Hi, there, Liza!
I love lentils! Something I learned years ago about cooking dried lentils is to not add salt during the cooking process because they won't cook well. So, I use broth and herbs for flavor. But, I often used organic canned lentils or lentil soup in my dishes. I learned to love lentils while living in the Middle East while in university.
My DH and I love sardines, but it's hard to find fresh sardines. The oil-packed ones are alright, though.
I love Indian food, although, sometimes, it doesn't love me, LOL! There's a fellow at work whose wife makes the most incredible rice I've ever had. Whenever we have an office potluck, we ask him if his wife would make it, yum! It's very simple, just so flavorful. Another one of my co-workers makes a sort of cardamon cookie - to die for! She keeps forgetting to bring in the recipe, but it's made of ground chickpeas and cardamon. Then, there's fried spinach - my absolute favorite.
My mom is Filipina and makes some awesome "soul food," as we call it. When I ran the food channel at iVillage, we published a book of Heirloom Recipes and my mom is in it. :)
My favorite foods include Japanese, probably because we lived there a few years when I was a kid, plus we are part Asian. I don't like sushi much, though; mainly sashimi and salads, including seaweed and sunomono (marinated cucumber), and lots of other foods you'd find served in traditional bento boxes.
My husband is Slovenian and their foods are influenced by Italy, Austria and the Balkans. Absolutely wonderful! We went to Slovenia last summer and never had a bad meal.
I live in Central Texas where TexMex is king. But, we can also get different styles of Mexican cooking that are wonderful.
It's so much more interesting to add ethnic foods to your regimen, and it's not difficult to eat healthfully, while enjoying them.
Welcome to our team and please do share your favorite recipes and food finds!
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