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egg & guacamole breakfast salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 5, 2018  |  1 Comment
I’m definitely one of those people who enjoys cooking and taking my time with it. But I’m also a realist. There are some mornings I simply don’t have 30 extra minutes to spare. On many of those days, this is one of my “short-cut” recipes that’s so delightful, yet only takes me about 5 minutes to fix. It’s loosely inspired by huevos rancheros. But there are three secrets to this salad. One of the secrets is making sure all of the ingredients are ready to go in the evening to assure it’s a quick-fix for breakfast time. Another is using the best quality “short-cut” ingredients, like a packaged triple-washed salad (my choice in this recipe is Whole Foods Organic Spring...
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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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power greens, papaya, and black bean taco salad bowl

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 22, 2016  |  2 Comments
It’s April 22. Happy Earth Day, my fellow earthlings! There’s no more appropriate way to celebrate than with a bowlful of 100% plant-based goodness, right? This recipe is full of deliciousness, too. In honor of this eco-inspired day, as well the Recipe Redux theme-of-the-month (“Limpin’ Along for Lunch”), I bring you this super filling, superfood-style salad. But here’s a noteworthy tip: If your body isn’t used to getting plenty of fiber, you might actually want to first try a half serving of this recipe to start—so your digestive system doesn’t “freak out!” Either way, this scrumptious bowl will definitely help you break out of a lunchtime rut. Cheers to your palate and the planet! Calories saved: 330 Why it’s better...
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black bean and cheese quesadilla with mango-tequila pico de gallo

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 3, 2013  |  4 Comments
  Makes 2 servings: 4 wedges each I was inspired at a recent National Mango Board event. So instead of just providing you with a “tasteover”, I’m providing you with a “mangover”! I developed this recipe with Cinco de Mayo in mind. But please enjoy it anytime you want. Personally, I’ll take this tropical inspired quesadilla over an extra greasy, artery-clogging version any day. The pico de gallo is lightly spiked with tequila for added flair. Though, you can leave it out for the kids, of course. It’s fit for a fiesta … especially while sipping a virgin or not-so-virgin margarita! Calories Saved: 110
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