• 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:…

  • 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…

  • chicken stuffed zucchini boats
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    Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    I am here to make eating healthy easier for you guys. For all of you who want a delicious wholesome meal in 30 minutes then this dish is for you. I am using ground chicken from Boxed Halal which tasted great and is a service perfect to those who don’t have access to halal meats close to them. The zucchini is the perfect vegetable for stuffing because not only does it get tender and delicious but also keeps its shape making it very easy to eat and enjoy. They are also inexpensive which is a win-win! Servings: 6 zucchini boats Total Time: approx. 30 min Ingredients 3 zucchinis 1 lb…

  • moussaka
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    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…

  • 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…

  • baked turkey kebabs
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    Baked Turkey Kebabs

    If you guys have been following me for a while now then you know that I never ate ground turkey growing up. I mean NEVER! It was always ground beef in our household until my in-laws introduced me to ground turkey. I then started to experiment with it and have grown to really love it. It’s so much leaner than beef too so its a great substitute. I am super excited to share this recipe with you because you can literally cook it in under 30 minutes and it makes for a healthy wholesome main dish to dinner. Servings: 9 skewers Total Time: approx. 40 min Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds…

  • poke bowl
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    Homemade Poke Bowls

    The first time I had this, my hubby and I were visiting California and we were guided to a local poke shop to try. I was excited to try it to be honest because I love sushi! For those who don’t know, poke bowls are the Hawaiian version of deconstructed sushi. They are super simple to make at home too. I personally don’t like tuna so I opted for cooked shrimp but my husband loves tuna! Do what you want just make sure the quality of the raw fish is the best you can get. (Sushi quality) Servings: 3 Total time: approx. 20 min Poke Bowl Ingredients 12 oz. Wild…

  • Greek Chicken
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Greek Chicken with potatoes, mushrooms, & olives

    Who doesn’t love Greek food? I know I definitely do. It’s been freezing here in Chicago this month and I thought why not whip up one of my favorite comfort foods. This meal is healthy, hearty, and full of flavor. Just wait until you try it. Between the oregano, lemon, and olives; you will be in Mediterranean heaven! By the way, this can easily be made keto friendly if you omit the potatoes 🙂 Servings: 4 people Total Time: approx. 1 hour Chicken Ingredients 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts filleted in half 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 a lemon’s juice 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp onion powder 2 tbsp dried…

  • cauliflower puree
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Cauliflower Puree

    Monday night, I made my slow cooked pot roast recipe again and I wanted to pair it with something creamy! I absolutely love mashed potatoes and I was craving it with this pot roast but knew it was heavy in carbs so I settled on using cauliflower as opposed to potatoes. This recipe turned out super delicious, creamy and worked perfectly with dinner as a side. It is not quite as thick as mashed potato but more of a puree. Servings: 3 Total Time: 20 min Ingredients 1 3-4 lb cauliflower head cut into florets 2 tbsp unsalted dairy free butter (I use Earthly Balance) 3 tbsp dairy free cream…

  • quiche
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Almond Crust Quiche

    Hey friends! I hope you are well. So the other day when I made the slow-cooked pot roast, we had leftover meat and I wanted to incorporate it into a quiche. Usually, I make crustless quiches but I wanted to do something different. I checked my pantry and found almond flour and that’s when I knew I would make a crust using it! This is such a simple gluten and dairy free recipe that I had to share it! Servings: 6-8 slices Total Time: approx. 1 hour Crust Ingredients 1 1/2 cups almond flour 1/4 cup butter, melted (I used dairy free butter (Earthly Balance) 1 tsp dried oregano 1…