Taste of Turkey: Homemade Kisir

They say a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and our Turkish friend Hulya chartered a non-stop flight to flavor town. Hulya, a long-time friend of our Director of Online Sales, was born in Adana, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2001 after meeting her now-husband who was on assignment in Turkey.

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One Stack, Two Forks

Food is love, and this Valentine’s Day brunch spread is loveliness incarnate. EB’s Alex took to the kitchen to whip up a decadent breakfast of Gluten-Free Nutella Pancakes with Fresh Sliced Strawberries. Look for the how-to behind our pretty Carnation Garland in an upcoming Earthbound Blog post and reemerge a refreshed you.

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Fragrant & Spicy: Indian Chole Palak

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Most of us love our greasy burgers, perfectly seared steaks, and bacon (Yeah..don’t forget the bacon). Even if you don’t want to commit to a life sans-meat, everyone should make an effort to incorporate more veggies and fruits into their diet and less animal prodcuts. Why, you ask?

1. You’ll feel better and live longer

Eating animal products has a negative affect on our overall heart health. A diet full of fat and cholestrol can lead to heart disease, like clogged arteries. Plus you’ll feel less sluggish overall.

2. You’ll save money

Eating vegeterian is cheap. Browse the produce aisle at the grocery store. Now browse the meat section. See a difference? If you’re concerned about protein, tofu is actually pretty affordable in comparison to meat. Protein can also be found in things like beans, chickpeas, soy and nuts.

3. You’ll save lives

Many of us have seen videos online of the horrible conditions farm animals live in. That’s the reality of it.

4. You’ll help the environment

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has reported that the chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

Have you seen cowspirarcy? It’s a pretty eye opening movie when it comes to our consumption of animal products. Check it out on Netflix.

Convinced yet? If these reasons don’t move you to at least try to eat more vegetarian based dishes, then you don’t have a heart. Kidding. Bacon is wonderful. But so is this traditional Indian dish called Chole Palak, made from spinach and garbanzo beans and plenty of fragrant spice, like garam masala. Go on, try it. It’s pretty simple.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas a.ka. garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
  • lemon wedges

Supplies

  • sautee pan with lid
  • blender or food processor
  • spatula or potato masher
  • measuring spoons
  • knife

1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas a.k.a garbanzo beans in a colander.

2. Cut up the tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Add them to a food processor or blender to make a puree.

3. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan at a medium/low temperature and add the diced onion. Continue to sautee them until their soft and brown, appx. 5 minutes.

4. Once the onion is sauteed, add the cumin seed and let that heat up together for appx. 2 minutes. Then add the puree of tomato goodness + coriander, turmeric, red pepper. Let that simmer for about 3 – 4 minutes on medium heat.

5. Add the chopped spinach, salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover it. Let that continue to cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add the chickpeas and mash them up a bit with a spatula or potato masher. Add the garam masala and let it cook on low heat, covered, for 7 – 8 minutes.

Remove the lid and let the aroma of garam masala transport you to India. And you thought only meat tasted this good! 😉 Serve it over warm basmati rice and top it off with a lemon wedge, if you like. Dip the naan bread into the sauce or use it to scoop some of the chickpea and spinach concoction.

See! Eating vegetarian isn’t that bad. If you’ve decided to go vegetarian or have tried to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, let us know in the comments! We could use a little inspiration.

Cool, Green & Refreshing

  • Mint soothes aching stomachs and aids with indigestion and inflammation.
  • Cucumbers contain tons of B Vitamins which is great for stress and anxiety relief. They also have lots of soluble and insoluble fiber (on the skin), meaning they help you stay full longer AND aids in digestion.
  • Limes contain Vitamin C, a vitamin with antioxidants that helps the muscles in your eyes as well as signs of aging. Plus the antioxidants are beneficial to your overall heart health!

 

Are you ready to refresh your body? Grab the following ingredients and tools:

  • 3 English Cucumbers a.k.a. Hot House Cucumbers, thinly sliced with the skin left on. Put a few aside for garnish.
  • 1 bunch of Mint
  • 6 limes, juiced to make 1/2 cup
  • 3 quarts of Water
  • Sugar, to taste

Makes 4 servings.


Step 1: Add 1/2 cup of water to the blender and slowly add the sliced cucumber and a hanful of mint leaves. We left the skin on because (a) it adds beautiful green color and (b) that’s where all of the insoluble is to help with digestion! Continue to add the cucumber until all of it is pureed and mixed up.

 

Step 2: Take the blended cucumbers and remove the seeds by using a strainer over a pitcher or other container.

Step 3: Add the lime and remaining water to the pitcher. You can either add the sugar to the pitcher (to taste) OR add it to each individual serving.

And you’re done! Wasn’t that easy? We love the vibrant green and how it contrasts with the gold accents on the stemless wine glasses.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Spice and Flavor

If you’re from the south, more specifically Texas, then you know how excited we get about the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo. Over the years Cinco de Mayo (translation: The Fifth of May) has turned into a celebration of Mexican culture, heritage and of course, FOOD.

Often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a day to remember Mexico’s unlikely victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This was a huge morale booster for the outnumbered Mexican army and caused unity and patriotism within the country. Today, the holiday is mainly enjoyed by the United States and residents of Puebla.

We decided to try out a simple yet flavorful dish that is chock-full of color and nutrients. The ingredients in guacamole are rich and vibrant, causing temptation to play with your food. It’s fun to create a masterpiece with Mother Earth’s greatest gifts so let’s get started!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Haas avocados
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1- 3 Jalapenos, depending on your heat tolerance
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Bag of tortilla chips

What you’ll need:

1. Gather all of your ingredients and get to chopping!

Cut the avocado in half with a large knife and use a spoon to scoop out the green goodness and into the bowl. Put the pits aside. Add the kosher salt, cumin, cayenne and garlic as well. Mash up the ingredients with your potato masher to your liking. If you like it chunky, don’t do it too much!

2. Dice up the onion and roma tomatoes, and chop up the cilantro. Add the ingredients to the bowl.

3. Now it’s time to dice up the jalapenos. How you chop up these little peppers will depend on how hot you like your guacamole. Love th heat? Dice up all 2 (or 3) of the jalapenos and include the seeds and ribs. If you need to dial down the temperature, cut the jalapeno lengthwise and use your knife to slice out the ribs and seeds since that is where majority of the heat is located.

4. Lime is an essential part of guacamole. Not ony does it add a bit of citrus flavor, but the acid in the lime slows down the browning of the avocados. Before you squeeze it into your bowl of avocado and spices, roll it along your cutting board to help release the juices from the lime.

5. Fold together all of the ingredients with a large spoon. If you like your guacamole really smooth, this might be a more involved process than if you like it chunky.

6. The part you’ve been waiting for: the first bite. Reach into the bag of tortilla chips and pick out the best looking chip you can find. Grab the corner of that chip and add dive right in. Warning: guacamole may be too full of tasty ingredients and can potentially break your chip. Proceed with caution (and grace).

mmm….nos encanta el guacmole! Let us know if you love this tasty green snack as much as we do.

Red Va-Voom Velvet Waffles

Valentine’s Day. You either love it, or you hate it. Either way, we can all agree on our love for decadent brunch foods like Red Velvet Waffles. There’s something about the rich red that gets everyone excited. Add cream cheese frosting and it suddenly becomes a completely acceptable breakfast item even though we all know it is practically dessert at this point. Top it off with crispy bacon and you’ve got your major food groups covered before noon.

Not in a relationship? No problem. You don’t have to have a significant other to reap the benefits of this velvety concotion. Have a love affair with the person who knows you best: YOU! You’re uniquely you, you’ve got a kind soul, and you’re beautiful inside and out! So why not treat yo self?

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¾ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • Red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup – 1 cup whole milk
  • Bacon and/or Sausage.

Step 1: Heat up the frying pan or skillet to medium heat for the bacon and/or sausage. How much you say? As much as you want. Because bacon.

 

  

1.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2.  Grease waffle iron with butter or cooking spray and begin preheating.

3.  In another bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and vinegar on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add red food coloring. Make sure the red is very vibrant since it will lighten when you add the dry ingredients.

4.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Feel free to add additional food coloring in order to achieve that va-voom red.

5.  Pour the batter into your waffle maker. A traditional waffle maker will produce about 10-12 crispy goodness while a Belgian waffle maker produces about 8 big waffles.

6.  For the glaze: Whisk the softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy for a couple of minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Start with ½ cup milk and add more to achieve desired consistency. You can always double the cream cheese recipe because who doesn’t want glaze on their bacon?

 

Once they are done to a crispy goodness, remove them from the waffle iron. Add bacon or other various breakfast meats to the top and drizzle on some cream cheese frosting. As you can see, we clearly went with a heavy pour as oppose to a drizzle. The glaze is really that good.

Whether you’re spending the day with your other half or cozying up with your pet and Netflix, take time to appreciate the love you share! And don’t forget the bacon!

Recipe credit: Red Velvet Waffles Cream Cheese Glaze