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grilled fig salsa with whipped avocado & baked tortilla crisps

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 21, 2018  |  2 Comments
I get so excited in August since I know football season (Go Buckeyes!) is getting underway. That also means it is time for sporty new snacks. Here’s my latest … basically a delicious upgrade to traditional chips, salsa, and guacamole. The chips are extra crisp. The salsa is rather figgy. And the avocado dip is velvety smooth. Enjoy them all together. Game on! Note: The Recipe Redux theme for this month is “Crunchy Snacks.”
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peach caprese grilled cheese sandwich

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 22, 2018  |  4 Comments
I’m finally giving away my “secret” favorite sandwich of the summer. This is it! It’s basically like a mash-up of a grilled cheese sandwich and a caprese salad with a fruity twist. I use a grilled peach instead of a fresh tomato here for that twist. The result is sweet, salty, smoky … and, of course, cheesy. And my tastebuds will tell you (if they could actually speak!) that it’s a must-try. For best results before grilling, make sure your peach is ripe (do this at room temp, not the fridge). You’ll halve it and grill just the cut surfaces until rich grill marks form; it may get too mushy if you try to grill both sides. Use a fresh...
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grilled tofu steaks with spicy strawberry-ginger glaze

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 1, 2018  |  2 Comments
I was fortunate to host an amazing dietetic intern (Karsyn Tall) this spring. As part of her internship experience, I asked her to create a seasonal Meatless Monday-friendly recipe. Look at what she created. I hope you enjoy these memorable tofu steaks as much as I do! Here’s what she says: “Looking for a way to spice up your springtime? You have to try this delicious dish that’ll satisfy your tastebuds with naturally sweet and spicy flavors. It’s the perfect recipe to start the season on the right note. As a bonus, it’s vegan!” ~ Karsyn Tall
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grilled fairytale eggplant with lemony-tahini dressing

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 10, 2017  |  0 Comments
I spotted some of the cutest-ever eggplants at Union Square Greenmarket. They had an adorable name to match … fairytale eggplants! So, I brought a big bagful home and this is the first recipe I created! It’s a Middle Eastern-inspired warm grilled eggplant appetizer. (Though, I actually ate the entire platter at once as an entrée!) I hope you can find these itty-bitty eggplants so you can fix this dish. But if not, do try it with baby zucchini, baby pattypan squash, or just slices of regular or Italian eggplant. Serve it at a special meal for two—or anytime. And do enjoy on Meatless Monday. Hope you like it as much as I do! Why it’s good for you? Eggplant...
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seasonal farmers market fried quinoa

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 29, 2017  |  0 Comments
I love fried rice. But I realize when I do Chinese takeout that it’s typically made with white rice and can be overloaded with sodium and greasiness. So, here’s my latest interpretation on it. I’ve made it seasonal by basically choosing whatever veggies catch my eye at the farmers market. And I’ve used quinoa rather than rice to punch up the fiber and protein. (Hint: 1 cup dry quinoa prepared with 2 cups water = 3 cups cooked quinoa.) Cook then chill the quinoa the night before you plan to fix this dish … meaning make the quinoa (or any whole grains of choice!) on Sunday so you can enjoy this for Meatless Monday. Or prepare extra whole grains whenever...
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