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pita toast with labneh & pomegranate

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 1, 2017  |  2 Comments
I am a big, big, BIG fan of egg-topped avocado toast! But I felt it was time to break up my routine with another toast that still offers good nutrition, plenty of protein, great taste, and a little beauty. This pita toast with middle eastern appeal is the result! You can make both the toast and labneh the night beforehand, then prep takes just two minutes in the morning! The labneh is basically a thick and creamy (almost cream cheese-like) Greek yogurt flavored with a little extra-virgin olive oil and seasoning—and I promise you’ll love it! Oh … and did I mention the color? Vivid pink and green on white … just lovely! It definitely has a bit of Christmas...
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lebanese salad with lemony tahini dressing and za’atar pita chips

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 8, 2016  |  1 Comment
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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grilled eggplant gyros with fresh tzatziki

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 5, 2016  |  7 Comments
No mystery meat here! Instead, you’ve got 100% real eggplant with charry grilled goodness as the star of this super flavorful, super saucy gyro for vegetarians—or part-time vegetarians! One of the secrets to its scrumptiousness is the homemade gyro seasoning. Make several batches of it in advance so you have it on hand any time you plan to cookout! You’ll get plenty of fresh tzatziki sauce here, too. I absolutely don’t believe in skimping on that. This inspired gyro will surely become a new favorite at your backyard BBQ! Or whip out a grill pan and make this for a meat-free fix anytime. Hint: It’ll absolutely make a memorable Meatless Monday! Calories saved: 270 calories Why it’s better for you:...
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red beet baba ghanoush

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 3, 2015  |  2 Comments
Beet hummus is a thing. But beets can be showcased well beyond hummus. So I picked up a couple beets from my farmers’ market and transformed them into a different Middle Eastern dip … baba ghanoush. I roasted the beets to bring out their full flavor. A hint of smokiness is provided with a pinch of smoked paprika. And you’ll definitely detect the refreshing citrusy notes by way of both fresh lemon juice and zest. Though I usually prefer traditional eggplant baba ghanoush rather homestyle and lumpy, this red beet version with its stunningly gorgeous fuchsia color looks more beautiful when pureed until velvety. (Hint: The vivid color is from phytonutrients naturally found in beets, called betalains, which have anti-inflammatory...
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