Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cracked wheat and parsley salad (Tabooleh) Recipe

Photo: Cracked wheat and parsley salad (Tabooleh) - Chef Osama
The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Cracked wheat and parsley salad (Tabooleh) Recipe. Enjoy quick and easy Middle Eastern food recipes and learn how to make Cracked wheat and parsley salad (Tabooleh).

Ingredients

1/2 cup fine cracked wheat
4 cups parsley,stems removed,finely chopped
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
8 green onions (scallions, spring onions), white parts only, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 large tomato, finely diced
4 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
2 hearts romaine lettuce
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

- Pick stones from bulk cracked wheat before using.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Drain and set aside.
- Rinse the parsley and pat dry before chopping.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients except the lettuce and mint.
- Let the salad stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour to absorb the flavors.
- Add the finely chopped mint before serving.
- Toss and taste for extra seasoning.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce.   


Source: Chef Osama 
 
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rack of lamb with a parsley and garlic crust recipe

 
The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Rack of lamb with a parsley and garlic crust Recipe. Enjoy quick and easy Middle Eastern food recipes and learn how to make Rack of lamb with a parsley and garlic crust.

Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 2


Ingredients

12 oz/350 g rack of lamb, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 bunch of fresh parsley
3 fresh mint sprigs
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
salt and pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°f/180°c/Gas Mark 4. Rub the lamb with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a skillet or frying pan, add the lamb, and cook over medium heat, turning frequently, for 2 minutes until browned on all sides. Transfer the lamb to a roasting pan and put it into the oven for 5 minutes, then remove and let rest. Meanwhile, make the crust. Put the parsley, mint, and garlic into a food processor and process until finely chopped and combined, then add the breadcrumbs, and pulse until combined. Tip out onto a plate. Brush the meat with the pomegranate molasses, then roll it in the herb and breadcrumb mixture. Return it to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or a little longer if your prefer your meat well done. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.
 

Source: The Lebanese Kitchen Cookbook by Salma Hage's 

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Greek Yogurt Dressing - Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing


The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Greek Yogurt Dressing Recipe. Enjoy quick and easy Middle Eastern food recipes and learn how to make Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing.

When it comes to dip recipes for your party fare, be they Spinach Artichoke Balls, Crunchy Coconut Shrimp or anything from our wing lineup, blue cheese is but a peon in the court of the ranch dressing king. Dramatic, but true (oh, and it's also good on salad). Not chipotle ranch. Not "zesty ranch," whatever that is (we find the straight-up kind to be plenty zesty). And definitely not reduced-fat ranch, although this recipe cuts the mayo with buttermilk and Greek yogurt to keep things thick and tangy.

While four or so cups of dressing may seem like a lot, the fresh, unbottled taste of homemade ranch will attract more trigger-happy food dippers than you may have anticipated. If there's some leftover, it'll keep in the fridge in a jar or bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap for up to a week.

Servings: 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1 cup cultured buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 heaping tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, buttermilk and sour cream together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the garlic and onion powders and pepper, then add the salt, vinegar, lemon juice and parsley and stir until just combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until needed, up to a week.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes


Adopted from foodrepublic.com

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Strained Yogurt - How to make Thick, Strained Yogurt


The thick, strained yogurt used in Greek cooking may not be available in your local market. Learn to make your own using commercial or homemade full-fat, low-fat, and even fat-free yogurt. It's not only great for preparing Greek foods, but you'll love it for other uses as well!

Note: This substitute for authentic Greek yogurt is also called "yogurt cheese."

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2-3 hours or overnight 

Here's How:
  1. Line a medium-large bowl with a piece of cheesecloth or a clean white dish towel.
  2. Dump a container of plain (unflavored), yogurt into the center of the cloth.
  3. Bring the four corners of the cloth together and lift the yogurt.
  4. Over the bowl or sink, twist the corners to squeeze out the liquid (it will drain through the cloth).
  5. Continue squeezing, putting the yogurt under pressure, to force the liquid out.
  6. When the majority of the surface liquid has been drained, it will start to drip more slowly. Tie off the top of the cloth just above the mass of yogurt with string.
  7. Place the cloth containing the yogurt in a strainer or colander, and place the strainer or colander in a bowl where it doesn't touch the bottom (so that the liquid can continue to drain).
  8. Place the bowl containing the strainer/colander in the refrigerator and allow to drain for 2-3 hours.
  9. After draining, take the cloth containing the yogurt and put it in the sink (do not remove the string).
  10. Place the palms of your hands on the bag and press down to force out any remaining liquid.
  11. Remove the string, open the cloth, and using a spatula, put the yogurt in a bowl for use.
  12. Note: How thick is thick? The yogurt should be at least as thick as sour cream.

Tips:
  1. Straining will reduce the volume of yougurt by half, perhaps more, so plan accordingly. One quart of low-fat yogurt (4 cups) will yield 2 cups or slightly less of strained yogurt.
  2. Using fat-free yogurt will reduce the quantity a little more, and it will not be quite as thick as using full-fat or low-fat yogurt, but it is a reasonable option for low fat diets.
  3. For vegans: Buy or make soy yogurt and strain as above.
  4. Try thick Greek yogurt with:
          - thyme honey (with or without chopped walnuts)
          - pomegranate seeds
          - spoon sweets

What You Need
  • medium-large mixing bowl
  • cheesecloth or clean white dishtowel
  • commercial or homemade full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free yogurt, plain unflavored
  • string
  • strainer or colander
Adopted from greekfood.about.com
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Greek Yogurt Diet - Can You Lose Weight With Greek Yogurt



For effective weight loss, choose a reduced-calorie diet you can stick with long term. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that to safely lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week you must reduce your energy intake by 500 to 1,000 calories each day. Greek yogurt is a high-protein dairy food that, when consumed in moderation, can be part of a well-balanced, healthy weight loss meal plan. 

Greek Yogurt Nutrition

The amount of nutrients in Greek yogurt varies by the brand and flavor you buy. Choose low-fat brands of Greek yogurt when you’re trying to reduce your calories for weight loss. Low-fat Greek yogurt is generally higher in protein than regular low-fat yogurt, and is an excellent source of calcium. One 6-ounce container of low-fat Greek yogurt often contains 13 to 16 grams of protein, 12 to 20 grams of carbohydrates and 0 to 5 grams of fat. Greek yogurts that contain fruit are often higher in sugar and carbohydrates than regular or vanilla-flavored brands of Greek yogurt.


Calories for Weight Loss

To successfully lose weight, consume an appropriate calorie intake based on your individualized needs. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, diets containing 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day are usually effective weight loss diets for women, and plans containing 1,200 to 1,600 calories per day are often effective weight loss diets for most men, women who weigh at least 165 pounds and women who exercise regularly. Most 6-ounce containers of low-fat Greek yogurt contain about 120 to 160 calories, depending on the brand and flavor you buy. Greek yogurts that contain fruit are often higher in calories than regular or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurts.


Daily Allotment

Most healthy weight loss meal plans do contain dairy or soy-based products such as low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat Greek yogurt, soy milk, soy yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese and reduced-fat cheeses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends consuming 2 cups of low-fat dairy products each day for a 1,000-calorie diet, 2.5 cups of low-fat dairy foods every day for 1,200-calorie and 1,400-calorie diets and 3 cups of low-fat dairy products each day for a 1,600-calorie diet. Based on USDA guidelines, one 8-ounce container of low-fat Greek yogurt is equivalent to 1 cup from the dairy group.


Concerns

High-protein, high-fat, low-carb diets are often effective for weight loss, according to a study published in a 2007 edition of the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” This is because low-carb diets often make it easier to consume fewer calories each day. Although Greek yogurt is high in protein it also contains a significant amount of carbohydrates and sugar, especially fruit-flavored varieties of Greek yogurt. Lower carb, high-protein dairy and soy products that contain less sugar than Greek yogurt include soy milk, low-fat cottage cheese and reduced-fat cheeses.
 

Adopted from healthyeating.sfgate.com 

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Healthiest Greek Yogurt



Overwhelmed by the multitude of yogurt options? Use this cheat sheet to find the healthiest Greek yogurt that will satisfy your taste buds and dietary needs.

Full of protein, calcium and healthy bacteria that's good for your digestion and immune system, Greek yogurt has recently enjoyed a burst of popularity. It's a great snack, especially if you're looking to slim down. Not only does this yogurt make you feel full, some studies have shown that diets that include several servings of Greek yogurt a day may aid weight loss and trim waistlines.

While Greek yogurt used to be hard to find, supermarket shelves are now stocked with row upon row of different brands and flavors. If all these options make you feel overwhelmed, never fear – we at The Dr. Oz Show took a look at a variety of popular Greek yogurts that are among the healthiest and tastiest options out there. Use this cheat sheet to pick the best yogurt for you:

Low Sugar Content (Per Serving Size)
If you check out the label, you might be surprised to find that some yogurt varieties contain more sugar than two donuts! And, many yogurts that claim to be "low sugar" are packed instead with artificial sweeteners. Though plain yogurts usually have less sugar than flavored ones, we know that many people prefer flavored yogurt. With that in mind, here are two of the best flavored yogurts that don’t contain artificial sweeteners and won't put you into a sugar coma:
  1. Stoneyfield Greek vanilla: 12 g of sugar
  2. Yoplait Greek blueberry blend: 18 g of sugar

High Protein Content (Per Serving Size)
Stay alert and full, and support healthy muscles with a good dose of protein in the mornings. Each of these two yogurts contains almost as much protein as three ounces of lean meat:
  1. Fage 2% plain: 20 g protein
  2. Oikos traditional plain: 20 g protein

Healthiest Probiotics
Any refrigerated product legally called "yogurt" must be produced by culturing dairy ingredients with a bacterial culture. These good bacteria can take up residence in your digestive tract, supporting good digestion and immune function by keeping bad bacteria in check. The bacteria are also responsible for making yogurt safe to eat for people with lactose intolerance. Refrigerated yogurts that bear a Live & Active Culture (LAC) seal contain at least 100 million bacterial cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. Here are two yogurts that are LAC and Oz-approved:
  1. Chobani 2% strawberry banana: Cultures contained include S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei
  2. Oikos traditional plain: Cultures contained include L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus
Adopted from doctoroz.com

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