• 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…

  • Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake
    Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake

    Move over pineapple upside-down cake, you got some competition! I would choose this sticky apple upside-down cake any day of the week. It’s decadent but not too sweet; it’s full of apple flavor & gluten-free thanks to Hearthy Foods Apple Flour. We all know the best part of an upside-down cake is that gooey bottom. This super simple caramel sauce seeps into the cake and creates a pudding-like moist cake while still caramelizing the bottom too. That is where the sticky component comes through and it is pure perfection. Hearthy Foods Apple Flour The versatility of Hearthy 100% Apple Flour is nothing short of amazing. If you have not tasted fresh…

  • 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…

  • shepherd's salad
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Shepherd’s Salad

    Hi, my friends! I am so excited to share with you this super simple salad recipe as it is one of my favorites. I first knew about Shepherd’s salad a few years ago while I was eating at one of my favorite Turkish spots in NJ, not far from where I grew up. I was sold when I realized the salad had feta which is one of my go-to cheeses. Don’t get me wrong, this salad would still be delicious without the feta so if you are vegan or dairy intolerant; just omit it. Recently, I visited my family in NJ over winter break. It is now our tradition to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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:…

  • 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…