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Maamoul

Maamoul, a shortbread cookie stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios and dusted with powdered sugar, is the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan and Lent. These cookies are waiting to be baked.
A- Ingredients:
– 2 cups all purpose flour
– 1 cup semolina
– 2 sticks salted butter, softened
– 1/2 teaspoon allspice
– 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
– 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts, or almonds)
– powdered sugar for dusting
– 2 tablespoons milk
B- Preparation:
1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2- In a medium bowl, combine flour and semolina. Set aside.
3- In a smaller bowl, beat together butter for 30-45 seconds. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Stir in milk, allspice, and orange blossom water. Roll dough into 12 pieces.
4- In a small bowl, combine nuts and sugar. Set aside.
5- Grab your dough and push 2 inch circles into it, then place onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Place about 1 teaspoon of nut mixture on top of dough. Fold and press dough together to seal the filling. Repeat with remaining dough and nut mixture.
6- Bake maamoul for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

AVOCADO SALSA WITH SALMON

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Carmencitta Magazine - AVOCADO SALSA WITH SALMON 3INGREDIENTS
  • 4 x 6 oz salmon filet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chile powder
  • —–SALSA—–
  • 1 avocado ( slightly firm) diced
  • 1 Cup diced cucumber
  • ½ jalapenpo
  • ¼ C chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime- juice and zest
  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • —–DRESSING—
  • ½ C plain Greek yogurt
  • lime juice from one small lime
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ⅛ C chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ——-
  • 4 heads little gems lettuce ( or baby romaine) — 1 per person
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. In a small bowl, make the rub -mix salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Rub all sides of salmon with the spice rub.
  3. Make the dressing. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Make the salsa. Mix all ingredients except avocado in a medium bowl. Gently fold in avocado last so it stays in tact, and don’t over mix, you don’t want it mushy.
  5. Quarter lettuce vertically. Set aside.
  6. Grill salmon over medium high heat on a greased grill, a few minutes on each side until desired doneness….preferable medium or medium rare.
  7. To assemble: Toss lettuce gentle with a little dressing, just enough to coat. Lay on a plate, creating a bed for the salmon. Place salmon over top, then spoon avacado salsa over top. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 Tablespoon oil (peanut oil gives this great flavor!)
  • ½ cup onion- diced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup chopped veggies (optional) of your choice: mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, peas, carrots
  • ½ cup kimchi- chopped
  • 2 cups day-old cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce (optional, only if necessary)
  • pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ⅛ cup cilantro
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 Tablespoons oil for frying eggs (or poach)
  • Garnish – Sriracha Sauce and fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to medium.
  3. Add ginger and veggies. Saute until ginger is fragrant and veggies are tender, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add chopped kimchi, and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add rice, and continue cooking and stirring until warm and combined, about 3 more minutes.(Add a bit more oil or a little water if too dry.)
  6. Add salt, taste and adjust. *Kimchi adds a lot of saltiness, so add salt sparingly and to taste, as each kimchi is different. If tasting bland, add soy sauce.
  7. Stir in the scallions.
  8. You could also stir in a handful of greens at this point, like baby spinach or arugula.
  9. Divide among two large bowls.
  10. Wipe the skillet out with a paper towel and add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan heat over medium-high heat.
  11. Crack the eggs into the skillet, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
  12. Cook until the egg white is cooked through and the yolk is just set. (or flip to cook over easy).
  13. Place each egg on top of the Kimchi rice.
  14. Sprinkle with cilantro and a generous squirt of Sriracha sauce.
  15. Serve immediately, breaking the yolk and letting act as a sauce over the rice.

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion- diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves- minced
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 3 teaspoons fresh grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons chipotle powder or cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lime or lemon juice
  • Optional Soup Additions:
  • Middle Eastern “Minestrone”
  • ½ cup basmati rice (dry) or pasta, quinoa (or 1½ cup cooked)
  • ½ cup little dry lentils (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or canned, drained)
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • cilantro as garnish
  • Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Noodle
  • 1- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or chicken)
  • 4 ounces dry noodles
  • 1-2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 large handfuls chopped kale
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: cilantro, scallions, mint or dill and serve with lime
  • Other veggie options: carrots, celery, fennel, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, greens
  • INSTRUCTIONSTURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  1. In a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T olive oil over med-high heat for two minutes.
  2. Add ginger. Lower heat to medium and saute 5 minutes until it begins to brown, stirring often.
  3. Add garlic, saute 2 minutes. Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute.
  4. Add water, stock and salt.
  5. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add vinegar or citrus.
  7. Taste. Adjust salt, acid and spice level to your liking. At this point you will have a flavorful base to add what you like. You can also refrigerate or freeze this in batches for later use.
  8. Remember uncooked pasta and beans will double or triple in size, so add moderately.
  9. Remember to think and be sensible about cooking times for each ingredient you add.
  10. (see notes in post )
  11. Also, if you are cooking the broth for longer periods of time, uncovered, remember it will reduce, intensifying the flavor and salt, so you may need to add more water.

STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS WITH AVOCADO-CILANTRO SAUCE

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Ingredients
6 whole poblano peppers ( if peppers are very large, use 3, split in half length wise)
1 sweet potato- 2 Cups, small dice
1 corn on the cob, shucked, kernels cut
1 C finely diced onion
4 garlic cloves- rough chopped
1 C cooked black beans
¼ C -½ C crumbled queso fresco cheese, mozzarella, jack, goat cheese or feta (optional)
1 T Cumin
2 tsp coriander
½ tsp chile powder
½ tsp kosher salt
⅓ C chopped cilantro

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Avocado cilantro sauce
⅔ C Avocado
⅓ C cilantro
2/3 C water- plus more as needed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp coriander
⅛ C lime juice
2 garlic cloves
cracked pepper

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Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F. Scrub the sweet potatoes, rinse and dice into very small cubes. The smaller the dice, the shorter the roasting time. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, along with the peppers and roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes, turning peppers over, midway.

Make the Avocado Cilantro sauce, placing all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth, adding a bit more water if needed to get the blade going. Set aside.

Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cob.

Remove peppers and yams from the oven, when yams are tender and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

In a skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over med high heat, add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat to down medium low, add garlic and continue stirring until fragrant and golden, about 3-4 more minutes. Add corn. Saute a couple minutes, then fold in cooked black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, spices, salt and pepper, sautéing until warmed through. Fold in cilantro.der and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

If making both vegan version and cheesy version, divide filling, adding cheese to part as desired. Stuff the peppers. Place stuffed peppers in 350 F oven for 5-10 minutes —or longer to melt the cheese in the filling.

Serve the stuffed peppers over a generous bed of Avocado sauce. Top with cilantro sprigs, crumbled queso fresco ( optional). Enjoy!

Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:4-6

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

INGREDIENTS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

  • 1-2 Tablespoon oil (peanut oil gives this great flavor!)
  • ½ cup onion- diced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup chopped veggies (optional) of your choice: mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, peas, carrots
  • ½ cup kimchi- chopped
  • 2 cups day-old cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce (optional, only if necessary)
  • pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ⅛ cup cilantro
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 Tablespoons oil for frying eggs (or poach)
  • Garnish – Sriracha Sauce and fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to medium.
  3. Add ginger and veggies. Saute until ginger is fragrant and veggies are tender, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add chopped kimchi, and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add rice, and continue cooking and stirring until warm and combined, about 3 more minutes.(Add a bit more oil or a little water if too dry.)
  6. Add salt, taste and adjust. *Kimchi adds a lot of saltiness, so add salt sparingly and to taste, as each kimchi is different. If tasting bland, add soy sauce.
  7. Stir in the scallions.
  8. You could also stir in a handful of greens at this point, like baby spinach or arugula.
  9. Divide among two large bowls.
  10. Wipe the skillet out with a paper towel and add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan heat over medium-high heat.
  11. Crack the eggs into the skillet, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
  12. Cook until the egg white is cooked through and the yolk is just set. (or flip to cook over easy).
  13. Place each egg on top of the Kimchi rice.
  14. Sprinkle with cilantro and a generous squirt of Sriracha sauce.
  15. Serve immediately, breaking the yolk and letting act as a sauce over the rice.

Skillet Chicken Bulgogi

Ingredients
30 m 4 servings 269 cals

1/4 cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips

 

Directions

Ready In
30 m
Whisk onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until marinade is smooth.
Cook and stir chicken and marinade together in a large skillet over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

 

 

Christmas Shrimp Tree

Ingredients
8 servings 128 cals

1 bunch beet greens
1 slice process American cheese
1 pound cooked medium shrimp with tails intact
1 can baby corn, drained
1 can whole black olives, drained
1 jar pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained
1 can jalapeno pepper slices

 

Directions

Ready In 45 m

Wrap a 9 inch tall Styrofoam cone with aluminum foil, covering completely. Use toothpicks to attach beet greens, with the undersides facing outward, to the cone. Cut off the exposed pieces of toothpick with strong scissors. Place the slice of cheese on a dry serving plate. Set the cone onto the cheese to anchor.
Use frilly toothpicks to attach shrimp, baby corn, black olives, green olives and jalapeno slices to the cone to look like decorations. Scatter any leftover vegetables around the base of the tree. Serve with your choice of colorful purchased dipping sauces, like cocktail sauce, remoulade sauce, or guacamole.

TUSCAN WHITE BEAN STEW

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Cup dry Cannellini beans- Soaked overnight ( or use 2 cans, drained cannelloni beans)
  • 1 Cup dry Sorghum – Soaked overnight ( optional, leave out, or sub quinoa during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1½ Cups diced fennel bulb
  • 1 Cup diced carrot
  • 1½ Cups sliced celery
  • 1 Cup diced tomato
  • 6 Cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp herbs de provence
  • 1-2 Cups chopped kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Soak dry beans and sorghum in separate containers of water overnight. .
  2. Heat oil over medium high heat in a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven. Add onion and saute for two minutes, stirring often. Turn heat to medium and add garlic, fennel, carrots, celery, and saute for 7-8 minutes. Add tomato, stock, herbs,drained beans and drained sorghum. Bring to a boil, cover, turn heat to medium low, and simmer until beans are tender about 1¼-1½hours.
  3. Add kale. Simmer until wilted and tender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in Bowls, drizzle with a little olive oil ( optional)or add crunch croutons.
  5. Notes: If using canned beans, simply add the drained, canned beans to the simmering stock until heated, about 10 minutes.To thicken, you could simple let this reduce a bit, or add quinoa. Making it this way will shorten the cooking time to 30 minutes.

Yakitori Don

Ingredients
4 servings 587 cals

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons white sugar
2/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
2 tablespoons cooking oil

 

Directions
Ready In 1d 40m
Rinse chicken, and pat dry. In a glass baking dish or bowl, stir together the ginger, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, sake and mirin. Place the chicken into the mixture to marinate. Refrigerate, covered for several hours, or overnight.
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken pieces into the pan skin-side down, reserving marinade. Cook until light brown, then flip and brown the other side. Drain off grease, and pour the marinade into the pan.
Cover, and reduce heat to low, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking, shaking the skillet occasionally, until marinade is reduced to a nice thick sauce and chicken pieces are fully cooked.

 

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