• 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 to eat 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 in an airtight container.…

  • Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • shepherd's salad
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Shepherd’s Salad

    Hi, my friends! I am so excited to share with you this super simple salad recipe as it is one of my favorites. I first knew about Shepherd’s salad a few years ago while I was eating at one of my favorite Turkish spots in NJ, not far from where I grew up. I was sold when I realized the salad had feta which is one of my go-to cheeses. Don’t get me wrong, this salad would still be delicious without the feta so if you are vegan or dairy intolerant; just omit it. Recently, I visited my family in NJ over winter break. It is now our tradition to…

  • oven-baked sweet potato fries
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Potatoes have got to be one of my favorite vegetables. I like all kinds of potatoes too; anything from red to Idaho to russet to these oven-baked sweet potato fries. Actually, there came a point where anytime my husband and I would eat out; I had to order some sort of potato dish whether fries, roasted potatoes, or hash. These oven-baked sweet potato fries that I top with a tangy yogurt sauce are everything. They are divine my friends; truly very delicious. My husband and I always fight for the last one! They make for the perfect easy side on any dinner table and everyone will enjoy them. For Thanksgiving,…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…

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