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lemon-ginger farro salad with pomegranate & pistachios

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 21, 2018  |  4 Comments
I make this salad a lot when pomegranates are in season! I never actually wrote down a recipe for it … I just wing it, which is the way I prefer to cook. But I wanted to share this farro salad, so here’s the official recipe! It’s so refreshing and satisfying and loaded with colors, textures, and aromatic delight. A couple of its flavor “secrets” are freshly grated gingerroot and lemon zest. Since I get to use my Microplane Zester/Grater to do that, it’s a perfect time to share this since “Favorite Kitchen Tool” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux. You’ll actually feel so good after eating it knowing you punched up your plant quotient for the day...
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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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middle eastern eggplant roast

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 26, 2017  |  0 Comments
A roast doesn’t have to be made with meat! This 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! Make it the edible centerpiece at your table and serve it to four as an appetizer. Or, for heartier appetites, enjoy as an entrée for two, pairing it with a protein rich side, like roasted chickpeas. Whichever way you plan to serve this veggie-centric dish, it’ll be a showstopper at your next Meatless Monday dinner, holiday gathering, or other special meal.
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lebanese breakfast scramble with pita chips

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 21, 2017  |  4 Comments
I have always loved huevos rancheros! I have also always adored Middle Eastern food! So, I decided to give huevos rancheros a Lebanese makeover. I also gave it a Jackie-approved boost of veggies, plus a kick of fun. All the ingredients are scrambled up in pan. Pops of pita chips create the fun. It’s a perfect fit for this month’s Recipe Redux theme: “Rise and Shine with a Savory Breakfast.” Do enjoy it for breakfast or brunch … or whenever! Calories saved: 144 Why it’s better for you? More veggie goodness!
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almond lover’s hummus

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 26, 2017  |  0 Comments
You’ll adore my new velvety, contemporary take on hummus. I do! It keeps the traditional chickpeas, lemon and garlic of classic Middle Eastern hummus, then goes uniquely “almond-forward” from there. You’ll find almond butter, sliced almonds and almond milk! The most intriguing part of this hummus is the almond milk since you’ll simmer it to create a rich almond milk reduction, enhancing the dip’s creaminess and nuttiness. I love almond milk’s versatility! Serve this almond lover’s hummus with crudité and whole grain pita or pita chips as a nutrient-rich snack or party dip. (Hint: Make it for Meatless Monday and enjoy as a plant-based way to punch up protein intake.) It’s memorable! Why it’s better for you? Traditional hummus and...
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