THE DELICIOUS CRESCENT
Welcome to The Delicious Crescent, where it is all about wholesome and delicious living with room for moderate indulgence!
Here you will find authentic and inspired recipes that are wholesome, nourishing and loaded with incredible flavors, healthy makeovers, step-by-step photo tutorials and cooking videos. The detailed instructions will help you prepare amazing dishes that will become your family favorites, while you gather valuable culinary skills and nutrition nuggets browsing this site.
We specialize in crave worthy and healthy International and American recipes, using real food. And the inspiration for The Delicious Crescent recipes comes from a multicultural experience and heritage. The greatest inspirations and teachers in the kitchen have been my parents and parents-in-law.
My Indian roots laid a solid foundation for my diverse cooking experiences at a very early age. Then my marriage into a family of German and Persian heritage, ensured that culinary adventures would remain a lifelong obsession. My decades long exposure to a rainbow of cultures in the US further helped me increase my repertoire of recipes.
While working in the healthcare industry, I came across a plethora of misinformation about nutrition, self appointed experts, countless number of people struggling with eating nutritious food and staying healthy. People are succumbing to conditions that can be managed or prevented with lifestyle changes. Too many people are out there to take a business advantage of the situation without having enough scientific knowledge.
So I decided to utilize my training, education, interests and experiences to make a positive contribution through this site - The Delicious Crescent. I am so delighted to be able to share my love for good food and mindful nutrition with thousands of visitors each month. Also, I am happy to share that The Delicious Crescent recipes and I have been featured on several premier magazines and sites.
I firmly believe in moderation while eating and in an active lifestyle. And I do have a sweet tooth and thoroughly relish baking. Food is one of the great pleasures of life. So indulging once in a while is perfectly okay. More about my food philosophy here.
Selected Articles Featured in:
- Adopt These Healthy Eating Habits From Around The World. Dietitians dish on their favorite international culinary traditions.
- Vegetarian Keto Recipes for Plant-Based Eaters.
- Delicious Fish Recipes for Busy Weeknights. By Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD
- Recipes That Can Help Fight Allergies (and Taste Damn Good). By Heather Barnett
- Recipes That'll Make Eggplant Your New Favorite Food. By Christine Rooney
- The Surprising Health Benefits of Almonds. By Christy Brissette, RD
- Siete hábitos saludables de cada rincón del mundo.
- Meet Amaranth: The Brain-Boosting, Gluten-Free Antidote To Quinoa Burnout. By Erin Magner
- Feta Recipes That Add Big Flavor to Your Meals. By Justina Huddleston
- Protein-Packed Vegetarian Foods You Can Grill. By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
The fabulous photos of the finished and plated dishes are taken by my super talented husband, Bijan Seyfzadeh, whose passion has been photography since his early teens. You can see his breathtaking photography at bijansviewfinder.com. Most of the photos of the step-by-step cooking in process are taken by me.
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you.
Roxana Begum, PhD, RD
ABOUT ROXANA BEGUM
Roxana Begum, is a registered dietitian, professional blogger and recipe developer in Pennsylvania, US. She has taught food service courses, imparting advanced professional culinary skills to nutrition, dietetics, hotel and hospitality management students at the university level.
A former academic, researcher and a genuine food enthusiast, she is a trained culinary nutritionist with advanced skills. And has several years of experience as a registered dietitian, providing care and teaching patients at a large nationally acclaimed hospital health system in the United States.
Roxana obtained a doctorate in Foods and Nutrition from Purdue university and followed that with working as a post doctoral research scientist at Columbia university.
She has taught several courses on Foods, Nutrition, Food service management, Nutrition education, Food sciences, Advanced nutrition and many more at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and at Purdue University.
Roxana has also conducted advanced research at Purdue University and Columbia University and has published in peer reviewed journals.
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