Healthy International Recipes: Indian Chickpeas with Gravy (Chole)

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By The Physicians Committee

2 cups (200 grams) cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup (150 grams) chopped onions
2 large garlic cloves
1 cup (240 grams) fresh tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon (4 grams) turmeric powder
1 teaspoon (2 grams) red pepper powder
2 teaspoons (5 grams) coriander powder
2 teaspoons (5 grams) cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons (5 grams) garam masala or substitute chole masala)
2.5 cups (625 milliliters) water
Salt to taste

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Chickpea Salad Rolls

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By The Physicians Committee

 Makes 4 servings

In this recipe, salad becomes finger food, as leaves of romaine lettuce are used to wrap a tasty chickpea filling. This makes a refreshing wrap that’s high in healthful fiber.

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed or drained
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fat-free or low-fat vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced, or 6 to 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

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Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

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By The Physicians Committee

Red lentils work nicely to thicken this chili, while the sweet potato gives a mellow, smooth contrast to the spices.

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Fit Fathers Red Pepper Hummus

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By The Physicians Committee

Makes about 2 cups

Red pepper hummus makes a delicious dip for fresh vegetables or pita wedges. It can also be used as a sandwich spread or as a filling in a wrap.

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup water-packed roasted red peppers (about 2 peppers)
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed butter)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove (or more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

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Fit Fathers Kwick Kale

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Makes 4 servings

This is delicious with a simple bean dish and a grain dish.

1/2 cup water
1 bunch kale (any variety) (6-8 cups chopped)
2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar

Wash kale, remove stems and chop leaves into 1/2-inch strips. Heat water in large skillet with a lid. When boiling, add kale. Cover and cook over medium heat until greens are bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with vinegar and stir to heat. Serve warm.

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Healthy International Recipes: Indian Punjabi Rajma

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A popular dish from the northern state of Punjab, Rajma is high in protein and a good source of fiber. It is traditionally served with chapati.

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Fit Fathers Nutritious Meal Prep

Fit Fathers styled food prep for the kids’ after school grub. Took us less than 30 mins to prepare this nutritious meal. We will never sacrifice their health over our lack of planning! Here we have organic blueberries and strawberries, watermelon, steamed Kale, vegan caesar salad and Japanese buckwheat soba noodles. #NoExcuses #EatClean

Lead By Example So Your Child Becomes The Example!

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It’s not accidental that kids start cooking fresh, healthy meals for the family on a daily basis. They watch and emulate everything their parents or peers do. If deep, fried chicken is your thing then that’s what they will reciprocate. However, it won’t give them the tools, education and resources needed to extend their lives. Salads, fruits, cruciferous green veggies and plant-based proteins is our recipe for success.

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With that, this weekend’s family visit from my mother and the crew (various nieces, nephews, sisters and cousins) was culminated by a magnificent vegan dinner prepared by my 12-year old daughter Mikaiya and 9-year old niece Mikayla (which I am proud to have named as well). Using her new vegan cookbook, the two made a whole grain penne pasta with homemade pesto sauce blended in the Vitamix using Arugula, lemon juice, avocado, basil, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, garlic and sea salt. The salad included 7 different veggies and the freshly baked scones tasted like heaven. Hopefully they stick with this passion and elevate to the next level.

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After dinner entertainment came from my youngest Kaiyana who played some of her favorites music notes from the violin. The next morning we all woke up to fresh fruit sliced and diced by the little vegan chefs. What a magnificent few days!

Kimatni D. Rawlins

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe by Neal Barnard

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

These whole-grain pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup make for a delicious and hearty breakfast. Blueberries add a delicious and healthful touch.

Serves 2 to 4

  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup of rice milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons safflower oil, to brush the skillet
  • Warmed maple syrup, for drizzling

In a medium bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt. Whisk briefly to blend. Slowly stir in the rice milk and stir just until the lumps disappear. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Heat a cast-iron griddle or skillet over medium heat, then lightly brush with a little of the safflower oil. Add enough batter to form a 4-inch pancake and cook until the edges look dry and bubbly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip the pancake and cook on the other side until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot, with warmed maple syrup.

Per pancake: 82 calories, 2 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 13% calories from fat, 2 g fiber, 112 mg sodium

Mango Halves

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We love eating mangos in the traditional fashion by peeling and getting wet and juicy, but also at times, appreciate them split in half. The simple and value priced slicer parts perfectly around the seed for two well-balanced portions. This method also allows you to cut and dice your mangos for fruit salads or blending into smoothies. The fruit tool can be found on Amazon at a Target or similar home goods retailers. Enjoy!

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