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Moroccan Lentil Soup

In Morocco, families take great time and effort to prepare their own versions of the lentil soup called Harira. Especially enjoyed during Ramadan, Harira typically breaks the fast in the evening, though it can be enjoyed anytime during the year. Recipes vary greatly, with some including starchy broken pasta or rice. This version eliminates the extra starch, but still delivers…

Kenyan Vegatarian Coconut Curry

Kenyan food expresses the confluence of cultures present in the country, largely stemming from centuries of imperialism and trade. Traditional Kenyan foods are usually filling and inexpensive to make, incorporating high-energy ingredients for a sustaining and satiating meal. This vegetarian coconut curry highlights the British and Indian influence in Kenya, and utilizing vegetables as the main ingredient allows for a…

Baked Falafel

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…

Shrimp and Scallion Dumplings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Dumplings are served and eaten as a mainstay all over China. Eaten at any meal, any time of day, as a starter or as the main event, dumplings in China come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Whether for a fancy holiday celebration dinner, or a casual roadside breakfast, dumplings always fit the occasion. Many families have specific, fancy ways…

With all its coastal regions, fish holds a central place in traditional Greek food. Fresh, whole fish is easy to find, and simple, quality ingredients help make a simple piece of fish into something special.  Mackerel are the perfect fish for healthy eating. High in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and full of protein, mackerel provide many of the health benefits…

Smørrebrød, which translates as “butter bread” in Danish, encompasses a broad variety of open-faced sandwiches. Understated, simple, and unpretentious, this Danish national dish exemplifies perfectly the effortless and unfussy Danish sensibility. Easily dressed up or down for a simple lunch or a lavish holiday dinner, Smørrebrød can be suited to any taste. Traditionally built on a slice of hearty, whole-grain…

Pad Thai features prominently in Thai cuisine. One of Thailand’s national dishes, it actually originated in Vietnam, but was brought to Thailand by traders, and after a few flavor changes quickly gained popularity. Often served in a rich peanut based sauce, this recipe gives pad Thai a lighter twist. Lime juice and rice vinegar give the dish a fresh tang,…

With Senegal being one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the world, peanuts feature prominently in their cuisine. Naturally high in protein and healthy fats, peanuts also pack a heavy caloric weight. This soup provides the same rich, hearty peanut flavor as its traditional counterpoint, but with lightened up fat and calories. Chickpeas provide more protein, and stretch the…

Tostadas are essentially open-faced tacos. Popular in Mexico as a meal of its own or as part of a larger spread, tostadas make for a fun, interactive dinner party. Corn or flour tortillas are fried until crispy, then topped with refried beans, chopped and fried meat, sour cream, shredded lettuce, salsa, and cheese. I’ve lightened up these traditional toppings, without…

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