1 cup quinoa
3 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cups grape tomatoes halved
1 cup cucumber
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup black olives (pitted Kalamata)
1/2 cup feta cheese (diced, about 4 ounces)
freshly ground pepper
Cook the quinoa according to the package directions; set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and dried oregano.
Add in the cooled quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh parsley, red onion, Kalamata olives and feta cheese and toss to combine.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve or refrigerate.
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
12 sheets fresh phyllo pastry or frozen, thawed (each about 18 x 14 inches)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Stir first 3 ingredients in small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix in honey, orange flower water and almond extract. Cool.
Combine first 4 ingredients in processor. Using on/off turns, process until dates are minced. Add juice; process until coarse paste forms.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Stack phyllo on work surface. Using bottom of 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan as guide, cut out two 8-inch-square stacks, making 24 squares.
Butter inside of same pan. Place 2 phyllo squares in pan. Brush with butter; sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar. Repeat layering of phyllo squares (2 at a time), butter and sugar 4 more times (a total of 10 phyllo squares). Spread half of filling over. Top with 2 phyllo squares. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Repeat with 2 more squares, butter and sugar. Spread with remaining filling. Layer 10 squares (2 at a time) over filling, brushing with butter and sprinkling with sugar. Using knife, score top into 16 squares (do not cut through to filling).
Bake baklava until deep golden, about 30 minutes. Cut through scored lines to bottom of pan. Spoon cool syrup over hot baklava. Cool. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover. Let stand at room temperature.)
12 large cabbage leaves
1 tablespoon butter, ghee or coconut oil
1 pound beef stew meat
1 medium white onion
2 cinnamon sticks
fine sea salt and black pepper
4 cups beef broth (homemade is best)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
For the Stuffing
1 pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon.
Boil 3 cups of water in a steamer pot over medium heat. Steam the cabbage leaves for 3 to 5 minutes, until soft, and set them aside.
In a large saute pan, melt the fat over medium heat. Add the stew meat to the pan and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, cinnamon sticks, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook another 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
Cover the mixture with the beef broth and bring to a boil with the lid on. Remove the lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
While the stew meat is cooking, mix the stuffing ingredients together in a large bowl. Place ¼ cup of the stuffing mixture in the middle of a steamed cabbage leaf. Roll the leaf halfway, then tuck in the sides and finish rolling. Place the rolled leaf aside on a plate, seam side down. Repeat until all of the stuffing is used up.
Using tongs, carefully add the stuffed cabbage leaves to the saute pan. Cover and simmer the cabbage rolls for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and top the dish with fresh cilantro to serve….