• 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…

  • seafood pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Seafood Pasta

    Hey friends! Are any of you a seafood lover? If so, I got the recipe for you! If not, then this recipe just may change your mind. It is definitely worth trying especially since it takes less than 20 minutes to make! This pasta dish is super light and flavorful. The combination of scallops and shrimp work beautifully with the lemon garlic sauce. I promise once you have a bite of this; you will keep going back for me. I cannot wait for you to try for yourself! Servings: approx. 2-4 people Total Time: Approx. 15-20 minutes Ingredients 10 pieces of jumbo scallops 20 pieces of shrimp deveined with no…

  • cod dinner
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Cod Dinner

    Hey friends! Lately, I have been a little obsessed with cod. I literally just discovered it a month ago and now I cannot get enough. We have it every week. If you arent familiar with it, it a white fish mild in taste but literally melts in your mouth. It takes on flavor really well. Growing up, my mother made one particular salad next to any fish dish she served and that is this parsley tahini-based salad known as bakdoonseyeh. It is creamy, citrusy and so delicious! I share the recipe with you all below because it pairs just beautifully with seafood. This cod dinner is a must-try and it…

  • summer corn salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Summer Corn Salad

    The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks. I couldn’t help myself and bought a few without even knowing what I would make with them; I just couldn’t resist their beauty. They stayed in the fridge for a few days before I realized that they would make for a deliciously refreshing salad near a seafood dish. Yesterday, I whipped up some blackened salmon steaks and made this beautiful summer corn salad to accompany it and boy was it amazing. I am going back today to get more corn; let’s just say that! This would also be amazing as…

  • vegan pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Vegan Pasta

    Hey my lovely friends! Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish? A little over a week ago, I showed you on my Instagram page how to make this super easy weeknight meal after my workout. I literally put it together in 20 minutes and it was delicious especially it being both vegan and gluten-free. I honestly thought after deciding to eat less dairy and gluten that I would never be able to enjoy dishes like pasta again but that is not true; just follow this recipe and you will see! Servings: 2-4 Total Time: approx. 20 min Ingredients 3 cups of sliced mushrooms 5 minced garlic cloves 2 cups of…

  • lemon garlic cod in a skillet
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Lemon Garlic Cod in a skillet

    Hey friends! Lately, my husband and I have been trying to eat more seafood in our weekly diet. We are lessening our red meat consumption and adding more fish instead. Cod is a fish that I never grew up eating but unlike other fishes; it is actually quite affordable. I bought a pound for $12 from Whole Foods which is a steal for seafood! Let’s just say this simple recipe will make its weekly routine into our lives. It is so easy to make after a long day of work and really healthy too. Ingredients 1 1lb of cod fillet ( about 4 pieces) 4 tbsp unsalted butter (you can…