Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Ingredients: 4 servings
  • 2 c. garbanzos 
  • 1/3 c tahini 
  • ½ c. lemon juice 
  • 2 garlic, crushed 
  • TT salt 
  • For serving 
  • 1 T olive oil 
  • 1 t. parsley chopped 
  • Sprinkle cayenne pepper or paprika 
  1. Combine garbanzos, tahini (reserve 1 T), lemon juice and garlic in a food processor. Process until thick and smooth. Adjust flavor with lemon and salt. Adjust consistency with water. 
  2. Serve in a shallow dish, garnish with olive oil, parsley, cayenne pepper or paprika. 

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Ingredients: 4 servings
  • 1 c. brown lentils 
  • 4 c. cool water 
  • ¼ c. olive oil 
  • ½ c. onion, dice 
  • 2 garlic, minced 
  • 4 c. Swiss chard leaves 
  • ¼ c. cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped 
  • 3 T. lemon juice 
  • TT salt and pepper 

  1. Wash the lentils well remove stones and discolored. Drain. 
  2. Cover with cold water and bring to boil, then simmer for 1 hour, or until soft. 
  3. Heat the oil, sauté onion, stir in the garlic and cook for a few seconds longer. 
  4. Add the shredded Swiss chard and fry, stirring often, until wilted. 
  5. When the lentils are soft, add the onion and Swiss chard mixture. Add the remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer gently for a further 15–20 minutes. 
  6. Serve the soup in deep plates, with lemon wedges for squeezing into the soup according to individual taste. 
  7. Serve with lemon wedges and Khoubz or other bread.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Ingredients: 2 servings
  • 1/8 cup olive oil 
  • 1/8 c cider vinegar 
  • 1/8 c. fresh orange juice 
  • 1/8 c. sugar 
  • 1/8 c. salt and pepper 
  • 2 c. iceberg lettuce, shredded 
  • ½ c. fresh pineapple, cubes 
  •  ½ c. sweet red onions, thinly sliced 
  • 1 avocado, sliced ¼ inch thick 
  • 2 fresh lime wedges 

  1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, and sugar in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Lightly toss together the lettuce, pineapple, and red onions. Dress with oil and vinegar mixture. Adjust the amount used to taste. 
  3. Garnish individual salads several avocado slices, seasoned with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with lime wedges. 

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