Veggie Biryani

This is my veganized version of iraqi biryani. My best friend’s husband is iraqi, so when i go to visit her, sometimes i get to try iraqi dishes and they are amazing!  I remember when my friend first shared this dish with me. It’s comfort food. It reminds me of home, friends and happy times…

Taratour (tahini sauce 😋)

Taratour is an amazing Lebanese tahini sauce. It’s always included when you order a “chicken kabob wrap”, however, I love it so much, I can dip bread in it or eat it off a spoon and be just as happy. Usually I make it only with lemon juice, but I only had a little lemon…

Vegan Shish Tawook (chicken-ish kabob😜) 😋

Ingredients:  1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2″-1″ squares 6 large white mushrooms, destemmed and quartered (If you want to make real shish tawook, with chicken, substitute two boneless, skinless breasts or thighs -obviously, thighs would be more flavorful) 2 green zucchini, cut in 1/2″-3/4″ rounds 14 grape tomatoes  yellow onion cut in one inch…

garbanzo soup

One day i wanted to make the traditional lebanese “shorabit aadis” ( lentil soup), but we had just eaten lentils the night before, so i decided to make it with garbanzo beans  and add some butternut squash. I must say, it was super tasty – even my 18 month old neice couldn’t get enough of…

Tabouli

A word of advice: This is perfection; it wont’t last long, so you may want to make extra! ☺️ Ingredients 3 parsley Bunches (preferably organic) 1 mint bunch (preferably organic) 2 tomatoes 5 persian cucumbers (or 1/2 large english cucumber) 2/3 finely chopped yellow onion (real lebanese use scallions, but most of the restaurants in…

Mjaddara with Brown Rice (Arabic Lentils and Rice with Onion)

This is the Arabic version of rice and beans. It’s quick, simple, cheap and filling. 🙂 Ingredients: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 large white onions, chopped (about 3 cups) 3/4 cups basmati brown rice 1 cup brown lentils 4 1/2 cups water 1/2 tsp sea salt (more to taste) Directions: 1) Heat…