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.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread - Chew Nibble Nosh

It was a couple of hours before the kids came home from school.  I was cleaning up the kitchen, and noticed that the bananas hanging on my banana hook had seen better days.  You know the type, the brown, spotty, “Oops, we didn’t eat these quickly enough” bananas?  What do you do when life hands you brown bananas?  You bake banana bread!

I’d seen this recipe a while ago, and wanted to give it a try.  I love peanut butter and banana together, and I loved that this recipe (which I adapted from one I’d found in Cooking Light) had some healthier twists than the usual quick bread.

Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Cucumber Relish and Yogurt Dill Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Cucumber Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

Well, after a perfectly beautiful and mild month of June, and first bit of July, summer really decided to kick things into gear this week.  The past few days have been hot!  Not pleasant hot, either, but that sticky, thick hot that smacks you in the face as soon as you step out the door and knocks the oomph right out of you.

On days like that, I have to eat light…and preferably cool.  This meal was the perfect way to end a hot, sticky day.

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake - Chew Nibble NoshIt’s time to Spring things up in here!  I can’t do winter food any more.  I’m done.  I don’t care if it’s freezing outside, my toes are endlessly cold, and the wind is gusting so hard it makes my ears hurt.  It’s the end of March, for crying out loud!

I’m done.

Spring desserts, in my opinion, call for light, fresh flavors and, above all, berries.  I love a good berry dessert, and this is one of them.  This cake is deliciously moist and flavorful, and is studded with beautiful sweet, fresh, Spring strawberries.

Fresh Raspberry & Peach Cake

I’m kicking myself.  It’s almost the end of June and I haven’t been to our local Farmer’s Market yet.  What happened to the hazy, lazy days of summer?  We’ve been so busy, I’m hardly able to keep up!  The busy days continue this week with a long road trip tomorrow up to the Midwest, for a couple of weeks with our family.  We’re really looking forward to being there.  The many, many hours in the car, though?  Not so much.  It’s the price you pay, for a couple of weeks of family fun…and many more busy days!  The summer will be over before we know it!