Mujadara (lentils with Rice)

Hello everybody.

Protein for today is lentils, cooked with rice pr mujaddara . A typical end of the week meal !

 

Have a nice weekend 😉

Recipe for Mujaddara:
1 cup brown lentil.
1 cup rice or coarse burghul.
1 cube chicken stock.

1 or 2 large onions

Boil the lentils in water with 1 small spoon cumin powder till tender.
Wash the rice or burghul add them to the lentils, with the maggi cube, 1tsp of each,, salt, black pepper, mixed spices…and 2 large spoons olive oil.
Add water to the mixture ( almost 2 and 1/4 cup)…let it boil then lower the heat till rice is cooked.
Chop the onions to thin slices and fry in olive oil till crispy…and serve them with the mujadara…
This is a very nutritious dish,, a good source of protein and iron.
Some people love to eat it with yogurt as well.

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Lentils with Pasta (حراق اصبعه)

Hello everybody.

A last goodbye treat for my friend and her lovely kids before heading back home, cooked lentils with pasta,fried onions,garlic and coriander . A traditional Syrian dish حراق اصبعه meaning when translated literally ” burned fingers”

 

An easy nutritious appetizer that’s originally done with lentils and special dough or small pasta as a quicker substitute then all boiled together with pomegranate sauce,lemons,fried onions,garlic and coriander topped with fried bread pieces.

 

Ingredients and method:
* 1 cup brown lentils.
*  2-3 cloves garlic
*  3-4 onions.
* bunch of coriander.
* 1/2 cup lemon juice.
* 2 spoons pomegranate sauce ( دبس رمان ).
* 1 cup small size pasta.
* cubed fried pitta bread.
* salt, pepper, cumin powder.

* wash lentils then boil in 4 cups of water , add salt and 1 spoon cumin.
* add the pasta and leave to simmer till done.
* add lemon juice, pomegranate sauce.
* fry the onions in oil till golden.
* crush garlic and chop coriander then saute them in some oil.
* add half the amount of onions and garlic to lentil pasta mixture. Leave to simmer till it thickens and homogeneous. You might need to add some water.
* upon serving,, in a deep dish put some of the bread in the bottom.
*add the lentil mixture.
* decorate with the rest of garlic, onions and bread cubes.
* serve hot.

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Fava Beans and Eggs ( Iraqi Dish,باقلاء بالدهن)

Hello everybody.

Special brunch today at my sister in-law’s house,her hubby made us a famous Iraqi dish which is usually done for breakfast but we had it as lunch this time.

Main ingredients are cooked fava beans and scrambled eggs , it’s a sort of fatteh type of dish  cause bread is soaked a bit in boiled water of cooked beans is the base , then you add over it a good amount of beans,lemon juice, very hot oil ( usually the oil used in frying the eggs), butnuj ( which is a dried wild mint) then chopped tomatoes and onions.

Last thing you add fried eggs,scrambled and sunny side ups and dig in. Very fulfilling meal,you won’t feel hungry till next day for sure ,my late father in -law ( god bless his soul) used to call it the cement mix meal :)

Anyone who loves new different food should try it,really good.
اليوم الغداء طبق عراقي “باقلاء بالدهن ” الباقلاء يعنى بها الفول ويكون بالعادة فول ناشف منقوع ومسلوق ويمكن استعمال العلب للسهوله.
الطريقه تشبه مبدأ الفتات المعتادة حيث يشرب الخبز بماء سلق الفول ثم يضاف الفول، الليمون والبطنج (نعنع بري ناشف) ويسقى بالزيت الحار أو السمن حسب الرغبه.تضاف بندوره مفرومه ناعم وبصل مفروم، آخر طبقه عباره عن بيض مخفوق مقلي أو بيض عيون.
وجبه دسمه نوعا ما لمحبي الفطور مع إننا اعتبرناها غداء اليوم.

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Homemade Applesauce.

Hello everybody.

Applesauce is a puree made from peeled or unpeeled apples and spices,it has several uses as a side sauce with meat,in cakes or to add flavor to yogurts or ice creams or simply as baby food.

A very good use is a substitute for oil or butter in cakes so you can make a very healthy kind of cake by reducing both oil and sugar in ingredients. That’s why when I looked at the apples in my fruit basket that everyone refused to eat I thought of applesauce, why waste them right? will search for a good recipe for it tomorrow.

Lunch was Mujadara with burnt onions and salad.

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20150114_184449  finely chopped tomato onion mint salad is the usual one done with it.

Ingredients and method:

* 4-5 big apples.

* 1 1/2 cups water.

* 2 lemon slices.

* 1 tsp cinnamon.

*  pinch of nutmeg.

* pinch of salt.

* Mix all ingredients and leave to boil and simmer till apples are tender.

* remove lemon slices.

* puree mixture in blender then sieve to remove rough parts and peel.

* store in a clean glass jar in fridge.

See very easy healthy useful thing to do with extra apples :)

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How to Make Hummus?

Hello everybody.

Being locked in this snow storm made many people creative or let me say willing to try  stuff that are usually bought ready like hummus and falafel.

Hummus is high in iron and Vitamin C plus folate and  Vit B6 and a good source of dietry fibers,it’s very useful in vegetarian diets to compensate protein.

It’s not that difficult to make them from sctratch,I know many folks specially living abroad who always do, but in countries like us,the easiest cheapest meal is always a hummus plate with falafel or hummus fatteh, no need for all the fuss in the kitchen.

My cousin living in Greece made a a delicious hummus last week so I thought to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients and method:

* 2 cups of soaked ( a night before) boiled till done chickpeas.

* 1 big spoonful tahini saice.

* 2 big spoons full cream yogurt.

* 1-2 cloves garlic.

* lemon juice,salt .

* some olive oil.

* Mix all ingredients together in food processor till smooth and creamy.

*add a bit of chickpeas boiling water to make thickness as you desire.

* decorate with chickpeas,chili powder or parsley.

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To make Humus Fatteh which is a Levant dish done mainly in Syria,Lebanon,Palestine and Jordan.you’ll need:

*  pitta  bread cubes or if you like use french bread (خبز حمام)

* make the same hummus mix but add more water and yogurt to make a loose sauce.

* before serving soak bread with chickpeas and water.

* add the hummus sauce.

* decorate with toasted almonds,pine nuts,chili powder and parsley ( didn’t have parsley today )

* serve hot for breakfast or appetizer .

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Dry White Beans.

Hello everybody.

Guess many people cooked beans in this storm, actually it’s heart warming in this cold weather,specially with some pickles,peppers and olives.

Had a small chance to go grocery shopping today,first time out since last week,roads still slippery and full of snow, hope tomorrow will be better !

 

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Cannelloni and Spinach salad.

Hello everybody.

Fifth of Ramadan today,thank God weather is much cooler now.

Today I made cannelloni stuffed with white sauce,minced meat and spinach with tomato sauce of top. I also made cooked fava beans (فول مدمس),spinach salad with some cooked quinoi seeds and cheesy loaf ( Maysoon’s loaf) .

You can find recipes in links.

Enjoy :)

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Chicken with Herbs.

Hello everybody.

Today is chicken day ,I brought with me different kinds of mixed herbs from Cyprus so I did the recipe Chicken with sesame seeds and oregano and added some of new ones to it.

I also did sauteed vegetables,Armenian freekeh with cheese and I have some potatoes from yesterday. Made more lentil soup and fatoush.

Dessert today is qatayef again, nobody says no to it :)

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Quinoa Seeds.

Hello everybody. Today as a change of usual breakfast or lunch outings,which is  almost the most frequent entertainment for Ammany housewives, we were invited to an event done by “Gift Center” for the famous Eves Saint Laurent brand,a nice lecture introducing new products and a brief make up lesson,very nice and informative, we even went home with special gifts,thank you dear Nadia for the invitation,we really had a good time <3

Went back home to make lunch as quick as possible cause I took my time after the event finished testing makeup and perfumes so I was late ,I guess women forget themselves in such places don’t you agree?

Anyway I prepared ingredients to make chicken quesadilas before I left and made a new super easy quick recipe done with the loaf you buy from bakery (we call it Ramadan loaf ) then you add on it multiple kinds of cheeses ( kashkaval,halloum and white cheese) plus two spoons of labaneh,then toast it in the oven till golden. Thank you dear Maysoon for the savior dish.

Now for the quinoa part,these seeds are becoming famous cause of proven great benefits and healthy nutrients it contains,it’s now wildly used in salads and many other recipes.

Quinoa is considered a super food,it looks a lot like burghul we all know,but it must be cooked in a good amount of water then drained and used either in cold or warm dishes,it’s known to be rich in proteins,iron and fibers. I wanted to try it since my Facebook friend Mary sent me her beautiful cook book.

Here in Jordan you can find it in big stores only not in small supermarkets,last night I bought a small bag to try it ,well it tastes good,very much like burghul as I mentioned. I made a regular salad with grilled halloum,sun dried tomatoes and roasted almonds on top and added cooked quinoa seeds with it,really good, a chance for the kids to eat something nutritious.

Turned out a nice late lunch,all gone except for the loaf,kept it for dinner with a cup of tea :)

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Vegetarian today, Mujadara :)

Today is no meat or chicken day….I made mujaddara..
..It’s a traditional middle eastern dish…made from lentils and rice or burghul.
it’s served with basic old fashion salad…which means it contains onions, tomatoes, dried mint.lemon juice.salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe for Mujaddara:
1 cup brown lentil.
1 cup rice or coarse burghul.
1 cube chicken stock.

1 or 2 large onions

Boil the lentils in water with 1 small spoon cumin powder till tender.
Wash the rice or burghul add them to the lentils, with the maggi cube, 1tsp of each,, salt, black pepper, mixed spices…and 2 large spoons olive oil.
Add water to the mixture ( almost 2 and 1/4 cup)…let it boil then lower the heat till rice is cooked.
Chopp the onions to thin slices and fry in olive oil till crispy…and serve them with the mujaddara…
This is a very nutritious dish,, a good source of protein and iron.
Some people love to eat it with yoghurt as well.

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And the evening is completed with simple strawberry cake with syrup and minted tea at our lovely friend Ruba’s house.

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