• Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

    The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed vegetables. Kousa Mahshi has a special place in my heart. My mom would make it frequently growing up and it was always a favorite of mine especially with the garlic yogurt sauce. I have always been obsessed with dairy. Too much for my own good. Any meal that had yogurt; I was in. Anything from Mansaf to shish barak (meat dumplings in a yogurt sauce) was a winner in my book. I haven’t had this meal since I got married and moved miles and miles away. So, yesterday I just…

  • 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:…

  • Mansaf
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Mansaf

    Okay, hands down this is one of my favorite traditional Middle Eastern rice dishes. Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian meal comprising of a layer of bedouin flatbread, rice, dried yogurt sauce, lamb, and toasted nuts and parsley. This is often served for big dinner parties in our culture since it is preferred by many and seen as a sign of generosity when offered to guests. Although it takes some time to make; it is very much worth it! If you are a visual learner, there is a tutorial on my Instagram too. Servings: 8-10 people Total Time: approx. 3 hours Meat Ingredients 5 lbs of Lamb Shoulder cut into medium…

  • knafeh with nuts
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Knafeh with Nuts

    There is nothing traditional about the recipe I am about to share with you guys but is it good? Heck yes! It isn’t the typical knafeh we all know and love that is tinted orange with melted cheese in the center and garnished with pistachios. This variation is one my mom started making a few years ago with the extra nuts she had in her pantry and my family really enjoys it! It’s a lighter alternative and can be easily dairy free if using vegan butter. For even more decadence or if you are missing that creaminess in a traditional Nabulsi knafeh then top it off with a scoop of…

  • 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…

  • chicken gyro and baked fries
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Chicken Gyro & Baked Fries

    Servings: 5 sandwiches Total Time: approx. 45 min not including marinating time Chicken Ingredients 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into small to medium cubes 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Dairy Free Kitehill yogurt) 2 tbsp olive oil Salt & pepper to taste 1 tbsp seven spice 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp garlic powder 3 minced garlic cloves 1/2 a lemon’s juice 1 tsp cumin 1 tbsp chili powder Fry Ingredients 4-5 Idaho potatoes cut in half then each half cut into 4’s in the shape of fries 3 tbsp of olive oil Salt & pepper to taste Other Ingredients 5 Gyro Bread’s 1/4 cup…

  • 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…

  • no bake knafeh cheesecake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    No bake Knafeh Cheesecake

    I have been thinking about recipe developing this cheesecake for a long time! I have had so much love with my Nescafe cake which requires no baking whatsoever that I decided to make another Middle Eastern dessert with a modern twist that requires no baking. Knafeh is a very popular dessert with many variations across the Middle East but the most popular would be the one with cheese which Nablus, Palestine is known for. I actually have that variation on my blog posts already. This is my take on an American cheesecake but using the shredded phyllo dough for the crust and topping. I hope you enjoy it! Servings: 8-12…

  • makrouta
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Makrouta

    I would love to introduce you guys to Makuta, a delicious date filled cookie known for its aromatic anise flavor and delicious sesame topping. This cookie is very similar to Ma’amoul which is a very popular Middle Eastern date filled cookie often served around Eid for Muslims. While Ma’amoul is more delicate and intricate to make, Makrouta is sturdier, less sweet, and easier to produce. It makes for a mouthwatering treat with a warm cup of tea or coffee. I will be sharing with you a recipe that my mom once shared with me for these beautiful and flavorful Makrouta cookies using some of the best products from Ziyad Brand.…