Roasted eggplant with zaatar and tahini sauce

Roasted Eggplant with Za’atar and Tahini Sauce

Eggplant is roasted until tender and caramelized then drizzled with a creamy garlic tahini sauce. This vegan veggie side dish recipe is perfect with chicken, pork, seafood or lamb. Eggplant tends to be a controversial dish, but I for one love it! Creamy and delicious when cooked, and an excellent

Smashed chickpea salad with dill

Smashed Chickpea Salad with Dill

Naturally vegan and gluten free, this smashed chickpea salad is made with diced celery, minced red onion, bright lemon juice, and fragrant fresh dill. This delicious chickpea salad with dill is a great, fresh side dish or healthy snack. Made with easily accessible ingredients, this salad is bright, fragrant, and

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Lemon and Garlic

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Lemon and Garlic

This garlic and Swiss chard sauté with lemon makes not only a tasty side dish, but is full of antioxidants, is readily available, and tastes delicious. Busy days are not the time to be huddled around the stove for hours. In fact, a quick sauté is all that this beautiful,

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Feta and Basil

This fresh tomato and cucumber salad is made with creamy feta, bright lemon juice and fragrant basil. It tastes like summer on a plate. Growing up, we always had a fresh salad on the table to enjoy with dinner. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized not everyone

spicy sauteed corn skillet

Spicy Corn Skillet with Garlic and Chilis

This 5-minute corn skillet side dish recipe is jam-packed with garlicky flavor and perfect for using up fresh or frozen sweet corn. As the weather heats up, I like to have an easy, tasty side dish to make when hosting a family bbq or backyard party. My corn skillet side

close up of roasted cauliflower with parmesan

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

Roasted cauliflower boasts flavorful parmesan, fresh herbs and seasoning for a mouthwatering bite. An easy, nutritious side dish your family will love. What tastes better: Boiled asparagus or roasted asparagus? Sautéed sweet potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes? You get the point. Roasting is the perfect alternative to grilling veggies, so

Herbed Slaw with Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette

Chopped Veggie Slaw with Jalapeño Lime Vinaigrette

Chopped cabbage, peppers, carrots and scallions are tossed with a sweet and spicy jalapeño vinaigrette. This fresh and easy chopped veggie slaw is ideal for entertaining, potlucks, cookouts and more. I love fresh veggie slaws with just about any dinner. Whether I’m firing up the grill or roasting salmon, I

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Arugula

Grilled Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

Asparagus is grilled until charred and slightly caramelized then tossed with spicy arugula and creamy goat cheese in this fresh and flavorful summer salad. Salads don’t have to be boring. One of the best ways to keep salads fun, inventive and exciting is to mix and match your ingredients throughout

Lebanese Potato Salad

Lebanese Potato Salad

This light and healthy traditional Lebanese potato salad recipe is made with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, scallions, and fresh herbs. Perfect for pot luck as no refrigeration required. My Aunt Paula has been making this Lebanese Potato Salad recipe for as long as I can remember. Made with bright

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Lebanese Rice Salad

Colorful Lebanese rice salad is perfect for summer barbecues and quick lunches full of crunchy vegetables, hearty grains, and zesty homemade dressing. The best part of summer (besides the sunshine) is the abundance of fresh vegetables at the farmers market. I am obsessed with browsing the aisles and having my

orzo salad bowl with dill and peas

Orzo Salad with Yogurt-Dill Vinaigrette

Crunchy veggies and orzo pasta are tossed in a creamy, yogurt-dill vinaigrette, created a simple, delicious side dish. Perfect for entertaining or a brown-bag lunch, this orzo salad recipe can be made up to three days in advance. When the warm weather arrives in Michigan, I get so excited for

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Broiled Asparagus with Tahini Dipping Sauce

One of my go-to weeknight side dish recipes, caramelized broiled asparagus is served with a creamy tahini-lemon dipping sauce. Asparagus is one of my favorite seasonal veggies. The first sign of spring here in West Michigan, nothing makes me happier than seeing that first bunch of asparagus hit farmers market

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Lemon Dill Green Beans

An easy and flavorful side dish, these lemon dill green beans are the perfect vegetarian recipe to add to any meal. The best part about these green beans, besides the fact that they’re healthy and delicious, is that the recipe incorporates healthy fat – which is a necessary part of

vertical bowl of charoset

Charoset (Apple and Walnut Salad)

Traditionally served on the Passover Seder plate, charoset is an apple and walnut salad made with sweet honey and red wine. Passover is a Jewish springtime celebration of the exodus from Egypt, where they were freed from slavery. We metaphorically retell this story at the beginning of Passover with 6

lebanese chickpea salad

Lebanese Chickpea Salad

A fun twist on tabbouleh, this chopped Lebanese chickpea 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

carrot dill salad closeup

Carrot Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

This carrot salad is made with thinly sliced carrots, tossed with fresh herbs, honey, olive oil, and lemon juice. The perfect side salad to serve with chicken, beef, or seafood! I love to make interesting and unexpected salads. Many of us go through life only eating green iceberg lettuce salads

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Honey Chipotle Glazed Butternut Squash

Roasting this honey chipotle butternut squash until everything caramelizes provides so much flavor and texture, you won’t believe what you’re eating! Butternut squash is one of those side dishes of which many people do not have fond memories. Maybe you were forced to eat mashed and soggy squash as a

Grilled Eggplant Recipe

Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Grilled eggplant with tahini sauce is cooked until tender and smoky then drizzled with a creamy, tahini-lemon sauce. Grilling is one of the best cooking methods to maximize flavor, especially when it comes to vegetables! As the vegetables hit the heat, their natural sugars begin to caramelize resulting in a

Hearty Greek Roasted Vegetables

20 Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

20 easy, healthy, and delicious vegetable side dishes to go with every entrée! Do you struggle to find vegetables your whole family will enjoy? Say goodbye to the days of soggy broccoli or overly boiled Brussels. Instead, use bright colors, flavorful spices, and quick cooking methods to create fresh and

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Step-by-Step Guide to Roasting Brussels Sprouts

This step-by-step guide to roasting Brussels sprouts will show you the tips and tricks to tender, caramelized Brussels sprouts every single time! If you don’t think you like Brussels sprouts, think again! Push any distant memories of overly boiled, mushy Brussels out of your mind, because my version results in

stack of homemade corn tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free and made with just two simple ingredients. The resulting warm tortillas are light, fluffy, and full of authentic masa flavor. Tacos make everyone happy but nothing elevates taco night quite like homemade corn tortillas. Light, pillowy and fragrant, they are truly worth the added

Lebanese Lentils and Bulgur Wheat with Caramelized Onions

Lentils and Bulgur Wheat with Caramelized Onions

Lentils and bulgur wheat with caramelized onions is a delicious Middle Eastern dish. A great source of protein and fiber, it is also a tasty Vegetarian entree. If I had to eat one type of food every day for the rest of my life, it would be Middle Eastern food.

Liz Holding a Sweet Potato Fry

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

Thanks to convenient foil packets, these rosemary grilled sweet potatoes cook in less than 20 minutes and there is virtually no clean-up.  Grilling isn’t just for chicken or steak, my friends. Whether it’s asparagus, corn, bell peppers or sweet potatoes, I love using my handy grill to add smokiness and

Fresh Quinoa Caprese Salad in a bowl

Caprese Quinoa Salad

This bright and flavorful Caprese Quinoa Salad is made with toasted quinoa, cherry tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil. With added protein and nutrients, it takes the classic Caprese salad to the next level.  Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil – is there any combination more reminiscent of summertime?

Asian Sauteed Bok Choy

Garlicky Bok Choy

This 5-minute vegetable side dish recipe is a staple in my house. Ideal for any greens you have on hand, bok choy is tossed with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce until tender and fragrant.  Bok choy is one of my favorite veggies to enjoy for a quick lunch or a

zaatar gileed asparagus

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Za’atar

A fast and easy side dish recipe, asparagus is coated with lemon and za’atar and grilled until slightly charred. Syrian salad is my specialty. It has won contests (thank you Cooking Channel!) and my dinner guests always request it. Whenever anyone tries my salad for the first time, I’m always asked:

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Cashews

Strawberry Arugula Salad

This fresh and simple salad recipe is made with sweet strawberries, spicy arugula, and crunchy cashews. I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new salad recipes. One way that I am able to always keep my salads interesting is by using the seasons as a guide.

healthy 20 minute pantry recipes

Healthy 20-Minute Pantry Recipes

Cooking from your pantry and need new recipe ideas? Here are 10 of my favorite healthy pantry recipes – all ready in 20 minutes or less!  Craving a snack or a meal that you can whip right up using pantry staples? Whether you need new ideas for canned tuna, an

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry in a bowl

20 Easy Recipes Made with Chickpeas

Have chickpeas in the pantry? Transform the humble garbanzo bean into something delicious with one of these twenty easy recipes made with chickpeas!  Growing up in a Lebanese household, one thing is for certain: we always have a can (or two or three!) of chickpeas in our pantry at all

Asparagus Pesto Pasta with Goat Cheese

Pesto Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Penne pasta is tossed with roasted asparagus, fragrant pesto and creamy goat cheese to create this easy, crowd-pleasing pasta salad recipe. Pasta salads are one of my favorite make-ahead dishes to prep and stash in the fridge for when I need it. Whether it’s a busy weeknight side dish or

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Chinese Smashed Cucumbers

This quick and flavorful Chinese side dish is made with cucumbers which are lightly smashed then tossed with vinegar, sesame oil, salt and a pinch of sugar. During a recent visit to NYC, I was reintroduced to one of my favorite Asian side dishes: Chinese smashed cucumbers. Similar to a

SFEEHAS meat pies

Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeehas)

These savory Lebanese meat pies (known as sfeehas) get their irresistible flavor from clarified butter, toasted pine nuts and fragrant cinnamon. Meat pies are a very popular dish throughout the world. Whether it’s empanadas in Spain, patties in Jamaica or pasties in Eastern Europe, it seems so many different cultures