This week and last, in honor of Mother’s Day, we are sharing our mother’s, grandmother’s or great grandmother’s best recipe.
Happy Mother’s Day week! Wouldn’t be great if we got a whole week? Today I’m sharing recipes that were passed down from my Lebanese great-grandmother by my grandparents to me. My grandmother taught me the artichoke recipe and my grandfather, the hummus recipe. These appetizer recipes were constants at our family gatherings growing up, and we still enjoy them today!
Marinated Artichokes (Lebanon)
If you like garlic as much as my family does, you will love this easy, all natural recipe!
1 can of quartered artichoke hearts
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
Rinse artichokes and squeeze them to get some of the water out. Chop the garlic. In a bowl add the artichokes, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 3 hours, if you have time. Serve with little cut up triangles of pita bread! And, you know me…why not make it whole wheat pita bread?
Did you ever read the ingredients on a container of hummus? Well, guess what? You don’t need to put a lot of those ingredients into your body or you kid’s body. Check out my natural and easy recipe below and hold the oils and preservatives!
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of water
4 tablespoons of tahini sesame paste
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Rinse chickpeas, peel garlic and put into food processor or blender. Add some of the water, the tahini paste, salt and lemon juice. Blend. Check consistency, and add more water until you get the consistency you desire. Serve with pita bread. My grandparents always sprinkled a little paprika and parsley on top to make it fancy for entertaining!
I hope you enjoy these natural Lebanese family recipes!
Photo credit to Jeffrey W.