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Lebanese Sfeeha "Tostadas"

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2 oz chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini

1/2 tablespoon of pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of seven-spice*
1/2 teaspoon of sumac**
pinch of cayenne pepper

4 low-carb, whole wheat tortillas, such as Trader Joe's

3/4 cup (4 oz) grape tomatoes, quartered
3/4 cup chopped, peeled cucumber
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 teaspoon za'atar**
pinch of allspice

Preheat oven to 375ºF.  Place the onion, garlic and parsley in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped. Add the ground turkey, tahini, pomegranate molasses, yogurt, salt, seven-spice, sumac and cayenne pepper. Pulse several more times, until the mixture is thoroughly combined and forms a loose paste.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a metal cooling rack on top of it. Similarly, a broiler pan can be used. (This is so that the fat drips away from the meat and tortillas as it cooks, so that the tortillas become crisp and not soggy.) Mist the metal rack with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the ground turkey mixture evenly among the tortillas and spread into an even layer with a spatula. Place each one on the rack. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the tortillas are lightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, prepare the salad by combining the grape tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions, olive oil, lemon juice, pomegranate seeds, za'atar, and allspice.

To serve, top the hot tostadas with a generous scoop of the salad mixture.

*There are many recipes for seven-spice online, since the mixture varies from family to family and region to region. It may be available in Middle Eastern markets. Mine did not have it, but was more than willing to put something together from their bulk spice collection. The seven-spice recipe I found called for equal parts nutmeg, ginger, allspice, fenugreek, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. Since many other recipes also call for cumin and I happen to like it, I had them add that as well.

*Sumac and za'atar are available in Middle Eastern markets, or can be purchased from <a href="http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/shophome.html">Penzeys</a>.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories     497.2
Total Fat     25.5 g
Saturated Fat     4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat     3.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat     7.4 g
Cholesterol     80.0 mg
Sodium     983.9 mg
Potassium     457.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate     38.0 g
Dietary Fiber     8.8 g
Sugars     11.0 g
Protein     34.4 g

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