6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

I always try to keep a plant of fresh basil on my kitchen counter. I love not only the flavor, but also the fragrant. Sometimes I’ll rub the leaves between my fingers, and I can feel the oils rub onto my skin. Civilizations around the world have used basil for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. I get so passionate when I find a food that is not only tasty, but also has healing abilities. Basil is known to help with managing...

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Easy Indian Inspired Dairy Free Curry Chicken and Rice Recipe

Easy Indian Inspired Dairy Free Curry Chicken and Rice Recipe

When I think of curry, I think of India. Perhaps most people are like me in that sense.  Each brand and mix of curry powder tastes slightly different. That’s because curry is not just one spice, but a blend of different spices (I haven’t always known that). In my years of cooking, I have used dozens of different brands and mixes of curry. Because of the variety in each blend, sometimes there can be a slight difference in the taste...

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Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Eating vegan is a choice for some, for others it may be out of health reasons. I personally can’t have any dairy, but love a small piece of grass-fed, lean cut steak once in awhile, as well as fresh fish and chicken. So I find myself often eating a vegan dish with perhaps some meat on the side or in the case of this soup, just serve it with a salad. Most of the time our family gets their protein from combination of legumes, grains and...

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Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus is very common in every Middle Eastern home. It’s part of the traditional Meze dish that is served as a side or an appetizer. Hummus bi tahini is an Arabic word, which means chickpeas with tahini.  Tahini is crushed sesame seeds, that is turned into a paste after a process soaking and toasting the seeds. Many wonder where hummus really came from. Some claim from the Arabs, while others from Israel and then there are many other...

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Mediterranean White Bean and Meat Stew

Mediterranean White Bean and Meat Stew

Mediterranean diet is like taking a road trip from Greece to Italy and then on to the Middle Eastern countries. Not only does it nourish our bodies, but it also offers a culinary journey. The combination of fresh herbs and traditional seasonings makes cooking an experience for all the senses. When I was a kid my mom always cooked Mediterranean style dinners, and she never considered the Western diet as an option. Cooking a variety of vegetable...

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My Love Affair with The Green Gold – Olive Oil

My  Love Affair with The Green Gold – Olive Oil

If I was stuck on an Island, and could choose to receive only one item delivered, it’d be Olive oil. Oh that beautiful liquid green treasure! It’s true that I grew up with olive oil, not just for consumption, but for other use. Between my mom and grandma, I seriously thought that olive oil was cure and solution for all things. So now nearly half a century of using this oil, I have to agree, that life without Olive oil would be a...

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