Middle Eastern Fast Food

Another place I need to visit was a fast food hummus restaurant in my home town called Good2Go. They specialize in making healthy, vegetarian fast food. My favorite meal to order is the traditional falafel. It has chickpeas, hummus, veggies, and it is all stuffed into a pita pocket bread. It may not sound very filling, but one of these will fill me up for dinner and I usually can barely finish it!

Fast Food Hummas

Fast Food Hummus

The falafel is a popular fast food meal in the Middle East that is making it’s way over to America. Falafels take about 15 minutes to prep but about an hour to cook. But it is worth the wait. At About.com – How to make a Falafels shows you a recipe to making a simple falafel meal.

A falafel is fried chickpeas, vegetables and herbs packed into a ball. It is vegetarian friendly and also has a great taste. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are known in the Mediterranean, India and the Middle Eastern. It is known to make falafals and a certain kind of Burmese tofu. It replaces red meat, they are high in fiber and can lower cholesterol. They are great to add to a salad to replace tofu. Like tofu the chickpea does not have a strong taste but it does fill you up. Here the website the World’s Healthiest Foods, lists chickpeas as one healthy ingredient.

Fast Food, Good Food

WindMill In Long Branch, NJ

WindMill In Long Branch, NJ

This past weekend the University had their Fall Break for the students and faculty. I went home to New Jersey. Whenever I go home there are numerous places I must go to get my comfort food. My first stop was the fast food restaurant called WindMill which is a famous burger place in New Jersey.

If I’m not ordering a cheeseburger with fries, I get chicken fingers and fries with cheese sauce on top. This is a little different than the previous posts I have been writing because this food is not the healthiest. But, everyone needs some greasy foods especially when you are craving it. The WindMill’s menu includes all of Jersey’s finest beach food of burgers, hot dogs and fries. The restaurant is even located a block from the beach!

I like my burgers cooked medium when the center is a slight pink and juicy. It can be difficult to cook/grill the perfect burger without under cooking or over cooking it. The best way to cook the perfect hamburger is by buying good meat. Meaning good beef that is at least 20% fat because that determines how juicy it will be. Some people like to grind there own meat but most grocery stores have it pre-grinded or will grind it for you. To get your burger to be medium it takes about 3 minutes for each side. I read on burgerology: How to cook a perfect burger, that if you are making a cheese burger to wrap your burger with aluminum foil helps melt the cheese on your burger to give it a really nice taste. And you have a delicious burger!

The hamburger appeared around the 20th century said in The History of the Hamburger on Wikipedia. It was invented simply because people did not have enough time to cook a full meal, so instead they took meat and put it in between two slices of bread and that was the start of a long tradition in America.