Spicy Chickpea Soup

Unlike most flavorful soups that require hours of laborious chopping and simmering, this recipe is basically done with a can opener in hand and a few flicks of the wrist…Despite being completely meatless, the chickpeas in this soup provide a great punch of protein as well as dietary fiber and the Indian spices pair well with these legumes, which are such a popular part of Middle Eastern cuisines/diets…in addition the pureeing of beans and addition of light coconut milk and yogurt lends a bit of richness and creaminess while still being healthy….

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Grilled Peaches w/Pecorino + Prosciutto

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Taking a cue from prehistoric ancestors, I’ve always preferred my food unprocessed and cooked over fire, thus the idea of fire+fruit was well-accepted by my taste buds. Grilling/cooking fruit caramelizes and concentrates flavors, great for not quite ripened fruit in need of some oomph, while satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthier way.  A savory/salty touch, in this case topping of pecorino and prosciutto wrap, makes it a great crowd pleaser as well…

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Zucchini Carpaccio

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A favorite go-to appetizer at my local Italian eatery, I decided to save myself from enduring a long walk to satisfy my cravings by recreating the dish at home. Oh-so-simple, quick to whip together, few ingredients, yet impressive, also appeals to the vegetarian friends…all the factors for a perfect dinner party dish!…

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