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farro with california prunes, butternut squash & pecans

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 25, 2019  |  0 Comments
I’m a big fan of grain sides and salads … especially when farro is the grain of choice. Grain salads are usually heartier and more satisfying than leafy salads. And this recipe is definitively satisfying! Farro is an ancient grain, yet it’s ideal on your thoroughly modern table. If not familiar with it, it’s got a slight nutty taste and a delightfully chewy texture. You’ll adore it as a base for this dish. Here it’s ideal for fall through early spring as it features prunes and lightly caramelized butternut squash for a punch of produce and a touch of sweet. (Hint: The prunes provide gut and bone health benefits!) It’s perfectly paired with pecans, scallions, and a generous amount of...
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greek-inspired spinach breakfast salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2018  |  0 Comments
Sure, a spinach and feta omelet is a comforting, breakfast-y pick. But how about a spinach and feta salad in the morning? Do it! I adore doing salad for breakfast or brunch. You get the deliciousness of an omelet along with extra nutritiousness. Plus, it’ll satisfy until your next meal without giving you that uncomfortably full feeling. In fact, don’t just reserve this salad for breakfast; it’s equally lovely for lunch or dinner. Hope you try it soon!
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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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almond lover’s asian-style noodle salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 4, 2018  |  0 Comments
I’m such a big fan of noodles. Not sure if it’s because they’re so satisfying or because they’re so fun to eat. Maybe it’s both! But either way, one of my favorite ways to slurp down noodles is along with Asian flavors. This is my almond-inspired take on cold peanut noodles. It has almonds in two ways; almond butter is whisked into the sauce for creaminess and toasted sliced almonds are sprinkled on top for bonus crunch. Combined, the nutty addition gives this bowl of love a punch of protein, vitamin E, and deliciousness! It also has lots of veggies to make it extra nutritious. By the way, this noodle salad is vegan, so enjoy it for Meatless Monday (and...
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strawberry hibiscus rum punch-in-the-gut

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2018  |  0 Comments
Sure, you can grab a yogurt for some probiotics. But it’s way more fun to reach for one of these cocktails for those gut-friendly bacteria! This drink is inspired by a strawberry daiquiri, yet calorie friendlier. I find it tastier, too, since not overly sweet. What’s in the cocktail? It’s based on rum and includes fresh mint, lime juice, ginger, and strawberries. But the highlight is the sparkling probiotic beverage … Farmhouse Culture Strawberry Hibiscus Gut Punch Sparkling Probiotic Veggie Drink, to be specific, which contains 4 billion probiotic cultures in a bottle. Now that’s a heck of a lot of good bugs! I found the veggie drink at Whole Foods Market, FYI. Cheers!   Note: The theme of this...
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