Labneh is plain yogurt that has been strained. Usually used in savory sandwiches or dishes, this an original way to use labneh.
Jackfruit is a meaty and hardy fruit that really holds its own in a taco. These jackfruit tinga tacos are a great vegan option, even for meat eaters (skip the sour cream of course for a vegan version). I found peeled fresh jackfruit at my local supermarket. I have zero tips on how to peel jackfruit, that’s between you and youtube.
This vegan version of the classic Italian beef carpaccio is so flavorful and texturally pleasing, you won’t even miss the meat. Okay maybe not that far, but it really is delicious, nutritious, and great for a dinner party where vegans are in attendance.
I am a big fan of lettuceless salads; there is something oh-so hardy about them. This cucumber and pomegranate salad is the perfect amount of crunch, crisp, and tang
Ejjeh means omelet in Arabic, and “lib el kousa” literally refers to the inside of the zucchinis. If you have already mastered the Lebanese stuffed zucchini (Kousa Mahshi), it is time to take it to the next level.
This recipe is deliciously hardy and easy to prepare. Great to serve at a dinner party as it can be prepare ahead of time and is good eaten hot or at room temperature. For my sanity, I used frozen artichoke hearts. They come fully cleaned and ready to use.
I am obsessed with this dessert. On my last trip to Lisbon I ate so many of these crunchy/creamy pies I vowed to learn how to make them for myself. After a few tries, this is my version of Portuguese pastel de nada.
Literal translation: Zucchinis in yogurt. Growing up kousa bil laban was what I used to consider comfort food; I loved it (anything with a yogurt sauce really). This classic Lebanese dish might seem complicated, but once you master a few tricks (stuffing the zucchini and cooking the yogurt), it is a dish you will make over and over again.
Some people say kafta, others say kofta... I guess this is similar to the "potato/pottato" debate. No matter how you spell it, kafta/kofta is a spiced meatball, patty or meatloaf dish in the Middle East. The literal translation for this dish is "kafta in the...
Strawberries and basil were born to be together, and yet they are cruelly kept apart with cooks continuous use of strawberry in desserts and basil in savory dishes. Well no more! This strawberry basil bundt cake recipe is uniting these long lost friends, and what this recipe has put together, let no cook put asunder.
Manny adjectives, one delicious side dish. This baked mashed potato dish is great for reviving leftover mashed potatoes and can be prepared ahead of time and baked right before eating. You can even add one more adjective (cheesy) by mixing in some gruyere and topping with parmesan cheese.
Sprinkles make everything better; these blondies are no exception. Gooey, chewy, and unapologetically colorful, these funfetti blondies are easy to make and irresistible. The What: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed 1 tablespoon...
This recipe is an amalgamation of Mark Bitman’s pasta with sardines recipe and the classic Sicilian dish Pasta con le sarde. The original Italian dish includes fresh fennel, raisins, and anchovies. Not a traditional dish, but just as delicious as it was inspired by tradition.
Italian food purists look away! Everyone else: This recipe is a delicious twist on pesto. The addition of hazelnuts give it an earthy depth and the avocado a luscious creaminess.
This is literally what it sounds like, a cookie with a Kit Kat on it; no false advertisement here! The chewy cookie dough is the perfect backdrop for the crunchy, chocolaty Kit Kat bar.
This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands on Sunday morning . This is less of a recipe and more of a kids’ art project.
What could be more festive than a birthday bundt cake? The answer is not much. I dare you to stare at sprinkles for 2 minutes and not smile; you simply can’t.
Seriously forget every other brownie recipe you know, this is the one. The brownies are fudgy, dense, and luxurious. The best part of the recipe is that it only uses cocoa powder, so no need to melting chocolate separately.
After a recent trip to Tbilisi, I fell in love with Georgia (the country). This country is overflowing with culture, good food, passion, history, and beautiful scenery. One of the dishes I became obsessed with was the Georgian style potatoes. This humble...
Fatayer bil sabanekhs are stuffed with healthy goodness and formed into a pleasing geometric shapes; try to resist them.This very Lebanese treat is delicious and surprisingly vegan. Some recipes are made with yeasty doughs, others (like this one) are a more crunchy yeastless doughs.
Arabs are not shy about placing more than one carb on a plate. This dish actually features 3 distinct carbs: the potatoes, the rice, and the vermicelli in the rice.
This recipe is the foundation for many of my mom’s chicken based Lebanese dishes, and a few non-Leb dishes, but that’s a rant for another time.
Soft pretzels are only good when freshly baked, so bake and eat!
Much like everything Lebanese people do, this potato salad is next level. It is a punch of flavor; the potatoes are just there for the ride. Bring this to your next BBQ and punch everyone’s taste buds, hard!
When life gives you carrots no one wants to eat, make carrot soup. This is a one-pot meal, quick, and healthy.
These cookies radiate happiness. They are pure joy personified in a cookie. Chewy, crunchy, and caramely – everything you want in a treat.
The key to this recipe is organization. Have all the ingredients measured, and have all your equipment out and ready. This recipe moves quickly, you have to be one step ahead.
Everything about birthday cake popcorn is a win. The birthday part, the cake part, and the popcorn part. The kernels are so festive and joyful, great for a party or a little indulgence for one. The What: 7 cups popped popcorn 3/4 cup white chocolate...
This recipe has a surprising depth of flavor considering its minimal ingredient list and quick cooking time. It happens to be a vegan recipe, but it is so delicious and creamy you won’t even know it.
The literal translation of this dish is: beans in oil. Bil zeit (in oil) refers to dishes that are meatless, and the oil is usually olive oil.
This soup is a warm hug on a cold day. It’s velvety creaminess combined with its chunky hardiness is the perfect meal.
This salad will covert the most ardent kale-hater into a passionate kale-addict. It stays crunchy for days, it’s sweet, salty and nutty.
Butter chicken is my go-to order in most Indian restaurants. I can't resist this dish's intense flavor and velvety texture. The list of ingredients may seem long (most are repeats) but it is, surprisingly, a one-pot meal that takes less than 1 hour to make....
These chicken tacos make a great mid-week meal, or even a make ahead, and heat up later kinda meal.
Serve with tortilla chips, sit back, and take in all the love and admiration from your friends and family.
With a good quality store-bought muesli mix, these deliciously healthy bars are a dream to make.
To get the garlickiest of flavors, I unapologetically use ten cloves of garlic in this recipe. Maybe this is not the best dish for a first date. Or maybe its the perfect dish; garlic is an aphrodisiac.
This is a great recipe for those mangos and pineapples that are not very sweet just yet.
So the term ‘Funfetti’ might be trademarked. If so, these cookie are birthday cake cookies, or just sprinkle cookies. Whatever you call them they are simple, delicious, and ever so festive.
Pickled turnips are ubiquitous in Lebanese food, and surprisingly simple to make at home. They only pickle for 3 days, but last for months.
In the mood for a pork belly bahn mi but don’t have the time to boil, roast, and then grill pork belly? This bacon bahn mi is the solution.
Pasta bil laban is a cross between a yogurt gazpacho and a pasta salad.
Different countries have their own twist on rice pudding. The Lebanese version of this dessert in unapologetically sweet and addictively creamy.
This recipe is quick, easy, and healthy. I used nigella seeds, but a great substitution would be black sesame seeds or any other tiny seed. Ingredients: 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon nigella seeds How to: Place the sesame...
A Bahn mi is an action-packed Vietnamese sandwich filled with grilled meats, pickled vegetables, sauces, and fresh herbs.
This is the easiest recipe ever, it’s all about leaving alone to do its thing.
Tallarines Verdes is a Peruvian pasta pesto.
This is a great summer recipe. It’s fresh taste is very versatile. It goes great with some tortilla chips as a dip, on some grilled fish as a sauce, or in chicken tacos as a salsa.