• stuffed dates 5 ways
    Appetizers,  Dessert,  Snacks

    Stuffed Dates 5 ways

    Dates are a fantastic naturally sweetened fruit! They are so versatile and can be enjoyed both sweet and savory with many applications. In this case, I stuffed dates 5 ways that will surely make for the perfect bite! These stuffed dates have made for such a healthy snack to keep on hand in our fridge especially post-workout! These are also visually appealing and fun to make for guests, especially during Ramadan where dates are consumed daily for an extra source of energy. Dates come in all kinds of varieties like Ajwa, Sukkari, Deglet Noor, and Medjool which happens to be my favorite. For most of my date recipes. I use…

  • za'atar cake
    Brunch,  Snacks

    Zaatar Cake

    My mom called me last week and told me she has been making this cake for the past few months and it has been a hit with the family and her friends. I didn’t know what to expect but let me tell you this is a fantastic recipe! It is darn good and so easy to make that no one is intimidated to make it! This zaatar cake needs very little effort and only a handful of ingredients to be made. It is full of flavor, super moist, and gives the house such a beautiful aroma. What Zaatar is used in this Zaatar Cake? For those who may be wondering,…

  • vegan Date bars
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Vegan Date Bars

    These healthy vegan date bars are an awesome recipe for all you date lovers who have plenty lying around to spare! This treat is not only the perfect snack but also a great option for a sweet treat that is naturally sweetened! There is no added sugar to this. The base is sweetened by dates as is the filling. My husband and I have been snacking on these after our workouts as they have a lot of nutrients and make for the perfect go to treat to give a boost of energy. These are best chilled in the fridge and enjoyed cold. The nut base is a great source of…

  • vanilla almond granola
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Snacks

    Strawberry Banana Smoothie bowl with Vanilla Almond Granola

    I am a huge granola lover! There are endless options for this delicious crunchy treat that there is always something for anyone. You can check out my easy healthy granola recipe here too. This granola reminds me of one of my favorite cereals Honey Bunches of oats. This variation of Vanilla Almond Granola is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan too! It was so good on top of my homemade strawberry banana smoothie bowl. It literally tastes like those bowls from Jamba juice, which I happen to love. This granola is addicting and the perfect match for this 3-ingredient smoothie bowl. My husband could not stop munching on it! And to be…

  • 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!…

  • fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

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

    Loaded Mediterranean 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…

  • oregano bread
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Snacks

    Palestinian Za’atar Bread

    This za’atar bread is one of my favorite things to eat especially with a cup of warm mint tea and a piece of cheese. It is literally the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was so happy that we had fresh oregano in my dad’s garden when I visited NJ recently. My mom taught me how to make these along with all of you through Instagram and it is my pleasure to share with you the recipe so you can enjoy it as much as we do. Dough Ingredients 5 cups of All purpose flour 1 packet of active dry yeast 2 1/2 tbsp of milk powder 3/4 cup of…

  • Chocolate Almond Date balls
    Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Chocolate Almond Date Balls

    I have so many dates left from Ramadan that I wanted to create some date balls which are super popular nowadays. This flavor combo however is heavenly! It almost reminds me of an almond version of Ferrera Roche but healthier! Let’s just say these are addicting and you will probably want to make 2 servings of it! Servings: approx. 16 Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 14 Mejdool dates 1/3 cup creamy almond butter 3/4 cup raw almonds 1 tsp vanilla Sprinkle of salt 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1-2 tbsp water Instructions Submerge the dates in water for 15 minutes to soften them. In a food…

  • coconut nut bars
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Coconut Nut Bars

    Servings: 24 pieces Total time: approx. 2 hours (20 min to make the rest is freezer time) Ingredients 4 cups fine coconut (more of a coconut powder as opposed to shreds) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water Squeeze of lemon juice 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter 2 cups roasted assorted nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts) Instructions In a small pot, mix together the sugar, water, and fresh lemon juice. Keep on medium to high heat. Stir for a minute then allow for sugar to come to a boil and start to thicken. This takes 5-8 minutes. Make sure to not leave the sugar alone because it can…