Flavors of Morocco Budha Bowl
If you are not yet familiar with a Budha Bowl, it is a big bowl of healthy food that usually includes: a grain, a protein, lots of veg and a yummy sauce! This one is jam packed with flavors of Morocco, between the spiced crispy chickpeas, pickles turnips and couscous - all drizzled with an oh so creamy tahini sauce! Yum!
Lentil Rice (Mujadara)
This is a real Middle Eastern bowl of comfort! Lentils, rice and fried onions all in one bowl – what more can you want!
Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad
The pop from the pomegranate “jewels” pairs so perfectly with the creamy eggplant in this delicious dish. Use it as a starter salad or a dip for veggies, chips or crackers.
Homemade Almond Halva
Halva is a Middle Eastern Dessert delicacy! Making your own is actually a lot easier than you may imagine! In this version I added almonds and a touch of rose water, as that has always been my favorite halva flavorings. I suggest you use a candy thermometer for this to ensure precision.
Smoky Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
This dish is so creamy and smoky – really delicious! Serve it as a side salad or as an appetizer with some pita chips for dipping.
Vegetarian Shawarma Sandwiches
A real Middle Eastern treat! These shawarma sandwiches are so satisfying you will forget they are veggie!
Zaatar Tomato - Cucumber Salad
This is a really simple salad to put together, but extraordinary because of this incredible spice mix Zaatar. It really makes the salad special! It’s a great addition to any brunch table or a side salad with a nice dinner.
This is an exquisite way to enjoy a pomegranate! The rosewater brings out the natural flowery taste of the pomegranate! It is even better the next day, so feel free to prepare it in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Moroccan Style Veggies with Couscous
This is a very impressive dish to serve for a large gathering. I especially like to serve this dish in the early autumn when all the fresh local root vegetables are abundant in the outdoor markets. You will notice it is a big serving (good for about 8-10 people) which is why I use 2 large baking dishes (you may even need 3 depending on the size of your squashes); you can easily cut the recipe in half. You can also prepare this dish up to 2 days in advance up until step 4 and cover tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge at least 1 hour before serving and then just before it goes on the table continue with steps 5 and 6.
Sesame Date Broccoli Salad
This is a beautiful Middle Eastern twist on a broccoli salad. Adding toasted sesame seeds with the tahini gives you a double dose of sesame! I also love the sweet chew of the dates in contrast with the fresh crunchy broccoli! This salad is great to pack up for a picnic or bring to a potluck!
Babaghanouj (Lebanese Eggplant Dip)
An absolutely great classic Lebanese dip! For the authentic experience, serve with warm pita bread! It is also great with pita chips, crackers or fresh veggies. You will notice my trick here is to roast the garlic within the flesh of the eggplant. Since roasted garlic has a smoother flavour than raw, it is better in this dip. The eggplant serves as a great device to prevent the garlic from burning, while allowing itself to be infused with the delicious roasted garlic flavor!
Roasted Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus
The sweetness of the roasted peppers combines beautifully with the cumin for a new take on the classic loved hummus! For this recipe, you can use store bought, jarred roasted peppers or make your own.
Classic Middle Eastern Lentil Soup
This is a recipe for the traditional Middle Eastern lentil soup. It is one of my favourite comfort food recipes! Full of lentils and veggies and flavoured with cumin and coriander seeds, just an overall delicious soup! Although I usually encourage you to season with salt throughout your cooking, in this recipe it is important to not add the salt until the very end. The reason is because I use dried lentils, and they will not soften if you add salt at the beginning!
Basic Couscous Recipe
Couscous makes a great side dish to serve with veggies, but there are just so many different ways to prepare couscous out there – some involving a double boiler and a couscousiere. If you are looking for a really simple method that works great every time try this one out!
Makhloube (Rice with Eggplant and Pine Nuts)
This is a traditional Middle Eastern rice dish. Makloube directly translated to English means to flip over, that is because in this dish the eggplant is cooked under the rice and when ready to serve you flip over the dish allowing the eggplant to shine on top for a spectacular display!
Swiss Chard Stuffed with Lentils and Couscous
So delicious and fresh especially in the spring when local Swiss chard is in season!
Perfect Moroccan Mint Tea
Fresh mint leaves give this hot drink such a beautiful flavour and aroma. A tiny bit of sugar is added here, not for sweetness, but to bring the flavours together. If you like the drink sweeter you can double the sugar.
Cardamom Infused Poached Pears
This is such a simple, but elegant treat! It is especially nice for a dinner or brunch gathering as everyone can get their own poached pear. You can serve it on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even some yogurt if you are having it for breakfast! If you would like to save these pears for a few days, store them with the liquid in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also save the poaching liquid to sweeten up yogurt, or some freshly made iced tea.
Spinach and Zaatar Crispy Tart
A great appetizer for a dinner party or a brunch item. Zaatar is a middleeastern spice mixture that contains thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. It is very flavourful!
Cardamom Scented Basmati Rice
The cardamom adds a flowery aroma to the rice which makes it feel special! If you are not used to the taste of cardamom, start off with half a teaspoon, but if you really want the cardamom taste to shine use the full teaspoon.