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Saj Bread with Spinach and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
- 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or any other cheese of your choice)

Special Equipment Needed:
- Rolling pin
- Large skillet

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add the olive oil and warm water, and mix until a dough forms.
3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, then cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin circle.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
6. Place the dough in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes.
7. Flip the dough and spread the spinach and cheese evenly over the surface.
8. Cover the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.
9. Flip the dough and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
10. Cut into wedges and serve.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Temperature: Medium heat
Serving Size: 4-6

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 300
Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 34g
Protein: 12g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- All-purpose flour can be substituted with whole wheat flour or a gluten-free flour blend.
- Olive oil can be substituted with any other cooking oil.
- Cheese can be substituted with any other type of cheese.

- Add other vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or onions.
- Add herbs and spices such as garlic powder, oregano, or basil.
- Add a protein such as cooked chicken or ground beef.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to roll out the dough as thin as possible for a crispier texture.
- Make sure to cook the dough on both sides until golden brown.

Storage Instructions:
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat in a skillet over medium heat until warm.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the saj bread with a side of yogurt or hummus.

Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro.

Pair with a salad or soup.

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Roasted vegetables
- Couscous
- Quinoa

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
- If the dough is too dry, add more water.

Food Safety Advice:
Make sure to cook the dough thoroughly before eating.

Food History:
Saj bread is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread that is cooked on a hot griddle.

Flavor Profiles:
This dish has a savory flavor with a hint of sweetness from the cheese.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve as an appetizer or a side dish.

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Region: Lebanese

Taste: Savory, Cheesy, Herby, Garlicky, Nutty, Earthy