Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

Roasted Green Beans and Carrots with Za'atar - The Lemon Bowl

This easy, delicious side dish of carrots and green beans roasted in olive oil and za'atar is perfect for spring entertaining or a simple weeknight dinner. Earlier this week we celebrated Passover at my mother's new house just a mile away. It's actually pretty funny because my mother isn't Jewish and neither are all of her relatives who take part in our annual Seder. Although my grandmother, … {Read the full article}

Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas

Lebanese Chickpea Chopped Salad - The Lemon Bow

A fun twist on tabbouleh, this Lebanese chopped salad is bursting with fresh flavors and packed with protein. One of the reasons I always crave Lebanese food is because of the way it makes me feel after I eat it. Light, flavorful and protein-packed, I never feel heavy or weighed down after I eat Middle Eastern food. I wish I could say the same about a giant slice of pizza or a gooey grilled … {Read the full article}

Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Cinnamon and Toasted Pine Nuts

Hushwee - The Lemon Bowl

A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, hushwee is a humble, flavor-packed dish made of ground meat cooked in clarified butter then seasoned with cinnamon and toasted pine nuts. It is naturally gluten free and paleo.You know how certain people have their specialties in every family? Well in our family, my Aunt Paula is famous for hushwee. No matter how hard I try, mine never quite tastes like hers and … {Read the full article}

30 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

30 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes - The Lemon Bowl

A round-up of 30 healthy, easy and delicious slow cooker recipes that just so happen to be good for you.  Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or simply wish to eat more meals at home this year, the slow cooker is your friend. By taking a few moments in the morning or even the night before, a warm and hearty meal will be waiting for you when you are ready for it. Below is a list of 30 … {Read the full article}

2013 Year in Review: Most Popular Recipes

Top Recips of 2013 from The Lemon Bowl

A look back through 2013's most popular recipes as well as my favorites for the year. 2013 was an incredible year both personally and professionally. On the personal side, we watched our oldest son transform from a 16 month old baby into a running, climbing and thriving toddler. In November, we welcomed our second son into the world and have loved every single second with him these last two … {Read the full article}

Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeehas)

Lebanese Sfeehas - Meat Pies - The Lemon Bowl

These savory Lebanese meat pies (known as sfeehas) get their irresistible flavor from clarified butter, toasted pine nuts and fragrant cinnamon. Today's post is dedicated to my husband, Rich, in appreciation of all that he does (and puts up with!) as the spouse of a food blogger. In honor of the occasion, I am sharing his most favorite recipe: Lebanese Meat Pies, also known as sfeehas or … {Read the full article}

Chicken Shawarma Pita with Tahini Garlic Sauce

Chicken Shawarma Pita with Tahini Garlic Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

A quick and easy chicken marinade - lemon and yogurt tenderizes the lean chicken breasts while fresh garlic, parsley and spices add tons of flavor.   Recently the American Dairy Association Mideast asked me to share an easy, back-to-school dairy recipe. While you know I drink smoothies like it's my day job (oh wait..), I decided to take the savory route this time around. Truth is: I eat more … {Read the full article}

Basil Pesto Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts

Basil Pesto Hummus - The Lemon Bowl

Traditional hummus gets a flavor boost from fragrant basil pesto to create this delicious twist on the popular dip.  When my friend Brandy asked if I wanted to join her to celebrate my friend Rachel's 30th Birthday it took me all of 3 seconds to say YES! With a theme as perfect as "Drinks & Little Bites" I would be hard pressed to say no. :) Even though I know Rachel loves popcorn, I also … {Read the full article}