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Recipes Inspired by Microcredit Clients

By Whole Planet Foundation, February 27, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Planet Foundation
To celebrate our ongoing Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign, we’re sharing some recipes that were inspired by microcredit clients. In addition to expanding your cultural horizons by trying these recipes, you can also participate in helping solve the persistent problem of world poverty and hunger! It’s easy to donate either in our stores or donate online. You can also spread the word to your social network or start your own campaign. And now to the recipes, along with some comments from readers who have made these dishes! Coconut Bread This Honduran staple, known as "pan de coco," is like a plump dinner roll. It's delicious served alongside a meal of rice, beans and fried plantains. Or enjoy a roll simply with a cup of coffee in the morning or afternoon. This recipe was inspired by Euceria Bernandez, a baker and Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client. Reader comment from nicjojen: When I went looking for a coconut bread recipe, I was looking for a bready dinner roll that isn't too sweet but had a mild coconutty flavor to it. I got what I was looking for with this...a bun that is more like a dinner roll and not a cake. YUM! It is also light and pillowy...what a nice surprise to have a nice texture to go with the great taste. I would definitely make this again and again. Ethiopian-Style Chickpea Stew Chickpea stews with flavors similar to this one are often made in Ethiopia using ground roasted chickpeas or even split peas. Here, the method is simplified but the stew's sweet, fragrant spice mixture, which Ethiopians call berbere, remains. If you're in a hurry, omit roasting the chickpeas and simply add them to the stew after they've been rinsed and drained. This recipe was inspired by a Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client who runs a chickpea roasting business. Reader comment from ColoradoMama: I keep coming back to this recipe over and over! I crave it all year long, but tend to make it in the fall and winter months. I don't make any alterations to the recipe, just make it as is. I make it for just my husband and I, and it makes a HUGE batch, so I freeze it in individual size servings and take it out for lunches. I highly recommend this recipe. Guatemalan Chicken Stew with Tomatillo Sauce This beloved Guatemalan main course, also called pollo en jocon, is best served over rice with corn tortillas on the side for soaking up the rich and tangy tomatillo and green onion sauce. If you like, use parsley as a flavorful substitute for the cilantro. For a more rustic version, serve the chicken on the bone. This recipe was inspired by Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients who live in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. Reader comment from cardito: Excellent. Easy to make. I have made it a number of times and it always turns out great and the guests love it. Kenyan-Style Kale and Tomatoes In Kenya, this popular dish is eaten without utensils, with chapati (a variety of flatbread) or ugali (a type of cornmeal mush) used to scoop up bites instead. This recipe was inspired by a Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client. Reader comment from Sharonisnutty: Very tasty, and quite filling! My family loved it so much they were begging for more...I was wishing I had bought more kale :-) Peruvian-Style Roasted Chicken with Sweet Onions This wonderfully aromatic chicken dish is short on prep and big on flavor. It's also a great dish to make ahead the day before and reheat -- it's even tastier after the flavors meld. Serve with rice and a green salad. Reader comment from zehnderella: Just made this tonight. Followed the recipe to the t. It turned out PERFECT! PERFECT! The flavor was amazing. The juiciness of the chicken was out of this world. Thanks for sharing such a memorable recipe. We will def make again! And... I scored points with my family. They loved me tonight! :) Are you getting hungry? Let us know what you think of these and don’t forget to join our 2011 campaign to give a hand up to 70,000 more people.

 

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Erin says ...
Looks delicious!
02/27/2011 11:57:20 AM CST
King of curry says ...
That was really cool. Keep it coming. The world can be united by connecting it with bridges built by the essence of the foods of each country. Very cool.
02/28/2011 11:34:22 AM CST
Esther Vogel says ...
I love the coconut bread. I am from Honduras and have always been looking for this recipe. Every time it comes out better. Some times I make tortillas instead with the same exact recipe. Thanks a bunch! Esther Vogel
03/02/2011 10:03:23 PM CST
Patricia Neely says ...
Where was the recipe for the Coconut Bread?
03/03/2011 7:36:06 AM CST
bepkom says ...
@Patricia: All you need to do is click on the photo. The link to the recipe is embedded in the image. Thanks!
03/03/2011 11:43:12 AM CST