From My Kitchen: Heartwarming Lentil Soup with Pasta (Rashta)

 

It is known that Lebanese and the Middle Eastern cuisines in general use lentils in many of their recipes. Variations of soups, salads, and dips can be made with this wonder food. My personal favorite is the Lentil soup (flat greenish one) with added pasta to make it a full meal that is healthy, light, and extremely tasty. All members of the family will love it.

For this recipe you will need:

2 cups lentils/ the flat greenish kind picked and washed

1 onion finely chopped

Water (try to fill the pot to 3 quarters, you might need to add more later on)

3/4 cup small pasta, here I used Conchigliette a small shell like pasta

3 Chicken stock cubes (this will replace salt)

1 TBS    ground  cumin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp 7 spices

1 lemon squeezed on the side to add optionally to individual bowls

Instructions

As a first step boil the lentils and combine with the onions, wait until lentils are soft. The good thing about this specific type of lentils is that it cooks quickly. Add the spices, the chicken cubes, and the pasta which will need around 8 minutes to cook. You might need to increase hot water since the pasta will be absorbing a large amount. Make sure the water you add is already hot, in case there are any undone lentils, cold water will halt their cooking.

Stir and taste, you might want to add some salt according to taste. Serve in individual bowls hot, you can a dash of squeezed lemon depending on preference.

The lemon will serve as a flavor booster and a source of vitamin C that will further aid the absorption of iron  in the lentils.

Enjoy !!

From My Kitchen |Chocolate Chip Cookies| Recipe

This has to be the easiest and fastest Chocolate Chip cookies recipe ever. I would go through the “from scratch” versions but most of the time I am in a hurry I try to make up the use of cake-mix by using omega 3 fortified eggs and additional ground walnuts to minimize  the “unhealthy” factor.

For this recipe you need:

1 box of yellow cake mix

2 eggs (free range or omega 3 versions are preferred)

1/3 cups butter softened (I use Lurpack light and sometimes combine with Elle & Vire 75% fat-free)

1/3 cup ground walnuts

1 packet semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

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From my Kitchen: Tiramisu with a Twist!

Today my blog turns 1 month old!! Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and support!! On this day it also happens to be my beautiful sister’s birthday! I would love to wish her a Happy Birthday! Hope she has a lovely one!

The title of my Blog means a bit of everything, its why I will include posts related to various issues that contribute to forming our “lifestyle”. I am not a professional cook or chef myself but cooking and baking are among my hobbies, food is a MAJOR part of my life. I have a good reputation regarding my cooking skills, which is why I will share with you the most popular recipes. Since I am a mom of two, have a fulltime job, and now this blog, my recipes are usually very fast, convenient, and simple. I am very “health” conscious though I tend to use some unhealthy options for lack of time or substitutes. Every month I will throw in a recipe , hope you like them!

This dessert was actually a recipe given to me by a friend I used to work with at my previous job in Lebanon, every time I make it its a huge hit. The basic tiramisu has mascarpone, this one relies on whipped cream and condensed milk instead with the addition of bananas, hence the name “with a twist”  🙂 Yes I know very fattening but I only make it 2-3 times a year and I make it in small portions for control. You can’t use low fat cream as it will not be fluffy like this one, I tried it, it didn’t work. So let’s get started!

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