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spicy vegan lentil tacos with avocado whip

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 21, 2017  |  0 Comments
The Recipe Redux topic of the month is to showcase my healthy take on tacos. So here you go! I swapped the taco “meat” with spicy lentils! I kept everything else in this taco recipe vegan to make it a 100% plant-based meal. And that avocado whip on top … it’s kinda addictive, in a good way! By the way, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these tacos. Just do your best to eat these tacos as is rather than smothering with cheese and sour cream! Enjoy! Calories saved: 140 Why it’s better for you? A whopping amount of dietary fiber!
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salted & spiced dark chocolate chip cookies

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 21, 2016  |  0 Comments
One of my favorite childhood memories with my mother is baking Original Nestlé® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies. My mom always measured everything out in advance—which I’d later realize as being super helpful in good culinary practice. To make the cookies, we actually rolled the dough into perfect little balls because that’s the way my mother preferred them. Then I’d plop a little stool smack dab in front of the oven window and be the very important lookout person to tell her the second the cookies were ready. And yes, I was the first one to get to taste test the freshly-baked cookies (usually more than once!) to make sure! (Thanks to this month’s Recipe Redux theme, “First Cooking Recollections,”...
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vegan charred asparagus pasta salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 3, 2016  |  2 Comments
When asparagus is in season, you betcha I’m going to find a way to eat it in every way possible! Though I crave the springy green veggie in a creamy pasta, like fettuccine alfredo, that’s obviously not so calorie- or heart-friendly. This recipe is my better-for-you answer to an asparagus-pasta combination. I’ve gone the pasta salad route since it’s more seasonal to be served with the warmer weather to come. You can use your favorite pasta pick; I’ve chosen an organic red lentil rotini here since it’s super healthy! Plus I wanted an option to serve to my gluten-free friends. But best of all, I’ve grilled the asparagus for that extra special smoky flavor and crave-worthiness! Enjoy this Meatless Monday-style...
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fresh pineapple-cucumber salsa

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 22, 2015  |  4 Comments
The new year is fast approaching! If you plan to eat healthier or lose weight this year, it’s the best time to remember that small changes can and do really add up to big differences over the year. With that in mind, I wanted to share something tasty with you to help kick-start your healthful eating efforts. The Recipe Redux task for the month was to “grab a book and cook.” Specifically, I needed to choose a recipe on page 54 or 154 in the chosen book (that’s because the Recipe Redux is 54 months old)! So I pulled Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibañez from my cookbook armoire, and found Spicy Fresh Pineapple Salsa on page 54. It’s already a...
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mini chili and cheese bowls

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 2, 2015  |  0 Comments
Every year I create a new chili recipe. This year I decided to have extra fun with it and make a party-friendly chili. The recipe is served up in personal-sized sourdough bread bowls. And yes, you can and should eat the bowl! The chili is a good-for-you bean lovers’ version along with my signature additions of cinnamon and fresh herbs. The bowls are topped with luscious cheese— Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese, that is. To entertain in style, serve each of these cheese-laced “edible” chili bowls topped with Greek yogurt or sour cream. Don’t forget some jalapeño slices for a kick in the palate, too. Calories saved: 85 Did you know? Pasteurized Process Cheese Food, sometimes known...
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