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Hummus

Hummus

Serves: 4-6

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Measuring Spices

We’ve been doing a lot of round the world cooking again and this time I’ve been making hummus to go as a side dish to everything. This hummus is so good that even my kids will eat it. I like to give it to them as a snack with veggies or pretzels to eat after school. If you want smoother, richer tasting hummus you can up the oil from what I have listed. This will not have that truly smooth consistency. The water from the chickpeas stands in for the oil a bit in making it taste smoother, but doesn’t coat the tongue quite like oil would. It does, however, have far fewer calories. I think it’s almost as good.

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Lamb Pulao

Lamb Pulao

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Rice mixer

Despite the spices listed, it’s actually not at all a spicy dish. It’s sort of a cross between Russian plov and a more Middle Eastern plov. You can sub in chicken for the lamb, but lamb is definitely the traditional meat for the dish. I like the fact that you can reheat it or freeze it as well. It makes a ton and goes amazingly with either green salad or pickled veggies

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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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