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    I'm Jodi. I'm a natural foods chef and lover of healthy, wholesome, and tasty foods that have the power to make us look good from the inside out.

    Entries in chickpeas (5)

    Tuesday
    Jan072014

    chopped kale salad with chickpeas, toasted almonds, sesame seeds + a honey ginger dressing

    Boy, do I need a salad every day for the next few weeks.

    As you may have noticed, I've been away for the past couple of weeks. Shortly after the New Year, Michael and I took off and traveled half way around the world to Thailand for a friend's wedding. Thailand has been top on my list of places to go for as long as I can remember, and now I can happily cross that off the list. The moment I put my feet in the sand and was handed a freshly cracked open Thai coconut with ice cold coconut water inside, the two days of travel it took to get there melted away. I was in pure heaven.    

    Whenever I travel, especially very very long distances, there is not much choice but to eat pick at whatever is being served in-flight, so as soon as I get home I crave big bowls of homemade goodness. I have been without my staples of kale, quinoa and green smoothies for longer than I like, and I was starting to go through withdrawal. I pleasantly pushed the limit on my Thai food intake while I was there, I ate enough sticky rice and coconut curry to last me a very long time.   

    I landed back in NY yesterday, so I am in a bit of a jet lagged haze. Thailand still seems like a dream. I am sure it is going to take me a few days to process memories, tastes, photographs, and opinions, but my initial reaction is that Thailand was so wonderful and just different enough to make you feel like you are far far away, but not too far from your comfort zone. 

    I am a routine person, so I am always happy to come home after being away awhile, just to get back into my routine. 

    Within my daily routine I have a food routine, and as you may have guesses my food routine includes a lot of salad. Eating salads is not a chore for me, I love it. Although, I almost always prefer the homemade variety over the ones you would takeout or eat at a restaurant. I like throw anything and everything into my salads without wondering if it is going to taste good .... it usually does. 

    I always prefer to make my own dressings too. You will never find a store-bought dressing in my fridge. It is one of those things that is so easy to make and keep around, and I can whisk together combos like honey and ginger. There is never an excuse to buy salad dressing.

    Before my trip, I was experimenting a lot with chopped salads. I love a good chopped salad, because it is the best kind of salad for getting that perfect bite. You know, when you dive in and you end up with all of the ingredients on your fork every single time. Chopped salad is sure bet for a super satisfying salad experience.

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    Tuesday
    Apr162013

    falafel + herbed tzatziki

    There are a lot of food trucks where I live. Not the really fancy cool ones, but the ones that serve your standard NYC hot dog, pretzel, or more recently, cupcakes. They're probably not technically food trucks, more like food carts. Yes, let's refer to them as food carts.

    Food truck food, however, is the greatest. Food that came from a truck used to be a bit iffy, but not anymore. Food truck food is cool and delicious. Don't most food lovers dream of having a food truck one day? I do.

    You know what my food truck would have? Lots of awesome tasting farm fresh vegetables. Edgy vegetable dishes like veggie empanadas and maybe even some crispy grilled veggies on a stick with an awesome sauce. And falafel. My food truck would definitely have some really delicious falafel. 

    So now that I have my menu down ... I just need to name my food truck. I'm taking suggestions. 

     

    Back to the food carts. A lot of the food carts by me serve falafel. I've never tried one of theirs, but if I had to guess it probably tastes pretty darn good. My problem is, who knows who made that falafel, where it has been sitting all day, and what kind of oil it was fried in. Thanks but no thanks. I'll make my own. 

    Falafel is one of those things that can be so wonderful when it's done right, and so awful when it's not done right. The good kind of falafel is one that is not too fried, not to dry, crisp on the outside, made with fresh organic ingredients and loaded with lots of good spices.

    That's the type of falafel I want to create in my kitchen. 

    See, when I make falafel at home, I know what I am putting in and I know what it will turn out like. I know that I am making a healthier version because I know my ingredients are good, clean, and organic. How often do you see homemade, organic falafel advertised on the side of a food cart? Pretty much never. You know my food truck would .... in pink neon flashing lights. 

     

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    Friday
    Nov022012

    loaded homemade hummus

    I started writing this post from my dark, powerless apartment in downtown nyc. Thankfully for me that was the biggest inconvenience for me and my family during hurricane sandy. We now have power again, and things are slowly getting back to normal where I live. 

    We are extremely fortunate. This has not been the case with many people, especially those in the boroughs of NYC + the coast of NJ. The people who have not been as fortunate have weighed heavy in my thoughts.

    I am always so impressed at the way new yorkers pull together in the wake of crisis and hard times. I'm also impressed with so many of my family members and friends who have donated their time and goods to people in need without any hesitation. We all know what we have to do, and taking care of our neighbors and people in need just comes naturally to the people of this area. 

    Whether you live in NY or not, there are ways you can help. I found a couple of links that can point you in the direction so you can donate your time, money, or goods to people who need it most. 

    7 ways to donate to hurricane sandy victims online via mashable

    12 ways to donate time, skills, or supplies to hurricane victims via treehugger

    buy an I (still) love NY t-shirt - 100% profits go to hurricane sandy relief

    It may seem a bit trivial to post about something as simple as hummus while we are still recovering from one of the biggest disasters the nyc area has ever seen. We all have to get back to some sort of normalcy, and eating hummus daily is a part of my normal, everyday life. 

    I eat a lot of hummus. It's pretty much my go-to snack food, and because of this I find that it's definitely better for me to be making my own. This hummus, however, is a fancier hummus. A hummus I might make if I want to impress someone, or make for a fancy party or pot luck. The toppings are more of a creative suggestion, a guileline, not a rule. Feel free to omit the toppings though if you are not in a fancy mood.

    *If you have any other suggestions/links on how to help hurricane sandy victims, or want to share what you did to help, please feel free to leave that info in the comments section below*

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    Monday
    Jan232012

    winter vegetable couscous

    Monday
    Sep122011

    zucchini carpaccio with quinoa, chickpeas, parmesan, & basil