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grilled hummus “quesadilla”

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 11, 2017  |  0 Comments
I spied some wrinkly grape tomatoes on my kitchen counter, a struggling mint plant on my balcony, and a slightly wilted scallion and two lonely lemon wedges in my fridge. So, I created this! Seriously, it tastes way, way, way better than I’m making this sound. I just always look for ways to prevent food waste. Often it results in interesting fixes like this. Try it! It’s Meatless Monday and Earth Month friendly! It’s vegan! And it’s super tasty! Calories Saved: 177 Why it’s better for you? Fiber! Plenty of it!
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teriyaki cauliflower & kale stir-fry

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 27, 2017  |  0 Comments
Nope, cauliflower doesn’t taste like chicken! But if you like teriyaki, do give this high-flavor stir-fry a try. I’ve given chicken teriyaki a vegan makeover by using cauliflower as the hearty highlight. This recipe gets a punch of natural sweetness from pure pineapple juice, a spicy kick from red hot chili pepper, and extra zing from a generous amount of fresh ginger. The only thing missing is some protein. So pair this Meatless Monday-friendly dish with a protein-rich appetizer or side (or both!), such as starting with an edamame app or serving on a bed of my Superfood Basmati Pilaf (see simple recipe below). Then enjoy with chopsticks … often! Calories Saved: 180 Why it’s better for you? Plenty of...
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grilled hummus toast with middle eastern salsa

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 12, 2017  |  0 Comments
Sure, I’m a big fan of avocado toast. I know I’m not alone in that! But when I don’t have a ripe avocado, this is my toast of choice! It’s inspired by my heritage—-I’m half Lebanese. That means I’m pretty much going to enjoy hummus anything. For this recipe, instead of toasting bread, I grill it for extra interest and smoky flair. And yes, a pan grill works well. The salsa is inspired by Mexican pico de gallo, but it includes cucumber and the herbs are switched up a bit. (I enjoy this salsa anytime; but it’s especially delicious when tomatoes are at peak season, of course!) As for the hummus, make your own or take a shortcut and buy...
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charred tiger stripe fig salsa fresca

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 29, 2016  |  0 Comments
Hey fig lovers … this recipe is for you! (It’s for me, too!) When fresh figs are in season, I gotta have ‘em often … basically every day! I adore black mission and tiger stripe varieties. And I love serving them every which way, especially grilled and paired with cheese for a party platter. When doing this, I leave the stems on, cut in half lengthwise, and grill until charred. When grilling up figs for inclusion in recipes, I remove stems before they hit the grill. Charred figs have an interesting smokiness and enhanced natural sweetness. Here, I picked tiger stripe figs which are gorgeous and notably sweet naturally. They transform fresh salsa into a seasonal conversation starter! And I...
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italian freekeh “meatballs”

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2015  |  2 Comments
You don’t need to give up spaghetti and meatballs when eating healthier. Simply pick a better-for-you pasta, like bean-based or whole grain noodles, and top with vegetarian “meatballs”. I’ve made these with 100% real ingredients and based them on cracked freekeh, which is a young green wheat. They’re not designed to mock meat; they have a culinary quality of their own. The texture and taste of the “meatballs” are craveable … no meat required! Ideally, serve these freekeh balls with protein-packed pasta, such as edamame, lentil, chickpea, or other bean-based noodles, and sauce of choice. Instead of marinara, I prefer these “meatballs” served with Mediterranean diet appeal, such as paired with pesto or fresh lemon-olive oil sauce. Try accessories like...
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