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Krazy for Kale (Healthy Vegetarian Kale Recipes) Recipe

Krazy for Kale (Healthy Vegetarian Kale Recipes)

04.06.15 by Jackie

It's Meatless Monday so if you're looking for a vegetarian dish with an abundance of greens without packing on too many calories, search no more. I've listed recipes using my favorite ingredient of the moment: kale.

Kale is inexpensive, nutritious and super tasty. I have a few girlfriends coming over for lunch on Wednesday, I'm sure serving kale will be perfect for a light, delightful meal; I don't know why, but there is something so fancy about these greens!


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Tofu Roll Appetizers  Recipe

Tofu Roll Appetizers

03.10.15 by Jackie

Our family recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was inspired by the sushi and reinterpreted a new fusion appetizer, maki-style.

The appetizer consists of a tofu roll filled with shiitake mushrooms, carrots celery, insanely fragrant onions I grew myself in our garden and garlic. As I created the dish, I realized I wouldn't be able to keep the roll in place by simply rolling a sheet of pan-fried tofu. I improved and wrapped them in phyllo dough. You'll be surprised; it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!


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Smoothies for Good Health Recipe

Smoothies for Good Health

02.25.15 by Jackie

My husband's teenage sisters are going through a smoothie phase; they are obsessed with blending everything and anything at all times. They've been concocting many smoothies recently. I suggested they try to balance the sugar levels (by avoiding too much sucrose) and pack the drinks with superfoods and antioxidants from fresh fruits and veggies. Extra nutrients such as flax or chia seeds are a plus. 

I've gathered a long list of kid-friendly smoothies for the girls and you to see. Please keep in mind, especially at a young age, the purpose of the drink is to feel good, improve your helth (without necessarily having the focus of weight loss), get a glowing skin and of course, enjoy a delicious treat! 


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Fried Wonton Tofu Recipe Recipe

Fried Wonton Tofu Recipe

02.05.15 by Jackie

The next few days mark the beginning of the Vietnamese Tết celebrations. A tradition of Tết is that you  eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year, so I will be sharing several Vietnamese vegetarian dishes with you until the celebration commences.

I prepared a tofu dish that included a typical Vietnamese vegetable called trái su su in Vietnamese. It's also known as chayote in English, christophine in Creole and French and it's from the squash family. So as you can imagine, if not cooked over high heat (to allow as much liquid to evaporate as possible), the dish can become very watery and soggy. To balance the texture of the dish, I added crispiness by crumbling fried wonton wrappers. 


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Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe) Recipe

Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe)

09.29.14 by Jackie

It's Meatless Monday and today I'm sharing with you one of baby Aria's favorite pasta dishes. I used gemelli pasta, cut crookneck squash the same size as the pasta and flavored them with tarragon and parsley crème fraîche. The crookneck squash provides a soft texture to the dish and the same-sized pieces make for easy eating, especially for little ones.

I hope your weekend was as adventuresome as ours. We spent the weekend at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It wasn't too hot with the ocean breeze. It was so peaceful and quiet; exactly what we needed! Aria and I wandered along the beaches and on the trails after our picnic. I had prepared my husband Lulu's favorite cucumber tea sandwiches and used the remaining filling to flavor the pasta dish the following day!


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