Fattoush Salad Recipe

When most people think of Lebanese food or food from the Levant region, they often think of Hummus, Falafel and Fattoush. I’ve shared several hummus recipes before, but I have not shared my Fattoush Salad Recipe. After asking all of you on Facebook, which recipes you’d like for Ramadan, Fattoush was at the top of the list! 

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Roasted Delicata Squash & Couscous Salad

One of my favorite things about fall is the cool air that allows for slow roasting in my kitchen! A few weekends ago, my family and I spent the day at the Birmingham farmer’s market. We picked up a ton of beautiful squash and I set out to making some new dishes! 

One of favorite ways to prepare squash is by roasting them. The roasting intensifies the sweetness of the squash making it the perfect addition to any meal.  

delicata squash and couscous salad

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Here is the recipe: 

Roasted Delicata Squash & Couscous Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
Squash
  • 2 medium sized delecata squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Pecans
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sage Leaves
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Dijon Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons whole seed dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ½ cup pomegranate ariels
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • micro greens, for garnish
Instructions
Squash
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut delicata squash length wise and remove seeds.
  3. Slice into ½ inch pieces and arrange on parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tender.
Pecans
  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Allow butter to melt and stir in the pecans, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Spread on parchment paper and allow to cool.
Couscous
  1. Bring broth to a boil. Add in 1 cup dry pearl couscous. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
Sage
  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Add the sage in and cook until crisp. Remove from heat and drain from butter.
Dressing
  1. In a mason jar, combine dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake until evenly combined.
Assemble
  1. Place couscous on bottom of serving plate. Top with roasted squash, candied pecans, fried sage, pomegranate, goat cheese and microgreens. Drizzle dressing over the top.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Happy cooking,

 

Amanda

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Zucchini Cakes with Herb Dipping Sauce

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I love zucchini, but I feel that it must be transformed somehow. Zucchini fries, little zucchini medallions with mozzarella, zucchini bread (my mom was sneaky like so many moms are about vegetables) or zucchini cakes!

Zucchini is currently in season, as demonstrated by the monster piles of zucchini I found at the Farmer’s Market. I brought a few home and decided to make some zucchini cakes with a herb dipping sauce.

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Spring Salad with Tobys Chunky Feta

May is National Salad Month! A perfect reason to combine all of springs delicious vegetables, eat some greens and top it off with a delicious dressing. Which led me to created this crisp, filling Spring Salad with Toby’s Feta Ranch Dressing!

Toby's Chunky Feta

I was introduced to Toby’s recently and have been enjoying it since. The chunky feta is my absolute favorite. It’s rich, thick, creamy and tangy. 

I created a salad of quinoa, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, radishes, asparagus, cucumbers, chives and the beautiful chive blossoms, almond slivers and Toby’s Chunky Feta!

tobys chunky feta

If you have access to some chive blossoms (Can be found at your local farmers market) please pick them up! They are beautiful and delicious! Also, to get your radishes to curl, place them in ice cold water with a few ice cubes and viola! 🙂

spring salad with tobys feta ranch

Another reason I love Toby’s Family Foods Chunky Feta Ranch is because the cheese is in the dressing! So there’s no need for additional cheese.. its all built in 🙂

 

On to the recipe:

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Spring Salad with Tobys Feta Ranch
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoons sliced radishes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chive
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
Instructions
Asparagus
  1. Bring 6 quarts water to a rolling boil. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, removing from boiling water and placing directly into bowl of ice water.
  2. Pat dry and set aside.
Assembly
  1. Arrange baby arugula onto a plate.
  2. Top with rolled quinoa.
  3. Arrange remaining vegetables on top of the bed of arugula and quinoa.
  4. Drizzle with Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
  5. Enjoy 🙂

 

**This post is brought to you by Toby’s Family Foods. All content, ideas and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who allow me to create and share these fun, new recipes! They help keep this blog going 🙂 

spring salad with tobys feta recipe

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Fennel Apple and Pomegranate Salad

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Let’s be honest, resolutions are hard.

Finding a change in yourself and then committing to it everyday can be exhausting!

I read a post someone shared on Facebook, that encouraged people to strive for realistic resolutions; such as resolving to stop being unrealistic!

So, I will strive to be

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Mushroom Risotto with Crunchy Kale

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I’ll be honest, I hadn’t tried risotto until a few months ago, when it was the only options I liked at a restaurant.

It was a seafood risotto, that was creamy, rich and packed with layers of flavor.

I set out to make my own risotto at home and learned from none other than Chef Emeril Lagasse

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Beef and Bean Chili

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My family loves football.

And fall is for football and parties with delicious food.And there is nothing more delicious, comforting and filling on a cold fall day, than a warm bowl of chili!

My Aunt Hilda always made a delicious chili for game days. Because many in our family (including my Uncle Hassan and my mom) are vegetarian, she would make a vegetarian chili.

I prefer to have some meat, and so my beef and bean chili was born! 

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Mini Turkey Burgers and Blue Cheese Sauce

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I love burgers.

How could one resist a juicy, flavorful, messy, cheesy, greasy burger?

My husband requested a lean burger and I decided on turkey. I added onions and bell pepper to the patties for added flavor and crunch and it worked beautifully.

I decided on a blue cheese sauce, after I had some fun at the cheese counter at Whole Foods. The sauce can be used on just about anything and is a perfect blend of flavors!

I made these indoors, in a skillet, so don’t worry about grilling 🙂 I picked up some delicious brioche slider buns at Macrina Bakery.

BunsYou can use any burger buns you like 🙂 I decided to make slider sized burgers but feel free to make regular size!

Also; you should be warned… the blue cheese sauce is ah-mazing!


 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/6 teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
–Blue Cheese sauce
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch of Cayenne pepper (optional)
Lettuce
Tomatoes, sliced
your favorite burger buns

 

Procedure:

Blue Cheese Sauce
In a medium size bowl, mix together blue cheese, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, kosher salt, Cayenne, and black pepper.

blue cheese sauce
Allow to sit in the refrigerator while you make the burgers. This allows the flavors to blend.
Burgers
In a large bowl, mix together ground turkey, bread crumbs, diced bell pepper, onion, garlic powder, Cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.

burger mix
Form into 6 or 12 patties. For slider size, use 1/4 cup mixture. For regular size use 1/2 cup mixture per patty.

burger patties
In a skillet, heat olive oil. Place patties into the oil and allow to cook until golden brown on each side; about 3 minutes a side.

burger
Assembly
Toast your favorite buns and add your favorite veggies. I choose butter lettuce and heirloom tomatoes.
Spread blue cheese sauce onto burger buns
Enjoy 🙂

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Easy Chicken Dinner

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We’ve got a winner… winner.. chicken dinner! 😀

This is the perfect meal for those evenings after a long day at work and your family responds with “I don’t know” when asked what they want to eat.

Yes, we all get that response. And we all need a super easy chicken dinner! A dinner that is made quickly, but does not lack on flavor or nutrients.

When creating this recipe, I wanted to ensure it was nutritious, packed with flavor, have some crunch and versatile (so you could make it your own).

I love cherry tomatoes, and had some on hand from the Farmer’s Market. I also knew I wanted to roasted some chickpeas for crunch, as they are a great source of fiber!

I first tossed the chickpeas in spices and olive oil, spread them on a cookie sheet and placed them in the oven and made the rest of the dish.

chickpeas

(Warning: you may eat all of these crunchy nuggets on their own!)

chickpeas

Ingredients:

–Chickpeas
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and patted dry
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
–Chicken
4 chicken breasts, pounded out to 1/4 inch thickness
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
–Tomato
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups baby spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
–Grain
2 cups of your favorite rice or other grain, prepared to package instructions
Parsley for garnish

 

Instructions:

–Chickpeas
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line baking sheet with foil.
3. In a bowl, toss chickpeas in salt, garlic powder, cumin, turmeric and olive oil. Spread evenly onto baking sheet.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring once, until golden brown and crunchy.

chickpeas
–Chicken
4. Pound chicken to 1/4 inch thickness
5. A bowl, stir together all purpose flour with salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika.
6. Dip chicken into flour mixture. Shake off excess.
7. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken to skillet and cook until golden brown on each side; about 4 minutes a side. Place on a rack.

chicken
–Tomato
8. In same skillet that chicken was cooked in, add additional tablespoon of olive oil. Add in cherry tomatoes and garlic. Add spinach and salt and sautee until tomatoes are blistered and spinach is wilted.

spinach and tomato
–Assemble
9. Place 1/2 cup rice on plate and spoon over tomato and spinach. Sprinkle with chickpeas and top with chicken breast.
10. Garnish with parsley
Enjoy 🙂

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