Chickpea-Brown Rice Veggie Burger by Shira Bocar

capture_25012015_131215Shira makes a delicious vegetarian burger with chickpeas and brown rice as the main ingredients.  This combination creates a perfect protein.  She adds shallots, garlic, parsley, and an egg for a binder.  Vegans can easily find an alternative to the egg in this recipe.  Shira likes to cook vegetable burgers on a hot pan instead of a grill to get a nice sear on both sides.  In this video, she wraps her burgers in lettuce with onions, roasted red peppers, and mustard for her condiment.  This burger recipe is very healthy and delicious.  Try it.  Enjoy. Continue reading

No Oil Hummus Recipe by Anja

capture_10122014_185848Anja shows how to make a quick hummus recipe using canned chick peas and canned butter beans as the main ingredients.  She blends these with some spices, and makes an almost instant hummus dish.  Once, you have this basic hummus dish, you can add different ingredients such as roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes, roasted peppers, etc.  Unlike traditional hummus recipes, this one does not have any olive oil in it, which makes it is a much healthier recipe.  Serve it with crackers, vegetable slices, or as a spread on sandwiches, etc. Enjoy. Continue reading

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad by Leyla

capture_20102014_152140Leyla demonstrates an easy to make salad, filled with nutritious ingredients.  She also makes a simple, delicious and healthy salad dressing.  Leyla uses dry beans which she prepared herself.  Canned beans could be used.  Just remember to rinse the canned beans first.   This salad tastes better after it sits for a couple of hours in the refrigerator, allowing its ingredients to marinade and its flavors to marry with each other. Continue reading

Preventing Prediabetes By Eating More by Michael Greger MD

capture_21092014_102912Michael Greger MD on his NutritionFacts.org website, reports on studies that show people eating 3 or more cups per week of beans had only 1/4 the probability of developing pre-diabetes which can turn into full blown diabetes compared to those who ate only 1 serving of beans per week or less.

They also found that bean consumption led to additional benefits beyond weight control, such as “improved gylcaemic control and insulin sensitivity”.

These results suggest we should add 5 or more cups of legumes per week to our regular diet. Continue reading

Harissa Tahini Romaine Wraps by Jenné Claiborne

capture_17092014_084016Jenne prepares a one dish recipe, creating a healthy filling that can be used in a lettuce wrap or in a more classic salad.  The fillings main ingredients are quinoa, chickpeas, black beans and carrots.  Jenne also creates a “harissa tahini” dressing, which is basically some harissa (a Tunisian favorite spicy condiment) combined with tahini.   Jenne pours her harissa tahini mixture over the filling on romaine lettuce leaves and over a salad made with lettuce and her filling mixture.   This recipe is very easy to make and it’s very healthy and delicious. Continue reading

How To Make Hummus by Hilah Johnson

capture_15092014_124606Hilah Johnson demonstrates how simple and economical it is to make hummus at home.  You only need a few simple and readily available ingredients and a blender.  Other flavors of hummus can easily be made by adding other ingredients such as spinach, roasted red peppers, etc.  Hummus is a healthy dish with a lot of protein that can be used as a dip or a spread with bread, crackers or vegetables. It can be used as an appetizer, lunch/brunch or snack, etc.  If you keep some in your refrigerator, it’ll be easy to grab it when you are needing a healthy snack.  Enjoy it. Continue reading

How to make traditional hummus by Bachar Haikal

capture_15092014_111034This is a traditional recipe for hummus demonstrated by Bachar Haikal who owns two Lebanese restaurants in Melbourne’s South East which has an enormous Jewish population.  This recipe uses olive oil as a garnish rather than as a key ingredient, so it has a lower fat content than many other recipes.  It’s easy to make.  Of course, we’ll probably use modern tools rather than the traditional mortar and pestle.  Hummus can be served as a healthy appetizer, snack or lunch, served with a crispy bread or a variety of vegetables.  Enjoy it. Continue reading

Moroccan Roasted Squash Hummus by Gordon Ramsay

capture_05092014_215341Delicious!  This video recipe demo by Gordon Ramsay guides us through several, but simple steps to make a delicious and healthy hummus.  It involves toasting some spices in a dry pan, grinding them to a powder mixture, chopping up squash and ginger, adding the spices, roasting it, and blending to a desired consistency.  This elegant dish is amazing, – a roasted squash hummus you’ll definitely want to add to your appetizer recipe collection. Continue reading