creamy fresh kale dip

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 8, 2014  |  0 Comments
Makes 16 servings: 1/4 cup each It’s the season for cookouts, picnics, and impromptu parties. You’ll need to have a good dip recipe on hand. So here you go … a natural take on classic spinach dip. No packaged mix required. My version is loaded with fresh vegetable goodness. Fresh baby kale replaces frozen spinach for a trendy twist. Though, if you can’t find baby kale, use fresh baby spinach. I enjoy dunking whole grain rye bread pieces into this dip. Tear from a rustic loaf or use perfectly cut petite slices. Or for veggie fanatics, pair it with broccoli, carrots, jicama, or bell pepper pieces. Calories saved: 160 Why it’s better for you: Kale is one of the healthiest...
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cold peanut-sesame zucchini noodles

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 29, 2014  |  2 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 cup each When the weather turns warmer, I “crave” cold sesame noodles often. Unfortunately, they’re so much more caloric than they seem. So I tasked myself with developing a version that was a little (or a lot!) friendlier for the waistline. Here’s the result. Zucchini acts as the noodles. I use just the amount of sesame oil need for deliciousness. And I pumped up the ginger and garlic so it’s big on flavor. Hope you enjoy slurping up these “noodles” as much as I do. Calories saved: 550 Why it’s better for you: Veggie  noodles = more total vegetables consumed
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bottomless mediterranean-style quiche

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 31, 2014  |  0 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 8 servings: 1 wedge each When I hear the word “quiche” my mouth literally starts to water. Unfortunately, quiche can be so rich that I don’t sit down to enjoy it as often as I’d like. So voila; here’s a version that you (and I!) can savor anytime. To add a personal touch, my intern, Sheila Mulhern, and I decided to break from the traditional meaty option and go vegetarian as well as go Mediterranean. Our quiche filling contains freshly seasoned eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese—perfect in our clever bottomless crust. It’ll be a delightful highlight of a special brunch. Make it for Mother’s day. Moms are worth the effort! Calories saved:...
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berry, basil, and baby romaine salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 27, 2014  |  0 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 4 servings: 2 cups each If you didn’t already know, I have a new cookbook, The With or Without Meat Cookbook! To give you a little taste, here’s a freebie recipe from it. Please let me know what you think of the book. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this salad! When berries are in season in spring and summer, this stunning berry-bursting salad will be sure to strike your fancy. Luckily, you can make it all year long using frozen berries, too. Adorned with fresh basil, dressed in a perky lemon-berry vinaigrette dressing, and accented with natural almonds and more berries, it’ll actually seem a bit fancy, too. The bonus: it’s...
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creole vegan jambalaya

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 28, 2014  |  7 Comments
In honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve got a festive made-over dish for you! There’s no chicken, shrimp, or andouille sausage to be found here. But you will find plenty of vegetables and beans, absolutely zesty flavors, and hearty satisfaction fit for a meatless feast. In fact, the serving size more than doubles from the original version! Enjoy it as an entrée on Fat Tuesday—or any day.
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