Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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The best side dish to serve next rice, kebabs, grilled chicken, Hummus, Maqluba or just as a meal by itself. This middle eastern salad is full of flavor and it is so easy to make its hardly a recipe.

5 large roma tomatoes

2 medium romaine lettuce

3 medium Persian cucumber

2 stocks of celery

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 tablespoon salt or to taste

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

3 medium green onions

3 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

5 medium size radishes

Rinse all the vegetable and set a side to dry or use the salad spinner to remove the water.

Dice all the vegetables in to small size, add all in a large bowl.

Add lemon juice, salt and cumin, mix well and serve.

Maqluba

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Maqluba

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 35-60 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Maqluba is the national dish of Israel / Palestine, The dish can include a variety of vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and eggplant! my favorite way to make it  with eggplant and cauliflower, chicken or lamb are the meats of choice to be used in Maqluba.

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Maqluba latterly translates to “upside down” in Arabic, when the casserole is inverted, the top has the crusty layer of the rice, some chose to have the vegetable on the bottom instead of the rice, but my mom always made it with the rice on the bottom, I love it and so my family.

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4 LB boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs.
8 cups cold water
1 stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaf
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 med cauliflower cut up to floweret OR
1 large eggplant cut up in to 3 inches circles
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 cups of Jasmin rice or long grain rice
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon of salt divided
1 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 cups reserved chicken broth
6 tablespoon olive oil divided
3 tablespoon butter

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Preheat oven to 425

In a large stockpot add water, chicken, cinnamon stick and bay leaf, bring to boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered to avoid spells for about 25 minutes, making sure to skim off the foam every few minutes until the broth is clear.

In the main time, spread the eggplant on to nonstick or lined baking sheet in single layer, drizzle 3 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle 1/4 of tablespoon of salt, work the oil and the salt in to the eggplant, roast for 30 minutes.

Rinse the rice with cold water and drain, set a side.

In a medium size nonstick pot add the remaining olive oil, butter and Sauté the sliced onions until golden, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, make sure the pot is large enough in order to cook the entire meal in.

Add the sautéed onion and garlic to the rinsed rice, add all the spices, the remaining salt and pepper. mix well.

Remove the chicken from the broth on to a plate and let it cool for a minute, discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaf, reserve the broth.

Shred the chicken in to large bite size.

line the bottom of the pot with a layer of the rice and onion mixture, add a layer of eggplant or the vegetable you chose to use, repeat until all of the eggplant used and end up with a top layer of the rice.

Add chicken broth, cover and bring to boil, lower heat to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Let the rice stand in the pot covered for about 10 minutes.

Hold a large serving platter over the pot and invert the rice carefully and serve.

Some recipes have toasted nuts on top but i love this simple one! 

Served with plain yogurt or middle eastern salad

Fish Taco Sauce

Fish Taco Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2 hours,35 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Did you ever wonder how they make that delicious taco sauce at the restaurants! I did…

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I always wanted to make it at home, and I think I finally got it down to the last flavor…

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I made fish tacos for dinner tonight, normally I use fresh fish and bake it in the oven, but this time I used good quality frozen readymade fish I had in my freezer to pair it with this delicious, amazing sauce…

Also, I paired the sauce with thinly sliced cabbage, some cilantro and I was ready to serve a delicious, light dinner…

I have used this sauce in my coleslaw salad, by mixing, shredded carrots, shredded white cabbage, and shredded red cabbage, mixing some of the sauce with a little of buttermilk to thin it out, toss and let it stand for few hours.

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serve this delicious salad with barbeque or fried chicken, or barbeque ribs.

In addition, this delicious sauce could be used as a salad dressing, make your favorite salad mix, and top it with this amazing sauce, and you have a healthy lunch or dinner to serve to your family.

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This recipe makes a lot; and it keeps very well in an airtight mason jars or containers in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

.1 medium white cabbage thinly sliced
.2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
.1 cup of mayonnaise
.1/2 cup sour cream
.1 1/2 tbsp. readymade cream horseradish
.2 tbsp. Worcestershire
.1 cup buttermilk
.Juice one lemon
.1 tbsp. salt
.1/2 tbsp. black pepper
.2 tbsp. hot sauce (your favorite one)
.1/2 chopped fresh rosemary
.1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
.1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
.1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
.1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram
.2 cloves minced garlic

In a large bowl, combine, mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, Worcestershire, buttermilk, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, hot sauce, and all the chopped herbs, whisk well until all combined.

Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for few hours.

In another bowl, add the sliced cabbage and 3-5 tablespoons of the sauce, depends on how big is the cabbage you are using,mix well, cover with plastic wrap, and let it stand in the refrigerated for half hour for the flavors to marry.

Serve with your favorite fish taco recipe. Enjoy!

Orange Juice Cupcakes

Orange Juice Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12-23
  • Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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The smell of baked goods is one of the best aromas to have in the kitchen!

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I love using fresh or bottled juices in my baking, and i always try different flavors.

Today i made up a recipe of orange juice cupcakes, they turned out delicious, added extra vanilla, and the combination was amazing!

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This is the only recipe you will need for quick cake or cupcakes; it does not take more than 23 minutes to bake and not more than eight ingredients to prepare it.

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.1 cup coconut oil melted and measured in liquid measuring cup

.2 cups sugar

.2 tbsp vanilla

.3 large eggs

.3 1/2 cups cake flour

.1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder

.1/2 tsp salt

.1 1/2 cups orange juice with pulp

Preheat oven 375

Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside.

In a bowl of stand mixer with the flat beater attachment, add coconut oil and sugar, mix well until combined.

Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.

Add vanilla and mix for 2 minutes until the mixture is somewhat thick and all the sugar dissolved.

In other bowl, sift cake flour with baking powder and salt.

On low speed add the flour mixture in third alternating with the orange juice, start, and finish with the flour.

Mix well for 1 minute, remove the bowl, and with rubber spatchela scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir, making sure all combined.

With 1/2 measuring cup fill each of the lined cupcakes pan all the way up.

Bake for 20-23 minutes, making sure to rotate the pans to ensure even baking.

Remove pans and cool on cooling racks for 5 minutes, remove cupcakes and cool completely before serving.

You could top the cupcake with homemade whip cream or cream cheese frosting, but there is no need for it, since they are delicious on their own, Enjoy!