Crispy Homemade Falafel with Garlic Tahini Sauce

Homemade Falafel is SO much better! Learn how to make this deliciously crispy, light and fluffy chickpea fritter the right way, from scratch, with good wholesome and nutritious ingredients! It’s much easier than you think!

Homemade Falafel is SO much better! Learn how to make this deliciously crispy, light and fluffy chickpea fritter the right way, from scratch, with good wholesome and nutritious ingredients! It's much easier than you think!

For the longest time, I believed that falafel was extremely long and complicated to make. Pfft! I just didn’t know better… I guess it’s only because it’s not something I’m really used to making, for they were never really a part of my diet growing up. But eventually, once I got the hang of it, I came to realize that they are in fact extremely easy to make: just throw everything in the food processor and blitz away!

The only thing is that they do require a bit of planning, because the key to making good falafel is that you must absolutely, imperatively make them with dried, soaked but uncooked chickpeas. This is a case where you cannot cheat and get away with using the canned beans. Why? Because since the canned chickpeas have already been cooked, the starch molecules within them have pretty much been washed away in the cooking liquid, leaving the actual beans with very little binding power. If you try to grind them, form them into balls, and deep-fry them, they will invariably completely fall apart in the oil. Sure, there are ways to work around that, like adding flour or other binding agents to the mixture, but then the texture of the fritters will suffer big time! You end up with dense, pasty, almost doughy balls…

Trust me, starting with dry chickpeas and giving them ample time to soak is the only way to go! 

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Amazing Azomite. What it is and How to Use for Home and Garden

azomiteAzomite is one of those beneficial substances that is useful for many things around the home. It belongs in the same category as apple cider vinegar, diatomaceous earth and baking soda.

For this reason, it’s best to have some on hand especially during springtime!

What is Azomite?

While many people have heard about azomite,

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Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Rich, creamy, thick, comforting, soul warming, and crazy delicious! Yet, you will never believe just how nutritious this Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup actually is…

Rich, creamy, thick, comforting, soul warming, and crazy delicious! Yet, you will never believe just how nutritious this Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup actually is...

Looks like I’ve been in revisiting old posts” mode lately… Trust me, it’s not a bad thing; not a bad thing at all! In fact, I’m bringing a bunch of truly worthy recipes back to the top of the pile! This beautiful cream of mushroom soup, for instance… I’d created it a while back after I’d gotten inspired by one of my favorite fellow bloggers of the time, and to this day, I remember having fallen head over heels for it at first bite!

However, over the years, certain people had reported in the comments that they hadn’t had much success with the recipe. Some found their rendition turned out too watery, or grainy, while others found it to be kind of bland. I could never quite figure out why, as bland food is something I simply do not do. I would never post a recipe for something that tasted bland…

So I retested the recipe exactly as written — save for a minor change that I had to do to accommodate my new dietary reality — and frankly, I fell in love all over again. This soup, it tastes absolutely fantastic! It’s delicate, simple and earthy, just like any mushroom soup should be… but it tastes really, really good! And it’s crazy creamy, silky, and thick. So thick! Plus, it’s loaded with all kinds of pieces of creamy mushrooms and nutty, chewy wild rice. So good!

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Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Bursting with all kinds of zesty exotic flavors, coconut sweetness and a bit of a spicy kick, this wholesome and comforting Thai Coconut Curry Soup tastes as heavenly as it is easy to prepare!

Bursting with all kinds of zesty exotic flavors, coconut sweetness and a bit of a spicy kick, this wholesome and comforting Thai Coconut Curry Soup tastes as heavenly as it is easy to prepare!

This Thai Coconut Curry Soup is perfect for those nights when you really don’t feel like cooking and happen to be in need of a little comforting. You know, those kinds of nights when you would be super tempted to reach for the phone and order take-out?

Well, put that phone down right now, cuz we’re about to do even better than this! As in way, way better!

Seriously, this soup is almost as easy to make as instant ramen noodles, yet it’s so incredibly tasty, you’ll probably want to eat it right out of the pot using the ladle as your spoon! And all it requires in order to come to life is a little bit of chopping and slicing, and then your totally minimal efforts will be rewarded with BIG, bold, exotic, exploding flavors, and a bowlful of concentrated soul-warming comfort!

So wadayasay… Got 15 minutes? Let’s do this! 

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Dried Fruit. Yes, It Is Healthy If You Avoid These 4 Things

best dried fruitWhen people make the commitment to eliminate processed food and sugar from the diet, dried fruit frequently becomes one of the more popular alternate snacks of choice.

While there is some perplexing discussion online about whether dried fruit is healthy or not (seriously?), from an ancestral perspective, it is certainly fine. This is especially true if you take the time to dehydrate fresh fruit slices yourself.

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Oven Roasted Beet Salad

Don’t redecorate the kitchen or waste another piece of foil to cook your beets! Simply throw them whole in a Dutch oven, to concentrate and seal in their sweet and earthy flavor, then easily turn them into this nutrition-packed, scrumptious Oven Roasted Beet Salad!

Don't waste another piece of foil to roast your beets in the oven! Simply throw them whole in a Dutch oven, to concentrate and seal in their sweet and earthy flavor, then easily turn them into this nutrition-packed, scrumptious Oven Roasted Beet Salad!

Beets = crazy good stuff, right? Right! They’re so sweet and juicy and have this super delicious and very distinct earthy flavor that keeps you coming back for more. And best of all is they’re just as good for your body as they are for your taste buds.

Their one serious drawback though is that they’re not much fun when comes the time to cook them. The sweet, earthy and delicious little buggers are worse than tomato sauce if you boil them on the stove top. No matter what you do, they splatter all over the place and quickly turn your entire kitchen all kinds of shades of pink!

Luckily, there’s a very easy solution to that problem: take things down into the oven! You could wrap the beets in aluminium foil and bake them just like you would potatoes, but then you’d end up wasting a whole bunch of precious aluminium foil. I’ve an even easier option for you: just grab your beets and shove them into a Dutch oven, then grab a magazine and read while they are happily roasting away, entirely mess — and waste — free!

No fuss, no mess, no waste… and you’ll get the best tasting beets you will have ever eaten. And when all is said and done, you can choose to eat your beets as is, or just as easily turn them into this crazy delicious Oven Roasted Beet Salad.

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Light vs Dark Roast Espresso. Which is Better?

light vs dark roast coffee

In our stressed out/sleep deprived culture, daily caffeine consumption can be a risky practice. The potential for developing an addictive habit is very real.

Visual symptoms such as deep lines/creases in the cheeks, balding lower legs, or lines in the fingertips may eventually appear. Fatigue and sensitivity to bright sunlight are other common adrenal fatigue symptoms from caffeine overconsumption.

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Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake

Cakes don’t get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it’s also absolutely delicious!

Cakes don't get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it's also absolutely delicious!

This Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake I originally created ages ago, in March of 2012 to be exact, after a friend had challenged me to “heatlthify” an apple cake recipe he’d found on the Internet.

I’d readily accepted his challenge and practically reinvented the thing… Not only did I manage to keep it vegan, like the original, but also made it gluten and refined sugar free. Indeed, the only ingredients in charge of bringing sweetness to this gorgeous ring cake are apples and raisins. Yet, it tastes plenty sweet to be enjoyed as dessert!

HA! I’m telling you, cakes don’t get much healthier than this one. Especially not cakes that taste this good! This one has a really dense yet surprisingly moist texture, and offers very pleasant and distinct notes of buckwheat, which remind me of my childhood’s breakfasts, when my dad used to make buckwheat pancakes for us. Paired with apples, it’s like a match made in heaven!

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