Middle Eastern Beef Kabobs

Kabobs are a great way to literally spice up the usual meatball or hamburger dinner. This recipe uses garlic, fresh parsley and mint as well as some traditional middle- eastern spices to create a warm and pungent kabob. If you don’t feel like making these on skewers, you can also turn them into sliders. Be sure to serve with the spicy parsley sauce on the side for dipping – some in my family think this is the best part! (Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis)
Hash with poached eggs may be a traditional breakfast dish, but we love to eat this one for supper. The lamb with the middle-eastern spices along with the crispy potatoes and sautéed chard combine to create a flavorful dish. Don’t forget to top the hash with the eggs, poached until the yolk is cooked but still runny. Serve it up so that everyone gets an egg to mix into the hash. (Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Mediterranean Cookbook)

Beef and Barley Soup

My kids love any soup with Barley and this one is a real hit in our house. The leeks, onions, carrots and celery contribute their veggie goodness, while the thyme and bay leaves add a great depth of flavor. I like to use beef bones with a good amount of meat on them, so that everyone gets to enjoy some real meat. This soup has all of the elements of a full meal: Beef, starch and veggies – so break out the big bowls and serve this soup up for dinner.
Imagine coming home after a long day to a tender BBQ beef sandwich. This slow cooker meal is so easy and you wont believe how much flavor these sandwiches have. All you have to do is chop some onions and pour some wine and soy sauce over it and let it cook while you work or play and finish it off with an easy BBQ sauce. These are delicious served on a crusty ciabatta bun alongside my lemony slaw.

Moroccan Meatball Tagine

Tagines are great winter meals. This one has meatballs that cook in a spicy sauce, that includes all the best of middle eastern spices, like cumin and cinnamon. If you are up for a twist on a traditional meatball dinner, serve this morrocan version meatball tagine with cous cous for a deliciously different weeknight meal.

Beef Borscht

Borscht comes in lots of different varieties. The common denominator is the beets that form the base with its dark purple color. This borscht is a hearty beef soup that in addition to beets uses, leeks, celery cabbage, potatoes and flanken, which all come together in a melt in your mouth rich soup with tons of flavor. I love to add marrow bones or beef bones for extra depth. This is a great one pot meal when you are craving a bowl of hearty soup for dinner. (Adapted from Jewish Soul Food)

Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage

Stuffed Cabbage rolls are a family favorite for special occasion holidays, but who has time on a weeknight to roll out each cabbage roll? My mother, who worked full time and had to get dinner on the table, used to make unstuffed cabbage for us to satisfy our desire to have this delicious meal more frequently. This meal has all of the essential ingredients and flavors of stuffed cabbage – a sweet and tangy sauce, rice, beef, raisins -yet you can put this recipe together in no time, and work while it cooks!
If you are a lamb person, you must try this. The ground lamb is seasoned with bold flavors like lemon zest, coriander and cumin and then placed in between two pita halves and grilled. This may be the best grilled lamb you have had in quite some time. Serve alongside Bamiya Style green beans (Adapted from Cooks Illustrated)
Once a week, when I was in High school, we would eat dinner at my grandparents house and this was a standard. My grandmother came from a world where to feed people was to serve them meat and potatoes. This dish has always been a favorite of m Uncle Tom’s and has now become a frequently requested dinner by my husband. You can cook this in the traditional method using a pot on the stove for a few hours, or use a pressure cooker to pull this dish together in less than 30 minutes.

Smothered Hamburgers and Onions

This is hamburgers like you’ve never before had them – unless you are a member of my husband’s larger family, in which case, I am revealing to the public one of their family’s treasured recipes. These are hamburgers browned in a sauté pan and then slowly simmered with tons of thinly sliced, browned sweet onions. Serve these with mashed potatoes and steamed or roasted broccoli you will have a very happy family….