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serrano fried rice with apple and almonds

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 6, 2012  |  5 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 4 servings: 1 1/2 cups each Here’s a surprising and scrumptious “fried” rice … and one that you’ve never had. That’s because I just created it. Not only is it vegan, it contains one of fall-time’s favorites: the apple! The apple picks up savoriness and heat when cooked with the onion and Serrano pepper. The toasted sesame oil and pan-toasted almonds balance it out perfectly. And the soy sauce provides the umami and salty elements that give this rice the full-on Asian essence. So pick up some apples at your farmers’ market (or from your apple tree, if you’re so lucky!) and enjoy a bowl of it. It’s actually a full meal-in-one recipe—and...
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pistachio pesto hummus spread

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 27, 2012  |  4 Comments
  Makes 8 servings: 1/4 cup each I’m always on the lookout for mouthwatering ways to include pistachios into cuisine. They’re such a delightful culinary nut. My most recent pick: pesto mayo! Even just saying those two words makes my mouth water. But I’ll admit I have a bit of a guilt factor when I’m enjoying a sandwich with the extra-luscious spread because I know it’s extra caloric. So off to the kitchen to whip up a better-for-me—and better-for-you—sandwich spread. But this new recipe goes beyond simply being a delectable match for a sandwich. It’s tasty as an inspired pistachio “hummus” paired with cherry tomatoes, sweet bell pepper strips, or practically any seasonal veggie. I love it when a recipe...
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creamy tomato & avocado squash casarecce

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 4, 2012  |  1 Comment
Makes 4 servings: 1 1/2 rounded cups each Comfort food isn’t just for wintertime. So here’s some summer comfort for you. Your family and friends will feel they’re getting treated like royalty when served this pasta recipe. That’s because this isn’t just any pasta dish. It’s decadent from a just-right amount of cream. And casarecce along with stewed heirloom tomatoes and avocado squash truly make it extra special. Avocado squash is lime-green-colored summer squash that’s named after its shape … an avocado, of course. Casarecce is a slightly twisted noodle that holds superbly onto sauces. But go ahead and try this sumptuous seasonal recipe with any other favorite pasta shape, like farfalle, gemelli, or rotini. It’ll be your crowning—and comforting—achievement...
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italian veggie submarine

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 22, 2012  |  0 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 sandwich each Once this was meaty, now it’s just mouthwatering. You don’t need the meat to give this sub full-bodied Italian goodness. You’ll find a vibrant veggie in place of each type of meat. It’s fit for a festive entrée for four. Serve two or three of these attention-grabbing sandwiches at your next party, too. It’s molto delizioso! Calories Saved: 500
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double nut butter blondies

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 12, 2012  |  1 Comment
Makes 24 servings: 1 blondie each I crave salty stuff! But occasionally I simply gotta have a sweet treat—a fresh-baked-from-the-oven one. Of course, it’s not in my nature to simply make anything the way it’s supposed to be prepared. So I transformed traditional peanut butter cookies into non-traditional blondie-like bars. I actually tend to savor bars more slowly than cookies–and enjoy them more. How about you? These (exactly!) 100 calorie homemade bites are tastier than the original thanks to extra spices and emphasis on the nuttiness. You’ll find here unrefined peanut oil and pure almond extract, plus a more interesting mixture of two types of nut butters, not just one. But perhaps the most unique ingredient is avocado; it acts like...
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