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Hummus

Hummus

Serves: 4-6

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Measuring Spices

We’ve been doing a lot of round the world cooking again and this time I’ve been making hummus to go as a side dish to everything. This hummus is so good that even my kids will eat it. I like to give it to them as a snack with veggies or pretzels to eat after school. If you want smoother, richer tasting hummus you can up the oil from what I have listed. This will not have that truly smooth consistency. The water from the chickpeas stands in for the oil a bit in making it taste smoother, but doesn’t coat the tongue quite like oil would. It does, however, have far fewer calories. I think it’s almost as good.

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Turkish Bamya Stew

Turkish Bamya Stew

Serves: 4

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Veggies

So I have this pen pal who lives in Germany and we both love to garden. Well, strictly speaking I loved to garden past tense as it’s been several years since I’ve actually gotten to grown anything. Something, something three kids, something. Anyway, one year we decided to trade seeds (legally I have a small seed lot permit from the USDA) and from America, among other things I decided to send her okra seeds. These were totally a new thing to her and she was stumped what to do with them once they grew like weeds for her. So I sent her a bunch of recipes. I sent my FAVORITE okra recipe ever (and I love okra, especially fried) Johnny Marzetti. (Anyone from Ohio is immediately nodding their head, others are probably like what?), a recipe for gumbo, deep fried okra and this lovely Turkish stew recipe just to show you can be different.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Serves: 4

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Herbs

This is one of those recipes I use all the time, but never bothered to write down up until now. I make just as much as I need for one salad on the rare occasions we eat salad and then proceed not to worry about it. As all ranch dressing are, it’s creamy and makes a great dip for just about anything. The good thing about making your own is that you can tweak the fat content by using low fat sour cream and mayo (buttermilk is naturally low fat).

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Restaurant Style Sweet and Sour Chicken

Serves: 2-3

Time: 30 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Make Sauce

So I like old school American style Chinese food. The fake stuff that no self respecting Chinese person would see as remotely Chinese. I like the real stuff too, but like the Americanized version of a lot of different ethnic dishes, I feel there is a place for both. This chicken dish sits firmly, with its huge helping of ketchup, on the American side of the line.

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