• Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Fattet Makdous (layered baby eggplant dish)

    If you ask me what my favorite Ramadan side dish is; it would be this exact dish right here. I am obsessed with fattet makdous which basically is a layered baby eggplant dish with ground beef, bread, and sauces. It literally has all my favorite things in a dish. I have been craving this more than ever lately and with Ramadan right around the corner; I knew I had to come up with a recipe for you all that was just as good but a tad healthier and better for those with gluten and dairy intolerance. Yes, there are several steps to this meal but they are all crucial and…

  • Appetizers,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Mango Avocado Salsa

    Hi everyone! I have got a delicious recipe to share with you all today that I have made twice this week! So, you know it is good if we can’t get enough of it. I’m sure we have all had salsa before but have you ever enjoyed the sweet yet tangy mango avocado salsa? Its a perfect marriage of flavors and texture. The ripe mango provides a note of sweetness that the red onion and cilantro balances. The avocado adds creaminess in texture to make for a delicious bite! This salsa pairs amazingly with salmon and even better as a dip for chips. You cannot go wrong with this 5…

  • butternut squash hash
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Butternut Squash Hash

    Hi everyone! Hubby and I are back from our trip to California which was amazing! I will write a blog post entirely dedicated to our experience there, where we went to, the best food stops and more! Our trip to Cali has influenced me tons in the food realm; the west coast is known for its fresh and healthy way of eating. I was exposed to tons of delicious cuisines from all over the world. Today, I am sharing with you a hash recipe. I had hash for breakfast almost every day in Cali; the best I have had really. I am guessing it’s because of the quality of the…

  • carrot fries
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Baked Carrot Fries drizzled with Tahini

    Hey guys! Happy Wednesday 🙂 Today’s blog post is extra special because I am part of a collaboration emphasizing the beauty and versatility of carrots! Who knew carrots weren’t just meant to be in a cake or eaten as a snack? There is so much more that can be done with this delicious & healthy vegetable. I am sure we have all had fries using types of potatoes but have you ever made carrot fries? To be particular, these are oven baked carrot fries with an herb tahini sauce. These are extremely tasty and simple to make. They are also a much better alternative to french fries! Hopefully, this post will…

  • quinoa salad
    Side Dishes

    Quinoa Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

    I love quinoa and I love salads; so why not combine the two with a tasty vinaigrette? How many of you have heard of quinoa but never gave it a fair shot? Quinoa is an amazing wheat free alternative to starchy grains. Wheat free makes it gluten free as well which is another bonus! Lots of people assume that most things that are healthy doesn’t taste good but that is not true at all! For those who don’t know what quinoa tastes like; it has a subtle nutty flavor. Quinoa also picks up flavor very well which you will see once you make this dish! This quinoa salad will be…

  • berry jam
    Side Dishes

    Homemade Berry Jam

    You guys it is so easy to make your own jam that there is no excuse not to! Ditch the jars full of preservatives and unnecessary excessive amounts of sugar. All you need is 10 minutes of your time and some fresh ingredients! I had some blueberries and blackberries in the fridge that have been there for over a week. I didn’t want those beauties to go bad so I made a jam; a delicious jam to say the least. Jams are simply delightful on a piece of toast with butter. They are a delectable flavorful topping for ice cream, oatmeal and even cheesecake! I actually will be using this…

  • garlic sauce
    Side Dishes

    Middle Eastern Garlic Sauce – Toum

    Are you a sauce person like I am? I literally put some sort of sauce, dip, or dressing on everything I eat! My absolutely favorite forever and always will be garlic sauce. Whenever I go to a Middle Eastern restaurant, I always request extras of garlic sauce because it tastes so good with literally everything especially the meat. Recently when I went to New Jersey, my mom made a bowl of delicious creamy garlic sauce. I asked her for the recipe and here it is! I made it the other day and have been putting it on almost all my food. It is that good! This sauce is the perfect…

  • phyllo meat pie
    Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Phyllo Meat Pies (Egyptian Goulash)

    Hey all! Hope you are having a great week so far. Don’t worry; a long holiday weekend awaits you soon! Okay, so I love phyllo dough but I was always intimidated to work with it because of how delicate it is. Our family friend is Egyptian, and I would always request this dish from her on any special occasions whether stuffed with meat or spinach & cheese. It tastes amazing! I cannot wait for you try it for yourself. The phyllo dough is so flaky yet crispy and buttery. The meat is spiced and mixed in with onions, mushrooms, and olives. It is the perfect bite in your mouth. Let…

  • labneh with pita
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes

    Walnut Yogurt Dip with Sesame Pita Chips

    Yogurt is found in almost every Middle Eastern household. It is also on almost every Middle Eastern brunch table as well. This variation of labneh (strained yogurt) is one of my favorite ways to eat it. There is texture from the nuts, creaminess from the yogurt, and immense flavor from the herbs & spices. It is also very easy to whip up making it perfect for a quick appetizer or brunch side dish! Often, pita bread is accompanied with labneh or hummus or baba ghanouj. That is the typical Arabic brunch. Sesame Pita chips is a tasty twist on the basic pita bread; which also takes little effort and time…

  • cranberry sauce
    Side Dishes

    Cranberry Sauce

    Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away and I couldn’t be more excited 🙂 Growing up in a Middle Eastern household, we never had cranberry sauce on our Thanksgiving dinner table. I see why many people do though. There are so many savory items such as the mashed potatoes, the turkey, vegetables, and other sides that a sweet & tangy sauce can definitely compliment all those other rich flavors. Not only does it taste delicious but it requires no more than 10 minutes to make so it is most definitely worth giving a chance. Nothing to lose really! Also, it doesn’t require more than 5 ingredients…