I've always eaten healthy but lately I’ve been watching more and more the quality of food I put in my body. I mostly avoid white sugar, so I use sweeteners like honey or carob molasses, which are local and natural. My brownies are an indulging feel good treat. Healthy ingredients, quick to put together, fudgy, and absolutely delicious!
Arisheh is a Lebanese mountain cheese that’s close in taste to ricotta. It’s probably the easiest cheese recipe you’ll ever come across; it’s only made with full fat milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. It’s usually sweetened with honey or sugar and enjoyed with bread, but I personally like to add fruits to my Arisheh. So, here’s my take on this traditional treat: easy to make, beautiful to look at, colorful, and healthy!
In winter, I cancel most of my plans to spend time at home. Yep, that's true! There's something very comforting about staying in, making a warm meal, reading a nice book, watching an interesting series or movie. And if I do go out, I spend the evening dreaming about the coziness and warmth of home. I am truly the epitome of introversion! Anyway, this pumpkin soup is the perfect meal for those quiet nights in. It has many veggies in, it's so creamy and just delicious. I serve it with crispy Parmesan croutons and a swirl of cream. Here's the recipe!
I love lentils a lot and I never get tired of coming up with delicious ways to enjoy them. I also think they go so well with fall produce! For this recipe, I roasted portobello mushrooms, beetroot, broccoli, garlic, I cooked beautiful black lentils until just soft, I made a creamy garlicky pink tahini dressing to mix into the lentils while they’re still warm, then I served them with the veggies, toasted hazelnuts, za’atar leaves, and some fresh mozzarella. So fulfilling, so nutritious, so good! Here’s the recipe.
Sweet tender baked pears, stuffed with creamy cranberry goat cheese, pistachios for a little crunch, and fresh rosemary for a beautiful finish. Drizzle with honey and enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or dessert! I personally serve them for dessert after a rich meal. So simple and full of flavor. Here's the recipe!
This cake recipe is light, healthy, easy, and extremely delicious! It might look like any another cake from the outside until you slice it and see all the beautiful apple layers. Basically it's a lot of apples tossed in a cinnamony batter, stacked in a cake pan, topped with walnut for some crunch, then baked until the kitchen smells amazing and the apples are soft but still retain a little bite. I like to serve each slice with a spoonful of honeyed mascarpone. Check out the recipe!
Apples are not only good for sweet recipes, I also love pairing them with savory dishes! They are everywhere this time of the year and there are many varieties you can try with this dish. I used Golden Apples here but Granny Smith or Pink Lady would work beautifully. Now let’s talk about the gorgeous tuna that I coated with white and black sesame seeds, then seared for 30 seconds on each side until barely kissed by fire. I served it sliced over a crunchy apple salad tossed with a soy tahini honey dressing. Here’s the recipe!
This is a big feel good delicious salad! Crunchy acidic apple, sweet dried apricot, purslane, parsley, creamy Bulgarian cheese, and crunchy almonds. The salad is tossed in an amazing dressing then served immediately while the apple sticks are still crunchy and herbs are fresh. It goes well will grilled chicken or juicy steak. Here's the recipe!
Breakfast tacos anyone? Homemade corn tortilla, perfect sunny side up egg, spicy charred corn salsa, crispy chorizo, creamy avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Colorful deliciousness! Here's the recipe.
What do you think of this colorful summerry light dish? Believe me, it tastes even better than it looks! It has aromatic garlic rice, spiced juicy shrimp, sweet tangy and spicy pineapple salsa, avocado slices, and some cilantro leaves. A squeeze of lime before eating is recommended. So good! A joy to prepare and eat. Check out the recipe.
Ever tried confit-ing something? I usually confit garlic and it brings out their sweetness and flavor so beautifully. This time I applied the confit magic to artichoke hearts. I used great extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon peel, basil, fresh chili, and I confit-ed the artichoke low and slow in the oven. They turned out very soft, flavorful, and absolutely divine! Definitely the best way to cook artichoke hearts. I served them over a green Spring salad and used the confit-ed garlic and oil for the dressing. Get the recipe right here!
This chicken soup might not cure a flu, because only time and meds do that, but it surely warms up the tummy and soul! The smell of bubbling chicken soup filling up the house is one of those smells that make you feel at home. It has leeks, carrots, homemade rich chicken broth, chicken thigh pieces, vermicelli to thicken the soup a little, baby spinach, and lemon juice. Serve it warm with lemon wedges and chili flakes for some heat.
I don't know why, but I always felt very close to the Mexican food culture. It's so rich, colorful, it relies on very fresh ingredients, and it reminds me in some way of my culture. Maybe because the tortilla is essential to the Mexican cuisine just like many types of flatbread are to the Lebanese cuisine. I feel like eating Mexican, much like eating Lebanese, means that you are free of all etiquette rules and you can truly enjoy it. Also, I truly love eating with my hands. It's so liberating, playful, and social. Now let's talk about these gorgeous tacos! The shrimp, onion, and bell pepper are tossed with olive oil, Mexican spices, a bit of cayenne, roasted, then served with warm tortillas, fresh guacamole, roasted corn, chili slices, chopped cilantro, and lemon wedges. It's definetly a crowd pleaser!
When the weather is cold, I crave saucy spicy foods like this recipe I am sharing with you today. Flaky Pangasius fillets served over a beautiful Thai coconut curry sauce with sugar snap peas, rice vermicelli noodles to soak all that beautiful sauce, fresh herbs, and crunchy toasted peanuts. This dish is a joy to cook as it will fill your kitchen with fragrant and appetizing smells. It's colorful, bold in flavor, and absolutely delicious!
Let me introduce you to a beautiful dish that would be the perfect side for your Christmas main. Lovely browned sweet potatoes, peppery baby arugula, creamy cranberry goat cheese, juicy pomegranate arils, crunchy pine nuts, and a bit of rosemary, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate molasses. It's festive and absolutely delicious! Here's the recipe.
Have you ever used rice in a salad? It's such a wonderful idea! Rice is an amazing flavor carrier. I created this Spring rice salad to celebrate the gorgeous seasonal produce we have during this time of the year. Spring onions, arugula, asparagus, sweet juicy apricots, and let's not forget about goat cheese. For the dressing, I simply used great quality extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, beautiful pomegranate molasses, and smashed garlic. This salad is full of flavor, quick to put together, and plays your tastebuds beautifully. It goes amazing with grilled chicken by the way. Check it out!
This salad hits all the right notes: vermicelli rice noodles, crunchy veggies, fresh herbs, a bit of chili to spice it up, and toasted sesame seeds! And the dressing is perfectly balanced, creamy, it brings everything together beautifully. I use a little bit of it to glaze juicy pan-fried shrimp right before serving. So good! You can replace the shrimp with salmon, chicken, or just leave it vegetarian. Make it!
Fresh Peas are popping everywhere this time of the year. They are tender and super sweet, I can snack on a pile by myself! I love to pair them with olive oil, spring onions, lemon, mint, fennel, and chili for a little kick. And there is nothing like pasta to bring all this goodness together. It's such a light and delicious dish. Check out the recipe!
There is nothing like getting comfy in front of the TV with a bowl of crunchy chips to watch your favorite show. Store-bought chips are packed with unhealthy ingredients that are no good for you! So here's a healthy chips recipe, made with Tannour bread, Mexican spice mix, and a touch of olive oil. Very simple, flavorful, and crunchy. Perfect for dipping into chunky guacamole!
This is a healthy granola recipe, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, flavored and naturally sweetened with carob molasses. It has oats, walnuts, apple chips, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and a touch of orange zest. Better than any store-bought version out there. Try it!
Delicious almond coconut bliss balls, light, soft, spiced, and brought together in the form of super cute Snowmen. There might be a chocolate surprise in one of the balls too! Come on, who wouldn't like this? Check the easy recipe right here.
These are not your usual homemade Snickers, because they are beautifully flavored with Lebanese Carob molasses. Healthy, no added sugar, not too sweet, easy to prepare, and better than any store-bought chocolate you might taste. They are finished with a light molasses drizzle for extra flavor. I am craving a Lebanese Snickers right now!
This dish is the ultimate celebration of mushrooms! Rice noodles cooked in a fragrant mushroom broth, along with carrot and Chinese cabbage, topped with the most amazing glazed mushrooms. Super delicious, packed with mushroom flavor, and just perfect for a cozy night in. Don't be fooled by the long ingredient list, this dish is actually pretty easy to prepare. Check it out!
A beautiful piece of salmon does not need much work. I like to pair a nice salmon fillet with subtle flavors that complement its amazing taste. Some olive oil, a bit of citrus, a touch of honey, few thyme sprigs, and of course some spice!
Here is a delicious sheet pan dinner for you: beautifully seasoned crispy skin chicken, paired with pumpkin, broccoli, feta cheese, drizzled with a garlicky, spicy, and lemony sauce. Only few steps and you got yourself a delicious meal!
If you're craving a sweet healthy breakfast, then this granola bowl is for you! Fresh Laban flavored with banana, cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut spread, topped with granola, strawberries and honey. So good!
I THINK THIS RED LENTIL DIP IS BETTER THAN HUMMUS. There, I said it! let the haters come at me... It's made of split red lentil, charred bell pepper, garlic, Tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil. It's better topped with grilled veggies, Halloum sticks, crunchy sumac onions, tomato, and baby spinach leaves. It wouldn't be complete without a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top. Serve it with toasted pita for dipping. Such a delicious treat!
Lentils are definitely one of my favorite grains. The are super delicious, versatile, high in protein, iron, fiber, and they cook pretty fast too. Here's a lentil Autumnal salad that's beautiful, super healthy, and packed with warm flavors. And of course you have to have it with grilled Halloum because it's always better with a little bit of cheese on top!
There is nothing like stacking up warm fluffy banana honey pancakes on a lazy weekend morning, topping them with fruits, and drizzling them with sweet honey. No need to say anything more, it's just pure goodness! check out the recipe.
There's a million way to eat Labneh, but this is certainly my favorite way. Labneh dip with fennel, pomegranate seeds, fried pine nuts, lots of olive oil, served with perfectly baked pita. Simple but it always excites me!
My no bake oat Matcha bars are better than any store-bought version you can get your hands on. Healthy, delicious, and loaded with the good stuff. Check out the easy recipe.