• Low Carb Shepherd's Pie
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

    This right here is the ultimate comfort meal but unlike most comfort food; it isn’t bad for you! This variation is low in carbs and calories but jam-packed with flavor. You almost won’t believe that it is good for you! I used lean ground turkey as my protein in place of lamb or beef which is what is traditionally used in a Shepherd’s pie. Instead of topping the filling with mashed potatoes; I opted for some mashed cauliflower instead which is just as good and even better for you. This would make the perfect side dish on Thanksgiving. It is great for those who are following a keto diet or…

  • patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

    As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant Tomato dip which I looked upon their menu and is called Patlican Soslu. Honestly, one of the best dips I have ever had! I could never get enough of it. I have been craving it and decided even though I haven’t made much Turkish food; to give it a go based on all the flavors…

  • Beef shawarma taco bowls
    Brunch,  Dinner,  Ramadan

    Beef Shawarma Taco Bowls

    Shawarma is a dish loved across the globe by many. It derived from the Middle East but is now enjoyed worldwide. What sets it apart is the key spices that makes up shawarma like garlic, cumin, allspice, paprika and so much more. And of course, it is known for how it is traditionally cooked on a rotating spit. While, I am not cooking the shawarma on a spit today. I wanted to share with you this super easy and quick recipe because it is #tacotuesday! I also understand that most of us put prepping dinner on the back burner because of our hectic schedules. This is a homemade meal that…

  • no bake lotus cake
    Dessert

    No-Bake Lotus Cake

    Hey friends! Happy Monday! I received so much love over this cake after demonstrating how to make it yesterday on my Instagram page. I knew I had to write the recipe right away because many of you are eager to make it, which makes me so happy! If you know me, you know I love making desserts for friends and family especially no-bake desserts. They are easy and oh so delicious! My Nescafe cake was such a big hit with you guys that I wanted to share another dessert very similar but this time with Lotus Cookie Butter which seems to be the craze lately. I understand why. It is…

  • caramel apple galette
    Dessert

    Caramel Apple Galette

    Who doesn’t love a delicious Fall dessert? Especially when it looks this good and is easy to put together! Impress your friends and family with this caramel apple galette. What is a galette you may be thinking? Well, it’s basically a flat open-faced pie with the edges curled in around the topping. It is rustic and elegant at the same time. You can use this dough to make any pie you like; it doesn’t have to be a galette. You can also explore other fruit flavors if apple isn’t your jam but apple in fall baking is a must for me! Servings size: 10-inch galette Total Time: approx. 2 hours…

  • Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

    The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed vegetables. Kousa Mahshi has a special place in my heart. My mom would make it frequently growing up and it was always a favorite of mine especially with the garlic yogurt sauce. I have always been obsessed with dairy. Too much for my own good. Any meal that had yogurt; I was in. Anything from Mansaf to shish barak (meat dumplings in a yogurt sauce) was a winner in my book. I haven’t had this meal since I got married and moved miles and miles away. So, yesterday I just…

  • batata harra
    Appetizers

    Batata Harra (Spiced Potatoes)

    This delicious potato dish is often served as a side, appetizer, or even for brunch. It has a kick of heat but the acidity of the lemon balances that out. I personally love anything to do with potatoes. They are so versatile and definitely a favorite veggie of mine. In this dish, the potatoes are pan-seared to a nice crisp yet tender in the center with a mouthful of flavor. There are many variations to this Middle Eastern potato dish but this is my take on it. I hope you enjoy! Servings: 1-2 people Total Time: approx. 20-30 minutes Ingredients 1 large potato cut into small cubes (I used a…

  • Dinner

    Stuffed Salmon with Bulgar Salad & Shrimp

    Today’s dish is all about the omegas’s! Salmon is known to be a hearty healthy fish that is super filling and easy to cook. I always have loved stuffed salmon when eating at a restaurant and decided to recreate that at home. What better than cheesy garlic spinach goodness as the filling? To complete this meal; I served it with a delicious and easy bulgar salad using Wild Garden foods wheat and tomato pilaf and some sauteed shrimp as the cherry on top! Now, this is one meal that looks like it took hours to make but promise it can be done in under 30 minutes. Bon Appetit! Servings: 2…

  • cinnamon apple cake
    Dessert

    Cinnamon Apple Cake

    ‘Tis the season folks! All things pumpkin and apple! I happen to be more of an apple fan when it comes to baked treats. Who is with me? I love a good apple crisp, tart, and even cake. This cinnamon apple cake was developed yesterday on a whim; I was not sure how it would come out but here I am writing the recipe so it was definitely a success! I will be making this all of Fall; I promise you that! Servings: either 6 or 8-inch baking pan or muffin tin (I recommend a springform pan) Approx.: 50 min Dry Ingredients 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking…

  • chicken shawarma tacos
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Chicken Shawarma Tacos

    One of my fondest memories traveling to Jordan was eating shawarma with my cousins at 1 am while watching a movie. It was our thing. In Jordan, restaurants and shops would literally stay open into the night for people to enjoy. I love the nightlife over there; never a dull moment. The shawarma was unlike no other. Anyone who has tried it will tell you that but here in the states, we do our best to make shawarma as close as possible to what we know. Today, I made some chicken shawarma tacos using Wild Garden’s Marinade. I know, tacos are not traditional at all but this meal super delicious…