This bowl is a bit of an adventure, inspired by a vegetarian cookbook gifted to me (thank you Elke!). It starts with a base of quinoa, and is topped with flavorful and spicy black beans, earthy sautéed mushrooms and leeks, creamy avocado and lime and fried plantains! Be sure to buy ripe sweet plantains that are yellow and brown, not the green ones that are very starchy. Make sure to serve with lots of lime wedges, and some salt to sprinkle on top. The lime brings it all together!
This recipe is for salad lovers out there who dream about a hearty salad for dinner. The barley is nutty and chewy and coated with a sweet and bold Mediterranean spice mix. Combined with the salty feta, tangy pomegranate seeds and scallions, this salad brings together lots of great flavors and textures. This is also a great dish to bring to a potluck! (Adapted from Cooks Mediterranean Cooking)
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.
Mujadra is a classic middle eastern dish that combines warm spices with lentils and rice into a hearty vegan meal. What puts this dish over the top is the mound of deep carmelized onions that are served on top of this dish or mixed in. If you are up for making this dairy, you can serve it with some labneh or sour cream on the side…
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)
This is a great sweet treat for the Jewish food lovers out there. This version of lokshen kugel combines a sweet and cinnamon-y custard with raisins and noodles that bake up together for a cheesey and chewy bite. Even though it tastes like dessert, this is traditionally served as a main course – so enjoy! If you want to get in your greens, try serving this alongside my salad of mixed greens with roasted pears and spiced nuts.
For those of you who are wrapped up in the instant pot/pressure cooker craze, this recipe is for you. It turns dry chick peas into creamy deliciousness in just 25 minutes (even at altitude). Lemon zest, Mediterranean spices along with artichoke hearts and carrots come together for a flavorful tagine that will taste like it was simmering all day long. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can substitute canned chick peas. (Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
It doesn’t feel like Hanukah until I’ve had homemade latkes and the smell fills the house. When I was first married, my husband made his mom’s latkes for me and they were truly the best! Now he is stuck making these every year. When you bite into a latke, you want crunch on the outside and a smooth potato flavor on the inside, with just enough salt. These traditional latkes will not disappoint. It is worth going the extra step of wringing out latke batter in cheesecloth to ensure that they are the crispiest latkes they can be! Serve them with homemade applesauce for an extra special Hanukah treat.
These little latkes are a great Hanukah finger food for your next party. Each latke comes with its own sauce that you can put on top. Try the traditional latkes with homemade applesauce, the zucchini latkes with lemon zest cream or the sweet potatoe latkes with sriracha aioli. If you make them all, have a taste test to see which ones your guests like best!
Do you love the combination of sweet and salty? This is an easy way to get your fix in a healthy weeknight side dish. These sweet potatoes cubes are rubbed with salt and a touch of cinnamon and cayenne and roasted until crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. This is a great side dish for any roasted or grilled chicken or meat.