Mujaddara: Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Mujaddara Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers.  It’s that good.  I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan.  Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town.  I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite.  I thought, “Lentils and rice?  OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu.  My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish.

Za’atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous

Za'atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the greatest things I’ve learned along my food blogging journey is that there are some spectacular cooks floating out there on the interwebs.  I’m thankful that my platform here has connected me with many of these talented folks, and in turn, they inspire me to bring some of their amazing creations into my own kitchen.

My friend, Peter, posted this salmon recipe on his beautiful blog, Feed Your Soul Too, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to try it out. (Thanks, Peter!!)  Over the past couple of years, I have easily fallen in love with Za’atar.  Za’atar is a flavorful, Middle Eastern spice blend.  It lends so much vibrant flavor to everything I’ve managed to sprinkle it on.  Everything from simple hummus to this tasty salmon.