Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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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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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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Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Luther Burbank was a botanist who knew what he was talking about when he said.. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful, they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul”. Famous actress, Marilyn Monroe once said “Diamonds are a girls best friend”. From day one, my husband has known that, that is not the case with me. I could care less about diamonds and sparkly stuff. But you tell me I can buy or...

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Benefits of Leeks + Crunchy Veggie Salad

Benefits of Leeks + Crunchy Veggie Salad

Leeks is a vegetable from the same family as the onion, chives, shallots, and garlic. And because leeks belong to the same family as mentioned, it also has the same benefits and few more. I love leeks!! Probably because I grew up with eating it a lot as a child in Sweden. Leeks grows well in cold conditions, which explains why leeks is a common and a cheap vegetable in the Scandinavian countries. Unlike regular onion, leeks is mild to the...

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Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Beans and lentils are super food and part of the Mediterranean diet. Not only are they packed with healthy nutrients, but they also are very versatile and high in fiber. It is important though to remember that some people are allergic/sensitive to some beans. The two main legumes that a lot of people react to are, soy and peanuts (yes, peanut is part of the legume family). It’s not uncommon that a person who reacts to one kind of bean, ...

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Homemade Taco Seasoning and Meat

Homemade Taco Seasoning and Meat

I love the smell and flavor of homemade taco seasoning. But there is more than the aroma to a homemade taco mix. Mixing your own seasoning is  both healthier  (check the ingredients on the mix packet) and economical. I usually buy my individual seasonings in bulk, which helps to keep the prices down in the long run. The great thing about having spices on hand, is it gives you the flexibility to create new blends. I prefer knowing what’s...

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