The creation of hummus is claimed by many different middle-eastern countries but it is difficult to pin down the exact origins of hummus. Nevertheless, hummus is a staple of middle-eastern cuisine and has grown in popularity around the world. It is now made with a diverse range of ingredients and in many different cuisines. This black bean hummus recipe offers a nice change of pace from a traditional chickpea hummus. How many ways can you make hummus? While chickpeas are traditionally used for hummus, you can use many varieties of legume to make hummus. You can also try my recipe for white bean hummus when you want something different. Eating a wide variety of different foods is essential … Read More
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I created this site for people who want healthy and delicious recipes from around the world with ingredients from around their kitchen. I also wanted to provide science-based nutrition information and guidance about making healthier choices whether eating at home or out at a restaurant, every day of the week. I believe food should be easy to prepare and enjoyed with family, friends and great conversation.
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Several years ago I had a series of conversations with my friend Nataliia about Ukrainian foods. Borscht is one dish that came up on several occasions -- both traditional style and this version, Green Borscht. I had never heard of this version of borscht. I have always thought of it as a specific type of soup always made with beets. It turns out that borscht can take on different flavors and be made from different ingredients. What is borscht? Larousse Gastronomique, a culinary encyclopedia, defines borscht (borsch) as "a beetroot (beet) soup, eaten hot or cold" but also notes that there is a "green borsch made with sorrel, spinach and either loin of pork or oxtail." In any case, this … Read More