Loubieh wa Hummus bi Tahina | Lebanese Green Beans with Hummus (vegan, gf)

Green Beans and Hummus on Chelrabbit.com (gf, vegan)

The basis for Lebanese food is fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs and spices. Rich, savory, and tangy flavors and an eye toward contrasting textures are also fundamental. Yes. It’s a vegan dream. Like many cultures, the preparing and sharing food is an act of friendship and love. If you share a meal with a stranger, that person becomes your friend. It’s an easy language to learn. I’ve never felt more welcome in a country where I didn’t speak the language, and to do this day, Lebanese is my “comfort food”: creamy fattoush with sumac and crunchy pita, maqluba, chopped salad, balila (cumin chickpeas)…

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Golden Beet Blondies (vegan)

Golden Beet Blondies (vegan) @ chelrabbit.com

After the success of my super-chocolatey Best-Ever Beet Brownies, I was super pumped to make a vegan blondie recipe using gold beets, especially since there doesn’t seem to be one online. Fortunately it didn’t take quite as many trials as the brownies to get these right! Where the earthy, deep flavor of red beets enhanced the intense chocolatiness of the brownies, the gold beets also bring a sweet, nutty flavor.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca (Agua de Sandía) (vegan, gf, raw)

Watermelon Agua Fresca (Agua de Sandía) @ chelrabbit.com

Fruit juices in the US are often seen as either a kid’s drink or as a component for cocktails (cranberry g&t, I’ve got my eye on you), whereas other countries rely on fruit juice as an alternative to water — there is a fruit juice stand with all fruits in every color for each corner in Syria (or there was…) and India is also known for fruit juice vendors.

Agua fresca is a Mexican invention that also fully appreciates the cooling, refreshing power of fruit. It is a slightly sweet and super refreshing drink – perfect to cool off from the heat of the day or a spicy meal. Fortunately, aguas frescas are slowly gaining popularity in the States (Califia Farms recently released a line of aguas frescas including “Kiwi Cactus” that I’d love to try). 

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Strawberry Basil Jam (vegan, gluten-free, and super easy!)

  Easy Strawberry Basil Jam @ chelrabbit.com 

Jam is terrifying. It is the zombie movie of spreads. It can become undead and grow a bacterium that will kill you. I hope you are excited to make jam now.

I swear this one is not so hard, or murderous. There’s no 10 minutes of boiling Kerr jars or air-drying or anything like that – it’s a quick easy jam that makes enough for right this minute and maybe the next two weeks if you don’t get too greedy. Store in the fridge and if you have too much for you, it makes a great for-no-special-reason gift.

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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrots (vegan, gluten-free)

 Moroccan-spiced Roasted Carrots @ chelrabbit.com

There is a lot of snacking that goes on in this house during the day. I said that in a passive way but really I mean that I, myself, me – I snack all day.  I try to save dinner leftovers for next-day lunches but sometimes we just eat a lot. Food tastes good, yo. I could make my own lunch because I’m home most weekdays, but for all I love cooking, making breakfast, dinner, and blog-whatever is enough for me. Also, I double as the dishwasher so I try to be green and save energy (; 

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Coconut and Lime Banana Bread (gluten-free, vegan)

Gluten-free and Vegan Banana Bread Recipe @ chelrabbit.com 

This is a dense, moist bread with such a tender crumb that it feels light. The tenderness is delivered without the usual greasiness of sweet breads —  it gets its moisture from ripe bananas instead of relying on the large amounts of oil typically used. It is also perfectly sweet with a great texture on the top from coarse-grained sugar, and a hint of cinnamon and ginger. 

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