Egyptian Fava Bean Dip “Foul Madamas”

Dip, Recipe, Vegetarian

I have blogged a fava bean dip recipe in the past…but I have recently discovered Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (courtesy of my husband) and LOVE it.  It is similar to the original recipe…only better :-) Fava beans are a staple food in Egypt and are eaten by all Egyptians. In fact, fava bean dip is considered the national dish of Egypt. If you are interested in reading more about the health benefits, please refer to a previous post:


  • 32 ounces of fava beans
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • parsley for garnish


1. Place the fava beans in a large bowl. Add water and soak the fava beans in water overnight.  Keep them covered to maintain freshness.

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Pomegranate Hummus

Dip, Healthy Living, Recipe, Vegetarian

I love hummus, and I love pomegranate.  So I wanted to try a new dish….pomegranate hummus. It is a traditional hummus recipe with all the more flavor and healthy benefits. The pomegranate makes for a sweeter hummus taste :-) For all of the health benefits of hummus click here: For the recipe see below :-)


  •  1 pomegranate
  • 32 ounces of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • sumac for garnish (optional)
  • olive oil for garnish


1. Soak chickpeas in water over night.

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Would you like some Yellow Rice with that?

Healthy Living, Recipe

As you know, I am still out of town in DC. I wanted to share some of my older, first posts. This is one of my favorites…..YELLOW RICE

When I make a stew, I ALWAYS make “yellow” basmati rice as the side. My husband does not understand why I always make this “yellow” rice. He eats it, but with comments and smirks …. In other words, “why don’t you make “white” rice?”. Finally, yesterday, I realized that my husband thought yellow and white rice were two completely different types of rice. I realized that he must not be the only one who had that thought. So I would like to clarify that when rice is “yellow” it is because TUMERIC is added to “white” rice. The rice is actually not “yellow” by nature.

So what is TUMERIC???

Tumeric belongs to the ginger family. It is has been used for thousands of years.

I am also going to tell you why I ALWAYS make “yellow” rice:

  1.  Its easy! I sprinkle 1 teaspoon of tumeric for 1 cup of rice.
  2. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties…(you can even use it directly on a scrape or burn)
  3. It helps treat people who have psoriasis and can help with various benign tumors
  4. It can help prevent prostate and breast cancer (there are numerous studies on this!!!)
  5. Chinese medicine has been using it for 100′s of years for depression

There are more reasons why tumeric is one of my favorite spices but these are the main ones. I say sprinkle tumeric on everything. It can only help, and my husband is going to have to eat white rice when we are not eating at home :)

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How much sugar is too much???

Healthy Living

The Mediterranean diet is LOW in sugar compared to the traditional American diet which may explain why people who follow the Mediterranean Diet have less heart disease and fewer heart attacks.
Most of the sugar found within the Mediterranean diet is natural and comes from fruits and milk. There are many other sugars found in the American diet that are not as healthy.  I will be the first to say that I enjoy eating sugar and definitely do not recommend giving it up completely. What I do recommend is following the rules of the American Heart Association which is no more than 9 teaspoons per day for males and

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Traveling….and…..Ask Suzy

Ask Suzy

Hi Everyone…I am traveling in Washington DC this week for a National Pharmacist Meeting. Just got back from a wonderful dinner in Virginia.

I am going to post health benefits for some of the upcoming recipes :-) Let me know if you have any questions or would like any specific recipes.

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