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Persian Salad

Persian Salad

Serves: 4

Kid Friendly Tasks: Dressing Shaker

Technically this is a version of Fatoush which is a salad I totally adore. However, my recipe lacks the awesome croutons of the original generally because I don’t have Middle Eastern bread frequently on hand. That said, you could serve this with any stale (or toasted) strong tasting bread and it would be excellent. I could eat this every day and twice on Sundays.

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Serves: 2-3

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Mixer

Anyway, today’s recipe is for a dip that is awesome with carrot sticks or my quick flat bread recipe (that I’ll post soon). I love how you can tweak it to your tastes. Add a dash of red wine vinegar. Make it creamier with Greek yogurt which also makes a great sub for the tahini (although seeds are generally good fat). This keeps several days in the fridge and gets better the next day. Definitely check it out.

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Chicken with Olives

Chicken with Olives

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1.5 hrs

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Olive Taster

I like to make this dish with homemade chicken broth on the weekends when I have time to let it slow simmer. It would be great in a Crockpot though if you own one (I don’t amazingly enough.) This was my daughter’s favorite dish when she was little because she really loves olives. Actually, all three kids love olives even though my husband isn’t a fan. My daughter loved them so much she tried to give daddy “mama’s special (oil cured) olies” as a Father’s Day gift when she was two. I tried to explain that perhaps something else would be better, but she loved those olives so much she couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t be a hit.

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Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Serves: 4-6

Time: 3-4 hours

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Jar Shaker

This is my favorite comfort food. My children refuse to eat my mac and cheese because it doesn’t come from a blue box, but this, we all agree they will eat. It is warm and homey and makes a ton. I like to choose a day when the weather is totally terrible outside anyway and fill the house with the smell of baking chicken. The only thing this recipe takes is time to make. Preparation is straightforward enough. Be careful when adding the broth to the flour/butter mix because it will steam like crazy. I’ve given myself some nasty steam burns this way. Otherwise, it’s easy to make. I serve mine over either hot biscuits or mashed potatoes. Then I freeze whatever’s left for the next day when I just want something warm and hot and bubbling.

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Armenian Green Beans

Armenian Green Beans

This recipe comes to me courtesy of my husband’s Armenian grandmother. She is currently 97 and survived the Armenian Holocaust as a baby. Her parents came to this country and built a good life for […]

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