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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What is Prediabetes: Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

What is Prediabetes:  Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

I had heard of diabetes my whole life, but I didn’t know there was something called prediabetes. Growing up I had couple of friends who had type 1 diabetes, but type 2 wasn’t common . After my doctor  told me few years ago, that I was prediabetic, I thought “who are you talking to?”. I had spend my whole life believing I was eating healthy enough, and sweet treats were rarely served in our home. Matter of fact, so rare...

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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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Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

There are some amazing reasons and benefits with gardening. Just thinking about gardening, makes me believe I can smell fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables. And that thought alone, makes my hands start itching to go out and play in the soil. I remember living in our small town-home in Sweden with a yard that was about 0.05 acre (202 square meter), basically a tiny plot. We pulled out a small area of lawn, and planted a row of onions and ...

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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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Mama’s (Egg and Gluten Free) Meat Paddies

Mama’s (Egg and Gluten Free) Meat Paddies

I love meatballs and meat patties! But as of this day, I have not been able to find tasty, healthy, inexpensive, gluten and egg free meatballs at the stores. For decades I cooked my own meat patties from scratch. My mom taught me her basic recipe, but unfortunately her recipe called for eggs and regular bread crumbs. Eggs in meatballs/patties act as a glue agent or a binder to keep the meat together, while the bread crumbs makes it moist. So...

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