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  • 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! This Falafel Salad Bowl is inspired by one of…

  • 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!  …

  • Israeli Chopped Salad is a great example of the healthy vibrant cuisine of the Mediterranean

    Israeli Chopped Salad

    Israeli Chopped Salad ~ this healthy Middle Eastern chopped vegetable salad is the perfect dish for summer gatherings because there’s no mayo to spoil, and the veggies retain their crunch for…

  • bulgar wheat and parsley make up a wonderful Tabouleh Salad

    Tabbouleh

    Tabbouleh is a fresh wheat and parsley salad that has been a fixture of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries.  This delicious classic salad never gets old……

  • clean, fresh tasting Cilantro hummus

    Cilantro Hummus

    Cilantro Hummus is a fresh vibrant take on one of the healthiest and most versatile vegan appetizers out there.  Vibrant cilantro brightens up a traditional Middle Eastern chickpea dip and gives…

  • An easy to throw together light meal or appetizer with pita bread and boiled eggs

    Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin

    Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin ~ if you love hummus, try this healthy Middle Eastern lentil appetizer from Yotam Ottolenghi!  It’s a warm dip that’s hearty, satisfying, and so delicious.…

  • Mejadra from Jerusalemn

    Mejadra (from Jerusalem)

    Mejadra (from Jerusalem) ~ are you ready for some serious comfort food, Middle Eastern style?  Mejadra, (or Mujaddara) is a hearty vegan basmati rice and lentil dish that’s sustained Muslims, Christians,…

  • Chickpea Fries with Tahini Yogurt Dip 2

    Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Tahini Dip

    Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Tahini Dip are a magical combination of crispy and creamy ~ this Middle Eastern appetizer is always a hit!…

  • The Best Falafel EVER! 7

    The Best Falafel Recipe

    The Best Falafel recipe is crispy on the outside, a brilliant emerald green on the inside, with tons of flavor and a great fluffy texture!  These classic vegan Middle Eastern chickpea…

  • Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced)

    Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced) ~ this refreshing staple of North African culture is easy to make and incredibly refreshing.…

  • Baba Ganoush, a wonderful Middle Eastern eggplant appetizer

    Smokey Baba Ganoush

    Smokey Baba Ganoush is a wonderfully rich and creamy Middle Eastern eggplant dip that might just give hummus a run for its money!  This healthy vegan appetizer is easy to make,…

  • Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs

    Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs is a simple, luxurious fresh fruit dessert that takes just minutes to put together ~ it’s the perfect light ending to a summer meal!…

  • Garden Pea Hummus

    Garden Pea Hummus ~ a fresh spring twist on everybody’s favorite middle eastern dip ~ garden peas brighten up plain hummus and add a bright green hue!…

  • Roasted Chicken with Clementines

    Roasted Chicken with Clementines is a masterful Yotam Ottolenghi recipe from his seminal cookbook, Jerusalem.  This easy sheet pan chicken dinner has layer upon layer of flavor punctuated by those gorgeous…

  • How to Preserve Lemons

    How to Preserve Lemons ~ Moroccan preserved lemons is a unique condiment that brightens up a lot of Middle Eastern recipes but can be hard to find in stores ~ I’ll…

  • Mini Lamb Koftas with Pomegranate Wine Sauce

    Mini Lamb Koftas with Pomegranate Wine Sauce ~ a delicious appetizer inspired by one of the Middle East’s favorite meatballs! Koftas are ground and spiced lamb, shaped into balls or ovals,…

  • How to Make Pomegranate Molasses

    How to Make Pomegranate Molasses ~ an easy method for making this authentic classic Middle Eastern condiment right in your own kitchen with pomegranate juice!…

  • Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

    Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is a healthy Middle Eastern appetizer made with chickpeas, spices, and lots and lots of fresh herbs.  These healthy gluten free chickpea fritters will…

  • Persian Jeweled Rice

    Persian Jeweled Rice is a spectacular rice pilaf topped with colorful gem-like fruits and nuts.  This popular Middle Eastern wedding dish is a celebration in itself ~ it’s gluten free, vegan,…

  • How to Make Turkish Coffee ~ the perfect cup of coffee might not be from Starbucks after all ~ this sensuous brew is full-bodied, fragrant, and utterly delicious.

    How to Make Turkish Coffee

    How to Make Turkish Coffee ~ the perfect cup of coffee might not be from Starbucks after all ~ this sensuous Middle Eastern brew is full-bodied, fragrant, and utterly delicious.…

  • Homemade Tahini

    Homemade Tahini ~ tahini, or sesame paste, is a key ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes, and it’s so easy to make right at home!…