Couscous Salad with Vegetables

Couscous Salad with Vegetables

What makes a Couscous Salad with Vegetables such an ideal side dish?
Tonight I grilled a pan sheet of chicken wings. It’s an easy weeknight dinner. I just cut off some of the skin from the chicken wings to reduce the amount of fat. I then line up the pan with the chicken wings and sprinkle on some dried thyme, salt and pepper. Sometimes I may add some other herbs, such as basil and oregano, and spread on a few garlic cloves diced finely. I love it when there’s lots of garlic on it.

I wanted a quick side dish made of a starch and vegetables to round out the meal. I decided to make a couscou…

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Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

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How to use fresh herbs to create your own Pesto
Food always tastes better with the right condiments (pesto, rubs, and sauces) to enhance the flavors of your dish. When entertaining friends, keeping the main dish fairly simple while offering a selection of homemade condiments is a sure key to success. Everyone can choose how they want their dish. Your guests can make it as spicy, flavorful or simple as they wish.

Summertime is ideal for making pesto sauces with fresh herbs. For most people the term pesto refers only to a mixture made from pounding together basil, garlic,…

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Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Is Brown Sushi Rice Better for You?
In addition to providing greater nutritional value compared to white sushi rice, brown sushi rice has a slightly nutty flavor.  I love the extra taste of brown rice.

 
Is Brown Sushi Rice a Whole Grain?
Brown sushi rice (brown short grain rice) is a whole grain containing natural bran, which provides dietary fiber.  Meanwhile, white sushi rice does not contain dietary fiber.   For 100 grams of cooked brown short grain rice, there is about 1.8 grams of dietary fiber.

 
How Many Carbohydrates Are in Brown Sushi Rice?
There are about 20% fe…

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Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

What is wasabi?
Many think wasabi is a paste served on the side of a sushi dish, while it is in fact a rhizome, a mass of roots, like ginger and tumeric.

Wasabi Root

 
Why bother making your own Wasabi paste?
I used to think it was a waste of time to make your own wasabi paste. Tubes of wasabi paste are available in most supermarkets as well as Asian grocery shops. A common problem with tubes, however, is that they contain much more paste than you need for a single meal.  A crust therefore often forms in the tube, making the r…

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Scrambled Tofu “Eggs”

Scrambled Tofu “Eggs”

Is Scrambled Tofu an Easy solution for Vegans for Breakfast?

In my post earlier today Eating Vegan Not Always Easy I was lamenting the difficulty of finding a good vegan breakfast in restaurants in Los Angeles. Today my family and I went to Lenny’s Deli for brunch on the Westside of Los Angeles. I had asked to go there instead of Factor’s Famous Deli where we went last Sunday because I find they have more variety on their menu.

Lenny’s Deli does have more choice on their menu. I could see able about 4 vegan items whereas at Factor’s I could only see 1 or 2. Both however had the sam…

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Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

How difficult is it to make Vegan Almond Cheese?

Vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant often find it difficult to find vegan “cheeses” which are a good replacement for ordinary cheese, taste good and are fairly easy to make. Well, look no more. This Basic Almond Cheese crumbled on top of a salad, pasta or pizza will satisfy your cheese cravings. Another option is to use this almond cheese as a base for a cheese appetizer or dip mixed in with some herbs, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Or why not top your basic almond cheese with different kinds of ground peppercorns …

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Homemade Salsa Recipe

Homemade Salsa Recipe

What makes this Salsa Recipe one of my most popular recipes pinned on Pinterest last month?
There are literally hundreds of recipes for salsa on Pinterest (and far more on the Internet). This Homemade Salsa Recipe by Biddy Talk on Tumblr has however attracted hundreds of fellow pinners’ attention above the others as they selected it to share with their fellow pinners. The ingredients are fresh, easy to find for most people, and common for a pico de gallo salsa recipe. In fact, this recipe resembles the one I follow from The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook by David Rosengarten, Joel Dean and Giorgi…

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

With So Many Variations of Baba Ganoush, What Makes My Recipe Different?
What’s in a Name?
There are almost as many ways to write baba ganoush (baba ghanoush, baba ghanouj, baba ghannouj or baba gannouj) as there are to make it. This famous dish is also known as Moutabal and Eggplant (or Aubergine) Caviar.

This recipe for baba ganoush has to be among the easiest way to make it.  Yet, it preserves the smoked flavor of the eggplant and all the other qualities we love in our baba ganoush.

 
What Ingredients Make Baba Ganoush?
Baba ganoush comes from the Levantine region yet is reno…

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Oatmeal Porridge: A Healthy Breakfast

Oatmeal Porridge: A Healthy Breakfast

What do you eat for breakfast?
The one constant I’ve had over the years with respect to food has been my eating oatmeal porridge in the morning for breakfast. I don’t eat it every day, but do eat it a few times a week, at least. I love that it fills me up, helps start the day with energy, is inexpensive and easy to prepare.

The way I make oatmeal porridge however has changed over the years. At first I made my oatmeal porridge with milk and a slab of butter with brown sugar. Later I made it with water and added a little milk at the end when it was ready to be served and skipped the butter. …

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Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Short in time?  Looking for new ideas?  Is it the end of the month?
This vegan Italian Bean Soup is the answer!
A big pot of vegan Italian Bean Soup will keep you and your family happy for at least 2 days, depending on the size of your family.

Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this Italian Bean Soup soon become one of your family’s favorites.  Not only is it yummy but it is also healthy and inexpensive, suitable for any household’s budget.

This Italian Bean Soup is also ideal when you are trying to lose weight yet need to eat to maintain your energy. You can eat this soup severa…

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Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

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A Vegan Lentil Tomato Soup sure to please the whole family!
Lentils are Inexpensive and Nutritious!
Lentils are considered to be one of the healthiest foods available.  They are also one of the least expensive sources of protein and other nutrients vegans need in their diet.  Adding lentils to soup is a simple way to get the nutrition you need.   Preparing this Lentil Tomato Soup will therefore be a tasty way to get the protein you need.

I enjoy all kinds of lentils: brown, green, yellow, and red.   Brown lentils tend to hold their shape better in soups.  Yet, adding a h…

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Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Recette Sauce rouge pour enchiladas – fr

Is this the best Red Enchilada Sauce recipe?
You will have to try  this Red Enchilada Sauce to find out!

You can prepare this Red Enchilada Sauce in less than an hour.  There is enough sauce in this recipe for sixteen ample-size enchiladas.  I often make a bit more so we have some extra sauce in the house for a few days afterwards to add into other dishes.  For instance, I add a little Red Enchilada Sauce into some soup to enhance the flavor.  Or put a few tablespoons into a pasta or r…

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