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Falafel Burgers with Tahini Sauce, an American Favorite with a Mid-East Twist!
One of my favorite local restaurants is called The Roxy in the small beach community of Leucadia. A staple stop on the historic Pacific Coast Highway, the Roxy serves anything from American to Italian to Greek to Mexican - even freshly made ice cream! But they are probably most famous for their fresh falafel balls, which they prepare is an assortment of ways. You can get falafel as an appetizer, in a pita, or on a salad, but their falafel burgers are what hits The Roxy's menu out of the park! Here is a recipe inspired by the Roxy's falafel burgers. Fresh falafel is not only incredibly delicious, but also extremely good for you! Make these burgers the next time you want to put a little fusion in your standard burger spread. You won't regret it! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Falafel Burgers with Tahini Sauce 2 cans of chickpeas 1 cup of onion 3-4 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons lemon 4 teaspoons olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. all-spice 1 cup of breadcrumbs, divided For the Tahini Paste 1/4 cup ground sesame paste (tahini) 1/4 cup hot water 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 2 cloves of garlic salt to taste For the falafel burgers: 1. Chop onions and garlic and throw them into a mixing device with lemon juice, olive oil, chickpeas, and seasonings. 2. Pour mixture into a large bowl with 1/2 of the breadcrumbs and mix until firm. 3. Form patties and then dip into leftover breadcrumbs on both sides. 4. Heat a skillet with some olive oil and cook on 2-4 minutes on each side, or until falafel burger is golden brown. 5. Serve with buns and toppings of your choice. For the Tahini paste: 1, Add ingredients for tahini paste into a blender and blend until creamy. 2. Serve with your falafel burger.
You'll Never Guess What People Eat At The Movies Across The Globe
Yuck. There are hundreds of countries around the world sitting in movie theaters across the globe. One big difference is the food they eat while in the audience. From dried bugs to salted candies, world customs really have their own distinct palette. Though Americans believe there's nothing in the world that could be better than a nice bag full of buttery popcorn, they are in for a huge surprise. Check out the movie theater snacks from around the world. You're going to be shocked. USA: Salted, Buttery, Popcorn It's crunchy. It's addicting. It's SO American. Popcorn is a very traditional snack without a ton of calories...that is, if you don't drench it in a pool of butter and salt. Popcorn has had a long standing reservation in our culture, primarily since corn is such in abundance within our country. We've muti-purposed corn to be just about anything but popcorn is still our favorite creation. Just remember, a small popcorn won't get you through intermission. A large popcorn will make you feel fat. But who cares, right? Great Britain: Sugared Popcorn Why am I not surprised that Great Britain would have a seamlessly more proper snack? Compared to American, the Brits always seem to do the exact opposite. From my personal view, I just don't understand the thrill of sugary popcorn. However then again, kettle corn and caramel corn is a huge success in the States. Brits are notorious for their bitter drinks such as coffee and tea paired with a very decadent and sweet dessert. I guess it's only fitting, pinkies up. Japan: Iwashi Senbei The first idea that popped into your mind was probably not that these are sardine rice crackers. The crisps are baked in sugar and soy sauce to give them their distinct taste. Rice is a very traditional food within the country so it's no surprise it is a snack as well. And with Japan being a very dependent country on its seafood industry, it's obvious that a leading snack brand would be fish based. Still interesting. Brazil: Roasted Ants Okay GROSS. As an American, I will never understand the love for eating bugs. We get it, they are packed with a ton of protein and have a nice crunch. But it's so taboo in American culture. On the other hand, Brazilians loves them. It's an aphrodisiac, or food that stimulates sexual desire, which could be the reason for why Brazilians are such a fan. Talk about a passive aggressive way to show your date that you want to hook up. Norway: Dried Reindeer Meat Somewhere in the North Pole, Santa is crying. This food seems so fitting though for the region. Reindeer meat is cut and then dried for a chewy taste. Very similar to beef jerky in the States. Reindeer meat boasts very low fat and high protein. However, I can't seem to feel sympathy for Rudolph & his gang once they find out that the Norwegians are snacking on their friends. Guess Norway is going to become the land of misfits toys soon enough... South Korea: Dried Cuttlefish I guess this goes hand in hand with popcorn in the Asian nation. With a meaty texture and briny flavor, apparently South Koreans can't get enough. It can be seasoned in a variety of flavors. Though they're also fans of roasted chestnuts, dried cuttlefish still frequently comes out as the fan favorite. I still don't know what a cuttlefish is. Russia: Beluga Caviar This is reserved for the rich and only the rich but a very common wealthy delicacy. Though the average folk may not be accustomed to eating the beluga caviar themselves, they know exactly who is receiving it when they attend the movie theater. Apparently movies in Russia are a more fancy affair, something Americans and other world countries would gawk at. With Russia being known to have extreme customs, this one tops the cake. Greece: Souvlaki Okay, this looks delicious. Lamb or beef souvlaki will be a fit for an Grecian attending an outdoor movie. They're tender and savory and it's already making my mouth water. Grecians are notorious for having the best food in the world and it's no surprise that their movie theaters also come with a wide delicious variety of choices. Please fly me to Greece because I'm starving. Netherlands: Salty Licorice This could be the most hated snack in America. Black licorice is a very distinct taste that very few people enjoy. In America, our black licorice contains a lot of sugar. However in the Netherlands, they salt their licorice with ammonium chloride which gives eaters a tongue-numbing sensation. Is this candy a drug? No thank you. India: Samosas This is my favorite. Look how good that looks! Bollywood theaters are all the rage in India far more popular than any Western movie. Samosas are potato stuffed pastries that taste as good as they look. With Bollywood movies comes a delicious combo of chutney and cheese sandwiches and vada pav, potato fritters in a bread bun. I could definitely ship this idea in the USA.
How to Make Apricot Fruit Leather Roll-Ups (Vegan)
Apricot fruit leather - called 'lavashak' throughout the Middle East - is a favorite snack of children of the region similar to the appeal of Fruit Roll-Ups here in the United States. They're chewy, sweet, and made with virtually 100% fruit, making them a much healthier alternative to most other snacks out there. Growing up, my mother used to buy lavashak in huge packages at the Arabic market. But this was far before Internet recipes, the trend of dehydrating fruit, and the 21st century DIY ambition. (I'm dating myself a little, but I digress.) Basically, what I'm trying to say is making your own lavashak at home is so easy and probably much easier than my family had realized. And not only does this recipe work great with the traditional choice of apricots, but pretty much all stone fruits, including peaches, cherries, and plums! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Apricot Fruit Leather (Lavashak) 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 cups pitted and diced fresh apricots 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste, depending on the sweetness of the apricots) 1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees F (165 degrees C), or the lowest setting you have. 2. Combine the lemon juice, apricots and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. 3. Cover an 11x17 inch pan or cookie sheet with a layer of plastic wrap. Pour the pureed fruit onto the plastic and spread evenly to within 1 inch of the edge. 4. Bake for 4 to 6 hours in the preheated oven, using a spoon or a pair of tongs to keep the door slightly ajar, or until the puree has dried and is no longer sticky. Once dry, you can cut it into strips and store in an airtight container.
Healthy Lifestyle as a Path to Self-Improvement
“What is a healthy lifestyle?” Our grandmothers would have asked twenty years ago. Now this concept is gaining more and more popularity. The basics of a healthy lifestyle are a minimum of bad habits with a maximum of useful ones that contribute to improving the quality of life of people. If before the main elements of a stylish young man or girl were an active club life, indispensable cigarettes and a glass of alcoholic cocktail, now social networks are full of images of beautiful and toned bodies in training rooms. A photo of a plate with chicken breast and vegetable salad will gain much more “likes” than pictures of a pan with fried potatoes on a beer bottle background. Healthy lifestyle comes quickly and inevitably: shelves with organic products, farm meat and vegetables are already beginning to appear on shelves in stores, sports halls are opening. Reasons for the popularity of healthy lifestyle A correct lifestyle contributes not only to an overall improvement in the state of the body, but also to the appearance of the person. What are the criteria for a healthy lifestyle? This is a rational diet, physical activity corresponding to a person’s age and condition, a good sleep and many other little things that positively affect the state of the human body. Anyone who follows the basic rules of a healthy lifestyle compares favorably with others: he has a fresh complexion, good posture and a lively look, always full of energy , the desire to try something interesting. It is impossible not to notice him against the background of people with gray puffy faces, voluminous bellies, shortness of breath and stooped backs, with difficulty carrying themselves through life from the couch to work. He who observes the main components of the healthy lifestyle clearly understands how much effort and time he needs to maintain himself in perfect condition, so he will not spend a second on meaningless or unpleasant actions. This is especially valuable in the age of high technology, when every minute counts. Healthy lifestyle components A healthy lifestyle is a combination of several basic elements, including the following: - proper nutrition; - physical exercise; - healthy sleep; - rational distribution of time; - refusal of excesses. All these components of a healthy lifestyle are fundamental. It is a mistake to think that in order to change life, it is enough to change one thing. You can’t give up part of bad habits, and be content with it. Fundamental changes are always needed for fundamental changes. Each person has a different character, and where one can, by a willful decision, immediately abandon all that is superfluous, the other will better abandon the idea of self-improvement, fearing the burden of future worries. Therefore, psychologists advise not to rush to apply all the main components of a healthy lifestyle at once, but to do it gradually in order to first unconsciously accept the basics of a healthy lifestyle and make changes easier to transfer. Where to start a healthy lifestyle A healthy lifestyle begins with a person realizing that he does not live correctly. And for everyone this happens in different ways: someone notices a too big figure on the scales, someone feels unsatisfied, broken, tired, someone constantly gets sick. Sometimes people for years come to the idea that just a diet or prevention of colds is not enough to solve their problems. And it seems to them that they are leading the right way of life, since they abandoned any one component of the past: they quit drinking or smoking, started going to the gym or went on a diet. However, HLS is not one small concession, but a large set of measures for self-improvement, and although it should be started small, we must strive for more. Such components of a healthy lifestyle as regular exercise and proper cooking cannot just be discarded or replaced with less time-consuming options. Healthy lifestyle and its components The main components of a healthy lifestyle are not the only ones, but they are the basis of a new mode of existence, which should not be taken as punishment or torment, but as a kind of peak, the achievement of which is interesting and exciting. It is not necessary to rest only on the basic elements. There are other healthy lifestyle factors , such as, for example, spiritual practices, psychological training, and the community of fans of the rules of a healthy lifestyle that help to exchange experiences with other adepts. Balanced diet This is the cornerstone that holds the other components of a healthy lifestyle. Depending on the physical condition of a person, on the principles that he practices, nutrition can be different: healthy eatingsomeone prefers vegetarianism, someone raw food diet, paleodiet becomes an outlet for someone. There is no one true option, as there is no one most correct spiritual practice, because all people are different, and the ways that lead them to a state of inner harmony are different for everyone. One thing is certain for sure: nutrition is always included in the basics of a healthy lifestyle in the forefront, since the spiritual state directly depends on the body. The body is actually a “box” for the soul, it is impossible to get to what is inside without changing the container so that you can freely engage in the state of content. Nutrition has a huge impact on health, not in vain for many diseases, doctors prescribe certain diets. Sport lifestyle Without physical activity, it is also impossible to talk about self-improvement. An unsportsmanlike person is often melancholy, inclined to forgive his minor weaknesses. He has no habit of loading muscles, overcoming himself, he will easily violate the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle due to the lack of self-discipline. Sport not only heals, it also contributes to the formation of a beautiful appearance, and the joy of contemplating the reflection in the mirror, the pride, pleasure that people receive when they look at the updated version of themselves, only support their desire to observe the right lifestyle. As a basis for a healthy lifestyle, sports are simply irreplaceable: exercises help improve blood circulation, joints, stimulate the production of certain hormones, improve the general condition of the human body. Gyms offer a huge selection of different activities for people of all ages and physical abilities, so even old age cannot be an obstacle if you want to start a healthy lifestyle. Rational distribution of time Some factors of a healthy lifestyle underestimate, in particular, the ability to distribute time in such a way as to comply with all the principles of a healthy lifestyle. A feature of cardinal changes is the inextricable relationship between the amount of effort spent on preparing for them and the process of mastering the unusual rules of a healthy lifestyle that will allow this lifestyle to be called truly healthy. A healthy lifestyle requires self-denial, a willingness to spend part of the time providing yourself with wholesome foods, preparing appropriate dishes, and training. It takes less than half an hour to cook semi-finished products. On a trip to the store for the appropriate ingredients, cooking will have to spend more time, and you need to do this constantly. After all, what is a healthy lifestyle? This is a steady, constant adherence to certain rules and its chosen components, and the components of a healthy lifestyle cannot be applied partially and irregularly, otherwise these will be random moments against the background of ordinary existence. Refusal of excesses In real life, a healthy image has little to do with the concept of a beautiful or thin body. Not everything that leads to weight loss is beneficial, and sometimes in an attempt to achieve a visual effect an unprepared person comes to the opposite - diseases, poor health, and dissatisfaction with oneself. Proper nutrition and a sporting lifestyle alone will not give full effect, if at the same time you continue to allow yourself obvious excesses that pathologically affect the general condition of the body, accustom it to general relaxation on the verge of being optional and destructively affect the healthy lifestyle itself and its components . Therefore, excesses are not only smoking or drinking alcohol, but also the habit of breaking the correct regime, allowing yourself to deviate from some important postulates, and so on. Allowed weaknesses Not every person has a strong character, everyone should only do what they can master, gradually, taking small steps, moving forward, one at a time accepting the rules of a healthy lifestyle. It is sometimes necessary to allow oneself to deviate from them; weaknesses will only help to observe the principles of healthy lifestyle, if they are: 1. Really rare; 2. Small and well controlled; 3. Do not lead to systematic violations of the main components of a healthy lifestyle. To smoke one cigarette once a month, gradually increasing the period between smoking to two, three or more months - this is a minor weakness, which allows at the initial stage for a person who comprehends the very basics of a healthy lifestyle. Smoking a pack of cigarettes every day instead of one and a half, without reducing the dose at the same time, is already a harmful habit that affects the subconscious: if you are allowed to continue smoking, then you can afford to continue to eat fast food and skip workouts. Healthy lifestyle criteria Willingness should consist of internal messages, because no advice, persuasion or requirements will force a person to follow the basic principles that are necessary to bring his life into a state of at least relatively healthy, if there is no need to change. But even with such an aspiration, one should not forget that you should not rush into the pool of self-improvement thoughtlessly. The criteria for healthy lifestyles appeared for a reason, they are justified.666 For example, with a number of diseases it is impossible to violate a prescribed diet, even in order to lead a healthy lifestyle; one should not try to perform sets of exercises for trained athletes through force, if the physical form leaves much to be desired - instead of benefit, there is a high probability of injury; attempts to achieve an enhanced effect by changing the terms of diets to large ones will turn healthy food into a dangerous hunger strike, and excessive zeal will turn into harm instead of benefit. Knowing of limits You can’t talk about the rules applicable for the transition to a healthy lifestyle, without mentioning a very important point. There are healthy lifestyle factors that significantly affect the outcome, and one of them is a sense of proportion. The right way of life is built on limitations, self-discipline, building a system of habits that allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and its components in the long run. A person cannot exist in a regime of severe restrictions; moreover, they are usually developed so that there is no excessive psychological pressure, and chronic fatigue from self-denial does not occur. A sense of proportion - that’s what guides the experts who develop recommendations for nutrition, exercise and other components of a healthy lifestyle. Do not seriously violate the timing, diet, and so on, as this can become dangerous. Other healthy lifestyle factors Other aspects that affect the process of self-improvement include: - psychological preparedness for breakdowns; - the ability to replace prohibited products with others, since refusing is always more difficult than replacing with an analog; - the ability to consistently implement the plan and so on. What is healthy lifestyle? This is not only a certain group of basic elements based on physiological aspects, but also a huge layer of components lying in the field of psychology and fine tuning of the subconscious. Conclusion A healthy lifestyle and its components are steadily included in our reality: there are debates on the Internet about the best diets and exercise complexes, on television they talk about the many basics of a healthy lifestyle , in stores on the shelves there are more and more ecological products. A modern person simply cannot get out of reality, which teaches what HLS is, because we are all unique, and to preserve this uniqueness, to keep it as close as possible to an ideal state, is an excellent goal in life. The rules of a healthy lifestyle are not as complex as it seems at first glance, and sometimes it’s enough just to start to realize how necessary it was.
Greek Gyros
Gyros take me to a place I've never been! Biting into one makes me feel like I should be somewhere in the Mediterranean~ Sigh, if only. This recipe has an extensive ingredient list, but the taste and final product is nothing to complain about - it'll all be worth it :D Ingredients: Gyros: - 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated - 1 onion, thinly sliced - 1 - (2-3) pound boneless pork shoulder roast - 2 tablespoons dried oregano - 2 teaspoons dried dill - 2 teaspoons paprika - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper - 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon pepper - 2 lemons, juiced - 1/3 cup olive oil - 3 teaspoons red wine vinegar - 3 tablespoons greek yogurt - 4-8 homemade or store bought pitas - 1/2 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved, for serving - 1 red onion, thinly sliced, for serving - 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese, for serving Tzatziki: - 1 cup plain greek yogurt - 1/4 hothouse cucumber, peeled and seeded and diced small - 1 large clove garlic, grated (or finely minced) - 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar - 1/2 teaspoon, dried dill - 1 teaspoon dried oregano - 1 tablespoon fresh lemon, juiced - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Tapenade: - 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives - 1/4 cup pitted green olives - 1 clove garlic, grated - 1 pepperoni, diced Directions: 1) Spray a crockpot with cooking spray. Add the onions and garlic. 2) In a small bowl combine the oregano, dill, paprika, cayenne, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the pork with half of the spice mixture. 3) Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add the pork and sear on all sides until golden brown. 4) Add pork to the prepared crockpot and sprinkle with the remaining seasonings and any drippings from the pan. To the crockpot add the 1/3 cup olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, greek yogurt and 3/4 cup of water. Cover and cook on low, 8 hours. or high for 4-6 hours. If possible check the pork a few times during cooking. If needed add some water to keep the meat moist. 5) To prepare the tzatziki pour any liquid off the surface of the greek yogurt. (I find it is best to use full fat greek yogurt for this, but 2% works ok as well. You want the yogurt to be thick, so if your greek yogurt seems thin strain it through a fine mesh strainer). Mix together the greek yogurt, diced cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dill, oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld. **If making the tapenade, dice the olives and mix in a small bowl with the garlic, pepperoncini and parsley. Set aside in the fridge until read to serve. 6) After 8 hours (or 4-6 on high) remove the pork and set aside to cool slightly. Once cool enough to touch shred the pork with two forks, it should fall apart easily. Return the pork to the crockpot and toss with the onions. Crank the heat to high. Allow the pork to get warm for five minutes. 7) Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and tapenade if using. 8) Enjoy!
BTS Secret Drink Menu: BTS Cafe
Que tal peeps! Storyline... Welcome to my BTS cafe. I was able to open this up due to the fat pockets of my husband Jimin Park (big smile). Today I will share our secrect drink menu only for fellow ARMY peeps! Enjoy! Menu according to stans... Namjoon Stans Neapolitan Frappe We all know Namjoon likes all types of ladies so this would fit him well with three tasty flavors as the base. Jin Stans Strawberry Chesscake Frappe We all know pink is his color since he is called the pink princess. It was just his fate to also be the strawberry chesscake princess as well. Yoongi Stans... All Cream Frappe Yoongi is know for that creamy flawless skin. This drink is like having Yoongi in slow small sips.... Hobi stans Strawberry Lemonade Frappe We all know Hobi is the burst of bright light in the group! This drink will awaken your taste buds just like Hobi would (take this statement as you want lol)! Jimin stans... The Nutella Now we all know papi chulo loves chocolate! He has said this many times. This drink is him all day! V stans.... Captian Crunch V is super out there thats why ARMY has nicknamed him alien. This drink is something outside the box. Jungkook stans Tuxedo Mocha This half creme half mocha drink is super smooth just like Jungkook's moves. Plus ot is half light and dark like Jungkook. He can never figure out if he wants to be good or naughty! Next Menu is Yoongi's Menu Now I shared this before on vingle ages ago. Credit to creator. Next we have aummer drinks that will be gone quick try them while you can... (credit to creator). Feeling Low? Try our energy drinks for the low price of your soul! Just kidding we will accept ARMY tears of joy though lol!! DRINK UP!! ALCOHOL SHOTS FOR 21+ BUT WE DO HAVE THEM IN THE BACK... IN ALL SERIOUSNESS DRINKS ABOVE ARE STARBUCKS DRINKS. AMS Unicorn Taglist @strawberrylover @sukkyongwanser @TaeSky @divanicola05 @BabydollBre @SimplyAwkward @QueenPandaBunny @Vay754 @MissMinYoongi @EvilGenius @punkpandabear @Seera916 @VeronicaArtino @RKA916 @jiminakpop @PolarStarr @jjrockstar @SarahHibbs @kitkatkpop @simpsonsamantha @AraceliJimenez @SweetDuella @CArcelia @Gracielou0717 @DefSoul1994 @EvodiaEbraheem @JustBrea @FernandaMedina @aliendestina @KayLeeRose94 @IsoldaPazo @AgentLeo @Starbell808 @KoizuniHime19 @AlexisJ15 @impulsegurl666 @MonieManhiM @EvodiaEbraheem @Ttwolf74 @gyapitt @StephaniePoore @AsystolinaTawan @Indiglow @krystalrikpop
The Most Authentic Hummus Recipe You Will Ever Find (Vegan)
Growing up in a Palestinian-American family, hummus was such a staple. My mother used to make sure plenty of tahini and chickpeas were readily available in the kitchen for when it was time to whip up a fresh batch for visiting family and friends. I ate hummus while I watched Saturday morning cartoons. I ate hummus at birthday parties, graduation parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Sunday. I ate hummus in sandwiches or as a dip with carrot sticks and cucumbers. It was even a great alternative for onion dip when I needed something to dip my pretzels in. I recently 're-stumbled' across a book one of my cousins typed up from scribbled down Palestinian-style recipes passed around in my family for several generations. I figured there were probably tons of fellow hummus lovers on Vingle, so I've decided this would be a good opportunity to share the family recipe with others! --------------------------------------------------------- Chick Pea Dip (Hummus bi Tahineh) 1 lb. can of chick peas 1/3 cup tahineh Juice of 1 or 2 lemons 1 clove garlic Salt to taste 3 tbsp. olive oil A pinch of sumac (Note: Sumac is a dark-colored spice used in a lot of Arabic cooking. It's optional in this recipe, but if you're wanting to find some for yourself, I'd suggest looking in the ethnic ingredients section of your supermarket.) Boil chick peas in juice for 5 minutes on medium heat. Drain. Place chick peas, Tahineh, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in blender. Blend for 15 seconds to make an almost smooth, thick paste. Place Hummus in a plate and garnish with parsley, radishes, red pepper, and pickles. Cover dish with olive oil and sprinkle sumac. Or brown 3 tbsp. pine nuts in 2 tbsp. butter, and pour over Hummus instead of olive oil. --------------------------------------------------------- You can customize the garnish to your own personal tastes. I usually like to use olive oil, sumac, fresh chopped mint, whole chickpeas, and/or whole kalamata olives. The recipe is really easy and really inexpensive to make. (I'd suggest trying some in a fresh falafel sandwich!)
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