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middle eastern eggplant roast

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 26, 2017  |  0 Comments
A roast doesn’t have to be made with meat! This roast is inspired by the concept of a meaty roast as well as the eggplant dip, baba ghanoush. The result is basically deconstructed baba ghanoush! But it looks and acts as a roast that you carve. How’s that for a vegan dish with wow! Make it the edible centerpiece at your table and serve it to four as an appetizer. Or, for heartier appetites, enjoy as an entrée for two, pairing it with a protein rich side, like roasted chickpeas. Whichever way you plan to serve this veggie-centric dish, it’ll be a showstopper at your next Meatless Monday dinner, holiday gathering, or other special meal.
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lebanese breakfast scramble with pita chips

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 21, 2017  |  4 Comments
I have always loved huevos rancheros! I have also always adored Middle Eastern food! So, I decided to give huevos rancheros a Lebanese makeover. I also gave it a Jackie-approved boost of veggies, plus a kick of fun. All the ingredients are scrambled up in pan. Pops of pita chips create the fun. It’s a perfect fit for this month’s Recipe Redux theme: “Rise and Shine with a Savory Breakfast.” Do enjoy it for breakfast or brunch … or whenever! Calories saved: 144 Why it’s better for you? More veggie goodness!
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almond lover’s hummus

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 26, 2017  |  0 Comments
You’ll adore my new velvety, contemporary take on hummus. I do! It keeps the traditional chickpeas, lemon and garlic of classic Middle Eastern hummus, then goes uniquely “almond-forward” from there. You’ll find almond butter, sliced almonds and almond milk! The most intriguing part of this hummus is the almond milk since you’ll simmer it to create a rich almond milk reduction, enhancing the dip’s creaminess and nuttiness. I love almond milk’s versatility! Serve this almond lover’s hummus with crudité and whole grain pita or pita chips as a nutrient-rich snack or party dip. (Hint: Make it for Meatless Monday and enjoy as a plant-based way to punch up protein intake.) It’s memorable! Why it’s better for you? Traditional hummus and...
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grilled hummus “quesadilla”

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 11, 2017  |  0 Comments
I spied some wrinkly grape tomatoes on my kitchen counter, a struggling mint plant on my balcony, and a slightly wilted scallion and two lonely lemon wedges in my fridge. So, I created this! Seriously, it tastes way, way, way better than I’m making this sound. I just always look for ways to prevent food waste. Often it results in interesting fixes like this. Try it! It’s Meatless Monday and Earth Month friendly! It’s vegan! And it’s super tasty! Calories Saved: 177 Why it’s better for you? Fiber! Plenty of it!
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grilled hummus toast with middle eastern salsa

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 12, 2017  |  0 Comments
Sure, I’m a big fan of avocado toast. I know I’m not alone in that! But when I don’t have a ripe avocado, this is my toast of choice! It’s inspired by my heritage—-I’m half Lebanese. That means I’m pretty much going to enjoy hummus anything. For this recipe, instead of toasting bread, I grill it for extra interest and smoky flair. And yes, a pan grill works well. The salsa is inspired by Mexican pico de gallo, but it includes cucumber and the herbs are switched up a bit. (I enjoy this salsa anytime; but it’s especially delicious when tomatoes are at peak season, of course!) As for the hummus, make your own or take a shortcut and buy...
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