucky!) and enjoy a bowl of it. It’s actually a full meal-in-one recipe—and...
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