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sweet-n-salty sesame roasted chickpea snacks

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 10, 2019  |  0 Comments
I’ve been a member of the chickpea “fan club” ever since I was a kid. OK, so not really! But I guess that’s one thing that can happen when you have a Lebanese mother who was an amazing cook (and caterer)! No complaints here … my nutritionist self loves that these pulses offer plenty of protein and fiber. Though, if my mother were still around, she’d probably be a bit bewildered by all of my non-traditional chickpea concoctions. This is one of those.
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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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savory kale and crimini oatmeal with fried egg

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 22, 2016  |  0 Comments
What’s basically like risotto, yet based on oats rather than Arborio rice? Savory oatmeal! And I’m a ginormous fan of it! In fact, I wrote an entire recipe slideshow on savory oatmeal for Livestrong.com. Continuing on that creative and craveable culinary journey, I’ve got another one to share. It’s an entire meal-in-one and fits perfectly with the Recipe Redux theme this month: “Break Out of Breakfast Boredom!” This recipe’s got an Asian twist and amazing taste. Hope you enjoy this big bowl of lovin’ as much as I do. Hint: Try it for all-day breakfast! Calories saved: 40 Why it’s better for you? Hello veggies! Hello fiber!
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cold peanut-sesame zucchini noodles

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 29, 2014  |  2 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 cup each When the weather turns warmer, I “crave” cold sesame noodles often. Unfortunately, they’re so much more caloric than they seem. So I tasked myself with developing a version that was a little (or a lot!) friendlier for the waistline. Here’s the result. Zucchini acts as the noodles. I use just the amount of sesame oil need for deliciousness. And I pumped up the ginger and garlic so it’s big on flavor. Hope you enjoy slurping up these “noodles” as much as I do. Calories saved: 550 Why it’s better for you: Veggie  noodles = more total vegetables consumed
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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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