Hazelnuts and Dried Cranberries Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are a favorite of mine: quick and easy to make, they can have a chewy or crispy texture, and can include many additions, such as dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and more.
When I was asked to develop a gluten-free version of these tasty cookies, I’ve decided not to include any unknown flour substitute mixes, and instead, experiment with an “all oats” version. Continue reading

Zucchini, Cheese and Herbs Mini-Bakes

These tasty mini bakes are perfect for a weekend brunch, as a side dish or a light snack any time of the day. Continue reading

Soba Noodles Salad with Peanut Butter and Tahini Dressing

Soba Noodles Peanut Salad Ronit Penso
If the cold weather outside makes you less enthusiastic about light, crispy-cold salads, here is a hearty and warming salad, that is perfect for the weather. Continue reading

Sephardic Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Cheese Bake

Sephardic Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Cheese Bake Ronit PensoThis tasty bake is well loved in the Sephardic cuisine (check HERE for information about it), and is traditionally served for Saturday brunch. The bake is usually served with Tzatziki (recipe can be found HERE), hard boiled eggs and fresh vegetables or vegetable salad. Another tasty option is to serve it with a bit of date or maple syrup. The combination of sweet and salty is addictive.

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Meringue Nests with Meyer Lemon Curd

Meringue Nests with Meyer Lemon Curd Ronit Penso

Continuing with the meringue theme, here is another easy and tasty recipe that is just perfect for festive entertaining. This impressive dessert can be made ahead and assembled just before serving. It is light, flour-less, and wonderful when served after a heavy meal.
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Crispy Flourless Sesame Seeds Cookies

Crispy Flourless Sesame Seeds Cookies Ronit PensoI came up with the recipe for these light and crispy cookies, as I wanted to create cookies that will contain sesame seeds as the main ingredient, and not just as an added garnish.
The result was just what I wanted – the sesame seeds’ unique flavor is dominant, and yet the cookies are light and airy.

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Green Falafel (Chickpeas and Herbs Fritters)

Green Falafel Ronit penso These little chickpea fritters are known around the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and other countries, as a tasty street food. Every country has its own version, but aside from Egypt, where the dish is made with Fava beans, all others use chickpeas as the base for the dish.
The recipe here follows the Israeli version, which was introduced by Yemenite Jews. To this, other flavors were added with time, such as the spicy Moroccan Harissa (red hot peppers paste) and other seasonings.

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Flourless Banana, Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies, with Chocolate Drizzle

Flourless Coconut, Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies, Ronit PensoThese tasty and chewy cookies started with a minor disappointment: I’ve tried one of the popular recipes for flourless peanut butter cookies (the ones that contain only peanut butter, sugar (or sweetener) and an egg), and the result was not as exciting for me as it was for a lot of the online reviewers. I thought the cookies were on the boring side taste-wise, and found their texture too crumbly to handle.
However, by then I was already in “flourless peanut butter recipe” mood, so I started to add “this and that” to the original recipe. The cookies here are the result of that process.
They are tasty on their own right, but the chocolate drizzle adds another layer of flavor, which goes so well with all the ingredients.
Try them and decide for yourself.

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Yogurt, Dried Apricots and Pistachios Squares

Yogurt, Dried Apricots and Pistachios Squares Ronit PensoCheese cakes are a favorite of mine, but at the same time, I find them quite heavy and sweet, not to mention it takes quite a bit of time to prepare and bake them properly.

So, I went on a mission to create a quick, lighter and less sweet version of cheese cake. I tried low-fat cream cheeses, but didn’t like the taste or texture. Instead, I’ve decided to try and bake a cake with thick yogurt and just loved the results. Continue reading