Figs Jam (Mrabbah Al-teen)

An easy and quick homemade jam to make this season!
It famous in Lebanon with roasted sesame seeds. It makes a wonderful treat with bicuits or arabic bread and butter 🙂 Sometimes served topped with walnuts.

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Spring makes its way!

Enjoying the early days of Spring!

May all your days be full of colorful blossom 🙂

Mini Fruit Ice Pops

Summer is here, you’re loaded with work and your children are screaming out for ice cream?? You don’t want them to head out for the nearest shop and buy unhealthy fatty treats??

Here’s a simple, fast, fresh and healthy idea that you and your loved ones can enjoy!!

Mini Fruit Ice Pops!

It’s fruits season!! Why not have a selection of varied colorful fruits?

Squeeze some oranges and strain the juice to make it thin and clear. Add the juice to into a shaped ice freezer pack. On the other hand, chop some fruits and keep them aside for later use.

Add the chopped fruit pieces to the juice compartments. Hold them still with the help of toothpicks. Freeze.

After you freeze well. You’ll end up with Mini Fruit Ice Pops, shaped in accordance to the ice pack. You can have different shapes with different flavours and different combination to taste.

Simple, fast and easy. Just delicious and refreshing 🙂

Living Alone? Loaded with Work? No time for Cooking? Fed up with Fast Food and Chocolate?

Most of us nowadays are loaded with work, live alone or at the dorms… The mother is not there to provide us with the healthiest homemade yummy foods.

We mostly live on delivery, fast food and chocolate. If we want to have a change we go out for some unconventional types of food that are usually unhealthy and unaffordable for our daily living. We’re stuck in a circle loaded with lack of time, lack of money and a tragic routine.

Here are some basic tips and fast healthy cooking ideas that can be performed anywhere from the office to the dorms room.

Go for Healthy Shopping

Stock your freezer with some healthy breads

A variety of Healthy Cheese (Akkawi, Halloumi Cheese, Majdoule, Low Fat Yellow Cheese) and Luncheon Meats (Turkey Ham)

A variety of Vegetables

Have a stock of healthy canned Grains and Meats such as Tuna

Never forget the Spices and Condiments

And some healthy ready made Sauces (Tomato Sauce, Pesto Sauce etc…)

Now your mini kitchen is ready to rock… Yet, how to use the Microwave for some easy fast healthy cooking?? Check some examples…

Add the pasta or some cut vegetables (ex. sliced carrots) in a microwavable plate or plastic container with water…

Cover the plate with cling film…

Set in the microwave for 5-7 minutes (every 2 minutes check on the plate because it contains boiling water).

You can also bake potatoes or make baked vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper etc…) in the microwave, just slice the potatoes or the vegetables and put them on a plate in the microwave for few minutes…

Remove from the water, or from the plate and serve with meats, grains and a salad… Here you go simple healthy easy to prepare…

Check some samples below: Preparation time: Not more than 10 minutes…

Tuna with Baked Potatoes and Season Salad…

Healthy Grains with Salad (you can add some garlic, lemon and olive oil to taste)…

Microwave Boiled Vegetables, Shredded Low Fat Cheese and Salad…

Microwave Boiled Pasta and Carrots with Ready to Eat Tomato Sauce…

A light easy Yoghurt Snack for the overnights (with pasta and mint), can also be eaten as a dinner with a salad…

Why Not have a Fruit as a Snack…

Never forget the dessert… A whole cereal Toast with Jam and Fruits (makes up around 70kcal)

Important Tips

Becareful of instant meals found in the supermarket, they are usually rich in Saturated Fats and Trans Fats (those are the bad fats).

Do not eat DIET snacks unless you make sure that their content is suitable (usually they are low is simple sugars yet high in fats).

Always read the labels on the food product you are buying.

The Manoushe…

The Manoushe is a traditional Lebanese pie; initially know as the Thym Pie.

It’s a traditional street on-the-go food found everywhere and on all streets of Lebanon. It’s usually eaten on breakfast.

The Manoushe has evolved over the years. It’s now made with different ingredients and flavours. Flavours include: Lebanese Thym, Cheese, Kishik, Spinach, Lahm b Ajeen (Meat), Eggs, Awarma, kafta etc.

Those flavours evolved to include a mix of cheese & thym, cheese & tomato sauce, thym & labneh, thyme & hot pepper paste, shanklish, Bulgarian cheese, Feta Cheese, kishik with awarma, Kishik with walnuts, purslane, eggs with awarma, awarma with labneh, kafta & Cheese, kafta & Hommos, soujouk, soujouk with eggs etc…

All those combinations developed with the development of consumer preferences; some people prefer it plain, others with extra spices, extra lemon, cocktail etc…

It has been also transformed into a dessert pie, with chocolate, halawe, sesame and butter, honey and their combinations with fruits such as bananas or dried fruits and nuts…

Caution:

If we consider a regular thym manoushe of around 150g (the dough); that means the dough alone is around 5 exchanges of carbohydrates, which is equivalent to 2.5 loafs of medium sized Lebanese bread. Thus, if you eat a manoushe you’ll be consuming most or all your carbohydrates (of course depending on each individual daily intake requirements) in a single meal, not taking into consideration the stuffing yet.

That being said, if you have the choice to chose between two manoushes of the SAME size (diameter) and the same type; yet one is of a thinner version (made of less dough) go for the thinner one…

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