Monthly Archives: December 2013

Baked Falafel with Hummus & Tahini

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You’d be hard pressed to go far in Israel without coming across a place selling falafel. Made of a blitzed together combination of chickpeas, onions, garlic, and spices, and served either in a pita or on a platter with hummus and other traditional accompaniments, falafel usually comes deep-fried. Other than the deep-fried aspect, the traditional falafel dish makes a wholesome and healthy meal. By baking the falafel rather than frying it, the healthy ingredients really shine, and the overall dish tastes brighter and fresher. Chickpeas, included in each component of this recipe, supply ample protein, fiber, iron, and phytochemicals that protect against cancer and disease. Tahini, a paste made of crushed sesame seeds, helps detoxify your liver, provides protein, magnesium, iron, and vitamins E and B, and supplies healthy fats that help your body absorb all the other benefits of this healthy meal. These healthy fats also make your hair, skin, and nails stronger and more beautiful. Enjoy!

For the recipe, visit Geo Blue’s Healthy Travel Blog, or the recipe section of Travel Well Worldwide.

Dhoom: A Joyous Uproar & Commotion in Secaucus

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Colorful and bright Bollywood film photos paper the walls at the newly opened Dhoom restaurant in Secaucus, NJ.  To the tune of Indian pop music, servers bring out plates and platters stacked with richly spiced Indian dishes, prepared by chefs visible through a glass window showcasing the kitchen.

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At the press event I recently attended, guests enjoyed a sampling selected by the restaurant, showcasing their signature dishes. Colorful cocktails flowed freely from the bar as we waited for our meal, and we all dug into our plates eagerly after what seemed like a very long delay. Our wait was rewarded with tender lamb, chicken, both falling off the bone, and flaky and flavorful fish. Every dish was delicately and judiciously spiced, the curries deliciously rich and warming, and the naan bread tender and warm.

For the full review, visit Devil Gourmet. 

Winter Wellness Bowl (With Kale, Mushrooms, Butternut Squash, & Maple Tahini Cashew Cream)

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This time of year, everyone looks to detox from holiday excess (hello pie and cocktails), and boost their immune systems to fight off colds and the flu. This winter wellness bowl helps on both counts, giving your body a boost of super-foods and helping you feel like a million bucks. Mushrooms provide a powerful combination of vitamin D (much needed in the darker months), B vitamins, and key minerals.

Kale helps to detox your liver and reduce inflammation, and gives a hefty dose of vitamin C to boost immunity. Butternut squash also bolsters your immune system with vitamins A and C. And the maple tahini cashew cream not only makes everything in this bowl taste deliciously flavorful and creamy, but provides healthy quality fats to help your body absorb all these nutrients, and gives your skin moisture and a luminous glow. Make up a big batch of this recipe, and enjoy it throughout the week. It keeps beautifully in the fridge, and reheats well.

For the recipe, visit MindBodyGreen.