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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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picnic pagoda salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 20, 2012  |  2 Comments
Makes 6 servings: about 1 cup each Time for a backyard barbecue? Planning a picnic? You’ll definitely want to whip up a batch—or two or three—of this scrumptious soiree-friendly side. I’ve taken a creamy macaroni salad recipe like my mother used to make, then I went a bit mad with veggies. So now it’s full of interesting textures, vibrant colors, and memorable flavors … and you can absolutely feel good about eating it. I’ve made it with gluten-free pasta to please more palates. But please do make this recipe your own, if you choose; experiment with other pastas and veggies. Have a spectacular Memorial Day! Calories Saved: 80
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green tea pesto pasta

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 6, 2012  |  4 Comments
Makes 4 servings: 1 1/4 cups each One of my guilty pleasures is pesto sauce. It’s a bit indulgent so I tend not to eat it as much as I’d like to. How about you? Well, to all of you pesto lovers out there, today’s your lucky day. I’ve developed a creamy, calorie-friendlier version of the sauce that will be a delight to your palate. It’s actually vegan, too. The coolest part … there’s green tea in it. Here, it’s tossed with pasta to create an entrée full of flavorful goodness—and greenness! Calories Saved: 120
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