Sorry peanuts! I turned your Asian-style peanut noodles into pistachio butter noodles. But, my tastebuds are not sorry at all! The pistachio flavor worked beautifully in this udon noodle dish. You’ll find a couple other special twists here, too. The jasmine green tea creates a surprisingly fragrant note to the sauce. And the no-sugar-added fruit spread provides just the right amount of sweet balance to the saltiness of the tamari.
Los Angeles is the city I travel to most often. That’s because five of my closest friends live there. Yep, they’re all of the way on the other coast from me. (Could it be something I said?!) In any case, on my most recent trip, I went for business and stayed several nights at The Line Hotel. On the day I settled in, I decided to grab a bite at the hotel restaurant, Openaire—and devoured a sandwich made with avocado, braised carrots, sunflower tahini, shaved fennel, and sprouts on 7-grain bread. I was inspired … as you can see by this recipe. It’s my twist on it.
I seriously don’t think I could live without hummus. Being half Lebanese could be one reason for that! The other is that I simply love it. It’s definitely one of my top go-to foods when I need a fast fix. How about you? While I adore the classic version, I also enjoy mixing things up with a non-traditional version every once in a while.
Here’s a twist on pasta salad that’ll be a highlight to any meal. It’s based on whole-wheat orzo and fresh baby arugula and provides a memorable balance of flavors, textures, and colors, along with a naturally sweet pop of California prunes. (Hint: Prunes offer potential bone health benefits!) Altogether, this salad is a delightful way to get fruits and veggies. In fact, it’s vegan—so enjoy it for Meatless Monday and beyond! Disclosure: (At time of posting) Jackie is a spokesperson for California Prune Board. She created this recipe on their behalf. The recipe is her original creation and is also available at californiadriedplums.org.
I make this salad a lot when pomegranates are in season! I never actually wrote down a recipe for it … I just wing it, which is the way I prefer to cook. But I wanted to share this farro salad, so here’s the official recipe! It’s so refreshing and satisfying and loaded with colors, textures, and aromatic delight. A couple of its flavor “secrets” are freshly grated gingerroot and lemon zest. Since I get to use my Microplane Zester/Grater to do that, it’s a perfect time to share this since “Favorite Kitchen Tool” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux. You’ll actually feel so good after eating it knowing you punched up your plant quotient for the day...