Vegetarian Grape Leaves (gluten-free and vegan too…)

Vegetarian Grapeleaves, MaureenAbood.com

Vegetarian grape leaves are stuffed with a delicious mix of rice, onion, chickpeas, and peppers. Simple adjustments make this gluten-free, and vegan. See how to roll grapeleaves here. Learn how to identify the leaves for picking them fresh here. Hello, cousin. That’s just how we say it, the Lebanese. It’s our expression of closeness to…

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How to identify, clean, and store fresh grape leaves

Grape leaves on the vine

[…watch my video on how to roll grapeleaves HERE!…] One of the first, and favorite, things I ever wrote about food was a poem about picking grape leaves. There is, it seems, poetry to be found in the memory of being a child following the ladies out to the edge of a parking lot somewhere…

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Favorite Things: Tomato Powder

Fresh, fruit of the vine, the-moment-it’s-picked is always best when it comes to produce of any kind, especially tomatoes. But best isn’t always possible. In fact, up north, it’s only possible for a very short window of the year. Besides, when it comes to something like tomatoes in the form of paste, we’re never using…

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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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Ingredient: Rice

The Lebanese dishes are countless that include rice as a component. If rice isn’t there in a stuffing of some sort, it’s underneath as a beautiful, and delicious, bed that soaks up juices and contributes to the overall nutritive value of the plate. When we make rice as an accompaniment to dishes like baked eggplant…

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