Monday, May 3, 2010

Mediterranean Chickpea Wrap

The following recipe is for the most amazing vegan food I've ever made, much less eaten. It's from Tal Ronnen's book, The Conscious Cook, and it's delicious & VERY easy to make.

Mediterranean Chickpea Wrap


sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 onion, diced
1 bananna pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas with liquid
1 white potato
5 whole sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, coarsley chopped
4 tortillas, toasted


1. Place a large asute pan over medium heat. Sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and heat for 1 minute.

2. Add the carrot, onion, bananna pepper, and garlic to the pan and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the vegetables are just beginning to soften. Add the cumin, red pepper, cayenne and black pepper to taste.

3. Saute for 1 minute.

4. Add the chick peas and their liquid and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Add the potato and sun dried tomatoes. Simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Serve wrappen in the naan bread or tortillas.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Alexander Martin Rowland Charitable Foundation

As I stated almost two months ago, a childhood friend experienced a tragedy no family should ever have to experience; she lost her 3 year old son, Alex. But, in true Becky fashion, she has done exactly what another of my friends did when she lost her daughter in a car accident 10 years ago. She wanted to make sure something was done to prevent what happened to them, so no other family had to go through the pain & suffering they went through by starting a foundation in his name, The Alexander Martin Rowland Chartitable Foundation, that is committed to bringing awareness about the deadly effects of Carbon Monoxide.

It is still in the beginning phase, but they are are 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, and ask that while they are still getting everything together you please visit the website Carbon Monoxide Kills for more information, and I am asking that everyone, PLEASE, install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, but make sure you install the properly, in the correct place, NOT integrated with your smoke alarms. Smoke rises & CO falls to the floor. Having the two in one unit is not helpful for both. The small cost of these two devices is well worth the cost of a life. I know, because a smoke alarm saved my life, and now I have a friend who's lost her baby from carbon monoxide when she had detectors in a duel unit with her smoke detector!!!