Muhammara or Fire Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Dip, Recipe, Vegetarian

Muhammara is a popular Mediterranean dip that originates from Aleppo, Syria and is eaten by people all over the Mediterranean region. Muhammara means “reddened” in Arabic. The main ingredients are fresh red peppers, walnuts and breadcrumbs. The walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and make it “heart healthy”. Muhammara is eaten as a dip with bread, as a spread for toast and as a sauce for kebobs, grilled meats and fish. You can garnish it with fresh mint (as pictured). My favorite is to spread it on pita bread.


  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 6 ounces walnuts, crushed or whole
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes or red chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mint, to garnish
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Healthy Mediterranean Pita Pizza

Diabetes, Recipe, Vegetarian

I was asked by a national organization to begin to write recipes for people with diabetes. I am very honored to do so and have decided my very first recipe will be Healthy Mediterranean Pita Pizza. This meal is so yummy and anyone and everyone will love it (not just those with diabetes).

It only has about 250 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 41 g carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber , 8g protein.

Ingredients: (makes 1-2 pita pizzas)

  • 1 pita bread
  • 1/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon sliced olives
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese

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Spinach Pie or Spinach Borek

Recipe, Vegetarian

Borek is a baked or fried filled pastry. It can be filled with cheese, meat or veggies. For this recipe, I use spinach; it is delicious. It originates from Modern Day Turkey. Borek roll is usually prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking or as individual pastries before baking or frying..




  • Borek dough (can get from local Mediterranean grocer) or light easy dough (dough recipe coming soon on
  • 6 cups fresh spinach leaves (~1 bag)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes chopped (remove seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying

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Spicy Feta Cheese Almond Dip

Dip, Recipe, Vegetarian









I love feta cheese. It is definitely one of my favorites. By combining it with almonds (one of the healthiest foods around), you can really have one of the best Mediterranean Dips with your friends. It can be served with pita chips, olives or veggies. Be creative :-)

1/2 cup almonds
2.5 cups feta cheese, crumbles
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon oregano (dried)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley (dried)
olive oil and pita chips to serve
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Yummy Cole Slaw Recipe

Recipe, Salad, Vegetarian


















With plans for a big July 4th party, I have started pulling out many of my recipes for the event. I am going to start with Cole Slaw which is definitely one of my favorites.


  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded (about 2.5 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, shredded (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup purple lettuce, shredded
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced fine2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How To:
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