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Lamb and Chickpea Stew with Spinach

This aromatic lamb and chickpea stew with spinach is made with warm spices, fire roasted tomatoes, and more. Ideal for prepping ahead and great for freezing, this lamb soup recipe is bursting with flavor. Soup season is in full-swing now that we’re in the middle of winter in Michigan. Though

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Spinach and Feta Greek Egg Bake

A high protein, low carb breakfast recipe, this Mediterranean inspired Spinach and Feta Greek Egg bake is full of flavor and great for making ahead of time. I am a huge fan of make-ahead, high protein, low carb breakfast recipes. Meal planning and prepping makes my week go so much

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Traditional Potato Latkes

Papa Leo’s traditional potato latkes are the perfect dish to serve for Hanukkah or any day of the year! When Hanukkah rolls around every year, I have a hard time straying away from the traditional potato latke recipe passed down from my Papa Leo. Crispy, salty, savory potato pancakes in

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich

The lunchtime classic gets a major upgrade with this Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich made with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil. Growing up, we always had a few cans of tuna in the pantry for a quick, protein-packed lunch. I like to keep the same thing stocked in

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Lemony Lentil Soup with Spinach

Lemony lentil soup with spinach gets a boost of flavor from cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. It should come as no surprise that I love to include lemon in most of my cooking, so I also add it to my soups. My Lemony Lentil Soup with Spinach is a filling main course

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Sheet Pan Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

This Sheet Pan Lebanese Chicken Shawarma is perfect for enjoying over rice, slicing and serving in a pita wrap, or tossing over a salad. Sometimes I have a craving for chicken shawarma, but want a dinner that I can make quickly and without much forethought. That’s why I created a

Lazy day stuffed lebanese cabbage

Lazy Day Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage

Short on time? No problem. This lazy day Lebanese stuffed cabbage recipe is just as delicious as the traditional recipe and ready in under 30 minutes. Made with ground beef, white rice, and a mint-and-cinnamon scented tomato sauce, your whole family will love this comfort food remix. Everyone needs a

Roasted vegetables with tahini lemon sauce

Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Lemon Sauce

Roasted vegetables with tahini lemon sauce as either a drizzle or a dip creates a perfect vegetarian side dish. I recently shared the recipe for my homemade tahini sauce, and figured I’d share one of my favorite ways to enjoy it! My Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Lemon Sauce is a

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Homemade Tahini Sauce

This creamy, garlicky tahini sauce is a Lebanese specialty and we drizzle it over everything from meat to rice to roasted veggies. This vegan tahini sauce is also great as a salad dressing, a dip for raw veggies, or used as a spread in your favorite pita wrap. If you


Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

The most flavorful beef shawarma you’ll ever have! Yogurt, lemon, and warm spices tenderize the meat to create a delicious and succulent Middle Eastern dish.  In my Middle Eastern family, we are no strangers to adding spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to savory meat dishes. In fact, these warm

Homemade pita bread

5 Step Restaurant Style Pita Bread

A super easy homemade pita bread recipe, this thick, fluffy and pillowy pita bread is ideal for scooping up hummus, creating pita wraps or spreading with creamy tzatziki sauce. One of my favorite parts of going out to a Greek or Middle Eastern restaurant is the pita. They bring out

lebanese eggplant and chickpea stew

Lebanese Eggplant and Chickpea Stew

This vegan Lebanese eggplant and chickpea stew is made with caramelized onions and simmered in a cinnamon-scented tomato sauce. It is sweet, savory and slightly-smoky. Ideal for scooping with warm pita or serving over Lebanese rice pilaf. Soups and stews are often associated with winter, but I love them! I’ll

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Spicy Lebanese Salad

The traditional Lebanese salad with a spicy kick, salad greens are tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, mint, za’atar, and minced chilis. Are you looking for a way to shake things up with your salads? How about spicing things up with my Spicy Lebanese Salad. This traditional Lebanese salad

Grilled lebanese beef kafta patties

Grilled Lebanese Beef Kafta Patties

These savory beef kafta patties are made with ground sirloin, onion, fresh parsley, and traditional Lebanese spices. Perfect on the grill or under the broiler. If you aren’t familiar with beef kafta (called kofta in some Middle Eastern countries), it’s basically the Lebanese meatball. And in my household, they disappear

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Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

These flavor-packed Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks are easy to make and are the ultimate vegetarian entree or side dish recipe! If you buy your cauliflower at the right time, you’ll find that they can get HUGE! If you’ve never tried making cauliflower steaks at home, I think you should start.

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Lebanese Rice Bowls with Hummus

These Lebanese rice bowls are topped with seasoned beef, garlicky hummus, cucumber yogurt sauce and more. The ultimate meal-in-a-bowl! Today’s recipe is another meal inspired by my time at the Fresh Air Retreat in Scottsdale. Minute Rice joined us and we had such a great time, it led me to

Hummus with ground beef

Hummus with Ground Beef

Creamy, garlicky hummus is topped with Certified Angus Beef® ground beef cooked in clarified butter and scented with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. This easy Lebanese recipe is perfect for scooping up with pita bread or eating alongside a big Syrian salad. I recently returned from another successful Fresh Air Retreat

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Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes

A humble but flavorful Lebanese classic, this vegetarian side dish of Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes is made with warm spices including cinnamon and allspice. Comfort food means different things to different people. For me and my family, the most comforting dishes are the Lebanese recipes of my childhood, passed

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Lebanese Rice Pilaf With Vermicelli

A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, Lebanese Rice Pilaf is made with vermicelli noodles toasted in clarified (rendered) butter. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again. I could eat Lebanese food everyday for the rest of my life. Today I thought I’d share a classic recipe, and one

Stuffed peppers with Lebanese spices

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Lebanese Spices

These stuffed bell peppers with Lebanese spices are filled with beef and rice then cooked in a garlic and mint infused tomato broth.  Stuffed vegetables are extremely common in Syrian and Lebanese cuisine, and for good reason! They keep vegetables on the center stage of the dinner plate, they allow

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Shish Tawook Chicken

Shish Tawook chicken, 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, without a doubt. Shish Tawook Chicken (also spelled shish taouk),

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20 Healthy Green Recipes

A collection of 20 healthy green recipes that taste delicious and make healthy eating easy! Do you love greens, or do you tend to avoid them? I personally love green foods; leafy greens or salads make an apperance every night at our dinner table. Eating healthy and balanced shouldn’t be

Greek salmon tostadas

Greek Salmon Tostadas

Tostada shells are topped with creamy cucumber tzatziki sauce, roasted salmon and a Greek vegetable tapenade with Kalamata olives and feta cheese. While cooking for a family of 4, it can be easy to fall into some monotony with our dinner plans. Sometimes, I just want something different. This week,

Dipping into classic hummus with toasted pine nuts

Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts

Passed down from my Syrian grandmother, this classic hummus with toasted pine nuts is the best you’ll ever make! Your family will love this creamy chickpea dip made with lemon, garlic, and tahini. From the minute I could reach the kitchen counter, I have been watching the women in my

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Greek Herb Salad with Feta

This light and refreshing Greek herb salad is made with crunchy romaine, fresh dill, scallions and feta. Serve with grilled chicken, salmon, or with chickpeas to make a hearty vegetarian entrée salad. When it comes to easy, healthy, and delicious salads, you aren’t going to find a better fitting choice

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Arugula

20 Asparagus Recipes

20 asparagus recipes to spice up and reinvigorate this healthy, spring veggie. Are you trying to eat healthier, but are bored with the recipes you have to cook veggies? Say no more! I’ve compiled a list of 20 Asparagus Recipes for your ease and pleasure. 20 different, delicious ways to

Sparkling orange blossom water lemonade

Sparkling Orange Blossom Water Lemonade

Fresh lemonade and fragrant orange blossom water are mixed with a sparkling water to create a delicious, refreshing drink. Looking for a new drink to serve at a party? Or maybe just want something refreshing to end your day with? My Sparkling Orange Blossom Water Lemonade is the answer you’re

Chicken tawook fattoush salad

Chicken Tawook Fattoush Salad

My family’s favorite Lebanese fattoush salad becomes a main dish when topped with tender, juicy chicken tawook and crispy za’atar-scented baked pita chips. Whenever I cook chicken, pork, or steak I always try to double or triple the batch to use throughout the week for a quick lunch or to help

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Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

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

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Lebanese Hindbeh (Sauteed Greens/Spinach) with Caramelized Onions

A traditional Lebanese appetizer, these sauteed greens with caramelized onions can be enjoyed warm or cold, and pair well with pita bread. No more buying greens and then forgetting about them in the drawer of your fridge. When you get home from the store, I encourage you to wash and store the

Hummus and hushweh pinwheels

Hummus and Hushwee Pinwheels

Hummus is spread on a flour tortilla and topped with hushwee (meat and pine nut mixture), tomatoes, and feta then wrapped tightly and sliced. These flavor-packed hummus and hushwee pinwheels are perfect for stashing in lunchboxes or serving as a party appetizer or after-school snack. Looking for a new appetizer?

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Hummus Pizza with Greek Tapenade

This easy, no-bake hummus pizza with Greek tapenade is a super tasty lunch, appetizer, or snack recipe that kiddos and adults alike will love! Are you looking for something new to serve for lunch? I know with my boys, we like to skip the typical sandwich and reach for something