• Chocolate Almond Date balls
    Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Chocolate Almond Date Balls

    I have so many dates left from Ramadan that I wanted to create some date balls which are super popular nowadays. This flavor combo however is heavenly! It almost reminds me of an almond version of Ferrera Roche but healthier! Let’s just say these are addicting and you will probably want to make 2 servings of it! Servings: approx. 16 Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 14 Mejdool dates 1/3 cup creamy almond butter 3/4 cup raw almonds 1 tsp vanilla Sprinkle of salt 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1-2 tbsp water Instructions Submerge the dates in water for 15 minutes to soften them. In a food…

  • moroccan lamb stew
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan

    Moroccan Lamb Stew

    Happy Weekend friends! When I was in California a few months ago, my good friend Ala whipped up this delicious Moroccan lamb stew and I was in heaven. It was so good! I recently got the recipe from her and want to share it with you guys because my hubby and I absolutely love it. You need to give this dish a chance! Servings: 2-4 people Total Time: approx. 5 hours Marinade Ingredients 2-3 lbs of lamb shoulder cut medium in size 1 tbsp turmeric 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp cumin powder 1 tsp cinnamon Salt & pepper to taste 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tbsp…

  • eggplant fesenjan
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Eggplant “Fesenjan”

    I have been trying to make more vegetarian recipes and I remembered this favorite of mine. It is a classic Persian dish but of course, I have my own twist on it hence the quotations. I have had fesenjan twice before at restaurants and always enjoyed it. This is actually my favorite way to eat eggplant. They are so tender and delicious. I promise you this dish will be a go-to recipe in your household. Did I mention it is super simple too? Servings: 2-4 Total Time: approx. 1 hour Ingredients 2 large eggplants (no stem) cut into batons or cubes (whatever you prefer) 2 yellow onions sliced thinly 2…

  • Roasted chicken and potatoes
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

    Ever just go in the kitchen, and see what you had then made a delicious meal out of it? This recipe was made on a whim! I had some garlic sauce that I made the day before and chicken sitting in the fridge ready to be cooked. I needed some sort of side and absolutely LOVE potatoes, especially crispy ones. So, I roasted some chicken with some amazing potatoes and we had a fantastic dinner. You can use whatever chicken you please but I recommend bone in with skin on for this recipe. Keep in mind that depending on the size of your chicken that cooking time will be different.…

  • coconut nut bars
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Coconut Nut Bars

    Servings: 24 pieces Total time: approx. 2 hours (20 min to make the rest is freezer time) Ingredients 4 cups fine coconut (more of a coconut powder as opposed to shreds) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water Squeeze of lemon juice 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter 2 cups roasted assorted nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts) Instructions In a small pot, mix together the sugar, water, and fresh lemon juice. Keep on medium to high heat. Stir for a minute then allow for sugar to come to a boil and start to thicken. This takes 5-8 minutes. Make sure to not leave the sugar alone because it can…

  • moussaka
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Middle Eastern Moussaka (Imsaka’a)

    Many of us have heard of moussaka; that delicious greek baked eggplant and ground beef dish often topped with bechamal. Well, my mom made something very similar to it growing up. I was actually reminded of this rich dish the other day when speaking with my mom on the phone. She made it for dinner for my dad and brothers. The next day I went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients! Here is my version of it; although not as traditional since I used red peppers as opposed to tomatoes; it is still delicious! Servings: 4-6 Total Time: approx. 1 hour Ingredients 1 1/2 lb of ground beef…

  • pistachio nice cream
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Pistachio Nice Cream

    You may be thinking what in the world is Nice Cream? Well, its basically ice cream made out of strictly ripe frozen bananas blended to silky perfection. Of course, the Middle Eastern in me chose pistachios as the flavor profile for this particular nice cream. Pistachios are used predominantly overseas. Booza Arabia (Arabic Icecream) is actually made out of smooth yet sticky vanilla based ice cream with loads of crushed pistachios. This is reminiscent of that but much healthier and easier to make. Ingredients 6 frozen ripe bananas peeled and sliced 1-2 tbsp rose water 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 1/3 cup pistachio butter 2 tbsp…

  • potato pancakes
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Potato Pancakes

    I was coring some potatoes today and of course, you guys know that I like to utilize everything. I was left with the insides of a potato which I turned into these potato pancakes for brunch! It was so easy to make and it always amazes me how you can turn one dish into something completely different or even get 2 dishes out of one main ingredient. I am a huge potato fan and would recommend these with some creamy cheese and eggs! It would be a perfect brunch. Servings: 3 pancakes Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 2 peeled potatoes cubed 1 egg white 1 small onion chopped 1…

  • bamya
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Bamya (Okra Stew)

    This week was my Father in Law’s birthday and the only thing he wanted was this delicious tomato-based vegetarian okra stew to enjoy. My friends, it is so easy to make this dish that you will not believe how little effort it requires but how much big flavor and textures it has. Typically, this dish is cooked with red meat but my father in law isn’t a fan so I kept it vegetarian! I urge you to pick up some fresh okra the next time you are at the market and try this yummy stew! Servings: 4 Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients 1 lb of okra (stem cut off) 1…

  • samoa donuts
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Gluten & Dairy Free Samoa Donuts

    Samoa Girl Scout cookies are my absolute favorite flavor. I haven’t been able to enjoy those ever since cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugars. I recently bought a donut pan and then it hit me! I need to make Gluten & Dairy free Samoa flavored donuts!!! These came out great. I hope you make this recipe! Please tag me on instagram with your creations! Dry Ingredients 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon Pinch of salt 3/4 cup coconut sugar (you can use brown sugar) Wet Ingredients 3/4 cup almond milk (you can use regular milk) 2 eggs 1/2 tbsp vanilla…