a chopped parsley salad with earthy bulgur wheat in a simple olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing This bulgur salad is known as a traditional Middle Eastern dish called Tabbouleh. The main ingredient in this salad is parsley, lots and lots of parsley. The nutrients found in parsley include vitamin A, K, C, E,… Continue reading Tabbouleh Salad
a zesty bright salad with a sumac dressing and crispy bites of toasted pita bread This salad is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. The base is quite traditional with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers but what makes it unique is the dressing and addition of crisp pita bread. A great way to get in more… Continue reading Fattoush Salad
Eggplant Casserole here! This dish is called ‘Fatteh Betnjan‘ in Arabic. One of my favorite dishes of my childhood. Made with layers of toasted pita bread, seasoned meat in a rich tomato sauce (traditionally used with ground beef, I used chicken here), roasted eggplant, garlic tahini yogurt sauce, fresh herbs like parsley and the best… Continue reading Eggplant Casserole (Fatteh Betnjan)
a superfood, avocado is filled with fiber, healthy fats, and lots of other essential vitamins and minerals Avocados are really smooth and creamy and paired with hummus it’s a match made in heaven. Avocados are full of dietary fiber, which besides helping aid digestive health, can help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They… Continue reading Avocado Hummus
Stuffed vegetables are common in Middle Eastern cuisines and are called mahshi in Arabic. Zucchini, squash, and even onions are just a few veggies that are traditionally stuffed. They are usually stuffed with rice as the main ingredient but here I’ve opted for couscous instead. Couscous is granular semolina, a coarse wheat that is often used… Continue reading Roasted Mini Eggplant with Couscous Stuffing
red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, and beta-carotene which are filled with antioxidant powers A Middle Eastern classic with just a little twist! Red bell pepper is not traditionally served in the authentic hummus but the smokiness combined with the sweetness of the roasted red pepper give it a delicious flavor, alongside a beautiful color. Red… Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
A famed Middle Eastern favorite, called Ful Mudammas! Usually a breakfast staple food within Arab communities, ful mudammas is made with fava beans and an assortment of fresh veggies and spices in a deliciously hearty dish. Serve with toasted whole wheat pita bread on the side!