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Food for the Soul

2015-05-28 |


Dinner time can feel like the most stressful part of our day, even when it’s supposed to be the most relaxing. When desperately trying to figure out what to make do you order out or just make the same old dish you’ve had twice this week already? Not tonight. In an effort to spice up dinner and any other meal of the day, here are three exotic meals you can make at home and give new meaning to dinner.

Masala-Spiced Chickpeas

This process is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Start cooking the chickpeas over medium heat with onions and garlic. You can also begin blending the spices together separately and add them when the chickpeas turn light brown. This flavorful recipe requires coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper and turmeric all of which are available at your local grocery store.  For a link to the recipe:

Pad Thai

A classic favorite at your local Thai restaurant now available right in your own home.  Start off by boiling water to cook the udon noodles. On the side, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sambal oelek, lime juice, canola oil and brown sugar in a small bowl. Fry an egg in a skillet and after two minutes combine the sauce mixture, udon noodles and other toppings to garnish your dish. For more information on the recipe:

Yangzhou Fried Rice

Easy to eat with a fork or chopsticks, this fried rice will fill up your appetite. Start off by heating a skillet over high heat, add the rice, a tablespoon of peanut oil and eggs to be scrambled. Set this aside and add carrots, pork and mushrooms to name a few ingredients to bring out the flavor. This meal takes just under an hour to prep and cook making it easy to fit into any schedule. For the full recipe visit here:

Hungry for more exotic foods? Ask your local Gardens of Wilbraham staff member for a nearby specialty food market to pick up ingredients you may not find at Stop & Shop or go out and try a new restaurant in the area! For questions regarding the Gardens of Wilbraham’s services call 413-596-5322.

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