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A few months ago we started sponsoring a little girl from Lebanon. After I received her information I looked into the school she attends. I came across one of the ways they raise money for the school. They sell an Irish and Lebanese cookbook! All the proceeds go directly to the school.

One of my favorite things in the whole world is Baba Ghanouj. You can imagine my excitement to find a recipe for it in the cookbook I purchased. I adapted it a little bit. I have since made it twice, both times to rave reviews.

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  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons tahini
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • sweet paprika
  • olive oil
  • fresh finely chopped parsley.

Preheat oven to 400

Clean off the green leaves of the eggplant, but leave the stem on. Once the oven is heated, place the whole eggplant on a parchment paper lined baking pan. Also place the whole peeled garlic on the pan. Cook the eggplant until it is tender. The time will vary depending on the thickness of the eggplant. Keep an eye on the garlic pieces. When they are roasted and started turning brown, remove and set aside.

Once the eggplant is tender, remove from the oven. Carefully peel the skin off the eggplant. You can allow it to cool for a few minutes first, it may be easier to work with that way. Scoop out the inside of the eggplant. Add it to your Vitamix or food processor along with the garlic. Blend. Slowly and alternately add the lemon juice, tahini, and sea salt. Blend until it becomes thick and creamy.

Pour/scoop the Baba Ghanouj into a bowl. Use an olive oil sprayer to spray some olive oil on the top. You can have fun with it and make a pretty design if you want. Then sprinkle a bit of sweet paprika to taste/aesthetic. Top that off with a sprinkle of parsley.

Serve with pita or pita chips. You could also serve with baby carrots. I have tried it all three ways. With the carrots is tasty but the pita bread/chips are even tastier! Such is life 😉

It has been some time since my last recipe post. Sometimes, something has to give. These two sweet boys of mine keep me very very busy! They have so much energy! We are always on the go or in action.

This is one of my favorite recipes. It is adapted from my mother in law. It is always a hit wherever we bring it. People love it. My family has grown to expect that I will be preparing some salsa for get togethers. Ha! What I love about it is how laid back it is. The ingredients do not have to be exactly to a science. You don’t have to eat it with chips either! It is super simple to make.

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Fresh salsa served over spinach, shrimp, and brown rice.

Fresh Salsa

  • 2-4 tomatoes, depending on the size.
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Cilantro, to taste. (I like to be generous!)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lemon juiced (this is usually a little over 2 Tbsp)
  • Jalapeno, 1, 1/2, 1/4, depending on how spicy you want it. The more jalapeno, the spicier!

Combine all ingredients into a good quality blender or food processor. I use my Vitamix. Use the pulse setting to keep it from being totally liquified. You can make it as chunky or as smooth as you want.

It can be served with tortilla chips as a yummy snack or appetizer. It can also be for a meal. I used some leftovers for my dinner. I boiled some shrimp and chopped up some spinach. I served those over some brown rice and topped it off with this yummy healthy salsa. It was a delicious and health dinner!