Posts Tagged‘Vegetarian’

Strawberry Lemonade Salad with Goat Cheese

Strawberry Lemonade Salad

When you think of summer, what are some of the first food items that pop into your mind? Me? It’s strawberries and lemonade. I’m joining a monthly blogging group where we’ll share a new salad each month. My salad contributions are most likely going to contain very little lettuce – I just can’t eat it after surgery. But I promise they will be healthy and delicious.  This month take a big bite of this strawberry lemonade salad. I am so in love with this salad.  It’s simple, and a fantastic way to clean out your fruit drawer.  I think it…

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Do your kids cringe at the sight of cooked carrots?  One of the easiest and most delicious Moroccan salads is this cooked carrot salad served at room temperature and dressed with a simple vinaigrette. When I was growing up I, like many other kids, wasn’t too fond of cooked vegetables. But, fresh vegetables well that was another story.  Every summer my grandpa grew a huge backyard garden.  He left one corner for my sister and me to plant our own garden. He grew row after row of carrots, beans, tomatoes, rutabaga (which I didn’t even realize was a turnip until…

Moroccan Tomato and Onion Salad

Tomato and Onion Salad

Moroccan salads are so important to the dinner table. One of the easiest, is this tomato and onion salad. It’s always on the table if there is fish being served and you’re likely to find it in regular rotation with many other meals as well. It may become a new favorite after you give it a try. This is a typical salad table, which includes room temperature fried fish (the dish in the middle). I made this to go with Braniya, a recipe I shared earlier this week.  Why do these flavors work together?  They all share a common flavor…

Moroccan white beans in red sauce

Loubia {Bean} Salad in Tomato Sauce

If you asked my mom, she would probably tell you I wasn’t a very adventurous eater when I was a child. I liked all of the things every other Midwestern child liked.  Hot dogs and hamburgers, casseroles, and of course heavy doses of starches like pasta, bread, and potatoes. It’s what we ate.  It’s what I loved – and I still do. My palate was small but well tested. I always knew there was more out there.   There were more tastes, more ingredients, more flavors that were waiting for me in the cities and countries I visited in my…

Bechamel Chana Saag

Chana Saag Bechamel Enchilada

I really love taking ethnic dishes and mixing the flavors and styles with other types of foods. MarocBaba finds the thought preposterous and I pondered this difference of opinion for a long time.  To me, there’s no hard and fast rule about types of foods or styles that go together but for him it’s very clear. I think this is another cultural difference. Growing up in the United States, food (and a lot of other things) are a mixture of traditions, countries, and cultures but for him this is just not the case. Traditional Moroccan food adheres to a pretty…

Moroccan Haroset Truffles

Moroccan Haroset for a Passover #SundaySupper

In Morocco there is a really unique holiday called Mimouna.  It really only happens there or in communities that have a Moroccan Jewish diaspora population.  It happens the day after Passover and and marks the start of spring and the return of chametz or bread products.  Last year I wrote a whole post with many more details about the holiday – I really think it’s worth a read!  What I really love about this holiday is that it breaks down some stereotypes.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, my husband grew up in the kasbah of Marrakech, which is…

mushrooms

Mushroom Love on Meatless Monday

Mushrooms always make me think of my grandma. I have a a very vivid memory of stopping at our local grocery store to pick up items from her shopping list.  My grandma taught 3rd grade for decades and she always spent a lot of time with my sister and I when we were younger as she had just retired. Anyway here we were at the market and she had her list.  I was reading the items and then we would go and find them.  She wrote the list in cursive so I was guessing at some of the letters –…

Asparagus and Manchego Quiche

Mixed Asparagus and Manchego Quiche

Confession…. I hate breakfast. I always have. I might enjoy an egg and toast from time to time but I’m not one to wake up and tuck into a big “breakfast-y” meal.  I have tried really hard to like “breakfast foods,” foods but they just don’t appeal to me. So I gave up on them.  I started eating what I wanted to eat for breakfast.  Turkey sandwich? Sounds good.  Leftover spaghetti and meatballs?  Why not.  Really it doesn’t matter. Now I’m afraid I’ve passed on either genetically or by example this same trait to M.  We’re both late eaters, breakfast…