This fall I have had the pleasure to have Leah Kern as my dietetic intern. She loves story-telling about food—and she has quite an adventurous eating style. Her default meals have a Mediterranean flair. So, I asked her to create a seasonal Mediterranean-style recipe for you. (Check out her instagram page for food and stories @foodfor_thought_.) She created this awesome salad that I’ll be sure to be making often. Here’s her story about the delightful salad—and the recipe!
One of my favorite childhood memories is picking fresh grape leaves with my mom. And one of my all-time favorite foods is stuffed grape leaves. It’s definitely my kind of comfort food. While my Lebanese mother made grapes leaves exactly the same way every time … by taste and feel, not by recipe … I like to go rogue from time to time. That’s what I did here. I guess you can say I actually went rather rouge! Instead of a traditional plant-based version, I used red rice and snuck in some beets. Though nothing will ever replace classic stuffed grape leaves, this is definitely a fun one to serve up!
I’ve been a member of the chickpea “fan club” ever since I was a kid. OK, so not really! But I guess that’s one thing that can happen when you have a Lebanese mother who was an amazing cook (and caterer)! No complaints here … my nutritionist self loves that these pulses offer plenty of protein and fiber. Though, if my mother were still around, she’d probably be a bit bewildered by all of my non-traditional chickpea concoctions. This is one of those.
Sure, a spinach and feta omelet is a comforting, breakfast-y pick. But how about a spinach and feta salad in the morning? Do it! I adore doing salad for breakfast or brunch. You get the deliciousness of an omelet along with extra nutritiousness. Plus, it’ll satisfy until your next meal without giving you that uncomfortably full feeling. In fact, don’t just reserve this salad for breakfast; it’s equally lovely for lunch or dinner. Hope you try it soon!
When in doubt for what to fix for dinner, I scramble up some eggs for my entrée. Yep, I think of eggs as an anytime food, not just a breakfast-time fix. Then I top them with whatever I have on hand that I think will taste good together—-or that I don’t want to go to waste. I seriously don’t know if I’ve ever made the exact same version twice. That’s part of the fun! Today, I had a serious amount of fresh mint growing in one of the pots on my balcony; so, I figured I’d create a scramble with middle eastern flair. In addition to the fresh mint leaves, I topped these eggs with a sprinkling of harissa to...