Lebanese Chicken Tawook

Chicken Tawook - The Lemon Bowl

Chicken tawook, a traditional Lebanese dish, becomes juicy and tender from a simple marinade of fresh lemon juice and garlic. If I could eat one food every single day for the rest of my life, it would be Lebanese food. People often ask how I came up with "The Lemon Bowl" and ultimately it all goes back to my Middle Eastern roots. Lemon is the star ingredient in almost every Lebanese recipe and I … {Read the full article}

Chilled Cucumber Mint Yogurt Soup

Cucumber Yogurt Mint Soup - The Lemon Bowl

This Lebanese chilled cucumber soup is made with tangy yogurt seasoned with fresh lemon juice, mint and garlic then finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. As you've probably noticed, we eat a lot of yogurt in our house every week. My kids love it, I love it and my husband loves it so I was beyond excited when my dear friends at the American Dairy Association asked me to participate in … {Read the full article}

Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

Spelt Tabbouleh by The Lemon Bowl

A twist on the traditional dish, spelt gives this tabbouleh an added chewy texture that pairs perfection with the slightly spicy jalapeño vinaigrette. I have been eating Lebanese tabbouleh for as long as I can remember. It is a quintessential summer salad made with fresh parsley, scallions and plenty of bright lemon juice. If you happen to have mint taking over your garden, this is the perfect … {Read the full article}

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Mix - The Lemon Bowl

This fragrant All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend is the secret to irresistible grilled meats, soups, roasts and other Middle Eastern specialties. As a busy mother of two young boys under the age of 3, I have become a bit of a master in turning my family's traditional Middle Eastern recipes into quick and easy weeknight dishes. In fact, I often joke that I am in favor of anything that helps me get … {Read the full article}

Labneh with Olive Oil and Za’atar

Lebneh with Olive Oil and Zaatar - The Lemon Bowl

Labneh (Middle Eastern strained yogurt) is similar to Greek yogurt but thicker in consistency and richer in flavor. Sour, creamy and buttery, you will love this easy appetizer of labneh drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with za'atar. Za'atar is one of those ingredients that I always have on hand. I grew up eating it and as an adult, I continue to use it to season meals in one form or … {Read the full article}

Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

Za'atar Baked Pita Chips - The Lemon Bowl

Baked Pita Chips with Za'atar are ideal for dipping in hummus or sprinkling over a salad. Easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought, your friends and family will love these healthy baked chips. Hummus runs through my veins. It was the first Middle Eastern recipe I learned from my Great Aunt Vieve when I was a little girl and continues to remind me of her to this day. Baked Pita Chips … {Read the full article}

Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties - The Lemon Bowl

These savory kafta patties are made with ground beef, onion, fresh parsley and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler. Once upon a time, I made these for dinner and my 2 year old son at 75% of them before I got to the table. The End. Wasn't that a good story? It's actually a true story but honestly I was just so thrilled he loved them that I could hardly care. … {Read the full article}

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}