• 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…

  • 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…

  • vegan pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Vegan Pasta

    Hey my lovely friends! Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish? A little over a week ago, I showed you on my Instagram page how to make this super easy weeknight meal after my workout. I literally put it together in 20 minutes and it was delicious especially it being both vegan and gluten-free. I honestly thought after deciding to eat less dairy and gluten that I would never be able to enjoy dishes like pasta again but that is not true; just follow this recipe and you will see! Servings: 2-4 Total Time: approx. 20 min Ingredients 3 cups of sliced mushrooms 5 minced garlic cloves 2 cups 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • pistachio nice cream
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Pistachio Nice Cream

    You may be thinking what in the world is Nice Cream? Well, its basically ice cream made out of strictly ripe frozen bananas blended to silky perfection. Of course, the Middle Eastern in me chose pistachios as the flavor profile for this particular nice cream. Pistachios are used predominantly overseas. Booza Arabia (Arabic Icecream) is actually made out of smooth yet sticky vanilla based ice cream with loads of crushed pistachios. This is reminiscent of that but much healthier and easier to make. Ingredients 6 frozen ripe bananas peeled and sliced 1-2 tbsp rose water 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 1/3 cup pistachio butter 2 tbsp…

  • bamya
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Bamya (Okra Stew)

    This week was my Father in Law’s birthday and the only thing he wanted was this delicious tomato-based vegetarian okra stew to enjoy. My friends, it is so easy to make this dish that you will not believe how little effort it requires but how much big flavor and textures it has. Typically, this dish is cooked with red meat but my father in law isn’t a fan so I kept it vegetarian! I urge you to pick up some fresh okra the next time you are at the market and try this yummy stew! Servings: 4 Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients 1 lb of okra (stem cut off) 1…

  • 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…

  • almond butter cookies
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

    Hi my friends! Last night, it dawned on me that I had so much almond and peanut butter in my pantry that I wanted to use to make a healthy snack for my husband since he is obsessed with nut butter! This is a super easy cookie to make yet healthy and delicious. It is more on the softer side and can be crumbly so be sure to cool it down completely before touching. This is super yummy with some almond milk in the morning and could be made with peanut butter too! Just use vanilla flavoring instead of almond. You can even use vanilla flavoring for this cookie if…