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Barley Yogurt Soup with Lentils, Chickpeas and Za’atar Oil


At times I feel like I have become vegetarian when I really have not.  I think I have just become more conscious on my meat intake.    I am not sure if this is a temporary state, but on the upside  I am trying to expose my family into eating more grains, beans, veggies and exploring life outside of just meat.  I want them to realize they can make more choices in food other than chicken nuggets and french fries.  At times, it’s working great, and at times so-so.  If it fails, I don’t give up.  I figure after a while it would become a 2nd nature to them.

When I made this soup in a rush after work,  I was taking a big risk that none of my family members will eat it…including me.  I was making up the recipe as rushing to get food on the table.   Ariana, my 5 year old told me she was going to opt-in for cereal instead and did not want to even take a taste bite.  In fact, she was crying and pleading on how she did not want to eat the soup.    I  gave her a mini bagel to at least fill her belly.  After noticing the rest of us having the soup happily, she had a change of heart.  She decided to take a tiny bite… and then the rest was all a happy ending of 2 bowls of soup just for her.

As a mom, it can become challenging to make sure your family is eating nutritional meals.  There are times when we fall off our healthy habits, but there is always the next day.  I strongly believe if you teach your kids young healthy eating habits, they won’t even realize what they are missing out… or they will have an understanding of what’s an everyday meal from a special meal/treat.

Enough talking…

Here is the recipe for the soup.  I did leave out the Za’atar oil for the kids’ version since I think kids are more into simpler flavors.

It tastes good either way.   Armenians make a similar soup called sebas that is just wheat and yogurt and I love to have it.   I used barley since I already had pre-boiled the barley the night before so I can think of ways of incorporating it in our diet.

Also, if you don’t have za’atar, you can substitute dried thyme or mint… or just leave it out completely.


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  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com fooddreamer

    I love all of the ingredients hee so I think this would taste great! Love how your daughter changed her mind once she saw the rest of you gobbling it up.

  • http://twitter.com/gigabiting Gigabiting

    I recently discovered the pleasures of yogurt soup, but haven’t tried making it yet. This looks like the recipe.

  • http://happywhennothungry.com/ Kara

    This looks delicious! Yum!

  • http://veggietestkitchen.com Veggietestkitchen

    this soup looks so interesting. i’ve never heard of a soup being made with yogurt, but i suppose its no big deal. i add sour cream to my soups all the time. i LOVE creamy soups. thanks for sharing this.

  • http://www.pictureperfectmeals.com Cheryl and Adam

    This looks wonderful! Nutritious and interesting flavors. Nice!

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    I imagine that the flavor of this dish is just amazing! I am not a vegetarian either, but I’m very aware of my meat intake, and we are trying to do more and more meatless dishes. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you have a wonderful Friday…and an even better weekend.

  • Foodieroadshowblog

    I love this idea, and it has all of my favorite flavors going on in the oil. I am not a vegetarian either, but I avoid meat and I am always looking for great, non-tofu veg recipes. Looks like a win to me!

  • tasteofbeirut

    This is a brilliantly conceived soup! Love the idea of the zaatar oil! You are so talented!

  • Marina

    I tried to make a version of this last week… but I got distracted and let it boil after I added the yogurt… disaster

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    I am so sorry Marina. That part of the step is pretty crucial. I am sure if you did not get distracted, you would have some great yogurt soup.

  • http://www.takingonmagazines.com The Mom Chef

    This recipe is definitely tugging at the Armenian in me. Just reading the ingredients spoke of home and comfort. It looks fantastic. I’m glad that Ariana ended up trying and loving it.

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Awwwww…za’atar seasoning, I love that flavor and smell. Your soup looks delicious. Great combination, very good for you. Have a great weekend Adelina.

  • http://joylicious.net Joy

    Okay I recently discovered Za’atar and now I put it on everything…including my toast in the mornings hahaha. This is such a lovely and healthy recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • http://www.orangeblossomwater.net Dimah

    Wow, that looks incredible! What a delicious combination!



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