• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • cheesy garlic bread
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Bread is one of my weaknesses. Honestly, it is the one food I probably could never give up! Who else is with me on that? Combine garlic, cheese, and a good loaf of bread and you have this delicious cheesy garlic bread. Literally, all of my favorite things combined into one bite. It isn’t hard to execute a delicious garlic bread. In fact, it is super simple and requires just a few steps. 3 things you need to make a cheesy garlic bread A fresh loaf of bread. For this, either a French or Italian baguette would work perfectly. You can find either in a bakery at any supermarket. The…

  • Air Fryer chicken wings
    Appetizers,  Dinner

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Let me start off by saying that these air fryer chicken wings are so good that I made them two days in a row. They are juicy, yet crispy, and packed with flavor. Not only that, but you can have this ready in under 30 minutes! You can achieve the same crispiness by oven baking and deep frying but this is the best alternative as it makes the least amount of mess, least amount of time, and just as good if not better. The type I created for this recipe are air fryer buffalo wings. Buffalo sauce is one of my favorite’s with wings. It has just the right amount…

  • spinach artichoke dip
    Appetizers

    Spinach Artichoke Bread Bowl

    I mean what is better than a creamy cheesy spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl? It is literally all my favorite components in one delicious appetizer! It makes for a fabulous app for friends to gather around and enjoy. You can make it a pull-apart bread bowl or use some tortilla chips and veggies to dip. You cannot go wrong with either really! What is awesome about this spinach artichoke bread bowl recipe is that is is so easy to put together but so so good. You just need a few ingredients like spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, cheeses, sour cream, some seasonings, and a round bread. Just a…

  • autumn pearl couscous salad
    Appetizers,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

    Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad

    I have a thing for pearl couscous; I am honestly kind of obsessed with its taste, texture, and overall beauty. Truly looks like pearls that you can eat! This autumn pearl couscous salad is inspired by all these wonderful fall vibes Chicago is currently having. I included flavors reminiscent of Fall in this recipe too like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and pecans. This Autumn pearl couscous salad is the perfect side dish this time of year with almost anything. I am serving it with salmon tonight but it can go fantastic with steak, chicken, shrimp, or even on its own! I know how much you love my easy salad recipes…

  • Easy Bruschetta
    Appetizers,  Vegetarian

    Classic Bruschetta

    First, let me say this classic bruschetta has now become my new favorite appetizer of all time. Maybe it is the seasonal fresh tomatoes from my garden paired with good quality olive oil on crispy bread that won me over. Or perhaps the whole combination dipped into a creamy burrata cheese that is just so heavenly. Whatever it is; I can’t get enough of it. This recipe I can eat every day and I am tempted to with all these fresh tomatoes growing in my backyard. Honestly, my Roma and cherry tomatoes are what inspired me to create this lovely classic bruschetta. Only a few simple ingredients and you can…

  • Za'atar knots
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Vegan

    Za’atar Knots

    Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer. Today, I have wanted to share with you the recipe for this yummy treat for over a year now. And I must say that they are always a crowd-pleaser! Not only are these Za’atar knots visually appealing but the taste is just as good with only 3 ingredients being used! Wow, right? Za’atar has been truly a game-changer to anything it touches. In my youtube video below, I demonstrate how to make two different designs using the same method for these knots. This skillset can be utilized using dough in many ways and will surely elevate the…