Category Archives: MEATLESS RECIPES

Two Sisters On A Boat Mucver – Zucchini Fritters Version II

  Over the summer, my family and I took a trip to Kaş, a lovely seaside town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. My most memorable day of the trip was on a boat that took us along the coast to

Two Sisters On A Boat Mucver – Zucchini Fritters Version II

  Over the summer, my family and I took a trip to Kaş, a lovely seaside town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. My most memorable day of the trip was on a boat that took us along the coast to

Spicy Harissa Tomato Carrot Pasta Sauce

Spicy Harissa Tomato Carrot Pasta Sauce

This pasta dish could not be more simple to put together. It also hits the spot when I’m craving a spicy, meatless pasta sauce. The spicy kick in this recipe comes from harissa paste. Harissa paste is from North Africa

Spicy Harissa Tomato Carrot Pasta Sauce

Spicy Harissa Tomato Carrot Pasta Sauce

This pasta dish could not be more simple to put together. It also hits the spot when I’m craving a spicy, meatless pasta sauce. The spicy kick in this recipe comes from harissa paste. Harissa paste is from North Africa

Zucchini Fritter Muffins

My clever mother-in-law has a wonderful recipe for baked zucchini fritters. These are usually fried. Instead of frying, she bakes them in a muffin pan. I really like this presentation. Not only is it healthier than frying, it’s cute and

Zucchini Fritter Muffins

My clever mother-in-law has a wonderful recipe for baked zucchini fritters. These are usually fried. Instead of frying, she bakes them in a muffin pan. I really like this presentation. Not only is it healthier than frying, it’s cute and

Cinnamon Fried Cauliflower

This is another one of my mother’s delicious side-dishes. I don’t know where this is from, but I remember eating cauliflower this way since I was little. It’s impossible to have just one floret. Even my children, who are more

Cinnamon Fried Cauliflower

This is another one of my mother’s delicious side-dishes. I don’t know where this is from, but I remember eating cauliflower this way since I was little. It’s impossible to have just one floret. Even my children, who are more

Mushrooms With Ground Coriander And Cilantro

Here is a very fast and flavorful side-dish that I learned from my mother. There’s quite a lot of ground coriander in this recipe, but the combination of flavors works very well. This dish takes about 15 minutes to prepare

Mushrooms With Ground Coriander And Cilantro

Here is a very fast and flavorful side-dish that I learned from my mother. There’s quite a lot of ground coriander in this recipe, but the combination of flavors works very well. This dish takes about 15 minutes to prepare

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

  Here, I’ve combined 4 things I love: poached eggs, polenta, stewed lacinato (Tuscan) kale, and chili butter. For me it’s a combination made in heaven, especially when the polenta soaks up the egg yolk….yum! This is a great brunch

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

  Here, I’ve combined 4 things I love: poached eggs, polenta, stewed lacinato (Tuscan) kale, and chili butter. For me it’s a combination made in heaven, especially when the polenta soaks up the egg yolk….yum! This is a great brunch

Momma Anita's Armenian Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant And Pomegranate Salad

If my mother has a pomegranate handy, she’ll pop some seeds into one of her lovely salads.  Here is one salad she’s made since I was little.  She tells me that it’s a traditional Armenian salad. It’s a super easy

Momma Anita's Armenian Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant And Pomegranate Salad

If my mother has a pomegranate handy, she’ll pop some seeds into one of her lovely salads.  Here is one salad she’s made since I was little.  She tells me that it’s a traditional Armenian salad. It’s a super easy

Eggplant And Portabella Mushrooms Marsala Over Polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushroom Marsala Over Polenta

Here’s another meat-free dish. I was looking for a way to make a vegetarian polenta dish topped with something hearty and saucy. I came up with an eggplant-portabella mushroom stir-fry with a marsala-soy sauce. I never grew up eating polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushrooms Marsala Over Polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushroom Marsala Over Polenta

Here’s another meat-free dish. I was looking for a way to make a vegetarian polenta dish topped with something hearty and saucy. I came up with an eggplant-portabella mushroom stir-fry with a marsala-soy sauce. I never grew up eating polenta

Red Lentil Soup with Curry and Black Pepper

My relative, Silva Nakashian, made my mother and I this delicious soup when I was about 18! It was so yummy that we asked for the recipe. I’ve been making this soup ever since. It’s really quite simple. On rainy

Red Lentil Soup with Curry and Black Pepper

My relative, Silva Nakashian, made my mother and I this delicious soup when I was about 18! It was so yummy that we asked for the recipe. I’ve been making this soup ever since. It’s really quite simple. On rainy

Ratatouille – Eggplant, Zucchini, Green Pepper Stew

My family has been trying to eat more vegetarian these days, at least four times a week. There are so many versions of Ratatouille. Here is my version. I started adding a bit of vinegar at the end after my

Ratatouille – Eggplant, Zucchini, Green Pepper Stew

My family has been trying to eat more vegetarian these days, at least four times a week. There are so many versions of Ratatouille. Here is my version. I started adding a bit of vinegar at the end after my

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

I’ve been making versions of this pasta for years. I love the bitterness of radicchio lettuce. Lacinato kale is my favorite green. The butternut squash makes the dish more complex, and the garlicky breadcrumbs with pine nuts adds a lovely texture. This

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

I’ve been making versions of this pasta for years. I love the bitterness of radicchio lettuce. Lacinato kale is my favorite green. The butternut squash makes the dish more complex, and the garlicky breadcrumbs with pine nuts adds a lovely texture. This

Parsley Omelet Fritters - Ejjeh

Parsley Omelet Fritters – Ejjeh

Here is a simple and healthy recipe that I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother, and so on. We call it Ejjeh, or Egeh (I have no idea how to spell it) in the old country. To

Parsley Omelet Fritters - Ejjeh

Parsley Omelet Fritters – Ejjeh

Here is a simple and healthy recipe that I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother, and so on. We call it Ejjeh, or Egeh (I have no idea how to spell it) in the old country. To

Walnut-Honey Spread with Kaymak (Clotted Cream)

Indulgent Breakfast: Walnut-Honey Spread With Kaymak (Or Clotted Cream)

On a recent trip to Istanbul, my husband and I were fortunate to eat at the popular all-day breakfast restaurant called Van Kahvaltı Evi. Van is a city in eastern Turkey, and this place serves breakfast that is typical of

Walnut-Honey Spread with Kaymak (Clotted Cream)

Indulgent Breakfast: Walnut-Honey Spread With Kaymak (Or Clotted Cream)

On a recent trip to Istanbul, my husband and I were fortunate to eat at the popular all-day breakfast restaurant called Van Kahvaltı Evi. Van is a city in eastern Turkey, and this place serves breakfast that is typical of

Garlic, Basil, and Crushed Red pepper pasta

Garlic, Basil and Crushed Red Pepper Pasta

It really doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe. I usually have all these ingredients at home (except for maybe the basil). If I don’t want to go to the store, and I’m feeling like a simple yet tasty meal,

Garlic, Basil, and Crushed Red pepper pasta

Garlic, Basil and Crushed Red Pepper Pasta

It really doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe. I usually have all these ingredients at home (except for maybe the basil). If I don’t want to go to the store, and I’m feeling like a simple yet tasty meal,

Armenian bulgur salad - eech

Armenian Warm Bulgur Salad With Vine Leaves – Eech

I absolutely love this dish for many reasons. It’s fast, it’s a healthy vegetarian option, it’s delicious, and my children surprisingly love it! It’s not really a salad. It’s more of a fried rice type dish, only made with bulgur

Armenian bulgur salad - eech

Armenian Warm Bulgur Salad With Vine Leaves – Eech

I absolutely love this dish for many reasons. It’s fast, it’s a healthy vegetarian option, it’s delicious, and my children surprisingly love it! It’s not really a salad. It’s more of a fried rice type dish, only made with bulgur

Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

My Vegetarian Lunch Favorites Eaten With Pita Bread: Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

This is a super healthy lunch I make myself sometimes, and both dishes can also be a lovely accompaniment to any meal. I don’t even use any utensils for these dishes. I just scoop up mouthfuls with pieces of pita

Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

My Vegetarian Lunch Favorites Eaten With Pita Bread: Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

This is a super healthy lunch I make myself sometimes, and both dishes can also be a lovely accompaniment to any meal. I don’t even use any utensils for these dishes. I just scoop up mouthfuls with pieces of pita

Green Beans With Tomato And Olive Oil – Fasulia

This simple vegetarian recipe is on rotation in our home. I love it when I want something without meat that’s not too heavy. There are so many variations of this middle eastern dish. Many like to make the stew in

Green Beans With Tomato And Olive Oil – Fasulia

This simple vegetarian recipe is on rotation in our home. I love it when I want something without meat that’s not too heavy. There are so many variations of this middle eastern dish. Many like to make the stew in

Lentil-Swiss Chard Soup With Lemon And Cilantro

Lemony Lentil-Swiss Chard Soup With Cilantro

This is a soup that I loved from the very first taste. It’s a Lebanese soup that I was introduced to by a friend of my mother’s. When it’s cold outside and I want a mega healthy and delicious soup

Lentil-Swiss Chard Soup With Lemon And Cilantro

Lemony Lentil-Swiss Chard Soup With Cilantro

This is a soup that I loved from the very first taste. It’s a Lebanese soup that I was introduced to by a friend of my mother’s. When it’s cold outside and I want a mega healthy and delicious soup

Lentils And Rice With Carmelized Onions – Mujedereh

Here is another super quick and easy vegan recipe that you can round-up with a few ingredients.  I always seem to have these in my pantry. I often make this when I want something vegetarian,  and I don’t feel like

Lentils And Rice With Carmelized Onions – Mujedereh

Here is another super quick and easy vegan recipe that you can round-up with a few ingredients.  I always seem to have these in my pantry. I often make this when I want something vegetarian,  and I don’t feel like

Potato and Herb Salad

Spicy Potato Salad With Herbs And Olive Oil

This is a healthy Mediterranean version of potato salad, with plenty of herbs and no mayonnaise. My mother makes a version of this that I grew up eating. I add sambal oelek to her version to add a spicy kick.

Potato and Herb Salad

Spicy Potato Salad With Herbs And Olive Oil

This is a healthy Mediterranean version of potato salad, with plenty of herbs and no mayonnaise. My mother makes a version of this that I grew up eating. I add sambal oelek to her version to add a spicy kick.