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sweet-n-salty sesame roasted chickpea snacks

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 10, 2019  |  3 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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candied pumpkin spice pecans

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 21, 2018  |  0 Comments
I’m nuts about nuts! I actually have over a dozen jars filled with various nuts on my kitchen island so that I can grab a handful anytime for any reason. During the fall, I find myself reaching for super nutritious pecans most often since they’re super versatile and pair so well with seasonal foods, like butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, and pears. I love them as the star of the show, too. That’s what this recipe is all about. The pecans are glazed with a just-right sweetness from coconut nectar. You can use pure maple syrup, if you prefer. The pumpkin pie spice provides that distinctive pumpkin pie-like flair, of course. And the pinch of sea salt punches up taste 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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double chocolate banana dessert bread

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 21, 2018  |  2 Comments
It’s perfect timing for me to share this oh-so-yummy family-friendly recipe! (That’s partly because “Family Springtime Celebrations” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux.) And no, I didn’t sneak kale or anything weird in here! This is just what you think it is … a chocolate lover’s quick bread that has plenty of banana goodness and mouthwatering moistness. Enjoy it as a snack or, as the name implies, dessert. A healthy-ish dessert, that is! You can even grill up a thick slice of the chocolatey bread and top it while warm with a scoop of plant-based ice cream or mashed raspberries—or both! Perhaps I’m a bit odd, but my favorite way to eat this is semi-frozen and thinly sliced....
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