• 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…

  • 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…

  • Mediterranean stuffed peppers
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

    Servings: 4 pieces Total Time: approx. 1 hour Hi my lovely friends! I have a delicious vegetarian recipe for you guys today that iseasy to whip together and definitely flavorful. It is the perfect dish for #meatlessmonday. I have had these red bell peppers staring at me for the last week. I love stuffing peppers so it just came naturally to do so. Now, you don’t have to use buckwheat. You can use quinoa, rice, or even freekeh. I also recommend red bell peppers over green because its sweeter. Ingredients 2 red bell peppers cut in half and cleaned out (no stem) 1/2 cup cooked buckwheat (read cooking instructions on…

  • coleslaw
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Refreshing Coleslaw

    Hello my friends! I literally came up with this recipe on the whim last night when I was scavenging my fridge to make a quick side dish to go with our steak and e cauliflower puree. It dawned on me that I had all the ingredients necessary for a great coleslaw which would perfect. Here it is! A no mayonnaise coleslaw but yet so refreshing and tasty! Servings: 4 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 cups shredded red cabbage 1 cup of carrots cut into match sticks 2 green onions sliced 1/2 cup cilantro chopped 2 radishes sliced thin 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used mixed nuts) Dressing 1 tbsp…

  • lemon chicken rice soup
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Lemon Chicken Rice Soup (Avgolemono)

    This past week I was sick battling the flu and sinusitis. You can imagine that I had no appetite but knew I had to eat something to stay hydrated. Guess what I made? This soup! They always say to have chicken soup when you are sick. The lemon and rice make it heartier and perfect for a remedy for that cold. I used lime because it is all I had and no way was I going out sick in that cold for some lemon! Servings: 8-10 cups Total time: approx. 40 min Ingredients 3/4 cup rice of choice 2 lemon’s freshly juiced 2 eggs beaten 2 chicken breasts shredded 3…

  • 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…

  • honey roasted brussels sprouts
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    I haven’t shared a quick side dish in what seems like forever! I made these honey roasted brussels sprouts for dinner today and they were super easy to whip up before work. It’s the perfect healthy side with any meal really. Today, it’s being served with a stuffed chicken as the main course. Maybe, even your kids will enjoy it since its a tad sweetened from the honey! Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs of brussels sprouts Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp honey or agave if vegan Instructions Preheat oven to 400. Cut off the stem of the brussel sprouts and take off excess surrounding leaves.…

  • hasselback potatoes
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Hasselback Potatoes

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, can you believe it? It feels like it came way too early this year but nonetheless, we got to be ready! I have a delicious potato recipe for you that will be a nice change from the typical baked potato. These Hasselback potatoes are tender and have crisp edges and great flavor. They will make a great addition on ay dinner table. If you aren’t a fan, you should definitely try my chimichurri potatoes or herb potato salad! All I know is you have to have potatoes on that table folks! Ingredients 3 large potatoes 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp vegan butter 3…