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spanakorizo-style spinach and rice

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 7, 2015  |  0 Comments
Sometimes we worry so much about the entrée, we put little effort into the sides. So here’s what I suggest! When you need a side dish, ready-to-heat and packaged rice mixes can save time. There are a handful of quality brands on the market, like Seeds of Change, which I recommend! Unfortunately, most popular brands are highly processed and not so healthful. By eating these latter picks, you may be shortchanging your health since most mixes are based on processed “white” rice and contain way too much sodium. They also can be a hidden source of trans fat—of which the body needs absolutely zero! When you’re in the mood for a rice dish, consider making your own whole grain pilaf,...
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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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pistachio pesto hummus spread

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 27, 2012  |  4 Comments
  Makes 8 servings: 1/4 cup each I’m always on the lookout for mouthwatering ways to include pistachios into cuisine. They’re such a delightful culinary nut. My most recent pick: pesto mayo! Even just saying those two words makes my mouth water. But I’ll admit I have a bit of a guilt factor when I’m enjoying a sandwich with the extra-luscious spread because I know it’s extra caloric. So off to the kitchen to whip up a better-for-me—and better-for-you—sandwich spread. But this new recipe goes beyond simply being a delectable match for a sandwich. It’s tasty as an inspired pistachio “hummus” paired with cherry tomatoes, sweet bell pepper strips, or practically any seasonal veggie. I love it when a recipe...
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