Saturday, September 21, 2013

Go out and cook a Mediterranean meal. It's fun, easy and healthy

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Go out and cook a Mediterranean meal. It's fun, easy and healthy

Ziyad Brothers Importing offers the best in Mediterranean food ingredients so you can make some of your favorite, or first time, Mediterranean recipes.

It's not hard. Go to to get ideas or just do it on your own.

This is roast lamb on a grill, with basmati rice with browned walnuts slices, and tabouleh salad on the side.

Enjoy it.

Put the lamb leg on the barbecue grill, or roast it inside the oven. To keep the juices in it, cook it quickly, high flame on the broiler for 45 minutes. You want the inside to be tender and outside grilled so it keeps the juices inside.

Make the rice. It's easy. Ziyad Brand basmati rice comes with directions, but maybe you have your favored recipe or methods.

When you are ready to serve the rice, brown sliced walnuts to add as a garnish to the rice.

Now, make the tabouleh salad. Click here for a recipe from Ziyad Brothers web site. You'll need medium Crack Wheat (you can buy it from ZIyad Brothers or ask for it at your local ethnic store). Put it in a large mixing bowl. Add Lemon Juice, White Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your liking. (The cracked wheat absorbs the juices while you dice the remaining vegetables: tomatoes, parsley, green onions, cucumbers

 With the diced parsley on the cracked wheat as it soaks.

Add the cucumbers

Add the diced tomatoes

Dice the green onions

Mix it well. Add lemon juice, olive oil and spices (salt, garlic powder, etc) to your liking.

It's that easy.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ziyad Brothers announces winners of the iPad Mini Contest

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Ziyad Brothers Importing is proud to announce two winners of the iPad Mini contest held during the MEA Arab Festival in Warren Michigan.

Festival attendees were required only to fill out an entry form at the Ziyad display booth in order to qualify for the drawing.

The MEA Arab Festival attracted thousands of attendees. Ziyad Brothers Importing showcased several of its products including Hummus-Tahini in a can, Vimto Soft Drinks and more. Staff provided helium balloons and food gifts to everyone who came by. More than 2,000 food items were distributed during the festival.

The iPad Mini winners are: Fuad Odeh of Michigan and Fatina Ahmed of Illinois.

"I just received my iPad Mini from UPS. I never won anything in my life. Thank you Ziyad Brothers for this awesome gift," wrote Fuad Odeh.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wild Garden™ launches new Hummus & Pita Snack Packs for consumers

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Wild Garden™ launches new Hummus & Pita Snack Packs for consumers

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 - 7:34 am
/PRNewswire/ -- Wild Garden™ Hummus Dip, which is leading the change in healthy consumer eating, announced  the launch of a new combination snack pack featuring its award winning hummus dip partnered with Kangaroo brand Multi-Grain Pita Chips.
Wild Garden™ Hummus Dip is a single serve, shelf-stable, all-natural and vegetarian garbanzo bean-based food dip that features healthy ingredients and "On The Go" convenience for consumers. It does not need to be refrigerated until it is opened.  Many US consumers are making healthy foods more a part of their diets and hummus is rapidly becoming a staple item for them.  As reported by AC Nielsen (52 week period ending July 7, 2012) the hummus category in US supermarkets is currently at $397.8 million and grew at 7.5%.
Mark D. Smith, vice president of Sales for Wild Garden™, said that combining Wild Garden™ Hummus Dip with pita chips makes it the perfect food combination snack for consumers interested in health and convenience.
"Since we launched Wild Garden™ Hummus Dip in 2003, it's taken off and now is in thousands of mainstream retails stores across North America. It's a convenient snack that's perfect for schools, airlines, people who are traveling on vacations, hiking, or involved in sports," said Smith who noted Wild Garden Hummus Dip 1.76 ounce tetra packs are now served to passengers on nine airlines including United, American and Delta.
"We've taken it one natural step further, marrying Wild Garden™ Hummus Dip with a popular pita chip, creating the perfect great tasting and healthy food snack combination for active consumers."
The Wild Garden Hummus dip Combo packs feature multi-grain pita chips manufactured by Con-Agra's popular light and tasty Kangaroo Brand Pita Chips.
Smith said that the combo packs are already being delivered and are now available on the shelves of some major retailers including Jewel and Strack & Van Til/Ultra in Chicago, Schnucks in St. Louis, Central Markets in Texas, Rousse's in Louisiana, Topps Markets in New York, and Weis Supermarkets in Pennsylvania.
With the health of the consumer in mind, Wild Garden™  uses a unique process in several products such as Wild Garden™  Hummus Dip to eliminate preservatives and unnecessary additives. This results in a shelf-stable food product that is all-natural and trans-fat free.
By ensuring that their product is natural, Wild Garden™ offers a higher level of enjoyment that does not compromise health benefits, quality, texture or taste.
The Wild Garden™ single serve Hummus Dip is Gluten Free, with only 63 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ziyad Brothers Sponsors Scholarships at ADC Annual Dinner Honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Ziyad Brothers Importing General Manager Nassem Ziyad and National Sales Vice President Mark Smith were honored at a dinner hosted by the Michigan Chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Friday Feb. 10, 2012.

Ziyad donated a $2,000 scholarship that was presented to a student cited for her exemplary educational work.

Below are some of the photographs from the dinner event:

Nassem Ziyad congratulates student Amanda Amen of Dearborn High school who received an ADC Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship of $2,000 donated by Ziyad Brothers Importing

Good Morning Michigan/Radio Baladi host Laila alHusinni (left) with Nassem Ziyad scholarship winner Amanda Amen of Dearborn High school

Nassem Ziyad (right) with ADC Midwest Director Imad Hamad (Center)

Nassem Ziyad with Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr.

Nassem Ziyad with Mark Smith


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nothing beats Middle Eastern sweets for the holidays

Nothing beats Middle Eastern sweets for the holidays as a gift or just as a holiday treat. There are many different kinds of sweets to choose from, many made with phylo dough, sweet syrup and nuts, especially pistachio nuts.

Phyllo, filo, or fillo dough (fromGreek: φύλλο phyllo 'leaf') is paper-thin sheets of unleavened flour dough used for making pastries in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisine.

Pastry was originally made by the Egyptians. They made a flour and water paste to wrap around meat to soak up the juices as it cooked. Pastry was developed in the Middle East and it was brought to Europe by the Muslims in the 7th century. By medieval times local areas had their own puddings and pies. In the 17th century both flaky and puff pastries were used, and intricate patterns on the pies were a work of art.
Baklava (from the Farsi for "many leaves"), a pastry perfected by royal bakers in the sultan's palace in Istanbul, consists of layers of phyllo.
Here's a traditional recipe for Baklava:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
  • 4 to 6 whole cloves, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 pound blanched almonds, pistachios, walnuts, or any combination, finely chopped or coarsely ground (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or cardamom (optional)

  • 1 pound (about 24 sheets) Ziyad Phyllo dough
  • About 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter

For more recipes or to order Mediterranean ingredients or even patry products, visit

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Recipe for "Middle Eastern Paella" also called "Dirty Rice

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Check out the recipe for "Dirty Rice" which is really heavily spiced with pepper rice with pine nuts and almond slices.

Click here

Olives -- a required addition to any great Mediterranean meal

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When you think of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, you have to include olives. Green olives, cracked and packaged in a vinegar-base are the perfect olives to enjoy with any meal.

Olives come in many types, flavors and colors, although green is the most common, black olives are also quite popular. A fruit, the olive is harvested from olive trees every Fall and early Winter in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions where they are most found.

A typical olive tree.

Naturally bitter, olives are fermented to create a smooth flavor, and of course are harvested to create oil.

Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria are the five largest producers of olive harvests worldwide.

Olives are rich in iron, Vitamin E and copper. They are an excellent source of fiber and many studies have shown they are great for your heart. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant

Olive are high in fat, but it is mono-unsaturated fats, which have been found to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and increase the production of good cholesterol.

Ziyad Brothers Importing offers olives in many varieties and forms. The "cracked green olive" is among the most popular and you'll find it served with wedges of pickled lemons, peppers and parsley.

There is much Mythology attached to the Olive also. Athens is named after the Greek Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. Athena planted the original olive tree in Greece on a rocky hill that is today known as Acropolis.

Every Fall, Arabs throughout the Middle East participate in the annual Olive Harvest, a time for great celebrations. It is believed to have powers of helping mother conceive and weddings are often planned during the Harvest season to bring good fortune to the new brides.

Olives are almost a required side for any true Mediterranean or Middle Eastern meal. Sahtein!

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