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Spicy & Sweet Tropical Snack Mix

Snacks are so popular in America, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love something crunch, salty, even spicy any time of day? We work long hours, get hungry, don’t have a lot of time for complete meals, etc. etc. etc. The problem with snacking is that much of the pre-packaged options are filled with too much salt … Read more

Crunchy Party Mix

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. This snack mix, which is great fpr parties, is just one of four I’ll be … Read more

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad

 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I’ll eat avocados at any time of year and when mixed with cucumbers and red onions, it reminds me of summer days. … Read more

Stewing Summer Vegetables

This isn’t really a formal recipe post but more of a suggestion for what you can do with summer veggies- stew them in herbs, oil and their own wonderful juices. Read on to find out how. Use a large saute pan to heat some oil, then add freshly cut vegetables such as zucchini, other types of … Read more

Summer Eggplant Soup

Do people ever question certain foods you like to eat or drink in the summer? Not the winter, but just the hot summer time. They might say things like,  ‘How can you eat that (insert said food/drink) when it’s so hot outside?”  No one ever really questions you when you have a big bowl of ice cream … Read more

Beet, Apple and Orange Juice Recipe

I’m simply amazed at how much everyone absolutely loved this ever so simple recipe for fresh beet juice, made with only three (four if you include water) ingredients. It is the simplest drink recipe to make and so good for you. See the recipe below.

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple … Read more

Chickpea and Cilantro Salad

Many of you have asked about the recipe for this dish that I served over the weekend, so I’ll give it to you simply- because it’s one of the easiest dishes to make, and super simple and healthy. Enjoy! Chickpea & Cilantro SaladBy Yvonne Published: October 17, 2013Yield: 12 ServingsPrep: 10 minsQuick, easy, fresh- isn’t … Read more

Cholay: Indian Spiced Chickpea Curry

Spicy Indian dishes are a real treat to me. It’s food I crave, but don’t always make for myself. I don’t even seek out too many Indian restaurants (although I would love to). Instead, I learned most of what I know about Indian food from friends- in their kitchens, snooping around pots of curry, pans … Read more

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