This Holiday Season, bring good health and flavor to your table with a Timeless Mediterranean Tradition: Lebni. Enjoyed in homes and restaurants, particularly in Lebanon and Greece, Lebni is a delicious, thick, and creamy yogurt with a sophisticated texture served as a spread or a dip. As a dip, simply drizzle with olive oil and top with pomegranate seeds. This preparation is both visually beautiful and flavorful, adding just enough sweetness in each bite! Serve with either pita chips or vegetables.
Remember, Lebni may also be enjoyed as a spread and is a classic breakfast or snack. Simply spread on pita bread, add fresh tomato, cucumber, fresh mint, and a dash of *salt, and *olive oil (*optional) and voila!
As always we say, “Sah’tain”! Which means, “To your Health”!
Pomegranates are in abundance, and what a wonderful winter addition this fruit is! Pomegranates add visual and flavorful interest to our winter fruit options, and they are packed with powerful antioxidants to fight cancer and to boost our immunity. In the Middle East, pomegranates are a kitchen staple. Children from a young age learn to de-seed these babies like a professional! (And believe me, nothing makes this RaqiSa Momma more proud than to hear her kids request for, “More pomegranates, please”!) In addition, pomegranate seeds are used frequently for decoration. *See our “Baba-Ghanoush Recipe Photo. So, bring this delicious tradition into your home and start with one single pomegranate and enjoy three simple ways to use the whole pomegranate, today!
Start by de-seeding the pomegranate. The easiest way is to cut it in quarters, and open the wedges, letting the seeds fall into a bowl. It requires some finger work, but kids love it, so if you have kids, recruit them to help! With the exception of a small handful, keep the rest of the seeds in a baggie and freeze them.
Make pomegranate ice-cubes with fresh lemon. For extra vitamin C, Squeeze the juice of one lemon and mix with water, then add the set aside pomegranate seeds into each ice cube with pieces of lemon. Enjoy in your favorite flavored or plain bubbly water or add flavor and nutrients in your hot or cold teas. Speaking of teas…see #2.
In the Middle East, we are known for not wasting our foods! That means, keep the Pomegranate Peels and Freeze them…because once you feel a cold coming on, pull out your peels and boil them to make a delicious tea! Cover peels with ample water, bring the water to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cover – allow the peels to seep on low for approximately 4 minutes. To serve, discard the peels, and pour the tea into a cup and add the lemon and pomegranate ice cubes to cool the tea (and add nutrients). *Optional, add 1 tsp of honey.
We love our yogurt in the Middle East. It’s got so much to offer for muscle, bone and gut health because it’s a probiotic, with protein, potassium, and calcium. So try this recipe as a refreshing sunrise smoothie or a post workout recovery treat featuring the frozen pomegranates. This smoothie packs a powerful nutrient dense punch. Simply add all the Ingredients into Your Blender and Blend!
2 Tbls of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of non fat milk
3 ice cubes
1/2 of a banana (preferably frozen too)
1 Tbls of frozen pomegranates (plus more to dress the smoothie)
1 tsp of honey (plus more to drizzle on top)
As always, we say, “Sah’tain”! Which means “TO GOOD HEALTH”!