• falafel sandwiches
    Brunch,  Vegan

    Falafel Sandwich

    A Falafel sandwich has got to be one of my favorite Middle Eastern vegan meals. So many wonderful flavors and textures go into this sandwich that all just work perfectly together. It is so delicious and filling too. You can’t go wrong with a falafel sandwich! Make this and you will see for yourself!! I have been meaning to develop a falafel recipe for quite some time now. It honestly wasn’t until my parents were in town and I found a package of dried chickpeas in the pantry that I said okay, it’s time. This recipe is highly requested so I am super excited for you guys to try it!…

  • Farayek Za'atar
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread)

    If you were ever curious as to what recipe made me feel like I was back home; it would be this. Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread) has got to be one of my favorite things to eat when visiting my parents and even when visiting family overseas. The bread is just so soft yet crispy at the same time and filled with tons of oregano. Often, we paired it with homemade fresh Arabic cheese and a cup of mint tea. It is truly the best breakfast and snack. I sat down with my mom and made this with her. I am taking every opportunity I have with her visiting me to…

  • Za'atar knots
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Vegan

    Za’atar Knots

    Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer. Today, I have wanted to share with you the recipe for this yummy treat for over a year now. And I must say that they are always a crowd-pleaser! Not only are these Za’atar knots visually appealing but the taste is just as good with only 3 ingredients being used! Wow, right? Za’atar has been truly a game-changer to anything it touches. In my youtube video below, I demonstrate how to make two different designs using the same method for these knots. This skillset can be utilized using dough in many ways and will surely elevate the…

  • 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.…

  • potato samosas
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Potato Samosas

    Lately, one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy is Indian. We have a local Indian restaurant that we order takeout from at least once a week and one of my go-to menu items is always their potato samosas. The soft well-seasoned filling with that crunchy exterior is such a delicious combination. With Ramadan around the corner, potato samosas make for a fantastic make-ahead appetizer since they are freezer friendly; the only thing needed is to cook it the day of. These can be air fried, deep-fried, or even baked to crisp perfection. I actually was not only inspired to make these because I love Indian food and they make for…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

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