This Holiday Season, bring good health and flavor to your table with a Timeless Mediterranean Tradition: Lebni. Enjoyed in homes and restaurants, particularly in Lebanon and Greece, Lebni is a delicious, thick, and creamy yogurt with a sophisticated texture served as a spread or a dip. As a dip, simply drizzle with olive oil and top with pomegranate seeds. This preparation is both visually beautiful and flavorful, adding just enough sweetness in each bite! Serve with either pita chips or vegetables.
Remember, Lebni may also be enjoyed as a spread and is a classic breakfast or snack. Simply spread on pita bread, add fresh tomato, cucumber, fresh mint, and a dash of *salt, and *olive oil (*optional) and voila!
As always we say, “Sah’tain”! Which means, “To your Health”!
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A Traditional Lebanese Vegetarian Dish
Summer grilling is always fun – but as summer drags on, you just might be all grilled out. To inspire the inner chef in you, I bring to you a versatile dish that in actuality can be served either hot or cold. A family tradition in most Lebanese homes, this lentil and rice dish is served with a crisp, fresh salad. (Refer to my “Kicked Up Mediterranean Quinoa Salad” post for my tasty lemon and mint dressing which compliments this dish nicely).
Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups of Water, 3/4 Cups of Dried Lentils, 1/2 Cup of Rice, 1 Medium Onion, 1/4 cup (plus 1 TBS) of Olive Oil, 1 TBS Butter, 1 TSP Salt. (Serves Approx. 4)
Instructions: Sauté in 1/4 cups of olive oil 1/2 of the medium (chopped) onion until softened. Meanwhile, boil 3 1/2 cups of water with 3/4 cups of dried lentils until the lentils are softened (approx. 10 minutes). Add the sautéed onions with the olive oil, 1/2 cup of rice, and 1 TSP of Salt. Bring to a boil and stir gently. Reduce heat to low and cover tightly and cook until the rice is cooked through. Sauté the other 1/2 of the onion in 1 TBLS of olive and 1 TBLS of butter until caramelized. (*Note, I personally use either a sweet white or red onion, depending on preference) Serve in a dish and top with the caramelized onions.
Final thought. I like this dish because it’s economical. Think about it…It’s a basic beans and rice dish…AND YET, it is regal enough to be served to the Queen of England herself, (okay in my humble opinion anyway); AND it is heart healthy to appeal to the health and fitness enthusiast. So please, from my home to your home…Enjoy this (and all our dishes), toward good health, “Sah’tain”!