Chicken Shawarma - traditionally slowly roasted in a vertical rotisserie - is one of those quintessentials dishes that pack in an explosion of flavors that you'll be reminiscing about for days. This is a simple & healthy way to make at home that's remarkable versatile - you can serve as an entree with rice and a traditional Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad, or pack it in a Whole Wheat Pita topped with a quick homemade Tzatziki Sauce for a more casual meal. Either way, this is AMAZING and will become a go to recipe for you, just as it has for us - this is the perfect solution for wanting to get a homemade, healthy and flavorful dinner on the table when you've had a busy day, as you can prep ahead and quickly cook in the oven! Chicken Thighs will do best, but we make it with Chicken Breasts more often than not to make it a bit healthier.
Inportant to note - I cut the chicken in small strips so that there is more surface area to pick up the marinade flavor (and I don’t mind it being served in chunks), but if you’d prefer, keep the chicken thighs or breasts whole, especially if you’re serving friends and as an entree.
Time: 2 hours to an Overnight Marinade, 1 Hour Prep/Cook time total.
As they say in my country, Bueno Provecho!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
This salad is healthy, filling and refreshing! It's also a great way to get rid of some small leftovers (for example, chicken, any ancient grain you have already made such as quinoa or couscous) and work through some veggies before you go grocery shopping! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend lunch, you'll be thanking me once you've tasted it!
Vegans, opt out of the Feta and Chicken (you can always add baked tofu, but the beans should provide a good protein level for your nutrition).
Time - 15-30 minutes (depending on whether you need to prepare ingredients or not).
As they say in my country, Buen Provecho!
Harissa, if you're not familiar with it, is a Tunisian spread which adds a heat-laden explosion of flavors to any meal. While you can buy in a tube, the homemade version is so much healthier and fresher, and will keep for well over a month in the refrigerator. Among other uses, I smear a small amount on sandwiches, or a small dollop in stews or sauces to add complexity and a bit of heat. Fair warning: a little goes a long way!
I LOVE Potato Gratin, but hate the unhealthy nature of it (I mean, we don't really need all that butter, cream and cheese, right?). This recipe is a modification of our Grand Master, Julia Child, and combines Herbs de Provence with tomatoes and a minuscule amount of cheese (which you could leave out if so inclined) to make a healthy side dish that may become the star of your meal. I'd encourage you to use a Cuisinart Food Processor to make your lives so much easier on this this one!
Notes include suggested modifications for Vegans.
Total Time - 1 1/2 hours (including cooking)
As Julia used to say, Bon Appétit! Or as they say in my country... Buen Provecho!
Notes: For Vegans, you can omit cheese and replace anchovies with capers (about 1/3 cup, mashed).
Once you guys have this salad, you'll have it on your menu at least once a week! Remarkably versatile, it's a staple in our home now given our love for Mediterranean/Persian cooking. It can serve as a side salad or an entree, depending on you and your guests preference. Use this as a great opportunity to empty out the refrigerator before shopping day... and let me know what you like the most!
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho!
If your home is anything like mine, there's a love (the flavor) - hate (the calories and fat from the cream & cheese, as well as the time consuming process of making it, including standing over the stove endless stirring) with risotto. You'll LOVE this recipe then! Instread of arborio rice, it uses Farro (ancient grain known for its health benefits), homemade stock added mostly in one step which cooks without any supervisions, and just a dash of cheese :-). For my vegan friends, read on below for a quick replacement suggestion, though be advised I haven't made that way yet. This recipe uses a technique I learned from ATK - by quickly pulsing the farro a few times in a blender of food processor, the farro will crack and release some starch which will provide the creamy consistency without needing to add excessive cheese or cream. Any conversation of this being unhealthy has disappeared. Serve as a side or as an entree - we've never had any leftovers even though this could serve 4-6 (and usually it's just 2 of us!).
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho!
Note: For my vegan friends - I would replace the parmesan with ~1/3 cup of Nutritional Yeast (or up to 1/2 cup). I'd love to know how you think it tastes!
This is a must make recipe for a weekend lunch or quick weeknight dinner - filling, zesty and tasty, but incredibly healthy - especially after the overindulgence of the holiday! This recipe is one I've made minor tweaks to over time after I originally found it in the NYT... below is my own version. And, use some of that leftover bread to make Pan con Tomate, an incredibly simple, delightful tapa you might have enjoyed wandering the streets of any town in Spain (in this instance, I'm still mourning their exit from the World Cup, but that's a topic for another day). Anyhow... this recipe works because of a simple, filling salad topped with a salad made creamy with a slight bit of briny feta cheese. Play around with it and make your own!
Salad (as a starting point, adjust + make your own!):
As they say in my home country, Bueno Provecho!
Note: If you'd like to make vegan, you can do so by skipping the Feta, but I'd recommend replacing with nutritional yeast and a tablespoon of the caper brine.