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two-ingredient berry mustard

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2018  |  0 Comments
I like traditional mustard. But I looove fruity mustard. Luckily, it’s super easy to make it yourself. It literally takes seconds to fix. You’re definitely going to want to try this two-ingredient berry version. Enjoy it as a condiment of choice for meatless or no-so-meatless burgers or cheesy sandwiches. Use it as a dipping sauce in place of honey mustard. Or try it as a topping for grilled fish or poultry. Yep, it’s quite versatile. By the way, you can transform this recipe into an intriguing three-ingredient condiment by adding 1/2 teaspoon of minced fresh herbs, such as basil, rosemary, or tarragon. Whether you opt for the two- or three-ingredient version, do plan to enjoy it often!
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pomegranate-smashed butternut squash

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 25, 2018  |  0 Comments
If you haven’t tried it yet, pomegranate juice makes a clever culinary liquid, not just a beverage. In late fall and all winter long, I love using a combination of pomegranate juice and arils in cooking to add rich color, antioxidants, and naturally-derived sweetness with a hint of tartness. The juice is delightful when paired with butternut squash, like I do in this recipe. Serve this up just like you might mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes for a scrumptious change of taste—-and to punch up gorgeousness on your plate. It makes an ideal Meatless Monday or holiday dinner side, too!
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guacamole with poached california prunes

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 9, 2018  |  0 Comments
Guacamole is one of my favorite things on the planet! I adore it prepared the traditional way. But unlike pure traditionalists, I also love guac with fun “stuff” tossed into it. That means you’ll find a surprise inside this avocado delight: poached California prunes! You’ll definitely feel good knowing that important compounds in California prunes can help regulate, support, and protect digestive and bone health. So, scoop up all of the goodness in this not-your-ordinary guacamole recipe with organic corn tortilla chips and savor one pleasing bite at a time. It’s definitely a win-win for your taste buds … and your health!   Disclosure: (At time of posting) Jackie is a spokesperson for California Prune Board. She created this recipe...
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orzo & arugula salad with california prunes

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 25, 2018  |  0 Comments
Here’s a twist on pasta salad that’ll be a highlight to any meal. It’s based on whole-wheat orzo and fresh baby arugula and provides a memorable balance of flavors, textures, and colors, along with a naturally sweet pop of California prunes. (Hint: Prunes offer potential bone health benefits!) Altogether, this salad is a delightful way to get fruits and veggies. In fact, it’s vegan—so enjoy it for Meatless Monday and beyond!   Disclosure: (At time of posting) Jackie is a spokesperson for California Prune Board. She created this recipe on their behalf. The recipe is her original creation and is also available at californiadriedplums.org.  
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seasonal butternut squash hash browns

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 21, 2016  |  1 Comment
I don’t know about you … but when butternut squash is in season, I love finding ways to include in meals … at least a few times a week! So here’s my latest recipe using this crave-worthy veggie. It’s a colorful and scrumptious twist on hash browns. Make it for breakfast and pair it with eggs. Think beyond breakfast, too. Serve it as an any day (or Meatless Monday!) side. If you have leftovers, they reheat just fine. Toss with pasta and goat cheese for an intriguing entrée. Or stuff them into tortillas along with refried vegetarian beans and avocado for a seasonal burrito. Enjoy! Why it’s better for you? Lots of nutrient variety and fiber!
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