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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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mini mint-chocolate brownie sundae jars

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 22, 2017  |  5 Comments
I love desserts in mini jars! It’s a way to indulge in sweets in a portion-friendly way. It’s so much fun, too! Here, I’ve gone with a brownie sundae concept. I chose mint chocolate chip frozen dessert since that’s my favorite flavor. And I made good-for-you brownies with absolutely no added sugars! Altogether, this dessert can be called “healthy!” But there’s no need to tell skeptics that. This dessert-in-a-jar still provides 100% “sweet tooth” satisfaction! Serve for a party. Or, freeze brownie rounds for later and make one jar at a time just for you. Enjoy beyond just as dessert. This recipe makes a scrumptious pick as a post-workout snack! But before taking that first spoonful, please join me in...
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fresh mint grasshopper mocktail

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2017  |  0 Comments
When can a healthy drink do double duty as a dessert? When you whirl up this mocktail recipe! It’s inspired by the after-dinner Grasshopper cocktail that’s typically made with green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream. This virgin version is hangover-free and contains no added sugars and no artery-clogging cream! It has a just-right sweetness and creaminess and fresh minty flair. Plus, it’s a perfect fit for the Recipe Redux theme of this month: Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations. Cheers! Calories saved: 180 Why it’s better for you? Punch of protein and probiotics!
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borough market-inspired peppermint brownies

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 21, 2016  |  1 Comment
One of the most memorable brownies I ever had was one that I enjoyed at Borough Market in London. But it’s one of those “special occasion” brownies since it’s super rich. With the Recipe Redux theme this moth of “Trimming the Table,” where a healthy holiday dessert was the request, I decided that I’d start with that special brownie recipe, then keep tweaking it until I created a “healthy” brownie that’s perfect for the holidays. I did it! The result still has just-right richness and fudginess from butter, eggs, and dark chocolate. But this version uses whole-wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar and … wait for it … carrots! I figured that folks like carrot cake, so why not go for...
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lebanese salad with lemony tahini dressing and za’atar pita chips

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 8, 2016  |  0 Comments
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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