• moroccan lamb stew
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan

    Moroccan Lamb Stew

    Happy Weekend friends! When I was in California a few months ago, my good friend Ala whipped up this delicious Moroccan lamb stew and I was in heaven. It was so good! I recently got the recipe from her and want to share it with you guys because my hubby and I absolutely love it. You need to give this dish a chance! Servings: 2-4 people Total Time: approx. 5 hours Marinade Ingredients 2-3 lbs of lamb shoulder cut medium in size 1 tbsp turmeric 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp cumin powder 1 tsp cinnamon Salt & pepper to taste 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tbsp…

  • Roasted chicken and potatoes
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

    Ever just go in the kitchen, and see what you had then made a delicious meal out of it? This recipe was made on a whim! I had some garlic sauce that I made the day before and chicken sitting in the fridge ready to be cooked. I needed some sort of side and absolutely LOVE potatoes, especially crispy ones. So, I roasted some chicken with some amazing potatoes and we had a fantastic dinner. You can use whatever chicken you please but I recommend bone in with skin on for this recipe. Keep in mind that depending on the size of your chicken that cooking time will be different.…

  • coconut nut bars
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Coconut Nut Bars

    Servings: 24 pieces Total time: approx. 2 hours (20 min to make the rest is freezer time) Ingredients 4 cups fine coconut (more of a coconut powder as opposed to shreds) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water Squeeze of lemon juice 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter 2 cups roasted assorted nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts) Instructions In a small pot, mix together the sugar, water, and fresh lemon juice. Keep on medium to high heat. Stir for a minute then allow for sugar to come to a boil and start to thicken. This takes 5-8 minutes. Make sure to not leave the sugar alone because it can…

  • moussaka
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Middle Eastern Moussaka (Imsaka’a)

    Many of us have heard of moussaka; that delicious greek baked eggplant and ground beef dish often topped with bechamal. Well, my mom made something very similar to it growing up. I was actually reminded of this rich dish the other day when speaking with my mom on the phone. She made it for dinner for my dad and brothers. The next day I went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients! Here is my version of it; although not as traditional since I used red peppers as opposed to tomatoes; it is still delicious! Servings: 4-6 Total Time: approx. 1 hour Ingredients 1 1/2 lb of ground beef…

  • pistachio nice cream
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Pistachio Nice Cream

    You may be thinking what in the world is Nice Cream? Well, its basically ice cream made out of strictly ripe frozen bananas blended to silky perfection. Of course, the Middle Eastern in me chose pistachios as the flavor profile for this particular nice cream. Pistachios are used predominantly overseas. Booza Arabia (Arabic Icecream) is actually made out of smooth yet sticky vanilla based ice cream with loads of crushed pistachios. This is reminiscent of that but much healthier and easier to make. Ingredients 6 frozen ripe bananas peeled and sliced 1-2 tbsp rose water 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 1/3 cup pistachio butter 2 tbsp…

  • 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…

  • bamya
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Bamya (Okra Stew)

    This week was my Father in Law’s birthday and the only thing he wanted was this delicious tomato-based vegetarian okra stew to enjoy. My friends, it is so easy to make this dish that you will not believe how little effort it requires but how much big flavor and textures it has. Typically, this dish is cooked with red meat but my father in law isn’t a fan so I kept it vegetarian! I urge you to pick up some fresh okra the next time you are at the market and try this yummy stew! Servings: 4 Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients 1 lb of okra (stem cut off) 1…

  • samoa donuts
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Gluten & Dairy Free Samoa Donuts

    Samoa Girl Scout cookies are my absolute favorite flavor. I haven’t been able to enjoy those ever since cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugars. I recently bought a donut pan and then it hit me! I need to make Gluten & Dairy free Samoa flavored donuts!!! These came out great. I hope you make this recipe! Please tag me on instagram with your creations! Dry Ingredients 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon Pinch of salt 3/4 cup coconut sugar (you can use brown sugar) Wet Ingredients 3/4 cup almond milk (you can use regular milk) 2 eggs 1/2 tbsp vanilla…

  • Mediterranean stuffed peppers
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

    Servings: 4 pieces Total Time: approx. 1 hour Hi my lovely friends! I have a delicious vegetarian recipe for you guys today that iseasy to whip together and definitely flavorful. It is the perfect dish for #meatlessmonday. I have had these red bell peppers staring at me for the last week. I love stuffing peppers so it just came naturally to do so. Now, you don’t have to use buckwheat. You can use quinoa, rice, or even freekeh. I also recommend red bell peppers over green because its sweeter. Ingredients 2 red bell peppers cut in half and cleaned out (no stem) 1/2 cup cooked buckwheat (read cooking instructions on…

  • almond butter cookies
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

    Hi my friends! Last night, it dawned on me that I had so much almond and peanut butter in my pantry that I wanted to use to make a healthy snack for my husband since he is obsessed with nut butter! This is a super easy cookie to make yet healthy and delicious. It is more on the softer side and can be crumbly so be sure to cool it down completely before touching. This is super yummy with some almond milk in the morning and could be made with peanut butter too! Just use vanilla flavoring instead of almond. You can even use vanilla flavoring for this cookie if…