• 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…

  • Low Carb Shepherd's Pie
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

    This right here is the ultimate comfort meal but unlike most comfort food; it isn’t bad for you! This variation is low in carbs and calories but jam-packed with flavor. You almost won’t believe that it is good for you! I used lean ground turkey as my protein in place of lamb or beef which is what is traditionally used in a Shepherd’s pie. Instead of topping the filling with mashed potatoes; I opted for some mashed cauliflower instead which is just as good and even better for you. This would make the perfect side dish on Thanksgiving. It is great for those who are following a keto diet or…

  • patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

    As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant Tomato dip which I looked upon their menu and is called Patlican Soslu. Honestly, one of the best dips I have ever had! I could never get enough of it. I have been craving it and decided even though I haven’t made much Turkish food; to give it a go based on all the flavors…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Greek Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • pan-fried halloumi
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Pan-Fried Nabulsi Cheese

    I have a love-hate relationship with cheese. I love it so much that growing up my family would call me Ms. Cheese. I am not even kidding! Unfortunately, I developed an intolerance for dairy in the last few years and can’t enjoy cheese as much as I used to. These however always hit the spot when I do decide to enjoy some dairy. They are lightly crisp on the outside yet super soft and melt in your mouth. How can you not give in? My mom made this all the time for Arabic breakfast and now I make it for my husband who loves it even more than I do!…

  • summer corn salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Summer Corn Salad

    The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks. I couldn’t help myself and bought a few without even knowing what I would make with them; I just couldn’t resist their beauty. They stayed in the fridge for a few days before I realized that they would make for a deliciously refreshing salad near a seafood dish. Yesterday, I whipped up some blackened salmon steaks and made this beautiful summer corn salad to accompany it and boy was it amazing. I am going back today to get more corn; let’s just say that! This would also be amazing as…

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