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breakfast egg sandwich with sage flowers

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 21, 2018  |  2 Comments
I “crave” a hearty breakfast sandwich probably about once a week. How ‘bout you? Though, I never seem to make the same exact sandwich twice since I like to keep it highly seasonal and use whatever ingredients I have on hand. But there are a few things that are consistent … my breakfast sandwich always includes an organic egg (sometimes two!), lots of veggies, and plenty of flavor. It’s basically a loose inspiration of a fast food breakfast sandwich, but you’ll never find preservative-laden sausage or Canadian bacon or overly-processed American cheese on mine … and they’re not missed!   This version includes sage flowers, which kinda provide a sausage-like flavor essence. Though do top it with whatever edible flowers...
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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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sweet potato pappardelle with greens and goat cheese

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 23, 2017  |  0 Comments
On a recent trip to the Quad Cities, I visited Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport, Iowa and picked up some really cool pastas, including sweet potato pappardelle, dark chocolate linguine, lavender fettuccine, and Tunisian harissa fettuccine. I was so excited to see that it all made it back in my suitcase without breaking, too! This is what I made with the pappardelle. (Hint: If you’d like to prepare this recipe with the same pasta I used, order it here.) I kept this recipe pretty simple so the sweet potato flavor still remains a highlight. But thanks to the flavorful noodles, caramelized onions, and a just-right amount of goat cheese for creaminess and tang, this pasta dish tastes downright decadent…even...
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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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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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