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lebanese salad with lemony tahini dressing and za’atar pita chips

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 8, 2016  |  1 Comment
I actually thought Lebanese food was American food as a kid. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up with a Lebanese mother (who was also a caterer)! When I’m wanting a little taste of comfort, I don’t think first about things like mac ‘n’ cheese; I crave Middle Eastern cuisine. So here’s a salad I created that’s inspired by fattoush, a simple salad that ideally takes advantage of leftover pita bread. But I’ve given it a tasty twist with freshly-baked za’atar pita chips, a tahini-spiked dressing, and plenty of chickpeas. It’s a refreshing luncheon entrée salad (perfect for Meatless Monday!) that’s surprisingly comforting. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Calories saved: 128 Why it’s better...
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green tea pesto pasta

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 6, 2012  |  4 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 1/4 cups each One of my guilty pleasures is pesto sauce. It’s a bit indulgent so I tend not to eat it as much as I’d like to. How about you? Well, to all of you pesto lovers out there, today’s your lucky day. I’ve developed a creamy, calorie-friendlier version of the sauce that will be a delight to your palate. It’s actually vegan, too. The coolest part … there’s green tea in it. Here, it’s tossed with pasta to create an entrée full of flavorful goodness—and greenness! Calories Saved: 120
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