Minty Avocado Dip

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Hi guys.  Here’s a quick recipe for a favorite snack of mine.  I add it to sandwiches, as a side with grilled meats and serves as my breakfast at times with some rice crackers. Healthy, filling and fast! Save the avocado pits to be added to any smoothie you like.  It adds a nutty flavor and offers cancer-fighting, digestive and antioxidant …

Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Artichoke Spinach Relish (dressing)

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*Hello Friends, please make note of the new site address www.myfreshlevant.com Do you sometimes dream solutions to your questions??  A couple of weeks ago, I did.   Let me backtrack a bit.  I’m one of those foodies that’s always thinking about ingredients and how they would fit together to create new flavors.  This process has been on overdrive since my detox …

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Greens, Artichokes and Pomegranate

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  Hey friends.  Didn’t mean to stay away for so long. Life has been a bit hectic, in a good way.  Things are changing, morphing, and I like change.  It keeps me focused and makes my brain a bit more creative.  In other news, I am two weeks into a 3-months (as I was assured by Dr. S) detox period …

Baked Halloumi and Oregano Turnovers

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Thanks for your sweet wishes dear readers.  I am feeling much better, and looking forward to catching up on everything that fell through the cracks in my daze.  This past week was a little challenging with the flu waltzing around between the kids and us.  Food turned very simple quickly, and supplementing with loads of fresh squeezed juice and immunity …

Roasted Red Kuri and Shiitaki Dumplings in a Hearty Lamb Sauce

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It’s an incredibly beautiful Fall day.  I’m writing this outside listening to the birds on the trees, the neighborhood kids screaming with joy and my tummy rumbling from hunger.  Adding these pictures to the post isn’t helping either.  These dumplings are my take on a very traditional dish made with lamb-stuffed dumplings in a dehydrated bulgur -yogurt sauce (kishk).  After …

From the Lebanese Pantry: Stuffed Garlicky Eggplant Preserved in Olive Oil

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Garlic and yogurt.  Possibly two of my ultimate favorite ingredients, ever. Add to those some wal(nuts) and it’s pure bliss, for me at least.  The Lebanese pantry is incredibly rich and versatile.  You could potentially have a full meal without having to cook, slice or dice anything- just from the pantry.  And that is practically true for most old civilizations, …

Purslane and Thyme Pies – Flavors of Summer

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With temperatures soaring in the 90s and 100s here in NC for the last few weeks, cooking is somewhat out the window. Instead we’re opting for lots of salads, sandwiches and light vegetarian meals. The kids are splish splashing in their inflatable fun world and I’m trying to keep my herbs and tomato plants hydrated and alive. Lebanese Summers in …