Green Energy Smoothie

Anita Beverages, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Fruits, Gluten Free, Greens, Kids Eat Here, Nuts, Paleo, Smoothies, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetables 2 Comments

A beautiful Spring day in the South calls for a not-so-average breakfast.  A nutrient-dense delicious smoothie that can keep you running all day, not to mention full and satisfied.  This has been my breakfast for the last week while traveling.  With variations along the way to keep my taste buds stimulated, I can see a addiction on the way.  Not …

Brown Rice Pan Bread and a Chysamthemum Pomegranate Salad

Anita Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Greens, Herbs, Salad, Vegetarian 4 Comments

Hello dear friends.   I’ve missed writing here.  I’ve been meaning to share this bread recipe for a long while.  We, Lebanese folks, love our bread and use it a whole lot in many different ways – rolled for sandwiches, as a scoop for stews, as a snack with zaatar.   Early in January, I had to find ways to replace this …

Sugar-Free Pear and Brown Rice Cake with a Fruity Tahini Sauce

Anita Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Fruits, Gluten Free, What's Cooking 3 Comments

Flavors of my childhood were the inspiration of today’s breakfast.  Fruits and tahini (sesame butter) were a treat that I always had at my grandma’s house.  Since my detox period began three weeks ago, I’ve been restricted from eating any kind of grain (among a very long list of foods) except brown rice. So, I’ve been experimenting a lot.  This …

Baked Halloumi and Oregano Turnovers

Anita Appetizer, Breakfast, What's Cooking 6 Comments

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 …

A Rural Lebanese Breakfast, Cityfied – Kishk with Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Anita Breakfast, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 2 Comments

Kishk n. a Lebanese flour made by grinding a sun-dried mixture of yogurt and bulgur (referred to as green kishk).  It is a rural breakfast staple, made into a hearty soup typically flavored with onions and garlic, and sometimes by adding a homemade lamb confit.  It’s typically served with toasted pita bread   crumbled into it or soft pita to scoop …

Roasted Red Kuri and Shiitaki Dumplings in a Hearty Lamb Sauce

Anita Appetizer, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Entrée, Meats, Nuts, Pies, Vegetables, What's Cooking 4 Comments

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 …

Purslane and Thyme Pies – Flavors of Summer

Anita Appetizer, Breakfast, Greens, Herbs, Nuts, Pies, Vegetables, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 2 Comments

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 …

Fried Egg over Grilled Asparagus with a Herb Yogurt Sauce

Anita Breakfast, Cheeses, Eggs, Gluten Free, Vegetables, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 4 Comments

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend of mine about how crazy our lives have become. We’re both mothers of two, and trying to juggle what seems to be a never-ending list of chores, doing it all with the relentless pressure to be perfect: a perfect mom, a perfect wife, a perfect friend, just perfect. What …

Herb Eggs in Fresh Tomato Sauce with Goat Cheese

Anita Breakfast, Cheeses, Eggs, Gluten Free, Herbs, Vegetables, Vegetarian, What's Cooking 4 Comments

There is nothing more enjoyable than a delicious breakfast and a hot cup of coffee.  Eggs are my favorite breakfast item, they are so versatile and present a blank canvas to be embelished.  This is a very traditional Lebanese breakfast, popular during the summers.  It’s fresh, juicy and full of bold flavors.  It’s a great way to use up your …