• Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • 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…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Greek Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • oregano bread
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Snacks

    Palestinian Za’atar Bread

    This za’atar bread is one of my favorite things to eat especially with a cup of warm mint tea and a piece of cheese. It is literally the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was so happy that we had fresh oregano in my dad’s garden when I visited NJ recently. My mom taught me how to make these along with all of you through Instagram and it is my pleasure to share with you the recipe so you can enjoy it as much as we do. Dough Ingredients 5 cups of All purpose flour 1 packet of active dry yeast 2 1/2 tbsp of milk powder 3/4 cup of…

  • Mediterranean omelette
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Mediterranean omelette

    I made this dish the other weekend for Sunday brunch alongside some delicious hummus and it was so delicious. My husband and I have been trying to come up with a new tradition of cooking together on Sunday morning’s and this is one of the dishes that was whipped up. This dish is also awesome for those trying to cut carbs but need something filling and nutritious! Servings: 2 large omelettes Total Time: approx. 20 min Ingredients 10-12 eggs (we did 6 just whites but that is up to you) 1 cup chopped fresh spinach 1 cup diced bell pepper 1 large onion finely chopped Handful of parsley chopped finely…

  • shrimp quinoa bowl
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

    Lately, I have been focusing on getting more fit and eating cleaner more wholesome foods. This is one of those bowls that will surely fill you up and tastes great. The shrimp is cooked to the perfection and the fresh and roasted veggies give a great addition of flavor along with the herb tahini yogurt dressing! It doesn’t take much time to put together so it makes for a great healthy weeknight meal. Servings: 2 bowls Total Time: approx. 30 min Shrimp Ingredients 20 Jumbo Raw Shrimp deveined and tail off 3 crushed garlic cloves A squeeze of lemon juice Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp of olive oil…

  • potato pancakes
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Potato Pancakes

    I was coring some potatoes today and of course, you guys know that I like to utilize everything. I was left with the insides of a potato which I turned into these potato pancakes for brunch! It was so easy to make and it always amazes me how you can turn one dish into something completely different or even get 2 dishes out of one main ingredient. I am a huge potato fan and would recommend these with some creamy cheese and eggs! It would be a perfect brunch. Servings: 3 pancakes Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 2 peeled potatoes cubed 1 egg white 1 small onion chopped 1…

  • quiche
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Almond Crust Quiche

    Hey friends! I hope you are well. So the other day when I made the slow-cooked pot roast, we had leftover meat and I wanted to incorporate it into a quiche. Usually, I make crustless quiches but I wanted to do something different. I checked my pantry and found almond flour and that’s when I knew I would make a crust using it! This is such a simple gluten and dairy free recipe that I had to share it! Servings: 6-8 slices Total Time: approx. 1 hour Crust Ingredients 1 1/2 cups almond flour 1/4 cup butter, melted (I used dairy free butter (Earthly Balance) 1 tsp dried oregano 1…

  • sweet potato muffins
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Sweet Potato Muffins

    We all probably have leftover Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving leftovers. I had some butternut squash & sweet potato mash from a Friendsgiving over the weekend. I wanted to recreate it into something else. I was thinking maybe pancakes, waffles, or muffins? Muffins seemed the easiest and most practical so I went that route. It is so easy! Just mix the below ingredients together. Pour in a muffin pan and pop in the oven. Then you have yourself a delicious Thanksgiving bite for a few days to come! Servings: 10-12 muffins Total Time: about 30 min. Ingredients 3 cups of sweet potato mash (or butternut squash mash or mashed potatoes) *You can…