My Favorite Christmas Gift

Mediterranean food, especially Lebanese cuisine, has long been my favorite go-to comfort food. Anyone who has spent time with me knows that I’m always up for trying the newest Mediterranean restaurant.

The taste and textures of this unique cuisine resonate with my palate. From hummus and baba ganoush, falafels and stuffed grape leaves to tabouli and schwarma chicken, these yummy foods are great for improving your complexion.

I received a Lebanese cookbook with a generous supply of spices typically used in this cooking. What a wonderful gift for me and for those who are invited to enjoy these tasty and delicious, mostly wholesome meals.

Lentils are a Lebanese staple along with basmati rice. While perusing the new cookbook, Garlicky Lentils with Swiss Chard caught my eye. This easy-to-prepare recipe is ideal if you want to lose weight and if you’re like me, you want to provide your body with these wonderful nutrients.

Swiss Chard has Vitamin K and is considered a nutrient-dense food. It, too, is a staple in Mediterranean cooking and provides minerals and vitamins in a variety of colors. It’s low in calories but high in magnesium, Vitamins A, C and K and Vitamin E. The recipe I used called for using the entire stalk with leaves so nothing was wasted.

Eating at home is required when one lives miles from restaurants and even grocery stores so I appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills such as cooking. Yes, cooking can be time-consuming but with a little planning and forethought, you can open an entirely new world of taste. Even if you try only one new recipe a week or so, you’ve broadened your skills.

As an aside, I am practicing biscuit making. The last batch I made were pretty impressive!