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general tso’s-style eggplant stir-fry {meatless monday}

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 29, 2014  |  4 Comments
I eat my fair share of Chinese food! But when I can make it at home, I feel so much better about what I’m putting in my body—because I know exactly the ingredients that I’m using. One of the dishes that always seems crave-worthy to me is anything labeled “General Tso’s.” Unfortunately, that usually means breaded, fried, and tossed in a decadent sauce. I don’t order it for that very reason. So I finally created a healthier homemade version of General Tso’s. This vegetarian stir-fry recipe is full of textures and colors, mainly from eggplant, edamame, and red bell pepper. It’s got a spicy kick, too. There’s no breading or deep frying required. It’s delicious as is or paired with...
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sesame soba noodle bowl

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 25, 2012  |  3 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 2 cups each Surprisingly, the biggest caloric issue with sesame noodles is often not the sesame oil or the peanut butter … it’s the actual noodles. So here’s how I solve this quandary. Bell peppers basically become part of the noodles to provide fewer calories and bigger flavor. You’ll cook the bell peppers right along with the noodles; so there’s no extra cooking step required either. This cool meal-in-one is a definite winner (for lunch, dinner or a picnic) for my eyes and palate. It was for my summer intern, Sarah Gelman, too (who helped me test this recipe). Hoping you fall in love with this delicious dish like we did. Please let us know what you...
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velvety roasted red bell pepper soup

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 29, 2012  |  2 Comments
Makes 8 servings: about 1 1/2 cups each There’s no better time for a comforting bowl of soup than smack dab in the middle of winter. I love to make a big batch (like this one is!) and freeze it in individual servings so I can reheat a cup or two to take the chill off anytime—in practically no time. It’s a delicious way to boost veggie intake, too. But, do keep this in mind … though it doesn’t seem a vegetable soup could be bad for you, it can easily contain way too much sodium, unnecessary added sugar, excess oil, and a drowning amount of dairy fat. That was the case with the original version of this roasted bell...
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