Low-Carb Berbere-spiced broccoli cheese “flatbread” with Tahini sauce

xolvp9yIngredients for the sauce: 

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 2/3 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic – smashed and then minced
  • two hand-fulls of flatleaf parsley – finely chopped
  • two hand-fulls of mint leaves – finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 2 Tbs high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup+ water

Ingredients for the flatbread:

  • 1 x 15oz bag of riced broccoli (you can also use cauliflower or any other riced veggie blend or rice your own with a food processor and a few pulses)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic – smashed and then minced
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs shredded mozarella
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • scant 1/2 tsp berbere spice mix (you can buy this online here at World Spice)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce, except for the water in a bowl. Add the water, a little at a time, until you have a thick sauce with a pour-able consistency. You may need to add a bit more water depending on the thickness of your tahini paste and other ingredients.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425F.
  3. Add your riced broccoli into a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover it and heat on high for around 6-7 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Give it a few stirs to start cooling it down. Add the garlic, and berbere and stir. Once it has cooled a bit add the shredded cheese. Stir to incorporate and then add the eggs and stir the mixture again.
  4. Onto a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, add your broccoli mixture. Use a large spatula to spread it around. I like to keep mine on the thinner side (a little less than 1/4″ thick) as it helps to give it a nice dry consistency when it is done. Bake for 25 minutes on a middle rack. Give it a check and rotate it after 17 minutes.
  5. Cut it up into your desired shape. I find a pizza cutter works well. Serve with tahini.
  6. This recipe also works well as a low-carb wrap bread. I find it pairs well with my Israeli Chicken Meatballs.

 

 

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Porcini-dusted White Fish with Grilled Bok Choy

 

A delicious spring meal for a warm day.

 

 

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Vietnamese Comfort Food

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Cabbage Rolls – Comfort Food of the Week

Cabbage Rolls – Stuffed with Rice and Pork

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Taste of Vietnam: Beef and Green Bean Soup with Glass Noodles and Shallots

Beef and Green Bean Soup

While this dish doesn’t seem to be very well known, it should be. It is comforting and reminds me of my childhood. My mom would often make this for me and my sister when she was short on time and had hungry mouths to feed. It was also one of the few dishes I would eat with veggies in it when I was a child. Although I eat almost anything now, green beans are still one of my favorite greens to eat. I have never posted this dish before because Thogg still absolutely loathes them. He will eat this soup but carefully picks out every piece of green from out of his bowl and hands them over to me. Oh well, I guess you can win all the time. Continue reading