My Sweetless, Meatless March

Garlicky Lentil Soup, MaureenAbood.com

Easter is late this year. Which means Lent starts late (today). Which means that I have been left far too long out there on my own without this annual tap on the shoulder to stop it already with the constant indulgences. Hey, there were the holidays to celebrate, then an engagement to celebrate (another glass…

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A July Menu: Delicious Lebanese Vegan

Fried cauliflower with tahini sauce

A friend of mine told me recently about a wonderful dinner she and her husband enjoyed at the home of some friends. The friends are strict vegans, and so was the meal–which was a first for my friend. She wants to reciprocate with a vegan dinner she cooks at home and wondered what ideas I…

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Mmmm Mmmm Mujadara, Lebanese lentil pilaf

This classic and beloved Lebanese Mujadara pilaf is made with lentils, caramelized onions, and rice or coarse bulgur. It’s both vegetarian and vegan. Mujadara is ultra-healthy, and is delicious topped with labneh (Greek yogurt), a fried or poached egg, arugula or watercress salad, or anything you come up with. Get the right lentils and bulgur…

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Technique: How to dice an onion

What more gracious gift has the table been given than the onion? It seemed as though I was seeing onions for the first time in all of their gorgeous splendor when I saw them through the camera lens this week. Onions are perhaps the most ironic of all foods, and that may be why I…

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Ingredient: Lentils

We ended the year in the warm, buttery blessing of baklawa. And we have no regrets. But we’ll start the New Year in the healthy, earthy, yet delectable land of lentils, which are eaten with frequency in many ethnic cuisines, particularly that of the Lebanese. The lentil is a pretty little pulse that grows in…

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