Because Pasadena, CA (where I used to live) has a large Armenian population, there are several excellent Middle Eastern restaurants within a 5 mile radius. I ate at a couple of them regularly. Since moving away from Pasadena, the things I have missed most (and been unable to find) are even passable falafel, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghannouj and baklava.
The absence of good middle eastern cuisine forced me to learn how to make my own. Part of the learning process has been trying out healthier versions of these standards. I have actually gotten pretty good at it, even if I do say so. I now make oven baked falafel, oil-free hummus and baba ghannouj and gluten-free tabbouleh. The only thing I haven’t bothered with is baklava for obvious reasons. (more…)
Posted in fresh veggies, gluten-free food, Middle Eastern Food, salad, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
Tagged Mediterranean cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, oil-free hummus, Parsley, qunioa, Tabbouleh
We use a lot of hummus in our house! We use it for all kinds of things! It is a substitute for mayo in a sandwich, salad dressing on Greek Salad and as a quick snack or small meal. We eat it with carrot and/or celery sticks, on sliced tomatoes, corn chips, tortillas and whole grain (home-made) flat bread.
It is full of good stuff ! If you use a traditional hummus recipe with olive oil and tahini you are looking about 30 calories a tablespoon. Breaks down to : 44% fat, 45% carbs, 11% protein. If you cut or reduce the oil and tahini, the fat content plummets. (more…)
Posted in Beans, plant based diet, Protein, vegan, vegetarian, Whole Food Plant-Based recipes
Tagged Arab cuisine, corn chips, Hummus, Mediterranean cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, olive oil, Sesame, Spreads, Tahini, toasted sesame oil