• Dinner,  Ramadan

    Malfoof (Stuffed Cabbage Leaves)

    I grew up eating Malfoof, which are stuffed cabbage leaves. There are so many different preparations for this dish dependent on the region. Almost every country in the Middle East has their own twist on it with various seasonings. European countries also make stuffed cabbage too! Today, I’m sharing with you my mother’s way. In the Middle East, stuffing vegetables is very common as not only is it delicious but also inexpensive. The two most common are stuffed grape leaves (dawali) & stuffed cabbage leaves (malfoof). These are both a favorite of mine but in the colder months, I always find myself craving malfoof more. Cabbage leaves are also easier…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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:…

  • 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…