• potato samosas
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Potato Samosas

    Lately, one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy is Indian. We have a local Indian restaurant that we order takeout from at least once a week and one of my go-to menu items is always their potato samosas. The soft well-seasoned filling with that crunchy exterior is such a delicious combination. With Ramadan around the corner, potato samosas make for a fantastic make-ahead appetizer since they are freezer friendly; the only thing needed is to cook it the day of. These can be air fried, deep-fried, or even baked to crisp perfection. I actually was not only inspired to make these because I love Indian food and they make for…

  • healthy oat recipe
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Healthy Oat Crepes

    Want to know one of my weaknesses when it comes to my sweet tooth? Crepes. So, you can only imagine my joy when I developed these healthy oat crepes using Hearthy Foods Oat flour. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I knew I had to get the recipe out to you guys asap! Not only will you love it, but so will your children and this is a great way to get some extra nutrients in using oat flour and adding fillings like fresh fruit and nut butter. Let me tell you something about me. Anywhere I go that has crepes on the dessert menu; you bet…

  • vanilla almond granola
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Snacks

    Strawberry Banana Smoothie bowl with Vanilla Almond Granola

    I am a huge granola lover! There are endless options for this delicious crunchy treat that there is always something for anyone. You can check out my easy healthy granola recipe here too. This granola reminds me of one of my favorite cereals Honey Bunches of oats. This variation of Vanilla Almond Granola is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan too! It was so good on top of my homemade strawberry banana smoothie bowl. It literally tastes like those bowls from Jamba juice, which I happen to love. This granola is addicting and the perfect match for this 3-ingredient smoothie bowl. My husband could not stop munching on it! And to be…

  • oven-baked sweet potato fries
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Potatoes have got to be one of my favorite vegetables. I like all kinds of potatoes too; anything from red to Idaho to russet to these oven-baked sweet potato fries. Actually, there came a point where anytime my husband and I would eat out; I had to order some sort of potato dish whether fries, roasted potatoes, or hash. These oven-baked sweet potato fries that I top with a tangy yogurt sauce are everything. They are divine my friends; truly very delicious. My husband and I always fight for the last one! They make for the perfect easy side on any dinner table and everyone will enjoy them. For Thanksgiving,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • middle eastern baked kufta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

    My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household! Servings:…

  • seafood pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Seafood Pasta

    Hey friends! Are any of you a seafood lover? If so, I got the recipe for you! If not, then this recipe just may change your mind. It is definitely worth trying especially since it takes less than 20 minutes to make! This pasta dish is super light and flavorful. The combination of scallops and shrimp work beautifully with the lemon garlic sauce. I promise once you have a bite of this; you will keep going back for me. I cannot wait for you to try for yourself! Servings: approx. 2-4 people Total Time: Approx. 15-20 minutes Ingredients 10 pieces of jumbo scallops 20 pieces of shrimp deveined with no…

  • cod dinner
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Cod Dinner

    Hey friends! Lately, I have been a little obsessed with cod. I literally just discovered it a month ago and now I cannot get enough. We have it every week. If you arent familiar with it, it a white fish mild in taste but literally melts in your mouth. It takes on flavor really well. Growing up, my mother made one particular salad next to any fish dish she served and that is this parsley tahini-based salad known as bakdoonseyeh. It is creamy, citrusy and so delicious! I share the recipe with you all below because it pairs just beautifully with seafood. This cod dinner is a must-try and it…

  • summer corn salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Summer Corn Salad

    The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks. I couldn’t help myself and bought a few without even knowing what I would make with them; I just couldn’t resist their beauty. They stayed in the fridge for a few days before I realized that they would make for a deliciously refreshing salad near a seafood dish. Yesterday, I whipped up some blackened salmon steaks and made this beautiful summer corn salad to accompany it and boy was it amazing. I am going back today to get more corn; let’s just say that! This would also be amazing as…