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pistachio-accented hummus with pickled pistachios

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 18, 2019  |  0 Comments
I seriously don’t think I could live without hummus. Being half Lebanese could be one reason for that! The other is that I simply love it. It’s definitely one of my top go-to foods when I need a fast fix. How about you? While I adore the classic version, I also enjoy mixing things up with a non-traditional version every once in a while.
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red lentil pasta with vegan basil-pistachio pesto

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 8, 2018  |  2 Comments
What’s one of my favorite ways to go vegan without giving up a thing? This bowl of yum! So, if you happen to be looking for a comforting pasta dish that’s actually good for you, here you go! And if you need to go gluten-free, this recipe is a winner, too. The pasta is made from red lentils. The fresh pesto is accented with lemon, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika in lieu of parmesan cheese. And the tomatoes add pops of vibrant color and bursts of juiciness. Altogether, this simple Mediterranean-style pasta dish is a complete meal in a bowl. Hint: It’s a scrumptious pick for a Meatless Monday!
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pistachio and garnet sweet potato risotto

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 22, 2015  |  4 Comments
Food Day is October 24! The focus for this year’s Food Day is Toward a Greener Diet. So celebrate real food and say “cheers” to eating less meat and enjoying more whole plant-based foods; it’s better for you, the animals, and our environment. Here’s a tip: If you’re not already doing so, pick at least three specific days each week to go meatless, beginning on Meatless Monday. Mark it on your e-calendar so you don’t forget! Already doing that? Keep going, one day at a time, until most or all of your meals are meat free. Small changes toward a greener diet absolutely do add up. This recipe is just one small step to help you do just that. But that’s...
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make-ahead fusilli pasta bowls

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 22, 2015  |  0 Comments
At the end of a long day, sometimes cooking up a quick pot of pasta doesn’t seem speedy enough—and a packaged frozen entrée doesn’t sound appealing enough. That’s where this fast pasta bowl fix comes in—inspired by The Recipe Redux theme of this month, “Fantastic Freezer Meals.” It’s my go-to pasta bowl of the moment. I pair whole grain fusilli with a good-quality marinara sauce, plus some of my favorite ingredients: baby arugula, goat cheese, pistachios, and lemon zest. Yum! Here’s all you need to do: (1) Prepare this recipe whenever you have 15 minutes or so to spare (for me, that’s usually Sunday late evening); (2) freeze it in 4 bowls; (3) microwave a bowl of it for 3...
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pistachio pesto hummus spread

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 27, 2012  |  4 Comments
  Makes 8 servings: 1/4 cup each I’m always on the lookout for mouthwatering ways to include pistachios into cuisine. They’re such a delightful culinary nut. My most recent pick: pesto mayo! Even just saying those two words makes my mouth water. But I’ll admit I have a bit of a guilt factor when I’m enjoying a sandwich with the extra-luscious spread because I know it’s extra caloric. So off to the kitchen to whip up a better-for-me—and better-for-you—sandwich spread. But this new recipe goes beyond simply being a delectable match for a sandwich. It’s tasty as an inspired pistachio “hummus” paired with cherry tomatoes, sweet bell pepper strips, or practically any seasonal veggie. I love it when a recipe...
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