Quinoa Protein Salad

Quinoa Protein Salad in a Deruta serving dish

Quinoa Protein Salad packs a great protein punch, tastes incredibly good, and keeps hunger at bay for hours, and it’s vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free (though some findings indicate quinoa may not work for celiacs). I was in the airport in Chicago recently, and felt like I’d stepped out of a time warp from somewhere far,…

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Koosa in Yogurt Sauce

Koosa squash cooked in yogurt

Koosa in yogurt sauce is light green squash cored and filled, then poached in a rich, savory sauce of yogurt and mint. Kibbeh is also wonderful made this same way; find that recipe here. Get the finest koosa corer made here, at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Watch my video on koosa-making here. When I think about my kitchen…

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Roasted Chicken Fattoush

Roasted Chicken Fattoush

Roasted Chicken Fattoush with croutons roasted along with the chicken makes for a decadent/healthy combo! My take on the dish that put Zuni Cafe on the map. Get the ingredients that will make your fattoush divine at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Roasted chicken fattoush may not be the first thought any of us has when we think “Fat…

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Raspberry Buttercream Cake

Raspberry buttercream cake

Everything about this Raspberry Buttercream Cake says “happy”! Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Birthday, Happy Spring, Happy Summer, Happy to be Happy! The secret to the all-natural deep pink color and true raspberry flavor is freeze-dried raspberry powder. Total dream. I don’t know if I love Valentine’s Day because it falls during my birthday week, or…

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Avocado Tahini Dip

Avocado tahini dip with sesame seeds and crudite

Avocado tahini dip is a Lebanese-style Mediterranean classic…who knew? Probably plenty of people, but I was excited to discover this healthy-yet-rich dip just recently and add it to my regular rotation. A Lebanese friend of my brother’s told him that his Arabic—the effective if small grab-bag of words we learned growing up as second-generation descendants…

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Orange Blossom

Chocolate crinkle cookies with orange blossom on a silpat

Classic chocolate crinkle cookies with orange blossom is a perfect combo: deep, double chocolate flavor with the gentle addition of orange blossom water. Make ahead the dough and freeze the balls to bake off when you’re ready. I haven’t seen a chocolate crinkle cookie on a holiday plate, or made them myself, in a long…

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Red Beet Hummus

Red beet hummus with beets and sesame seeds in a bowl

Red beet hummus is both a beautiful and super delicious way to add color and even more nutrients to our daily hummus fix, which is vegan and gluten-free. Make roasted beets or use canned (or even pickled) beets to make it fast and easy. We’re hitting the height of fall color here in Michigan. The…

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Arugula, Avocado and Mujadara Platter

Arugula mujadara platter

An arugula, avocado and mujadara platter is a gorgeous way to serve mujadara, a beloved–yet humble-looking–lentil pilaf. Mujadara, along with arugula and avocado, is one of the healthiest, most delicious meals you can eat. Get the right lentils, bulgur, and other ingredients at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Don’t ever apologize for your food. I wish I could claim…

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White Beans with Za’atar Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Oil

White beans with za'atar roasted tomatoes and olive oil, in a vintage blue pasta bowl

There is so much to love about velvety, protein-packed white beans–especially white beans with za’atar roasted tomatoes and olive oil, an ultra-flavorful combination that will keep you satisfied, healthy, and happy! Vegetarian and gluten-free (and vegan if you leave out the parmesan cheese). When I daydream of cozy evenings with my sissie on Seminary Avenue…

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Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chips

Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chicops

My bread and butter sweet pickle chips are so simple to make, but huge on flavor and crunch. The sweet onion is as delicious as the cucumbers in these refrigerator pickles. Here’s the thing about the abundance of the last three months up north in Michigan: Yes, we’ve had that long-awaited access to local fruit…

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