Lentil Soup with Spinach and Mini Chicken Meatballs {Gluten-Free}

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Lentil Soup with Spinach and Mini Chicken Meatballs

Sometimes spring is obvious (like when temps go from 35 degrees to 55 degrees overnight and melt three feet of snow), and sometimes it isn’t quite so obvious (like when temps raise just a degree or two over the span of an entire month).

And then there are times when spring needs a little coaxing…like when it snows two feet in the span of two days at the end of March/beginning of April.

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Mujaddara Burghul (And a HUGE Giveaway of My Cookbook + Prize Packs From Bob’s Red Mill!)

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Photo (taken by yours truly) of Mujaddara Burghul from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. If you’re curious about Middle Eastern food and looking for a good recipe to start with, Mujaddara Burghul, otherwise known as Lentil & Bulgur Wheat Pilaf with Caramelized Onion, is the perfect dish. It’s very healthy with lentils and whole-grain bulgur wheat as its main ingredients. (Since it’s a vegetarian meal, it’s easy on the wallet too!) It couldn’t be simpler to make…if making rice intimidates you, know that bulgur is much more forgiving than rice. And with caramelized onion and the perfect blend of spices, it’s […]...

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Ramadan & Red Lentil Soup

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I wanted to write a post on Ramadan earlier (since it’s already the 16th day!), but time has been flying by. Ramadan (the Islamic month of fasting) is also a time for prayer, reflection, and giving charity. During Ramadan, fasting is done from sunrise to sunset to teach you patience, discipline, and empathy for others who aren’t as fortunate. Each day the fast ends with prayer, followed by a meal called iftar, and is usually broken with dates and a sip of water…but be careful not to drink too much water or you’ll be too full to eat, and trust me, that would be a shame!...

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Vegetarian Big Macs

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The lentil burgers in these Big Macs are so, so good!  And I don’t mean so good for a meatless burger, I mean so good!  Trust me, vegetarian or not, this is a serious burger – just look at the size of that thing!  If you don’t like the Big Mac toppings, you can top them with anything you like.  I’ve tried the following combinations:  salsa & green leaf lettuce, guacamole & Bibb lettuce, mini Babybel and sliced tomato, and of course “the works” (or at least what I call the works) – the traditional ketchup/mustard/relish/minced onion with American cheese.  All of these flavor combos […]...

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Moroccan Stew

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This stew has a lot of flavors going on, with the sweet golden raisins and spicy-hot chilies, not to mention the spices and other savory flavors galore.  I know it might sound weird to put raisins in a stew, but for me they really make the dish!     Moroccan Stew   (Yield:  6-8 servings)   ½ lb beef, cubed 1 TB olive oil 2 medium-large onions, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 small chilies, minced (optional) 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp curry ¼ tsp black pepper 2 bouillon cubes 1 bay leaf 5 c water […]...

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