Fresh Mint Hummus

Fresh Mint Hummus is so fresh and flavorful, we may not ever eat hummus any other way…. Use the same simple hummus ingredients of skinless chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini with a big handful of fresh mint and basil for a hummus that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Finish fresh mint hummus with…

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Tahini-Date Granola Bars, with Dried Apricots. A strong start.

Tahini date granola bars, MaureenAbood.com

Tahini-date granola bars are chewy, nutty, and have that delicious tangy dried fruit flavor with dried apricots. The tahini combines great with peanut butter, but you can do all tahini, leave out the almonds and go nut-free. Have fun and add other dried fruits, nuts, and seeds–just be sure to keep the same proportions so…

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Fresh Herb Falafel Pita Wrap

Fresh Herb Falafel Wrap, Maureen Abood

Mother never made that. That’s what mom’s sister, Aunt Pat, said when I talked about the falafel I’d be making with the abundance of fresh herbs we have, along with the peeled fava beans we recently started offering over at Maureen Abood Market. The sisters have been engaged in a dialogue, one that has extended…

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Salted Tahini Avocado Toast

Salted Tahini Avocado Toast on a blue floral plate with blue linen napkin.

Salted Tahini Avocado Toast is among my favorite ways to a hearty, healthy, delicious toast. There are few ingredients in this toast, barely touched, so every one of them matters and should be the best you can find. “You should make them your chicken wings. Or better yet, my rocking hot chili. I can’t believe…

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Homemade Falafel Recipe

Falafel on a blue plate with dipping sauce

Watch my video for homemade falafel on YouTube right HERE! Begin making the falafel a day in advance to soak the chickpeas and fava beans. You can make the tahini sauce in advance up to three days. An ice cream scoop works great as an alternative to a specialty falafel scoop, but be careful not…

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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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Baba Gannouj Recipe, a super bowl…

Baba Gannouj on a plate with pomegranate seeds

Baba Gannouj, the incredibly simple and delicious Lebanese eggplant dip, is seasoned with garlic and tahini–a perfect dip for pita chips and vegetables. If you are one of what now seems to be the very few people stateside who has weather that permits you to walk from your back door to the grill: God bless…

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How to toast sesame seeds

  I have never met a seed, nut, or–I’ll say it–bread that I didn’t want to toast immediately. We’ve had some good long talks about toasted nuts, deep golden brown toasted nuts that I keep (in little jars) in my refrigerator, ready to jazz up salads and pilafs and my mid-day need for yum. Toasted…

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Sesame seeds, a Lebanese favorite

The sesame seed is to the Lebanese what parmesan cheese is to the Italians: a must-have, an essential essential, a favorite flavor-maker. The seed has been one of the most important summer crops in the Middle East for thousands of years, which explains why sesame is everywhere in our cooking, from savory to sweet. Sesame…

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