baby bella brooklyn “cheesesteak” panini

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 24, 2013  |  3 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 4 servings: 1 sandwich each Sorry, Philadelphia. I changed your sandwich too much to call this a true Philly cheesesteak. Since I developed and tested the recipe in Brooklyn, my borough is getting the credit for this made-over version. The goal here was simply to create a vegetarian version of cheesesteak. Baby bella mushrooms are the savory star. But I couldn’t resist adding a few more of my own tasty touches to make this sandwich a standout. In fact, it’s now a panini that’s served with mushroom broth … au jus. It’s succulent! Calories Saved: 580
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sesame soba noodle bowl

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 25, 2012  |  3 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 2 cups each Surprisingly, the biggest caloric issue with sesame noodles is often not the sesame oil or the peanut butter … it’s the actual noodles. So here’s how I solve this quandary. Bell peppers basically become part of the noodles to provide fewer calories and bigger flavor. You’ll cook the bell peppers right along with the noodles; so there’s no extra cooking step required either. This cool meal-in-one is a definite winner (for lunch, dinner or a picnic) for my eyes and palate. It was for my summer intern, Sarah Gelman, too (who helped me test this recipe). Hoping you fall in love with this delicious dish like we did. Please let us know what you...
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caramelized onion greek yogurt dip

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 22, 2012  |  1 Comment
Makes 8 servings: 1/4 rounded cup each True confession … one of the snacks that I simply can’t have around me is potato chips and dip. I seriously can’t stop myself! So I made a personal pact that the only time I can eat the tempting duo is at parties—which luckily includes parties that I host. Nonetheless, the dips commonly found at the supermarket have labels that read like strange science experiments, including ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils, monosodium glutamate, artificial flavor, and artificial color. So I figure if I’m going to dish up dip with chips, I at least want to feel good about what goes into it. I finally found the chip dip that’s palate-worthy and full of...
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