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breakfast egg sandwich with sage flowers

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 21, 2018  |  0 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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roasted butternut squash skewers

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 12, 2015  |  1 Comment
You simply can’t go wrong by serving roasted butternut squash as a seasonal side dish. But adding extra herbs and spice and serving it as a fun hors d’oeuvres on skewers is way more intriguing. So voila, here’s the recipe! These seasonal vegetable kebabs are crazy good! And when you’re able to give each and every butternut squash cube the individual attention it deserves, you’ll be more satisfied. This recipe can be easily doubled for a party buffet. The skewers are perfect to help you ‘Sideline Meat’ on Meatless Monday nights. Pair them with almond nog for a holiday celebration! Calories saved: 107 Why it’s better for you? The just-right portion size is a fun way to boost party-time veggie...
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spinach & artichoke flatbread pizza {meatless monday}

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 8, 2015  |  2 Comments
Cheesy pizza is a food that I simply don’t think I could live without! Luckily, as long as it’s not loaded up with greasy pepperoni and sausage, it can be good for you. And if you top it with plenty of vegetables, it can be extra good for you. That’s what I’ve done here with a luscious-tasting spinach-artichoke topping that was inspired by spinach-artichoke dip! It’s served on flatbread, like whole grain pocketless pita, to keep it simple. Enjoy it as a personal pizza anytime. Or arrange slices on a platter for a party appetizer that’ll impress your guests. Calories saved: 90 (or more!) Why it’s better for you? It’s loaded with veggie and whole grain goodness! Disclosure Note: One...
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seasonal pumpkin and sage risotto

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 3, 2014  |  2 Comments
Risotto is a comfort food that I adore—especially as the weather turns colder. But whole grain risotto is not easily found on restaurant menus. So this is one dish I prefer to make at home. Since traditional preparation of risotto can take a bit of time and patience, I’m sharing with you my cheater’s version! Simply use short grain brown rice for an excellent risotto-style entrée that’s easier and more intriguing than the conventional version. Luckily, this kind of cheating is a good thing! The short grain rice provides a perfectly sticky texture that’s ideal for risotto making. Here, I’ve gone seasonal and used fresh pumpkin and sage. Creaminess and tang is provided by yogurt and just the right amount...
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