Monday Meal Review: Israel


Ava wanted nothing to do with the hummus. She shook her head. She closed her eyes. She even yelled “No!!!!” – in case I didn’t get the message.

I took a deep breath and calmly said “Ok.”

Little did she know, I had a plan. The very next day I whipped out the food processor.

“Want to help mama?” I asked, smiling big.

“Okay!” she cheered, with big eyes, anticipating a fantastic treat.

“Please drop the chickpeas into the food processor,” I said nonchalantly.

“Yes” she said, sneaking one before she did so.

“Should we add some parsley?” I asked.

“Uhuh,” she nodded, her little hand grabbing a fistful and dropping it in.

“More?” she asked

“Ok! And what about oil?”


And on it went. She loved it.

In a final flourish, I let her push the button.

“BzzzRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah” she exclaimed, laughing as the mixture pureed in a smooth dip. I tasted it, adjusted the seasonings, and let her blitz it again.

Proudly, I offered her a spoonful.

Ava shook her head no. Then, quicker than my heart could sink, she dipped her teeny index finger in the hummus and licked it clean.

“Mmm,” she said. “More?”



Shakshouka [recipe]

What I liked most about this dish:

Ask me any time of day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and I’ll tell you that I love shakshouka. The deep, bold tomato-pepper flavor, loaded up with garlic is the perfect match to the creamy, soft set poached egg. This budget friendly dish is nothing to hide away, but a great showcase for a boisterous brunch party. Both Ava and Mr Picky liked it and ate it right up.

What I liked least about this dish:

I wish I had doubled the sauce recipe – then I could have refrigerated a container for a quick-fix meal later on in the week. Simply wonderful.

Quick Lemon-Garlic Hummus [recipe]

What I liked most about this dish:

Hummus is my go-to sandwich spread, picnic dip, and party treat. Ready in minutes, this is an intense, power packed hummus. If you like garlic and lemon as much as I do, you’ll be in love.

What I liked least about this dish:

While I never add tahini to my hummus (thanks to an unfortunate and accidental over-indulgence as a child), the small amount I added (to remain true to tradition) was okay. Still, next time I’ll probably leave it out.

Israeli Juice (Mint Lemon-Limeade) [recipe]

What I liked most about this dish:

Ah, summer in a glass. A drink to make my whole family swoon. This isn’t much different from what I typically make in our house for lemonade, except I add maraschino cherries and their juices, to make it pink.

What I liked least about this dish:

I went back and forth on how much sugar to add. This recipe can take quite a bit to sweeten which is ok, except I’d rather not know how much I’m drinking.

Israeli Citrus Salad [recipe]

What I liked most about this dish:

A nice summertime refresher… easy to try with other ingredients (some like to add hot chili peppers).

What I liked least about this dish:

Segmenting all the fruit takes a while, especially if you need this for a lot of people.


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