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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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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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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Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

There is nothing better than homemade meat sauce, cooked from scratch. There are countless brands of bottled and canned marinara sauces to buy. But I am highly sensitive to black and white pepper. This makes it pretty much impossible to buy anything packaged. Honestly, I am totally okay with that. Growing up, my mom always encouraged us kids to cook from scratch. Her spaghetti was by far my favorite. Now as a grown up, I don’t eat gluten...

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Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Four years ago when I had to make drastic changes to my diet, I started trying to figure out how I could simplify my eating. Part of the problem was that I discovered that whenever I needed something quick, I hardly had any options.  My issue was that I was trying to eat healthy AND be frugal at the same time. Healthy by cooking at home, which helped me to keep certain ingredients out that I didn’t want or couldn’t eat. Frugal,...

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