• dawood basha
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Dawood Basha

    I am sure we all grew up with a variation of meatballs served for dinner. Meatballs seem to me in almost every culture in some shape or form. The one I enjoyed goes by the name, dawood basha. These Middle Eastern-flavored meatballs braised in a tomato sauce are so delicious with rice for a complete meal. I personally love adding potatoes to the dish to make it even heartier. In actuality, Dawood Basha is basically kofta kebabs shaped into meatballs. What makes this extra special is that tangy tomato sauce is cooked in with the pomegranate molasses. That truly elevates the dish! These meatballs require no eggs or breadcrumbs or…

  • chicken penne pasta
    Dinner

    Chicken Penne Pasta

    This chicken penne pasta is everything you would ever want in a pasta dish. It is creamy, packed with flavor, has the best of both worlds with a white and red sauce, and that tender chicken; just wow! With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I wanted to make an easy pasta recipe that can be enjoyed for all the quarantine dinners that will be happening this year. Now, what better than a pink sauce chicken penne pasta to go right with the theme. Plus, who doesn’t love an indulgent meal that will leave you so satisfied at any time in the week! It honestly takes just a little prep…

  • Air Fryer chicken wings
    Appetizers,  Dinner

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Let me start off by saying that these air fryer chicken wings are so good that I made them two days in a row. They are juicy, yet crispy, and packed with flavor. Not only that, but you can have this ready in under 30 minutes! You can achieve the same crispiness by oven baking and deep frying but this is the best alternative as it makes the least amount of mess, least amount of time, and just as good if not better. The type I created for this recipe are air fryer buffalo wings. Buffalo sauce is one of my favorite’s with wings. It has just the right amount…

  • veggie lo mein
    Dinner

    Vegetable Lo Mein

    Hey everyone! I recently showed how to make this not too long ago on my social media and it has been a hit with those who have tried it! Now, I’ll be honest and say that I am not a big fan of Chinese takeout. Often I find it greasy and heavy. So, I took it upon myself to make some myself. I saw some lo mein in my local grocery store that I couldn’t pass up. That is exactly what inspired me to make this Vegetable Lo Mein dish. My husband and I have been incorporating more vegetarian-friendly meals into our diet. Therefore, this vegetable lo mein was a…

  • Shrimp Fajitas
    Dinner

    Shrimp Fajitas

    These shrimp fajitas are so amazing that you would never think that they are good for you too! Every element of this fajita is jam packed with flavor. From the perfectly cooked shrimp to the zesty guacamole and refreshing pico de gallo; it is a home run. Ever since coming back from visiting my family over winter break, I have been trying to add healthier meals into my diet. More so to balance all the rice and bread I ate while at my parents house! When I came back and went grocery shopping, I spotted some beautiful fresh shrimp. Then it hit me! I am going to make some shrimp…

  • Veggie Moussaka
    Dinner

    Veggie Moussaka

    Who doesn’t love a layered casserole bursting with flavor? This veggie moussaka utilizes zucchini, eggplant, and potatoes that are roasted in olive oil then topped with a delicious tomato sauce and homemade bechamel. It is simply fantastic. The ultimate comfort food but utilizing veggies too so you can’t feel that guilty about it! I was inspired to make this veggie moussaka when I decided to implement more vegetarian-based or veggie-based meals into our weekly diet. My husband is a huge meat lover and most of the time he doesn’t think a dish is a full meal unless meat is included. Let’s just say he loved this dish and wasn’t looking…

  • Classic Meatloaf
    Dinner

    Classic Meatloaf

    Hey, my friends! Hope you are all doing well! It has been getting cold here in Chicago and with winter fast approaching, what is better than some comfort food recipes. One that my husband loves is a classic meatloaf. You really can’t go wrong with a nice tender slice of flavorful cooked beef! It pairs so well with my creamy mashed potatoes or even my cauliflower mash for a healthier option. I like to make this when I have ground beef and don’t want to make kofta! It only takes a few components to make a mouth-watering classic meatloaf that everyone will enjoy. All you need is some good quality…

  • The Best Beef Stew
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    The Best Beef Stew

    Nothing screams warmth and comfort like a bowl of hearty and rich beef stew. Better yet, served with some vermicelli rice for a delightful weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy. What makes this the best beef stew you may ask? The fact that it is so decadent with its spices, texture, and flavors. The beef and vegetables are fork-tender and the broth is seasoned to perfection. Also, my husband has told me twice last week when I was developing this that it is the best beef stew he has ever had! And I have to agree with him! Typically, the local butcher should have a section of beef…

  • 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
    Dinner

    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…