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  • kofte meatball bowl with spiced yogurt

    Kofte Bowl with Warm Spiced Yogurt

    My Kofte bowl with warm spiced yogurt sauce is an uber comforting dinner made with Middle Eastern style lamb and beef meatballs over steamed couscous and smothered in warm savory yogurt.…

  • Baked Egg Galettes

    Ottolenghi’s Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes

    Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem ~ these eggs baked in puff pastry are the ultimate breakfast in bed recipe, and they look spectacular on a brunch…

  • Instant Pot hummus with toasted pine nuts

    Instant Pot Hummus

    Instant Pot Hummus is easy, fast, and impossibly silky ~ let me show you how I cook my chickpeas (no soaking or peeling required) in my Instant Pot pressure cooker for…

  • spiced lamb meatballs with hummus

    Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Hummus

    Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Hummus is just about the most perfect union I can think of.  The hummus is soft and rich and silky, (the meatballs and tahini sauce are too!)…

  • Greek tzatziki dip with pita bread triangles

    How to Make Tzatziki Dip

    How to Make Tzatziki Dip ~ a refreshing and healthy Mediterranean appetizer that is absolute heaven on sweltering nights… if you’ve OD’d on hummus lately, (and who hasn’t?) this garlicky yogurt…

  • Balelea Salad, Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (Balela)

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (Balela) ~ You know I love a great bean salad as much as I love Middle Eastern food, and this hearty Mediterranean chickpea salad paired with creamy…

  • Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

    Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

    Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers ~ this classic comfort food gets an exotic makeover with ground lamb, lightly spiced with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with fluffy couscous to…

  • Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh in a wooden bowl

    Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

    Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh ~ a twist on the glorious Middle Eastern cracked wheat salad, made low carb and grain free using cauliflower rice.  This is a light, clean, and healthy vegan…

  • A bowl of colorful Jewel Box Labneh Balls

    Jewel Box Labneh Balls

    Today we’re making Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices.  Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let…

  • homemade labneh balls in a jar with olive oil, lemon, and thyme

    How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

    How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese) ~ this exciting recipe is a method for making cheese from yogurt!  It’s a Middle Eastern staple and it’s incredibly rich and creamy.  I love…

  • Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

    Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

    Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

  • Hands tossing a Shirazi Salad in a white bowl

    Shirazi Salad (Persian Cucumber Tomato Salad)

    Shirazi Salad, or Persian cucumber tomato salad, is a combination of crisp cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, sharp onions, and fresh herbs ~ If you’ve had pico de gallo, Israeli salad, or even…

  • Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’

    These Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’ are my take on one of our favorite appetizers, perfect for Game Day snacks or a romantic dinner for two ~ you decide!…

  • Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

    Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip) ~ Muhammara isn’t quite as well known as its sisters hummus and baba ganoush, but it’s equally amazing and versatile, and If you love…

  • Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs 3

    Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs

    Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs ~ I can’t imagine a more exciting dinner than a plate of these lemony cardamom spiced lamb meatballs nestled in creamy tahini sauce.  I have a…

  • Hearty and healthy Falafel Salad Bowl is a protein rich Middle Eastern main course salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Falafel Salad Bowl

    My Falafel Salad Bowl is such a fabulous vegetarian main course salad, it makes Meatless Monday everybody’s favorite night of the week!…

  • Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

    Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

    Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots…

  • Warm Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ a wonderfully unique appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

    Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ are you ready for a new taste sensation?  The olives are crispy on the outside, warm and juicy inside, the yogurt is…

  • Jeweled Hummus ~ a ridiculously easy appetizer for a last minute special occasion ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus

    The doorbell just rang ~ and all you’ve got is a tub of hummus.  What to do?  Here are 50 ways to hack your hummus so you don’t miss a step. …

  • Yotam Ottolenghi's Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

    Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce is an earthy meal of tender fish cakes tucked into an aromatic sauce.   Serve it with couscous and sauteed spinach…this is comfort food with a…

  • Couscous Almondine Salad with a spiced lemon vinaigrette is a complete departure from your everyday pasta salad! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Couscous Almondine Salad

    Couscous Almondine Salad is a completely new take on your same old pasta salad ~ this no mayo recipe is perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, and picnics…it’s an easy side dish…

  • Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers --- this fresh new take on a burger will get everybody excited --- theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers

    Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers are a fresh take on everybody’s favorite grill grub — the lamb is mixed with Middle Eastern spices, onions, and fresh mint, then spread inside a pita…

  • Healthy Fattoush Salad

    Fattoush Salad

    My Fattoush salad recipe is a chunky Mediterranean salad full of healthy veggies and crunchy toasted pita bread — a tangy lemon-sumac dressing makes the dish sing.…

  • Deconstructed Hummus Salad

    Deconstructed Hummus Salad

    Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a simple chickpea salad with all the components of a great hummus, and I think you’ll find lots of other uses for the creamy lemon tahini dressing,…

  • Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

    Jeweled Tabbouleh

    My Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad is a healthy Mediterranean cracked wheat recipe studded with colorful, gem-like dried fruits and nuts. This festive no mayo whole grain salad is perfect for both holiday…

  • Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

    Hummus with Forty Cloves

    Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic!  This conversation starting appetizer is guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!…

  • hummus with juicy turkey zucchini meatballs

    Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

    Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs ~ I made a meal out of my favorite creamy hummus appetizer simply by topping it with tender turkey meatballs lightened up with fresh shredded…

  • jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese is a super simple but unusual cheese spread is an easy appetizer that will have you coming back for more…and more!  …