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spring “clean” orzo salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 22, 2017  |  0 Comments
It’s time for some spring cleaning! Don’t worry, the type of “housework” I’m talking about is not a chore at all. Just head on over to your kitchen where your tastebuds can actually benefit from this cleanup! The theme of this month’s Recipe Redux is: “Spring Clean the Kitchen.” So, I created this whole-wheat orzo recipe using ingredients that I already had on hand. If you don’t have all of the same ingredients, make swaps based on what you do have in your fridge or pantry. Challenge yourself to not shop for anything new. For instance, use about 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, brown rice, or other pasta if you don’t have orzo; try white wine vinegar if you don’t...
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charred tiger stripe fig salsa fresca

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 29, 2016  |  0 Comments
Hey fig lovers … this recipe is for you! (It’s for me, too!) When fresh figs are in season, I gotta have ‘em often … basically every day! I adore black mission and tiger stripe varieties. And I love serving them every which way, especially grilled and paired with cheese for a party platter. When doing this, I leave the stems on, cut in half lengthwise, and grill until charred. When grilling up figs for inclusion in recipes, I remove stems before they hit the grill. Charred figs have an interesting smokiness and enhanced natural sweetness. Here, I picked tiger stripe figs which are gorgeous and notably sweet naturally. They transform fresh salsa into a seasonal conversation starter! And I...
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grilled mango salad with avocado & pistachios

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 21, 2016  |  2 Comments
I crave salads in the summer. How about you? When that urge strikes, here’s a new salad for ya. If you’re a mango lover like I am, it’ll literally make your mouth water! The Recipe Redux theme this month is “Get Your Fruits and Veggies in Shape.” Rather than cutting up this salad’s fruit into a new shape, I decided to add shape on it. I created crosshatch grill marks on mango “cheeks.” Using grilled fruit is a simple way to upgrade a recipe! Not only does it add eye appeal, it adds smoky flavor interest. What’s more, I used grilled mango in two ways here—as cubes and pureed into the dressing. Enjoy it! Hint: Add black beans, edamame, or...
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summery green smoothie cocktail

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 13, 2016  |  0 Comments
Need a refreshing poolside, rooftop, patio, or backyard BBQ cocktail? Here you go! It’s basically a super good-for-you green smoothie … but spiked just right! Getting slightly tipsy never tasted so nutritious! It’s perfect for a summer weekend—or simply as an “adults only” accompaniment to Meatless Monday dinner. Healthy sipping! Calories saved: 170 Why it’s better for you: Half the calories; twice the fun!
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