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grilled mediterranean avocado toast

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 3, 2020  |  0 Comments
You don’t need burgers for the barbecue … cook up this Grilled Mediterranean Avocado Toast. And you don’t need to wait for the afternoon for a cookout … grill this glammed up toast for breakfast or brunch. Grilling the avocado, bread, and tomatoes adds delightful smokiness to this recipe. Adding ground coriander or cumin creates earthy interest in the mashed avocado. Topping this with any protein pick you wish makes this a versatile and very personal meal. I went with a plant-based breakfast sausage here. Chickpeas or edamame work well, too. And finishing with pine nuts, black sesame seeds, and fresh basil creates bonus yumminess. Now, go get your grill on (even if it’s simply a grill-pan on the stovetop)!
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plant-based pesto pasta salad with grilled grape tomatoes

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 22, 2020  |  0 Comments
While dining inside a restaurant is still not happening in my part of the world, having a socially-distanced cookout or picnic is happening! Here’s an easy and tasty salad or side to whip up for your next one. It’s full of flavor thanks to the fresh pesto and bursting grilled grape tomatoes. And it’s fit for nearly everyone’s palate. Have fun!
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dark chocolate cherry martini

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 18, 2020  |  2 Comments
This dark chocolate cherry martini is like an indulgent milkshake and a cocktail all in one! You actually get a triple delight of chocolate from the chocolate liqueur, white crème de cacao, and shaved dark chocolate rim. Though your favorite feature will likely be the intriguing cherry accent from Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries. They are handpicked Dark Sweet Cherries grown in Oregon—and contain absolutely no artificial ingredients. Plus, they’re so easy to use, making them a great addition to any cocktail, including this delicious drink.
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lemony red lentil hummus

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 9, 2020  |  4 Comments
I’m pretty sure I eat more hummus than anyone I know. It’s what I grab whenever I need a quick fix or if I need to get in a bit more plant protein. And while I adore traditional hummus, I do like to mix things up every once in a while. I happened to be out of chickpeas, but I had dried red lentils on hand. So, of course, that meant red lentil hummus for me. Other than the chickpea to lentil swap, I make it with basically the same ingredients as my classic version. Though I do punch up the lemon to brighten the flavor.
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sparkling herbal cherry-ginger refresher

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 4, 2020  |  2 Comments
For those times when you want to sip on a non-alcoholic drink or cool off with a refreshing beverage, this sparkling herbal cherry-ginger refresher is my new favorite pick! It provides the satisfaction of a craft cocktail—but without the alcohol, of course. The highlight: You’ll get a double dose of cherry goodness!
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