Recipe – Edamame Basil Hummus

Legumes

Legumes are plants with pods. They are a staple of many diets around the world including Asia, India, South and Central America, and the Middle East. Though legumes are a part of the American diet, they are not used as a primary source of protein as in other countries, except by vegetarians and vegans.

Legumes include:

Black ...

Recipe – Vegetable Split-Pea Soup

The Carrot

It's Good for You.

The carrot is a root vegetable first grown in Afghanistan around 900 AD. While it is known best for its orange color, it also comes in other hues, including purple, yellow, red, and white. Early carrots were purple or yellow, but the orange carrot was developed in Central Europe around the ...

Recipe – Roasted Blueberry and Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Smoothies

Smoothies are a type of cold drink made from a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or water, crushed ice or ice cubes, or frozen fruit and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that typically reflect each individual’s taste. I like bananas, pineapple, peaches and strawberries. Popular vegetables include kale, spinach, carrots, celery, and ...

Recipe – Vegan Potato Soup

Potatoes

What do you think of when you hear the word potato? Some people immediately think “best food ever!” For me, it brings back memories of the root cellar where my grandma stored potatoes and other vegetables. What fun it was to go into the root cellar with my grandma. Embracing the coolness as we opened the ...

Recipe – Apple and Pomegranate Jellies

Pomegranate

The pomegranate, categorized as a berry, is a shrub that produces a red, round fruit about 2-5 inches in diameter. The skin is thick and inedible with hundreds of edible seeds within. Each seed is surrounded by a red, juicy and sweet seed covering known as an aril. The seeds and arils are eaten either ...

Recipe – Hummus Tahini

Recipe – Hummus Tahini, Ingredients, 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans, ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup Sesame Tahini, 3 cloves of garlic or ½ tsp. garlic powder

Recipe – Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a fruit from the nightshade family native to South America. While botanically it is a fruit, it is typically prepared and eaten like a vegetable. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene and a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K, making it beneficial ...

Recipe – Date “Bon Bons”

The Humble Date

The fruit of the date palm tree, the date, is believed to have originated somewhere around the Persian Gulf. It is considered one of the oldest cultivated fruits and is part of the staple diet in Middle Eastern countries. When ripe, they are brown and shriveled, resembling a prune. There are several varieties ...

Recipe – Cucumber Salad

What am I? Fruit or Vegetable?

The cucumber is a creeping vine plant of the Cucurbitaceae gourd family that bears cucuminform fruit. It originated in South Asia, but now grows on most continents. There are three main varieties of cucumber – slicing, pickling and burpless/seedless. The cucumber roots in the ground and grows up supporting frames ...

Recipe – Raw or Baked Fruit Crisp

Peach—The Perfect Fruit

The peach is a type of stone fruit that encloses a seed within a hard stone or pit inside the fruity flesh. It is a member of the rose family distinguished by its velvety skin, also belonging to the same family of trees as the almond, thus the kernel’s remarkably similar taste to ...