A Persian Menu Adds Spice and Freshness to Your Dinner

June 21, 2013

All week long, Louisa Shafia  -- the voice behind Lucid Food and the author of the new book The New Persian Kitchen -- has served as our Guest Editor. She chose a Wildcard winner, answered your questions on the Hotline, and shared 4 fresh, healthy recipes from her new book. 

If you've never tried Persian food before, here are some instructions: read Louisa's recipes, buy all of the ingredients you need, and then make this meal for dinner tonight. These four recipes come together in a balanced meal that will excite the tastebuds of meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Not only is it full of the traditional sweet-and-sour flavor pairings of Persian cuisine, but it is also market-inspired, healthy, eco-friendly, and exotic. 

Lamb Kebabs in Pomegranate-Walnut Marinade

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Sweet Rice with Carrots and Nuts

Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

Vinegar Carrots with Toasted Sesame Seeds

These recipes are just a few of the Persian-inspired starters, salads, entrees, and sweets in Louisa Shafia's latest book The New Persian Kitchen.

Photos by Sara Remington
Food Styling by Karen Shinto
Prop Styling by Ethel Brennan