Since I’ve been on the Mediterranean diet, I’ve been in a bit of a fruit and nuts rut where snacks are concerned. I’ve recently found za’atar spice, and this one is a game-changer! I want to sprinkle this Middle Eastern seasoning onto nearly everything. Delicious on fish and chicken, it would be equally at home in place of Italian seasoning in salads and savory side dishes. (Say that three times fast!) I found za’atar locally at Kroger. See how we’re seasoning and snacking with it below.
PBJ Overnight Oats – An old standby, and perfect for hot (already!) summer mornings.
Convert Kale Salad – We mixed up a double batch of this favorite salad for Mark to enjoy at lunch. It’s been so hot here that a cool plate of salad and a sliver of watermelon are all he really wants mid-day.
Marinated Three Bean Salad – New Recipe! – Here’s a Mediterranean twist on the traditional three bean salad. If the dressing is too tart for your liking, add a touch of honey. Just a teaspoon should do.
Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs – Oh my word! Sprinkle some za’atar on these babies! When we’re cooking for a crowd, we use bamboo skewers, but when it’s just the two of us, we use stainless.
Basic Tahini Sauce
Grilled Peach Quinoa Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette – New Recipe! The unusual flavor combos in this dish surprised us. I never would have paired peaches and kalamata olives together, but it works beautifully! Make a little extra dressing; it might just become a new favorite.
Bowl of Doom – The name sounds ominous, but this dish is filled with all good things. Use whatever ground meat you have on hand, or go meatless for a vegetarian option. Packed with protein, it’s delicious any time of the day.
Watermelon, Cucumber slices with hummus, Za’atar Snack – New! Take dipping bread in olive oil one step further with this flavorful snack. There’s no real recipe here, just dip crusty bread in good olive oil and then lightly dip in za’atar spice and eat.
Avocado, Coconut and Sweet Potato Brownies – New Recipe – This one is a bit of a swing and a miss, but I thought I would share it anyway. While the flavor was good, the texture was just a bit…off. These remind me of that time I made a batch of fudge that just never quite set up. YMMV.
If you’re looking for something closer to a conventional brownie, give these a whirl:
Double Dark Chocolate Brownies: We like Lily’s chocolate chips in this recipe. They’re becoming easier to find now, even Walmart carries them in the baking aisle.
Have a great week, everyone!
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