• healthy turkey chili
    Dinner,  Soups

    Healthy Turkey Chili

    The season’s are changing and it is getting cooler here in Chicago. It is time for comforting meals that bring warmth and cozy feels! One of meals I make every year around this time is my healthy turkey chili. This chili is simple to put together and it is super delicious. It makes for a hearty meal for the entire family. It is also nutritious because it is jam packed with lean protein and lots of different vegetables. You can even add quinoa to it if you wanted it to be even more filling but I promise it is amazing as it is! I didn’t grow up eating ground turkey…

  • béchamel pasta bake

    Bechamel Pasta Bake

    Bechamel pasta bake was a dish that I always loved but my mom would rarely make it growing up. I had the pleasure of enjoying it over family friends who were Egyptian and this is one of their specialty dishes known as macrona bechamal. I was hooked from then on! Even now into my adult years, I would find myself craving this bechamel pasta bake but intimidated to make it because of all the layers and flavors involved. Let me tell you that making a bechamel sauce is one of the easiest things to do! To some, that is the most intimidating part but I promise you that it isn’t…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan


    This post is sponsored by Filippo Berio. All ideas are my own. Sayadieh is a classic Middle Eastern rice and fish dish that consists of fried white fish, fluffy spiced rice, caramelized onions, and a tahini salad. For this recipe, I decided not to deep fry my fish like most traditional sayadieh recipes to make it healthier and less messy! Trust me, it is just as good this way and better for you too! Now, if you ask me, my favorite part is the caramelized onions in the rice and the whole dish in general paired with the refreshing tahini salad. It is so so good and doesn’t take much…

  • Cajun Creamy Pasta

    Cajun Creamy Pasta

    Hey friends! Do I got an easy and delicious recipe to share with you! This cajun creamy pasta is the perfect quick weeknight meal. It is so full of flavor and luscious; trust me you will not get enough. I am a big fan of pasta but I don’t eat it too often. Every now and then I like to indulge and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. This cajun creamy pasta was actually was inspired by Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Pasta when I came up with this recipe. That was the pasta dish my friends and I would almost always get when we dined there and…

  • Air fried chicken tenders with cauliflower mash

    Air Fried Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower mash

    Hi Everyone! I got a recipe for a delicious healthier meal that I am positive will make it to your weekly dinner rotation. These air fried chicken tenders with cauliflower mash are not only comforting and healthier but so good and easy. We are going to be using some amazing seasoning blends from Veggie Seasons to really elevate this dish as well! If you ask my husband what his favorite cheat meal is; it would be Culver’s Chicken tenders and yes they are so good but they are also fried which isn’t so good for you. I wanted to recreate a home-cooked meal based on this so he doesn’t have…

  • tomato beef saute

    Tomato Beef Saute

    I got a recipe for you that I promise will be on repeat in your household and guess what? This tomato beef saute only takes 20 minutes to make it onto that dinner table. Talk about a super easy, fast, and delicious meal! You have a protein, vegetables, and grain for a complete meal. It is so good that I am making it again today as both my husband and I love it. This tomato beef saute was brought to my attention by a fellow friend who suggested what to make with my excess tomatoes from my garden. So, she mentioned this super simple Syrian dish known as imnazaleh. This…

  • healthy chicken piccata

    Healthy Chicken Piccata

    I have always had a love for Italian food especially since I grew up in a predominantly Italian town. We had so much Italian food around us that it is easily one of my favorite cuisines to indulge in. Who doesn’t love pasta and pizza? Give me all the carbs! This healthy chicken piccata is my take on a classic Italian dish but without the added butter or wine. We are keeping it light and halal! And you know what? It is so good and doesn’t even feel like you are eating a healthier dish. What chicken cut is best for this healthy chicken piccata? The chicken typically used would…

  • Beef Kofta Kebab

    Beef Kofta Kebab

    This is the only recipe you need for an authentic and super tasty beef kofta kebab. An amazing grilled Kofta kebab is a summertime essential recipe in any Middle Eastern home. These beauties are typically made with ground beef along with minced parsley, garlic, and onions. These beef kofta kebabs are a crowd pleaser and go so well with side dishes like rice, fatoush, hummus, baba ghanouj, and so much more. I am sure we all have heard of kebabs. Kufta kebab however refers to ground meat kebabs so ground beef is specifically used for this recipe but there are recipes with ground lamb, ground chicken, or even ground turkey.…

  • musakkhan


    This is one of the National Dishes of Palestine, my homeland. Musakkhan typically consists of a few staple ingredients. That being fresh flatbread, olive oil, sumac, chicken, and onions. So now imagine the flatbread topped with lots of olive oil, sauteed onions, roasted chicken, and loads of sumac. It is delicious! Taboon bread is traditionally used for musakkhan but isn’t always readily available in the states. A thick flatbread will do the trick to take its place. Musakkhan celebrates the olive harvest which is so important to Palestinians and that is why so much olive oil is used in this dish whether it is to cook the onions or coat…

  • zucchini lasagna roll ups
    Dinner,  Keto

    Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups

    Hey guys! I am starting a series based on the versatile and beloved squash as I have a bountiful of them growing in our garden this summer. I want to highlight how unique and flexible this vegetable truly is. Since it is mild in flavor on its own, it can be an awesome vehicle for so many different dishes. Not only is it healthy, low in calories, but also delicious and vibrant. The first recipe for this series is these absolutely delicious zucchini lasagna roll-ups. Lasagna without the calories and carbs of actual pasta but not lacking on any flavor. Sounds like a great idea, right? Trust me, this meal…

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