Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Turn Southwestern Salsa Into Southwestern Salad

Pico de gallo salsa dips

Do you freeze in fear when faced by a potluck sign-up sheet? Worry no more. With just three ingredients, you can make a salad everyone at your office party, block party, church dinner or game night will rave about. Your only dilemma will be whether to tell people how easy it is or let them be impressed by your culinary genius. Here it is, your favorite new three-ingredient Southwestern salad:

Ingredients

  1. Lettuce: You can choose your favorite, but romaine tends to work well. If you choose iceberg, be sure to get a head or two and chop them, rather than buying pre-shredded bagged lettuce.
  2. Ripe avocado: Cut into half-inch chunks. Use one or two avocados per head of lettuce. Having trouble getting the pits out? Once you’ve cut the avocado in half, try sharply embedding t (more…)

29 Jul 2015

The Amazing Nutritional Benefits of Hummus

Cucumber cups recipe

Although hummus dips only stepped into the American food spotlight in the 60s, the tahini chickpea-based dip has been gracing dinner tables since the early 13th century. History tells us that chickpeas were introduced to the Middle East 7,000 years ago, and since then, variations of flavors of hummus have been popping up all over the continent.
Every basic hummus recipe contains five ingredients: chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon, and garlic. To that, many add additional spices and sometimes even different vegetables. For example, roasted red pepper hummus dip recipes and edamame hummus are two popular flavo (more…)

27 Jul 2015

More than Taco Bell

Best tamale recipe

It’s no secret that our nation is an unhealthy one. Portion sizes and processed ingredients are always on the rise, driving healthcare costs right up with them. Among the worst offenders in fast food is the hamburger chain, where some menu items have as much as doubled in size a 30-year period. Unsurprisingly, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds.

What may come as a shock to those of you who think tamales are just those cinnamon candies next to the checkout at 7-11, is that Hispanic food offers several healthy alternatives to your normal diet.

Despite the omnipresent pizzerias and Chinese joints in every mall food court, the ethnic food consumed most in this country is actually Mexican. Americans consume tortillas and avocados, two classic examples of “(more…)

24 Jul 2015

Make Your Own Fresh Salsa

Pico de gallo salsa dips

Salsa, the Spanish word for sauce, is currently the best selling condiment in the U.S., even topping the sales of ketchup. One reason for the popularity of fresh salsa is the health aspect of it. If you are in the market for a healthy dipping sauce, you can’t go wrong with authentic Mexican salsa.

What Is Salsa?

There are many different types of salsa, but the very first version can be traced back to the Incas, Myans and Aztecs. The classic mild salsa dip that we are currently accustomed to buying was first manufactured in 1952. The basic ingredients include tomatoes, onions, chili peppers, cilantro leaves, lime juice and other spices.
Salsa Nutrition

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22 Jul 2015

Your Simple Guide to Hummus

What is salsa

The earliest documented recipe similar to the modern day hummus can be traced back to 13th century Egypt. Hummus also has origins in countries such as Palestine, Yemen, Syria, and Israel. The dip first came to America in the 1960s and 1970s, but was sold only in health food stores. After several decades, it became popular with mainstream customers and can now be found in many grocery stores.

What Exactly is Hummus?

The word hummus is actually an Arabic word that means “chickpeas.” The hummus dip that is eaten in America is known as “hummus bi tahini,” which means “chickpeas with tahini.” Hummus is made by mashing chickpeas and then mixing them with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt.

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22 Jul 2015

HERE’S TO HUMMUS HEALTH!

Recipe for hummus

If you’ve been to a party anytime in the last decade or so, you’ve probably seen a container of hummus placed on the appetizer table, usually with a bag of pita chips nearby. It’s likely that you’ve enjoyed the taste, but did you know that hummus is actually a healthful snack?

Originating in the Middle East, hummus is a thick spread comprised of ground-up chickpeas, and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. There are many different types of hummus as well as recipes to utilize hummus, which makes it one of the most popular dips around. In fact, some 15 million Americans consume hummus on a regular bas (more…)

21 Jul 2015

Recipes with Hummus 5 Ways You Never Knew You Could Use Hummus

Hummus dips

When most people think of hummus, they think of hummus dip, with some veggies or chips on the side for dipping. But hummus is far from limited to just a dipping sauce; it can be a fantastic way to get extra protein in your diet and swap out bad foods for good ones, instantly. Since hummus contains high levels of vitamin C and iron, as well as vitamin B6 and folate, (as well as no cholesterol or saturated fat) many people try to incorporate hummus into their diets as much as possible. If you love hummus, but aren’t sure what else to do with it, check out these 5 recipes with hummus, for some great alternative hummus ideas:

1. Breakfast of Champions
Hummus contains vital amounts of protein and lysine, and can really give your the boost you need in the morning. In fact, two spoon fulls of h (more…)

05 Jul 2015

Coffee Business Are you Down with the King of Beverage Businesses?

Mobile coffee van franchise

Coffee is truly a global beverage. All around the people drink coffee to start their mornings, get through their work days, or just to enjoy at any time. Worldwide, the coffee industry is worth $100 billion dollars, according to Business Insider.

Every single cup of coffee, whether brewed at home, served at a diner, or purchased from a mobile coffee van contributes to this gigantic global business. Not only is coffee a big business, it’s a growing business, that may represent one of the best food franchise opportunities for aspiring business owners.

Just how fast is the coffee franchise industry growing? With a 7% annual growth rate worldwide, coffee shops represent one of the fastest growing industr (more…)

03 Jul 2015