Ingredient: red pepper flakes

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Fall, Main, Middle Eastern, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Beef Kefta Flatbread Pizza

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad-

I was flipping through a Cooking Light magazine and came across Beef Kefta Patties with Cucumber Salad. Kefta? A quick internet search yielded my answer: Kefta is the Lebanese/Syrian dialect for Kofta- a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf, although it is also referred to as kefka in Morocco. In the Middle East Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional.

The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs. I have, however, sautéed the kefta mixture in favor of forming into kebobs and made it as the base for a flatbread pizza. In honor of its Lebanese roots, serve it with a cooling cucumber-tomato salad.

All Seasons, American, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Turkey, Winter

Slow Cooker Turkey BBQ

My friend and neighbor, Nicole Rodriguez, passed this super crock pot recipe on to me over 5 years ago. Since then, it has become a favorite any time of year. I have modified the original recipe to use a little less processed sugar and eliminated the highly processed Worcestershire sauce. You won’t even miss it! Don’t be intimidated by the long list, it comes together in less than 10 minutes.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Indian, Main, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Sunset Dal and Pumpkin Soup

Serve with roasted Brussels sprouts-

This highly nourishing vegetarian soup is adapted from Nigel Slater’s Pumpkin Dal Soup recipe. He has a tradition of serving soup on New Year’s Day, but you won’t want to wait until then to try my simplified version. I’ve paired it with the nutritional powerhouse, Brussels sprouts, a hearty fall/winter vegetable that tends to sweeten during roasting and just happens to be my youngest’s favorite vegetable.

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Asian Pork Noodle Bowl

I remember my mom taking a Chinese cooking class and practicing on us at home the dishes she learned. The flavors were different than the Filipino cooking I was used to, but just as vibrant and most delicious. I was hooked! While I never took a class as an adult, I have tried my best to create authentic Chinese at home for my family via a step-by-step cook book I found in a discount store. There are some basic steps to a great Chinese stir-fry (cook meat, cook veggies, add cornstarch-based sauce, add back in meat) and my version below stays true to its Chinese roots. I love to make Chinese stir fries on nights I need a quick, one-pot meal. This pork noodle bowl fits the bill nicely!

All, All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Argentine Chimichurri

My mother’s good friend, Ester, is an amazing cook and entertainer who also happen to be Argentine. I have personally benefited from her culinary heritage and finally had her share with me some classic Argentine recipes. Chimichurri is probably the most well known, as it is always served with grilled meats, but each Argentine has his/her own way of making it. This is Ester’s version, fresh parsley only (many add dried oregano). This sauce is addictive; you’ll find yourself keeping a stash in the fridge to slather on everything!

All, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Main, Paleo / Primal, Pork, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Chimichurri Pork Chops

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice

I usually serve chimichurri as a condiment but I saw pork chops marinated in this classic Argentinean condiment at the Fresh Market meat counter and thought what a great way to jazz up plain pork chops. This is an easy, flavorful warm weather meal when paired with a south-of-the-border side dish.