These are some of my favorite recipes that I enjoy preparing often, they are simple, easy, and healthy.
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Rice and Beef (4 serves)
Rice is a basic dish in middle eastern kitchen, and rice with beef and almonds is in my opinion is the most elegant and tasty of them. This dish is easy to prepare, and could be a quick healthy meal for kids with salad or yogurt, but also can serve as a clever and impressive dish to impress your guests
Here’s how I prepare it:
1 cup of Rice
400 g mince beef
2 cups of water
2 T-spoons vegetable oil
1 t-spoon salt
1 t-spoon mixed spices
Optional: 50 g fried almond slices with a hint of oil
preheat a medium size pan on the stove medium heat
Add the oil and Heat it
Add the beef and cook it tell brown
Add the spices and mix well
Add the rice and mix
Add the water and the salt mix well and bring it to boiling
Low the heat, cover the pan and keep it for 15 minutes
Take it of the stove and keep it cover for more 5 minutes
This dish may be served as side-dish, and adding the optional almonds as decoration is recommended
This also be served as a quick main dish with vegetables salad or yogurt.
Hummus in Arabic means chickpeas, it is a very widespread dip in the middle east, and probably every household has their own family secrret recipe with slight variations.
Basically it’s chickpeas, tahina (sesame paste), lemon, salt, garlic, and water mixed and served cold or hot.
I like this meal because it’s both vegetarian and a filling meal. It is also a good source of fibers, iron, proteins and vitamins. In short, healthy and yummy.
You can (should) server it with olive oil, pickles, and olives, and my recommended dressing is thinly chopped parsley.
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Tabouleh is an extremely tasty salad from the most simple ingredients: cracked wheat and parsley! Surely you should add salt, lemon, olive oil, spring onion and mint (just like with any other Mediterranean salad)
Possible additions may include: cucumber and tomato (both finely chopped), pomegranate!
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The word in Arabic means up-side-down. Simply, it’s a dish of cooked vegetables, choice of meat or chicken, then adding rice (without stirring) and cooking. However, in for the last ten minutes of cooking, a special trick is needed: cover the pot with a tray, turn them upside-down and cook for the last ten minutes (the tray side is down)
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Fatayer is the traditional Arabic stuffed pastry, and could be vegetarian or not.
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