• stuffed dates 5 ways
    Appetizers,  Dessert,  Snacks

    Stuffed Dates 5 ways

    Dates are a fantastic naturally sweetened fruit! They are so versatile and can be enjoyed both sweet and savory with many applications. In this case, I stuffed dates 5 ways that will surely make for the perfect bite! These stuffed dates have made for such a healthy snack to keep on hand in our fridge especially post-workout! These are also visually appealing and fun to make for guests, especially during Ramadan where dates are consumed daily for an extra source of energy. Dates come in all kinds of varieties like Ajwa, Sukkari, Deglet Noor, and Medjool which happens to be my favorite. For most of my date recipes. I use…

  • closeup of cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Sticky Date Pudding

    This sticky date pudding is what dreams are made of! It is so moist and full of date flavor. The cake is subtly sweet despite being drizzled with a silky smooth butterscotch sauce. The cake itself has minimal sugar and is sweetened mainly from the date’s natural sweetness. The homemade butterscotch sauce gives it a luscious and extra moist texture while the nuts offer a needed crunch. When I think dates, I automatically think of Ramadan and with it upon us; this is the perfect cake for the occasion. Imagine this as the center piece dessert that I promise everyone will enjoy. Serve with the homemade butterscotch sauce and some…

  • cheese spring rolls
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Cheese Rolls

    Who doesn’t love cheese? Yet alone, cheese rolls! These crispy and creamy cheese rolls are going to be a staple in your home once you give them a try! What I love most about them is that they are freezer-friendly and can be air fried making them much healthier to enjoy too! Sounds great, right? Also, takes under 30 minutes to prepare and cook! With Ramadan just a week away, all of these things are super important. This makes for a fantastic appetizer or side dish! For the pastry, use spring roll pastry as it is thin and fried to crisp perfection. It is also pliable and easy to stuff…

  • chicken and potato egg rolls
    Appetizers,  Ramadan

    Chicken Egg Rolls

    It is about time I share an egg roll recipe! I cannot believe that I have been blogging for 3 years and I have never shared one especially since I love them. There is just something about a handheld crispy and flavorful bite of food that keeps you going back for more. These chicken egg rolls are filled with tender bites of chicken and potato seasoned with curry. The outside is fried for just 2 minutes to make it super crispy yet not oily. I pair these with a delicious herby yogurt dip which has lots of dill and garlic. With Ramadan around the corner, these freezer-friendly appetizers will surely…

  • dawood basha
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Dawood Basha

    I am sure we all grew up with a variation of meatballs served for dinner. Meatballs seem to me in almost every culture in some shape or form. The one I enjoyed goes by the name, dawood basha. These Middle Eastern-flavored meatballs braised in a tomato sauce are so delicious with rice for a complete meal. I personally love adding potatoes to the dish to make it even heartier. In actuality, Dawood Basha is basically kofta kebabs shaped into meatballs. What makes this extra special is that tangy tomato sauce is cooked in with the pomegranate molasses. That truly elevates the dish! These meatballs require no eggs or breadcrumbs or…

  • spanakopita inside
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Spanakopita

    Let me tell you a story about how I discovered this delicious Greek spinach and cheese phyllo pie. Spanakopita has been a dish I have enjoyed since my pre-teens and I didn’t even know it! It wasn’t until my adult years where I frequented Greek restaurants that I realized this spinach and cheese phyllo pie that I have enjoyed for so long was actually called Spanakopita. You see, my mother’s friend Aunt Manal who is of Egyptian descent would make this all the time and bring them to family gatherings growing up. In Egypt, they have a dish called Goulash which is a ground beef phyllo pie. Instead of meat,…

  • greek orzo salad
    Salads,  Side Dishes

    Greek Orzo Salad

    This is the salad that you would make ahead and enjoy for days to come as a side to different proteins or even as a stand alone meal! It is hearty, packed with Mediterranean flavors, and nutritious! I love this greek orzo salad for so many reasons! First, I am a sucker for anything with feta cheese. Cheese is life! Secondly, I love fresh produce in my meals and this cold pasta salad incorporates that so effortlessly. Lastly, it is just so darn good and easy to make! This Greek Orzo salad is always a crowd pleaser and is especially fantastic for the warmer days ahead. I often would make…

  • almond semolina cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Almond Cake

    I was visiting my family in New Jersey several months ago when my aunt served me a slice of almond cake. Now, I love my aunt’s cooking and baking; and she had never served me this dessert before! So, I was intrigued to try and let me tell you; it is delicious! This almond cake recipe is actually addicting and I don’t even like cake! If I do eat cake, it has to be light, moist, and not overly sweet which this cake recipe hits all those notes. I did tweak the recipe by cutting down the sweetness but this is purely inspired by my aunt’s cake. Potential of this…

  • cabbage soup
    Ramadan,  Soups

    Cabbage Soup

    Let me start off by saying that this vegetarian cabbage soup is so delicious! I cannot believe I waited so long to make cabbage soup. What really motivated me was the extra boiled cabbage I had from making stuffed cabbage, malfoof. It worked perfectly for this hearty and flavorful soup. This is the most adaptable soup as it works fantastic with most vegetables! It is also so healthy and nutritious that you can just enjoy the whole pot on your own if you wish! Many people favor this soup for dieting as it is very low in calories and carbs. This also literally comes together in no time at all.…

  • cheese danish
    Brunch,  Dessert

    Crescent Roll Cheese Danish

    You need to try this shortcut version to the danishes you all love to buy at the local supermarket and bakeries! This crescent roll cheese danish is absolutely light, not too sweet, creamy with a hint of citrus. I was very pleased with how these came out and I couldn’t wait to share with you as I know how much you guys love an easy sweet treat! The touch of jam on top really takes it over the top with flavor. You can use any jam that you prefer for this cheese danish; I went ahead with fig! Crescent rolls really come in handy when in a pinch. It is…