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make-ahead fusilli pasta bowls

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 22, 2015  |  2 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 make-ahead fusilli pasta bowl fix comes in. 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!
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fitter french fries {Recipe ReDux}

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 22, 2014  |  14 Comments
As a member of Recipe ReDux, the goal this month was to grab a book and cook. But not just any recipe; it needed to be chosen from page 42 or 142 in the book—to celebrate the 42 months that ReDux has been around! So I picked a cookbook that I thought was sure to have something decadent in it: Potatoes: Comfort Food by Jane Stacey (Smallwood & Stewart, Inc., 1997). What did I find on page 42? A recipe for “The Perfect French Fries!” Of course, I had to work my makeover magic on the recipe. I didn’t just spritz the potato slices with cooking spray, bake ’em, and call it a day. My goal was to create a...
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vegan spinach and hemp seed pesto

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 4, 2014  |  3 Comments
I like to start the day off with a great big spoonful of Hemp Hearts to help kick off my protein intake for the day. They’ve got 10 grams of protein in a 3-tablespoon serving! But I don’t stop there. I really love the cool little seeds for their taste and texture in so many recipes. So here’s my newest creation … a pesto that tastes luscious, but provides far fewer calories than the original. It’s vegan. But if you’re a little bit more of a traditionalist, you can just stir a little bit of grated Parmesan cheese into the finished pesto recipe. To add to the newness of it all, I whirled this up in the food processor bowl...
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meatless monday: baby bella and broccoli lo mein

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 6, 2014  |  0 Comments
This Asian-inspired stir-fried noodle dish is a delight! It has a nice balance of saltiness to sweetness … the slight hint of sweetness coming naturally from coconut water. It’s a tasty way to up your veggie quota for the day. It’s a versatile recipe, too. You can swap in nearly any non-starchy vegetables. Try it with various noodles, like protein rich adzuki bean or edamame spaghetti. And serve this dish hot or cold. When chilled, lightly splash with rice vinegar and enjoy as a lively noodle salad. Whichever way you choose to partake in this lo mein, do enjoy it often–and especially on Meatless Monday! Calories saved: 230 Why it’s better for you? Lots of veggies + whole grain goodness!
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mexican breakfast scramble

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 15, 2014  |  4 Comments
This Huevos rancheros-inspired breakfast scramble is my go-to recipe idea when in the mood for an egg entrée with plenty of intrigue. It’s a fun and tasty way to get your grains. It’s a winner for anyone fond of Mexican cuisine. It’s ideal if you need to follow a gluten-free lifestyle. Plus, it’s a perfect pick when you want a meat-free breakfast (or lunch or dinner) dish for four in 20 minutes or less. Hint: Try it for dinner on Meatless Monday!
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