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pomegranate-smashed butternut squash

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 25, 2018  |  2 Comments
If you haven’t tried it yet, pomegranate juice makes a clever culinary liquid, not just a beverage — and it’s delightful in this pomegranate-smashed butternut squash recipe. In late fall and all winter long, I love using a combination of pomegranate juice and arils in cooking to add rich color, antioxidants, and naturally-derived sweetness with a hint of tartness. Pomegranate and butternut squash are a perfect pairing, too. To save time here, simply use butternut squash that’s already cubed for you. You’ll toss the cubes with olive oil, then with pomegranate juice, salt, and pepper. Cover it up, bake for 50 minutes, mash, and voila! Oh, and don’t forget to top with chives and pomegranate arils for extra pops of...
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pita toast with labneh & pomegranate

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 1, 2017  |  2 Comments
I am a big, big, BIG fan of egg-topped avocado toast! But I felt it was time to break up my routine with another toast that still offers good nutrition, plenty of protein, great taste, and a little beauty. This pita toast with middle eastern appeal is the result! You can make both the toast and labneh the night beforehand, then prep takes just two minutes in the morning! The labneh is basically a thick and creamy (almost cream cheese-like) Greek yogurt flavored with a little extra-virgin olive oil and seasoning—and I promise you’ll love it! Oh … and did I mention the color? Vivid pink and green on white … just lovely! It definitely has a bit of Christmas...
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natural pink party frosting

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 21, 2017  |  2 Comments
Occasionally I cheat … on cupcakes, that is! When it’s just me, I’ve been known to frost healthy muffins and pass them off as cupcakes. It totally works for my tastebuds! Though, I’ve never tried this trick out on anyone else … at least yet! But please be my guest and use this vegan (Meatless Monday-friendly!) frosting any way you wish, even if you just prefer going the traditional route by frosting cake or cupcakes. The flavor is a hint fruity, which actually makes it quite versatile. Its pink hue comes naturally by way of pomegranate juice reduction. And since “Naturally Colored Holiday Treats and Trimmings” is the Recipe Redux theme this month, it’s a perfect time to share this...
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mexican brunch salad with pan-charred vegetables

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 5, 2017  |  0 Comments
Do you have one of those recipes that you make over and over and over again? Here’s one of mine! I thought it was time that I shared it! Huevos rancheros is a traditional Mexican meal ideally served mid-morning. Unfortunately, it can fall into the not-so-good-for-you category. So, what can you eat if you want all of its comfort but not its excess bad fats and sodium? This brunch salad! It’s so flavorful, satisfying, and simple—and perfect for any time of day and any time of year. Use any seasonal veggies you like in place of the grape tomatoes and frozen organic corn. And if you prefer to go vegan, swap pinto or black beans in place of the fried...
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eggplant roast with tahini sauce

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 26, 2017  |  2 Comments
A roast doesn’t have to be made with meat … especially when you’ve got an eggplant roast with tahini sauce on your plate! This 100% plant-based roast is inspired by the concept of a meaty roast as well as the eggplant dip, baba ghanoush. The result is basically deconstructed baba ghanoush! But it looks and acts as a roast that you carve. How’s that for a vegan dish with wow!
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