Walk into the kitchens of a bunch of Lebanese homes and you can count on finding a few staple ingredients in common: pita bread, dried lentils, dried Garbanzo (hummus) beans, olive oil, olives, and cracked wheat (borghol) are among the most common ingredients.

If you feel like trying something new- but not too crazy- look in your own kitchen. Here are some new recipes you can make using common Lebanese household ingredients.



1. Pita bread: Baked Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips.

All you need is some pita bread, cinnamon, sugar, and cooking spray.



How to make it
Combine one part cinnamon with four parts sugar. Spray pita bread with cooking spray and spread the sugar-cinnamon mix. Spray again with the cooking spray to help the mix stick to the bread, turn the bread over and spread the rest of your sugar-cinnamon mix. Bake and enjoy!

For the full recipe, click here.



2. Dried lentils: Arugula and Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese.

You need some green lentils, a red onion, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese.



How to make it
While you boil the lentils, make the vinaigrette made of a chopped onion, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Arrange a bed of arugula and place the lentils on top, place cherry tomatoe halves on top with the goat cheese, and then pour the vinaigrette on top.

For the full recipe, click here.



3. Dried hummos (chickpeas) beans: Greek Pesto Garbanzo Pita Sandwiches.

You need some marinated feta cheese, pesto, fried zucchini, chickpeas, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes.




Spread the pesto onto the pita bread, place the zucchini slices on the pita bread with the chickpeas. Crumble the feta cheese and then put it in your sandwich with the sun-dried tomatoes. Grill the sandwich until it’s warm and proceed to eat copious amounts.

For the full recipe, click here.



4. Olives (black and green): Olive Tapanade.

This spread is great for entertaining. All you need is some olives, capers, anchovies, Dijon mustard, fresh parsley leaves, and lemon juice.



How to make it
In a food processor, combine the olives, capers, anchovies, and garlic and pulse three times. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, thyme, and parsley and process until chunky. Serve on toasted bread.

For the full recipe, click here.



5. Zaatar (thyme): Vodka- Thyme Lemonade.

For these delicious cocktails, you need sugar, thyme, lemon juice, and vodka.



How to make it
Make a simple syrup out of the sugar, water, and thyme. Then stir it in with the vodka and lemon juice.

For the full recipe, click here.



6. Olive Oil: Spicy Pepper Infused Olive Oil.



So easy to make and so delicious to drizzle on top of pizzas and pastas. Just slice open some spicy peppers and place them in some olive oil jars. Allow them to soak for 2-3 days before using them.

[All images via the respective recipes linked.]

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