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Gigante Bean and Kale Salad Recipe Recipe

Unlike many items on fast food menus, this kale salad should cause no alarm if super-sized. Kale leaves are massaged and marinated in a delectable white bean vinaigrette. The beans used were very creamy inside, so I mashed a small portion to thicken the texture of the dressing.

These Greek white beans are unusually large (compared to the standard beans) and are aptly called "gigante" beans. They have a toothsome bite, which helped balance the texture of the salad. I also added sun-dried tomatoes for a pop of color. Serve this complete, nutritious salad with garlic toast and you'll have a light, healthy, yet tasty meal. 


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Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

Here’s another Meatless Monday recipe for the beginning of the week. I wanted to feature a flavorful yet healthy one, so I prepared a baby kale salad with pomegranate dressing. I also added shredded carrots and spiced pecans for extra crunch and nutrition. And to reinforce the tart and sour taste of this salad, I also added dried cranberries. 

I think you've probably noticed my recent love for all things pomegranate. I prepared the dressing with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, a little mustard, agave nectar and flax seed oil to complete the delicious vinaigrette. Et voilà!


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Indian-style Spinach Phyllo Cups Recipe

After learning how to make so many Indian dishes from my husband's paternal grandmother, I noticed that most meals were served family-style with chapati bread, naan, or basmati rice. Our guests love Indian cuisine, so I started to include a few of my favorite dishes, made into bit-sized portions.

I love serving finger food. It allows your guests to easily mix and mingle right before the more formal sit-down part of the meal. Palak paneer phyllo cups are one of the many appetizers I've developed over the years. 

These spinach appetizers require 4 steps: forming the phyllo cups, pan-frying the cubes of paneer cheese, making the Indian spinach and cheese filling and assembling at the last minute when the guests are about to arrive. I usually do the prep way in advance so I can have a stress-free party and start the evening in a good and calm spirit.


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Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe Recipe

Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe

10.16.13 by Jackie

I've prepared countless variations of risotto dishes in the past, but risotto is so versatile that there are always new opportunities for creativity. I prepared a creamy spinach version when Sunny's friend Maia stopped by for dinner recently. I hadn't started making dinner yet and immediately gravitated to the creamy rice dish. I combined Vialone Nano rice, Pecorino cheese, fresh spinach leaves, onions, garlic and a touch of heavy cream. 

I haven't hit the gym in a month and I won't be able to get back in the groove any time soon as my schedule is booked from morning 'til late at night. So with holiday season right around the corner, I can already venture a guess as to what my New Year’s resolution will be. Although I’m enjoying food to the fullest, I’ve been trying to (at least) maintain portion control.


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Lavash Spanakopita (Palak Paneer Purses) Recipe

This is an Indian take on the classic Greek fare  with a healthy twist. I prepared the savory "pastry" with spinach-flavored lavash bread and used palak paneer as the filling.

Many Indian dishes are served family-style and this is a great way to turn palak paneer into individual servings. We had many guests over the weekend and I served these fusion-style appetizers with raita sauce on the side.  

Quick note: I'm going to be in Houston this weekend for my first interview with Cleverley Stone on her show on CBS Sports & Entertainment Radio this Saturday, August 31st at 10 am. Then I will be heading to Barnes & Noble at 2 pm for a cooking demo, followed by a book signing. If you live in Houston or in the area, stop by and sample some of the food from my second cookbook, Banh Mi.

Barnes & Noble Fairway Market Place, 5656 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas  at 2pm on Saturday, August 31st, 2013.  (No need for the ZIP code, since people won’t be mailing anything to you there.)


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