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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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hipster hemp vegan sandwich

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 28, 2016  |  0 Comments
When ordering a vegetarian sandwich while dining out, quite often the main ingredient in it is cheese … or even three cheeses! That can certainly make it delicious. But if you’re anything like me, one of the reasons to choose a vegetarian sandwich is for fresh plant-based ingredients and a burst of healthfulness. But how do you get enough protein? Here’s my super simple (and tasty!) handmade pick that’s got a nice punch of protein. Since I live in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (aka “hipsterville”), I thought this vegan sandwich was deserving of a “hipster” title. That’s where it was brought to life, after all! It starts with seeded whole grain bread that you can enjoy fresh or grilled....
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avocado toast with lemony arugula salad and egg

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 22, 2016  |  2 Comments
When I want something indulgent while dining out for brunch, my pick is eggs Florentine. But I try my best not to order it more than a few times a year. (Yep, it’s that rich!) So here’s my inspired homemade approach to this decadent dish! And it’s perfect timing since this month’s Recipe Redux theme is “7-Ingredient (or Less) Recipes”—and this is exactly that … 7-ingredients. First, I toast up whole grain bread. One of my favorites is Dave’s Killer 21 Whole Grains & Seeds Organic Bread—which I used here. It’s delicious, plus each slice provide 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and is non-GMO! Then I top it with Hass avocado, a fresh lemon vinaigrette-dressed baby arugula...
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italian freekeh “meatballs”

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 28, 2015  |  2 Comments
You don’t need to give up spaghetti and meatballs when eating healthier. Simply pick a better-for-you pasta, like bean-based or whole grain noodles, and top with vegetarian “meatballs”. I’ve made these with 100% real ingredients and based them on cracked freekeh, which is a young green wheat. They’re not designed to mock meat; they have a culinary quality of their own. The texture and taste of the “meatballs” are craveable … no meat required! Ideally, serve these freekeh balls with protein-packed pasta, such as edamame, lentil, chickpea, or other bean-based noodles, and sauce of choice. Instead of marinara, I prefer these “meatballs” served with Mediterranean diet appeal, such as paired with pesto or fresh lemon-olive oil sauce. Try accessories like...
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