Grilled Vegetables with Za’atar Chickpeas and Mint Pistachio Barley

Za’atar is an herb and spice blend from Levantine cuisine.  I was first introduced to it by a former roommate, who called it “the spice”.  While there are variations across the Middle East, the star of za’atar is thyme.  It is often served with pita and olive oil.  The pita is dipped in olive oil,…

Mediterranean Chickpea Eggplant Salad

Recently, I asked one of my friends, “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?”  I was very surprised to hear, “Eggplant.”  Despite the fact that I eat baba ghannooj daily (I’m looking at you Al-Amir!), I don’t think of eggplants very often.  They are flavor…

Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious!…

Hearty Sweet Potato Garbanzo Stew

Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines.  The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of…