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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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DECONSTRUCTED FALAFEL SALAD

Falafel is one of my favorite meals. Crispy, fresh, and usually wedged between bright pickles, creamy tahini, and fluffy pita – it’s all about layering textures and flavors for the perfect combination. I took that idea out of the pita and into the salad bowl, and simplified things by using crispy fried chickpeas rather than balls of falafel. I’m pretty […]
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SALAD BINGO

Salad fatigue is a thing, people. I try to eat leafy greens often, but coming up with new ideas for serving them can be a challenge. Then it occurred to me that every salad I whip together has more or less the same five elements (greens, protein, nuts, veggies, dressing). So here’s a helpful little grid with some of my […]
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ROSEMARY PUMPKIN HUMMUS

I call it the three-to-one rule. Whenever I’m planning a dinner party, I only make one ala minute dish for every 3 make ahead dishes. This way, I can get my cooking and cleaning out of the way well before I have to worry about guests arriving, and I can actually focus on being a host. Hummus and crudites is […]
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MARINATED CHICKPEAS

As you know, I’m not much of a leafy greens salad girl, so when it comes to eating my vegetables, I prefer them more in the “deli salad” milieu. This salad concept is so wonderfully easy, you could do this with basically any vegetable. Replace the chickpeas with any other dried bean or legume; or swap them out entirely for […]
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FALAFEL SLIDERS

I did a cleanse recently through Renew Juicery, and my favorite part of it, other than the delicious juices, were the amazing falafel burgers. I love the bright, fresh flavors in falafel, and on a grain-free bun with chipotle tahini, it’s the perfect guilt free lunch. These are also fabulous party appetizers, as they’re about slider size. INGREDIENTS For 12 small […]
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HARISSA ROASTED CARROTS WITH CHICKPEAS + HERBS

Roasted carrots caramelize and become almost as sweet as candy, roasted chickpeas get crunchy and addictive like potato chips.  Combined with a north African chili rub, these textures and flavors are fantastic together. INGREDIENTS For 4 12 carrots (one bunch) 1 tablespoon harissa 1 cup chickpeas, dried or from the can and drained and rinsed 1/4 cup olive oil 2 […]
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MOROCCAN BRAISED LAMB SHANK

Braising is one of my favorite cooking techniques:  you simply brown the meat in the pan, add liquid, and cook it slowly until everything falls off the bone.  The toughest meat is the most delicious when braised, as these constantly used muscles develop a deep, rich flavor. I took my braising on a North African turn today, by adding a […]
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