As a big fan of yogurt based marinades for chicken (for example Chicken Tikka), this one immediately caught my eye. Unlike Tikka, you only marinate this one for 30-45 minutes so it doesn't require much planning ahead. I have not tried this one yet but wanted to make it public for the Zaar World Tour. Cooking time include time to marinate the chicken.
As part of the Zaar World Tour I’ve been in search of international recipes that look and appeal to me. This recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey’s International Vegetarian. Though this dish is Syrian variations are common through out the Mediterranean. For a quick dish, you can substitute the dried peas and soaking with 3 1/2 cups of canned of black-eyed peas. If you go that route, try rinsing the beans and using a cup of vegetable broth in lieu of the cooking liquid. Don’t let the cooking time scare you off, it’s soaking and simmer time that leaves you free to tend to other things. Consider greens and rice as an accompaniment to this dish.
This is my quick version of a recipe from International Vegetarian. Bissara is a Moroccan dip that is similar in its presentation (but not taste) to the more common hummus. Enjoy this with pita bread (fresh or toasted) or cut up vegetables. Traditionally, this is served with a generous drizzle of olive oil on top of the prepared spread both for flavor and to act as a preservative. Though I never do, you are free to so.
I found this recipe on a Weight Watchers related website and knew I had to try it. The only non Core ingredient are 4 tablespoons of currants which spread over the entire dish are just 2 points or 1/2 point per serving. For Flex this is 7 points per serving.
Peppers grown in abundance throughout the Mediterranean. This salad from Tunisia and Morroco uses them to their best advantage with roasting - a preparation that heightens their natural sweetness. You can serve this as a first course salad or the centerpiece of a lunch or light dinner.
A tagine is a Moroccan clay pot used for long slow cooking or braising of succulent stews most often served with couscous. This is an Americanized version of a typical dish that one can easily prepare at home. I love the sweet and spicy contrast found in many dishes from this region and often add a bit of harissa.
A modern remake of the classic Middle Eastern Tabbouleh. This would be terrific as a side with grilled meat or vegetables in the summer or a roast in the cooler seasons. A quick substitution of vegetable stock makes this dish vegetarian. Note the cooking time includes 3 hours for chilling the bulghar. (109 cal, 0g fat, 5g fiber) For diabetics, one portion is 1 starch; .5 other carb or 1.5 carb choices.
Found this recipe while looking for an Iraqi chicken and potatoes dish requested in the NA/ME forum. (From chicken to cookies, yes my mind wanders.) Saw this and thought it would be a great addition to 'Zaar for all my cardamom loving friends. The original recipe is from "The World of Jewish Cooking." Posting for some future ZWT.