One food that I seem to have no problem finding these days is potatoes. How about you? As a potato lover, I’m so cool with this! But I wanted to add some excitement to my usual potato preparations of mashed potatoes, hash browns, and roasted potatoes. That’s how these potato salad skewers with herbal pesto topping were born.
Sorry peanuts! I turned your Asian-style peanut noodles into pistachio butter noodles. But, my tastebuds are not sorry at all! The pistachio flavor worked beautifully in this udon noodle dish. You’ll find a couple other special twists here, too. The jasmine green tea creates a surprisingly fragrant note to the sauce. And the no-sugar-added fruit spread provides just the right amount of sweet balance to the saltiness of the tamari.
Los Angeles is the city I travel to most often. That’s because five of my closest friends live there. Yep, they’re all of the way on the other coast from me. (Could it be something I said?!) In any case, on my most recent trip, I went for business and stayed several nights at The Line Hotel. On the day I settled in, I decided to grab a bite at the hotel restaurant, Openaire—and devoured a sandwich made with avocado, braised carrots, sunflower tahini, shaved fennel, and sprouts on 7-grain bread. I was inspired … as you can see by this recipe. It’s my twist on it.
I seriously don’t think I could live without hummus. Being half Lebanese could be one reason for that! The other is that I simply love it. It’s definitely one of my top go-to foods when I need a fast fix. How about you? While I adore the classic version, I also enjoy mixing things up with a non-traditional version every once in a while.
Here’s a twist on pasta salad that’ll be a highlight to any meal. It’s based on whole-wheat orzo and fresh baby arugula and provides a memorable balance of flavors, textures, and colors, along with a naturally sweet pop of California prunes. (Hint: Prunes offer potential bone health benefits!) Altogether, this salad is a delightful way to get fruits and veggies. In fact, it’s vegan—so enjoy it for Meatless Monday and beyond! Disclosure: (At time of posting) Jackie is a spokesperson for California Prune Board. She created this recipe on their behalf. The recipe is her original creation and is also available at californiadriedplums.org.