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}

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}