South American Cuisine

Healthy, Hearty and Easy Garbanzo Chili (Chana Masala)

Healthy, Hearty and Easy Garbanzo Chili (Chana Masala)

Garbanzo beans are a great food choice for a plant-based protein. Popularly known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are legumes in the same family as kidney beans. They have a buttery, nutty flavor, and creamy texture. In the US, the tan, round, and slightly larger variety is common. Chickpeas have calcium, magnesium, fiber, and other nutrients for strong bones. They boost your mental health for they have choline, a nutrient that helps make essential chemicals for memory, mood, muscle control, and other brain activity. They also help lower cholesterol and lower cancer risk.

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Spaghetti Primavera: Healthy, One-Pot

Spaghetti Primavera: Healthy, One-Pot

Here’s a healthy twist to the standard pasta primavera that we’re all familiar with! Changing the main grain component from pasta to spaghetti adds more nutritive value to this dish, if you choose the right spaghetti. Spaghetti that is bronze-cut is less processed, because molds are not used. Also, choosing air-dried pasta is better because it is not dried with heat that destroys nutrients. We are able to use a third of the oil due to cooking in MEC, which also reduces the fat content of this dish without compromising on the taste. We hope you try and like it!

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Amaranth With Rice – An Anytime Nourishing Meal!

Amaranth With Rice – An Anytime Nourishing Meal!

Amaranth is a tiny grain packed with an impressive set of nutrients and makes a great variation to a daily rice, wheat, quinoa, and grain diet. It is packed with manganese, exceeding your daily nutrient needs in just one serving. Manganese is important for the brain functioning. Amaranth is also rich in magnesium, an essential nutrient involved in nearly 300 reactions in the body, including DNA synthesis and muscle contraction. It is also high in phosphorus, a mineral that is important for bone health. Amaranth is also rich in iron, which helps with the production of blood and so much more! Along with rice, dates, and coconut milk – this is a winning recipe for any time of the day or any season!

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