• cheese spring rolls
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Cheese Rolls

    Who doesn’t love cheese? Yet alone, cheese rolls! These crispy and creamy cheese rolls are going to be a staple in your home once you give them a try! What I love most about them is that they are freezer-friendly and can be air fried making them much healthier to enjoy too! Sounds great, right? Also, takes under 30 minutes to prepare and cook! With Ramadan just a week away, all of these things are super important. This makes for a fantastic appetizer or side dish! For the pastry, use spring roll pastry as it is thin and fried to crisp perfection. It is also pliable and easy to stuff…

  • spanakopita inside
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Spanakopita

    Let me tell you a story about how I discovered this delicious Greek spinach and cheese phyllo pie. Spanakopita has been a dish I have enjoyed since my pre-teens and I didn’t even know it! It wasn’t until my adult years where I frequented Greek restaurants that I realized this spinach and cheese phyllo pie that I have enjoyed for so long was actually called Spanakopita. You see, my mother’s friend Aunt Manal who is of Egyptian descent would make this all the time and bring them to family gatherings growing up. In Egypt, they have a dish called Goulash which is a ground beef phyllo pie. Instead of meat,…

  • greek orzo salad
    Salads,  Side Dishes

    Greek Orzo Salad

    This is the salad that you would make ahead and enjoy for days to come as a side to different proteins or even as a stand alone meal! It is hearty, packed with Mediterranean flavors, and nutritious! I love this greek orzo salad for so many reasons! First, I am a sucker for anything with feta cheese. Cheese is life! Secondly, I love fresh produce in my meals and this cold pasta salad incorporates that so effortlessly. Lastly, it is just so darn good and easy to make! This Greek Orzo salad is always a crowd pleaser and is especially fantastic for the warmer days ahead. I often would make…

  • cheesy garlic bread
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Bread is one of my weaknesses. Honestly, it is the one food I probably could never give up! Who else is with me on that? Combine garlic, cheese, and a good loaf of bread and you have this delicious cheesy garlic bread. Literally, all of my favorite things combined into one bite. It isn’t hard to execute a delicious garlic bread. In fact, it is super simple and requires just a few steps. 3 things you need to make a cheesy garlic bread A fresh loaf of bread. For this, either a French or Italian baguette would work perfectly. You can find either in a bakery at any supermarket. The…

  • creamy mashed potatoes
    Side Dishes

    Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    A classic creamy mashed potatoes recipe is one of those staple side dishes that almost everyone loves. I, for one, am a huge lover of anything with potatoes! Potatoes have to be one of my favorite vegetables because of their versatility. In this case, I transformed some golden potatoes into this classic creamy mashed potatoes. This is a recipe I use often with my short ribs or even with a hearty beef stew. It is definitely one of the most popular, tastiest, and easiest accompaniments to make for many dishes. It goes perfectly with turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving. That is precisely why I am sharing the recipe with you…

  • honey jalapeno cornbread
    Side Dishes

    Honey Jalapeno Cornbread

    Thanksgiving is coming up and one of the best recipes to have on hand is a good cornbread! This honey jalapeno cornbread recipe is easy, moist yet crumbly, and has great flavor. You will feel the slight heat but also the slight sweetness from the honey. It can be served as is or with a slather of room temperature butter. It is best eaten warm or even at room temperature. Cornbread is one of those comfort food side dishes that goes well with so many meals. I love to serve it with my slow-braised short ribs or a nice juicy turkey in this month’s case. What I enjoy about this…

  • autumn pearl couscous salad
    Appetizers,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

    Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad

    I have a thing for pearl couscous; I am honestly kind of obsessed with its taste, texture, and overall beauty. Truly looks like pearls that you can eat! This autumn pearl couscous salad is inspired by all these wonderful fall vibes Chicago is currently having. I included flavors reminiscent of Fall in this recipe too like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and pecans. This Autumn pearl couscous salad is the perfect side dish this time of year with almost anything. I am serving it with salmon tonight but it can go fantastic with steak, chicken, shrimp, or even on its own! I know how much you love my easy salad recipes…

  • Farayek Za'atar
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread)

    If you were ever curious as to what recipe made me feel like I was back home; it would be this. Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread) has got to be one of my favorite things to eat when visiting my parents and even when visiting family overseas. The bread is just so soft yet crispy at the same time and filled with tons of oregano. Often, we paired it with homemade fresh Arabic cheese and a cup of mint tea. It is truly the best breakfast and snack. I sat down with my mom and made this with her. I am taking every opportunity I have with her visiting me to…

  • pesto pasta salad
    Salads,  Side Dishes

    Pesto Pasta Salad

    I have made my share of homemade pesto this summer due to the abundance of fresh basil growing in our garden. Pesto is one of my favorite things to make with basil. It goes great with so many dishes like this pesto pasta salad. Not only that, but it is also fabulous on a sandwich, pizza, or even spoon on some fish or chicken. This pesto pasta salad came into fruition after wanted to create a dish that can be made ahead of time and can be eaten as a side to many meals. I noticed how much you guys have been enjoying my Bulgar salad which is also a…

  • bulgar salad
    Dairy Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Bulgar Salad

    Bulgar is one of my favorite grains used in Palestinian cooking to enjoy especially in the summertime because it goes so well with BBQ. My mom always made bulgar as opposed to rice with our kebabs and I truly prefer it! It is so good! This bulgar salad makes for a refreshing and really simple side dish to any meal really. It is packed with nutrients and loads of flavor. It is bright and leftovers taste even better because the flavors will have more time to mesh with one another. I often make this Bulgar Salad for meal prep since it lasts for a good week in the fridge covered…