Vegan Cabbage Rolls: MALFOUF!

The word “malfouf” in Arabic means both “cabbage” and “rolled.” So in Lebanese and Palestinian culture, cooks must have felt that it was only natural to roll up the cabbage around rice, and the popular dish malfouf was born. Stuffed cabbage leaves are popular in so many countries, from Russia to Poland and Sweden. But…… Continue reading Vegan Cabbage Rolls: MALFOUF!

Hashwa-Arabic Style Dressing for your Thanksgiving Feast!

Let’s face reality – Thanksgiving is not the ideal time to go low carb. The holidays are the ideal time to put away the protein shakes, the sprouted tortillas and the egg-white omelets and celebrate togetherness by reveling in some luxurious carbohydrates. My mother is known for putting everyone out into a sleepy stupor after…… Continue reading Hashwa-Arabic Style Dressing for your Thanksgiving Feast!

M’Nazaleh, A Rich Tasting Yet Healthy Eggplant Casserole

Did you know that the Greek word Moussaka comes from the Arabic word “musaqqa‘ah” which means chilled?  The reason this dish is called “chilled” is because you can eat it cold and it tastes just as delicious. Greek Mousakka is what I call indulgence food, rich meat and eggplant tucked under a bed of creamy, buttery,…… Continue reading M’Nazaleh, A Rich Tasting Yet Healthy Eggplant Casserole

Garlicky Turmeric Rice–The Foundation of My Dishes with Mega Health Benefits!

I am not carb phobic, especially when it comes to my rice. For active people (like me) carbohydrates are metabolized by the body and turned into functional, usable energy.  Brown rice is rich in insoluble fiber that can protect against many types of cancer, containing vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin A, C and  D,…… Continue reading Garlicky Turmeric Rice–The Foundation of My Dishes with Mega Health Benefits!

The Magic of Mujaddara…

Beans and rice have long been considered comfort food that was also affordable all over the world. You have red beans and rice in the southern United States, arroz con frijoles in Latin America, and ….mujaddara in the Middle East. While these dishes originated from a need to get maximum nutrition for very little money,…… Continue reading The Magic of Mujaddara…