appetizers

Goat Cheese Black Pepper Dressing

 
 

Goat Cheese Black Pepper Dressing

Do you guys love goat cheese? I’ve always loved it in every form — appetizers, dipping sauce, and even marinade. Since I like goat cheese so much, I sometimes sprinkle it in my salad, but when I do it, the crumbled cheese doesn’t get distributed evenly. I want to taste goat cheese in my every bite, you know?

So, I decided to turn it into a dressing to keep its tangy, creamy flavors while making it easier to toss around my salad. By doing so, every bite has a bit of that tangy, goat cheese flavors without being clumpy. This creamy dressing will be an instant flavor boost, making any boring salad into something incredible!

Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1/2 quart

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 - 8oz goat cheese

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Cumin Carrot Soup

Cumin Carrot Soup

A simple and flavorful soup that will spice up your kitchen and warm your soul. It’s made with roasted carrots, spiced with cumin, and the apples add a touch of natural sweet flavor to the soup. It’s completely vegan and a crowd pleaser, and I know you will want to make this soup all winter long.

Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb carrot, peeled, roughly chopped

  • 2 tbsp cumin

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp EVOO

  • 2 onions, peeled, roughly chopped

  • 1 apple, peeled, roughly chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 can of coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set the oven to 450F.

  2. Toss the carrots with 1 tbsp of cumin, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tbsp of EVOO. Roast them for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile. In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of EVOO and roughly chopped onions. Sauté them until the onions get translucent for 5-6 minutes.

  4. Once the onions are fragrant and translucent, add chopped apple and garlic. Cook until the apples are soft for another 5 minutes.

  5. Add 2 cups of vegetable stock. Once it boils, add the roasted carrots to the pot along with another 1 tbsp of cumin and 1 tsp of salt.

  6. Cook everything for another 10 minutes with the lid on.  

  7. Pour the coconut milk to the mixture and mix everything together. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 to 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and dried with paper towels

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tsp coriander, ground

  • 2 tsp cumin, ground

  • 2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 lemon, zested

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the seasonings and toss with dried chickpeas to make sure that they are evenly coated.

  2. Transfer spiced chickpeas to the air fryer and cook at 400F until browned and crisp, for 6 to 12 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through to make sure that they get cooked evenly.

  3. Serve warm!

Souvlaki Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers

Souvlaki Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves: 2 to 4

INGREDIENTS

Buttermilk chicken tender:

  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1 tsp of dried oregano

  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 large chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks

Drenching session:

  • 1 cup of AP flour

  • 1 tbsp of cumin

  • 1 tsp of Aleppo pepper

  • 1/2 tbsp of black pepper

  • 1 tbsp of salt

  • Cooking spray

Garlic labneh aioli:

  • 1/2 cup of labneh

  • 1/2 cup of mayo

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 garlic, grated

  • 1/2 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Marinate:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the buttermilk, salt, dried oregano, fresh thyme, lemon zest and juice, and eggs until well combined.

  2. Add the chicken to the buttermilk marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours — overnight.

Drenching:

  1. In a bowl, stir the four, cumin, Aleppo pepper, black pepper and salt.

  2. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk mixture; drench in the flour until evenly coated. Transfer to the air fryer rack and spray the chicken with an oil spray.

  3. Transfer the chicken to the air fryer and air fry it at 375F until golden brown, for about 7 to 9 minutes.

  4. Transfer it to the plate, and serve it with garlic labneh aioli.

Garlic labneh aioli:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve it with fried chicken tenders!