• Shrimp Fajitas
    Dinner

    Shrimp Fajitas

    These shrimp fajitas are so amazing that you would never think that they are good for you too! Every element of this fajita is jam packed with flavor. From the perfectly cooked shrimp to the zesty guacamole and refreshing pico de gallo; it is a home run. Ever since coming back from visiting my family over winter break, I have been trying to add healthier meals into my diet. More so to balance all the rice and bread I ate while at my parents house! When I came back and went grocery shopping, I spotted some beautiful fresh shrimp. Then it hit me! I am going to make some shrimp…

  • spinach artichoke dip
    Appetizers

    Spinach Artichoke Bread Bowl

    I mean what is better than a creamy cheesy spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl? It is literally all my favorite components in one delicious appetizer! It makes for a fabulous app for friends to gather around and enjoy. You can make it a pull-apart bread bowl or use some tortilla chips and veggies to dip. You cannot go wrong with either really! What is awesome about this spinach artichoke bread bowl recipe is that is is so easy to put together but so so good. You just need a few ingredients like spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, cheeses, sour cream, some seasonings, and a round bread. Just a…

  • Veggie Moussaka
    Dinner

    Veggie Moussaka

    Who doesn’t love a layered casserole bursting with flavor? This veggie moussaka utilizes zucchini, eggplant, and potatoes that are roasted in olive oil then topped with a delicious tomato sauce and homemade bechamel. It is simply fantastic. The ultimate comfort food but utilizing veggies too so you can’t feel that guilty about it! I was inspired to make this veggie moussaka when I decided to implement more vegetarian-based or veggie-based meals into our weekly diet. My husband is a huge meat lover and most of the time he doesn’t think a dish is a full meal unless meat is included. Let’s just say he loved this dish and wasn’t looking…

  • sliced citrus olive oil cake
    Dessert

    Citrus Olive Oil Cake

    I can’t help but bake during the holiday season! I mean, I always loved baking but something about making fresh cakes and cookies this time of year is extra special. It reminds me so much of my days working at the bakery where I have some of my fondest memories. Now, if you didn’t know, olive oil is a staple ingredient in any Middle Eastern home. It is literally our liquid gold. Ever thought of olive oil in a sweet treat? Trust me, it works! You will see when you try this citrus olive oil cake. It adds such a fragrant and moist flavor to this baked treat. What Citrus…

  • linzer cookies
    Dessert

    Linzer Cookies

    This post was sponsored by Kroger and Vermont Creamery. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of The Kroger Co. It is that time of year where holiday baking is in full effect. One of my absolute favorite desserts to bake are cookies! They are easy, pretty, and always so delicious. You can’t go wrong! These Linzer cookies not only look festive but are melt in your mouth good! If you didn’t know, a linzer cookie is basically a shortbread cookie sandwiched with raspberry preserves. And a shortbread cookie is mainly a sophisticated butter cookie. I worked at a bakery for 10 years, and one…

  • sahlab drink
    Dessert,  Drinks

    Sahlab

    This is the beverage my mom would for our family on cold winter nights! It gives you all the cozy feels and takes just a few minutes to make. Sahlab is a Middle Eastern milk pudding drink that is often adorned with cinnamon, nuts, and other fixings of your choice. It is creamy, lightly sweetened, and fills you with warmth. Whenever I make this drink, I can’t help but think of my family and this time of year. It is honestly the only time we enjoyed it since it is perfect for cooler months. What is awesome about sahlab is it can easily be vegan too. I have made it…

  • Classic Meatloaf
    Dinner

    Classic Meatloaf

    Hey, my friends! Hope you are all doing well! It has been getting cold here in Chicago and with winter fast approaching, what is better than some comfort food recipes. One that my husband loves is a classic meatloaf. You really can’t go wrong with a nice tender slice of flavorful cooked beef! It pairs so well with my creamy mashed potatoes or even my cauliflower mash for a healthier option. I like to make this when I have ground beef and don’t want to make kofta! It only takes a few components to make a mouth-watering classic meatloaf that everyone will enjoy. All you need is some good quality…

  • Pecan Galette
    Dessert

    Pecan Galette

    Pecan anything this time of year is amazing! With Thanksgiving around the corner, I know there are going to be quite an amount of pecan dishes especially desserts. An all-time favorite and class is pecan pie but have you ever had a pecan galette? A galette is equivalent to an open-faced pie. Literally, all the flavors of a pie but in a creation that looks like a hybrid between a tart and classic pie. This pecan galette is a fantastic way to change up things and try something new without lacking any flavor or that beautiful appearance. Galettes are also relatively easier to make saving you time. The only difference…

  • The Best Beef Stew
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    The Best Beef Stew

    Nothing screams warmth and comfort like a bowl of hearty and rich beef stew. Better yet, served with some vermicelli rice for a delightful weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy. What makes this the best beef stew you may ask? The fact that it is so decadent with its spices, texture, and flavors. The beef and vegetables are fork-tender and the broth is seasoned to perfection. Also, my husband has told me twice last week when I was developing this that it is the best beef stew he has ever had! And I have to agree with him! Typically, the local butcher should have a section of beef…

  • creamy mashed potatoes
    Side Dishes

    Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    A classic creamy mashed potatoes recipe is one of those staple side dishes that almost everyone loves. I, for one, am a huge lover of anything with potatoes! Potatoes have to be one of my favorite vegetables because of their versatility. In this case, I transformed some golden potatoes into this classic creamy mashed potatoes. This is a recipe I use often with my short ribs or even with a hearty beef stew. It is definitely one of the most popular, tastiest, and easiest accompaniments to make for many dishes. It goes perfectly with turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving. That is precisely why I am sharing the recipe with you…

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