This dish was created one day when a hardcore vegan came to visit during a dinner party, and amidst the stuffed turkey, chicken kebabs and goulash (and knowing she wouldn’t be able to have anything but rice or bread) I knew i’d have to make something vegan for her, and really really fast. The pantry only had pasta and lentils, so I opted for the more protienish staple - Lentils it was going to be!

 

Now, it’s known in the family that I make a mean chunky salsa. Incorporating my freshly boiled brown lentils and my simple homemade salsa was probably one of the greatest culinary discoverie...

Falafel are a staple in a traditional Egyptian breakfast, and are gaining some pretty serious global recognition - and not without reason! Fragrant, green, crispy, and deep-fried awesomeness made of fava or broad beans and fresh greens and dried coriander and garlic and just exploding with flavor! But - you just read it - they're DEEP FRIED. If you have an sensitive gut, IBS, or are counting your calories, you know this combination of beans and oil are basically going to bloat you from here to kingdom come. Well... the good news is that now you can have your falafel and eat them too -...

Whenever someone mentions hummus, I immediately (don’t laugh) think of Sex and the City Part II, where the majority of the film takes place in Abu Dhabi. Remember that part when Samantha was stuffing her face with hummus every day because she didn’t have her hormone medication? Well… it wasn’t without reason: Hummus, otherwise known as chickpeas, is full of estrogen hormones, oozing with protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. It is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, eaten in a multitude of ways, the most popular form being the classic appetizer;...

 When I was a kid, there was a TV show called 'Perfect Strangers'... it was an epic comedy at the time, where the plot revolved around the life of two cousins - one from Chicago, and one from some unknown Mediterranean island called 'Mepos'. The cousin from Mepos had a terrible English accent, and when he was posing as a cleric in one of the episodes, he announced 'We are gathered here today in Holy Macaroni'. The phase kind of stuck around...

 

When in doubt, head for the pasta stash. It is, in every way, appreciatively holy - it saves time, it's economic, and there are so many way...

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