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Za'atar Bread

Za'atar Bread

This flavorful flatbread goes great with any Mediterranean or Middle Eastern fare. You can drizzle it with a little extra olive oil before serving it or eat it taco style with your favorite fillings. Personally, I love to stuff it with lula kebabs, falafel or sliced vegetables and fresh herbs. Za'atar Bread is also perfect for dipping in a classic hummus or white bean dip. As is often the case with beloved "Old Country" recipes, this bread is also known by a variety of other names including Manakish (plural) or Man'ousheh (singular), with a myriad of spellings. What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Za'atar Bread? Bread flour (or...

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Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

If you love greek lemon rice, but want a carb-free option, this is your fix! Lemony, herby, fluffy "rice" that counts as eating another serving of veggies. You might want to serve this alongside a skewer of shish kebab or a mediterranean salad. What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice? olive oil frozen or fresh cauliflower rice onion minced garlic lemon juice and zest chicken broth fresh parsley minced Spices: dill, turmeric, bay leaf salt to taste How Do I Make Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice? Sauté the onion in the olive oil until soft. Stir in the minced garlic and sauté a few minutes more....

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Ghapama (Armenian Stuffed Pumpkin)

Ghapama (Armenian Stuffed Pumpkin)

A wonderful, baked pumpkin dish full of buttery, honey-sweetened rice, dried fruit, diced apples and chopped nuts. Is Ghapama a side dish, a dessert, or a meal in itself? You get to decide! Or, if you're like me, you'll serve it with dinner, eat more for dessert and have a second helping for breakfast (if there's any left).  This festive Armenian dish is served during the Fall and at many holidays including New Year's. With it's colorful and artistic flair, it will make a beautiful presentation at your dinner table. For added fun, be sure to eat it while you play a recording of the Armenian...

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

These Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas pack a lot of crunch and flavor. With a few techniques for getting the perfect crispness, you’ll soon be popping these as a mid-day or on-the-go snack. You can add them to a snack bowl for your holiday hors d’oeuvre table or game day. Kids like them too, and they’re perfect for lunch. They also make a great topping on salads.  What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas? chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) olive oil maple syrup sumac Aleppo pepper salt sugar Note: If you don't have sumac or Aleppo pepper,...

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Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur pilaf is the quintessential comfort food but also dressy enough for many fancy meals. Whether you pair it with some shish kebab or serve it alongside a roasted chicken, it's the perfect side dish. It's very versatile and satisfying enough to eat as a meal itself. I love that with bulgur pilaf, as opposed to traditional Armenian rice pilaf, I am getting some added nutrients from whole grain and feeling an extra heartiness in each bite. Since my kids have grown up eating mostly rice or rice pilaf, I wasn't sure what they would think, but the transition from rice to bulgur was...

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