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herbed zucchini fritters

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 13, 2021  |  2 Comments
I get so excited when the air is warmer and the days are brighter … and when it’s zucchini season. It means there will be plenty of these herbed zucchini fritters to indulge in. Better yet, here’s the recipe for you to try so that we can all indulge in them!
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rosemary roasted potato “chips” with truffle hot sauce

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 17, 2021  |  0 Comments
These rosemary roasted potato “chips” with truffle hot sauce are my answer to comforting, “un-fancy” food right now! They’re the extra-tasty result of jumbling up the concepts of truffle fries, thick-cut potato chips, and rosemary roasted potatoes. Even though they’re roasted, not fried, they’re still oh so indulgent; so perhaps don’t eat them at every single one of your meals. Try your best to share them, too. (I admit, I’m not so good with that!) And be sure to look for a bottle of truffle hot sauce (OK, so that’s a little fancy!) to drizzle them with (try these brands: The Truffleist or TRUFF) — that’s my absolute favorite part! While the sauce is pricey, it lasts a long, long...
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cashew cheese bruschetta with pear-thyme “compote”

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 22, 2020  |  1 Comment
We might be on our way to a long winter, which is precisely why you’ll want to regularly craft a platter of party-ready apps, like these cashew cheese bruschetta with pear-thyme “compote!” In fact, I think it’s mentally healthy to have “parties” more often during times like these. That can mean tossing a virtual soiree or having one with your own social (yet socially-distanced!) “bubble.” Even if a party of one, make up the toasts and toppings separately, then top one at a time.
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grilled vegan mandarin orange chick’n tacos

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 7, 2018  |  1 Comment
There’s something about it being sunny and warm outdoors (finally!) that makes me want to “play” with my food. That’s exactly what I was doing when I created this Asian-style taco recipe. It’s definitely not your ordinary taco! The tortillas and lime wedges are grilled for smoky goodness. You’ll get lots of crunch from a colorful cole slaw mix and dry roasted peanuts. There’s plenty of high-flavored ooziness from a lime-accented peanut butter sauce and gochujang. And the highlight is Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, providing a unique plant-based protein twist. (Hint: You’ll make the chick’n in advance and can heat it up in a cast iron skillet on the grill.) It’s so yum! Plus, it’s vegan—so it’s ideal for...
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guacamole with poached california prunes

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 9, 2018  |  0 Comments
Guacamole is one of my favorite things on the planet! I adore it prepared the traditional way. But unlike pure traditionalists, I also love guac with fun “stuff” tossed into it. That means you’ll find a surprise inside this avocado delight: poached California prunes! You’ll definitely feel good knowing that important compounds in California prunes can help regulate, support, and protect digestive and bone health. So, scoop up all of the goodness in this not-your-ordinary guacamole recipe with organic corn tortilla chips and savor one pleasing bite at a time. It’s definitely a win-win for your taste buds … and your health!   Disclosure: (At time of posting) Jackie is a spokesperson for California Prune Board. She created this recipe...
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