Guys it’s finally Friday.
I made this meal last weekend, and it was super easy-peasy, and REALLY delicious. Lots of the components can be made ahead or aren’t even really recipes so…let’s get to it!
First, appetizers. I made hummus – the same way I always do, but added a pinch of cumin. Grab some pita at the store – you’ll want lots for this meal!
Then, some olives and labneh with zatar seasoning. Do you know what labneh is? It’s like … really strained greek yogurt. Usually it’s served drizzled in olive oil, and zatar is a seasoning blend from the middle east – it’s DELICIOUS, and you should totally go to a specialty store to get some or google a recipe and make your own. I got mine from the Middle-Eastern store in my town, Pita House. It’s basically my favorite place on earth, and between the labneh, pita, and zatar you have a whole appetizer that involves no cooking. WIN.
Now, entree. Greens need to be involved, and I like a salad of arugula, tomatoes, cucumber, and green onion. Easy stuff, folks! Right before you serve, squish some lemon juice on it and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Boom. Done.
I told you yesterday about these lamb meatballs – You just HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE to make them. They’re so delicious and I’m dying for you to try them. Beyond that, I made rice and veggies. That’s it! I had a couscous rice blend that I cooked in chicken stock instead of water, then once it was cooked I stirred in some fresh mint and parsley.
For the veggies, I roasted peppers and onions because THAT’S WHAT I HAD IN THE FRIDGE. Seriously don’t freak out. Cut them into chunks, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt, and roast them for 20 – 30 minutes at 425F until they’re tender and kind of brown on the edges.
To serve, I just lined everything up on the counter and let everyone make whatever kind of hodge-podge plate they like! Some people layer it all like a taco salad, some people make pita sandwiches….whatever you like! Keep the appetizers out – they go great with the other stuff!
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Submitted to Weekend Potluck. It’s a whole meal….better than a recipe, right?