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Take Your Taste Buds on an International Journey…

By Kate Rowe, February 24, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Rowe
...With these recipes inspired by Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients. Whole Planet Foundation empowers entrepreneurs in our global communities through microcredit, and this month marks the beginning of Whole Planet Foundation's Annual Prosperity Campaign. Now through March 31st, please join fellow Whole Foods Market shoppers, team members, Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partners and online donors to help raise $1.5 million for 40,000 impoverished people living in communities around the globe where Whole Foods Market sources products. These people, places and products have inspired us to create recipes honoring them. To get in the spirit, check out these recipes inspired by Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients from around the world: vegetable_biryani Vegetable Biryani with Cashews This satisfying vegetarian recipe was inspired by microcredit clients in India, where Whole Foods Market sources cashews. Coconut Bread Euceria, a baker and Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client, lives in the Caribbean coastal village of Guadalupe, Honduras. Pan de coco (coconut bread) is a regional staple and was the inspiration for our recipe. chicken_stew Guatemalan Chicken Stew with Tomatillo Sauce This stew was inspired by microcredit clients in Guatemala. Serve it with corn tortillas on the side for soaking up the rich and tangy tomatillo and green onion sauce. Haitian Pumpkin Soup Whole Planet Foundation Team Members had the pleasure of meeting Norzina, a lumber and charcoal vendor and microcredit client of Fonkoze, Whole Planet Foundation's implementing partner in Haiti, on a recent trip and watched her make this traditional recipe. Ethiopian Chickpea Stew We decided to create this hearty, highly flavorful vegetarian stew after seeing photos of microcredit clients in Ethiopia roasting chickpeas. This recipe was inspired by Letegebrieal, a Whole Planet Foundation entrepreneur who runs a chickpea roasting business. Peruvian Beef and Potato Soup Whole Foods Market sources onions from the Arequipa region of Peru. This soup is satisfying and simple to prepare. mango_agua_fresca Mango Agua Fresca The trick with making agua fresca (Spanish for "fresh water") is to infuse the water with fruit essence without turning it into a smoothie or slushy drink. This recipe was inspired by Maria, a street food vendor and Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client who lives in León, Nicaragua. Rice and Beans Gallo pinto, or "spotted rooster," gets its name from the black beans and their dark liquid that speckle the rice. This national dish of Costa Rica and Nicaragua is frequently served alongside fried eggs, meat or plantains. This recipe was also inspired by Maria.




Michele says ...
Alooooha from Maui!!! Went to the opening of the new Whole Foods Maui - It was SPECTACULAR and so much fun! What a great job you have done! The community is completely behind you. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK! Mahalo Nui!!! Michele
02/24/2010 6:34:40 PM CST
parkerj says ...
The Peruvian beef and potato soup is excellent! Mine did not look as pretty as the picture but it didn't matter- it was awesome. Thanks Kate!
03/03/2010 5:58:13 PM CST
Patricia - Culinary Institute LeNotre says ...
I love learning about regional cooking, ingredients - adds to my world fusion preference. The cultural roots contributing to the cuisine is fascinating. Thanks, Patricia
03/04/2010 10:51:03 AM CST
Selene says ...
Wish I could find a recipe for the Sweet Potato Quinoa Pancakes I just tried at our local Whole Foods in the deli section! Where can we make requests for recipes?
03/10/2010 3:13:43 PM CST
Charles Lambdin says ...
Can I please, please oh please get the recipe for the Ethiopian chicken stew Whole Foods is now featuring on the buffet? It's delicious!
05/30/2013 2:07:39 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHARLES - More than likely this is something that is made by one of our awesome chefs in-house. Check with your local store to see if they have a recipe, if they do, they'll be happy to share it!
06/03/2013 11:52:37 AM CDT