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vegan curry coconut soup with black beluga lentils

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 22, 2016  |  6 Comments
I couldn’t make it through the chill of January without some hearty, warm-me-up bowls of soup. How about you? So I married that thought with the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux: “A New Ingredient for the New Year.” When trying to choose the ingredient that I wanted to play with, my first thought came to color … black, in particular! When thinking about black foods, one immediately came to mind that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in restaurants, but haven’t actually prepared anything with from my own kitchen. They’re black beluga lentils. They’re such fun little critters. Not to mention, these pulses are packed with nutritional goodness, including folate, fiber, and protein. So off to the kitchen I went to whip...
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cold peanut-sesame zucchini noodles

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 29, 2014  |  2 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 cup each When the weather turns warmer, I “crave” cold sesame noodles often. Unfortunately, they’re so much more caloric than they seem. So I tasked myself with developing a version that was a little (or a lot!) friendlier for the waistline. Here’s the result. Zucchini acts as the noodles. I use just the amount of sesame oil need for deliciousness. And I pumped up the ginger and garlic so it’s big on flavor. Hope you enjoy slurping up these “noodles” as much as I do. Calories saved: 550 Why it’s better for you: Veggie  noodles = more total vegetables consumed
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ginger cherry, berry & watermelon daiquiri

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 13, 2013  |  0 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 4 servings: 1 (6 1/2-ounce) drink each There’s no problem meeting fruit servings when you can sip them like this. Rather than making a daiquiri that’s loaded with alcohol and added sugar, this is gently spiked and loaded with seasonal fruit. It’s a perfect 100 calories—and perfect for poolside, a backyard BBQ, or any time you just wanna chill out. Sure, even in the morning, if you like. Move over mimosa! Calories Saved: 140
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double nut butter blondies

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 12, 2012  |  1 Comment
Makes 24 servings: 1 blondie each I crave salty stuff! But occasionally I simply gotta have a sweet treat—a fresh-baked-from-the-oven one. Of course, it’s not in my nature to simply make anything the way it’s supposed to be prepared. So I transformed traditional peanut butter cookies into non-traditional blondie-like bars. I actually tend to savor bars more slowly than cookies–and enjoy them more. How about you? These (exactly!) 100 calorie homemade bites are tastier than the original thanks to extra spices and emphasis on the nuttiness. You’ll find here unrefined peanut oil and pure almond extract, plus a more interesting mixture of two types of nut butters, not just one. But perhaps the most unique ingredient is avocado; it acts like...
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