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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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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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veggie scrap freekeh

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 21, 2017  |  2 Comments
April 22 is Earth Day! So, happy Earth Day, my fellow earthlings! Here’s a recipe to help you celebrate! Whenever I have extra veggie pieces (“scraps”) in my fridge (which is like always!), I often sauté them up, then scramble with eggs or toss with pasta. Other times I’ll roast or grill ’em, then blend into hummus. And here’s my other favorite use for those leftover (aka “vintage”) vegetables: Veggie Scrap Freekeh. (Hint: Prepare it on a Friday so you can crack yourself up and call it Freekeh Friday! Or enjoy it on Meatless Monday in honor of #MeatlessMonday4Earth. Or do both!) So, check your fridge. If you have veggie odds-n-ends on hand that might be ready for composting (or,...
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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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summery green smoothie cocktail

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 13, 2016  |  0 Comments
Need a refreshing poolside, rooftop, patio, or backyard BBQ cocktail? Here you go! It’s basically a super good-for-you green smoothie … but spiked just right! Getting slightly tipsy never tasted so nutritious! It’s perfect for a summer weekend—or simply as an “adults only” accompaniment to Meatless Monday dinner. Healthy sipping! Calories saved: 170 Why it’s better for you: Half the calories; twice the fun!
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