Recipes

Low Carb Shepherd's Pie

Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

This right here is the ultimate comfort meal but unlike most comfort food; it isn't bad for you! This variation ...
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patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)

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 ...
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Beef shawarma taco bowls

Beef Shawarma Taco Bowls

Shawarma is a dish loved across the globe by many. It derived from the Middle East but is now enjoyed ...
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no bake lotus cake

No-Bake Lotus Cake

Hey friends! Happy Monday! I received so much love over this cake after demonstrating how to make it yesterday on ...
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caramel apple galette

Caramel Apple Galette

Who doesn't love a delicious Fall dessert? Especially when it looks this good and is easy to put together! Impress ...
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Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed ...
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batata harra

Batata Harra (Spiced Potatoes)

This delicious potato dish is often served as a side, appetizer, or even for brunch. It has a kick of ...
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Stuffed Salmon with Bulgar Salad & Shrimp

Today's dish is all about the omegas's! Salmon is known to be a hearty healthy fish that is super filling ...
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cinnamon apple cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

'Tis the season folks! All things pumpkin and apple! I happen to be more of an apple fan when it ...
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chicken shawarma tacos

Chicken Shawarma Tacos

One of my fondest memories traveling to Jordan was eating shawarma with my cousins at 1 am while watching a ...
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middle eastern baked kufta

Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

My blog's two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy ...
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fruit cocktail

Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents ...
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Loaded Greek Fries

Loaded Greek Fries

Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I'm that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out ...
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seafood pasta

Seafood Pasta

Hey friends! Are any of you a seafood lover? If so, I got the recipe for you! If not, then ...
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pan-fried halloumi

Pan-Fried Nabulsi Cheese

I have a love-hate relationship with cheese. I love it so much that growing up my family would call me ...
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cod dinner

Cod Dinner

Hey friends! Lately, I have been a little obsessed with cod. I literally just discovered it a month ago and ...
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summer corn salad

Summer Corn Salad

The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks ...
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vegan pasta

Vegan Pasta

Hey my lovely friends! Who doesn't love a good pasta dish? A little over a week ago, I showed you ...
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Mansaf

Mansaf

Okay, hands down this is one of my favorite traditional Middle Eastern rice dishes. Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian meal ...
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knafeh with nuts

Knafeh with Nuts

There is nothing traditional about the recipe I am about to share with you guys but is it good? Heck ...
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lemon garlic cod in a skillet

Lemon Garlic Cod in a skillet

Hey friends! Lately, my husband and I have been trying to eat more seafood in our weekly diet. We are ...
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oregano bread

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 ...
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Mediterranean omelette

Mediterranean omelette

I made this dish the other weekend for Sunday brunch alongside some delicious hummus and it was so delicious. My ...
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chicken stuffed zucchini boats

Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I am here to make eating healthy easier for you guys. For all of you who want a delicious wholesome ...
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Mediterranean Ground Beef Lettuce Taco

Mediterranean Ground Beef Lettuce Taco

I got another healthy recipe for you guys that can be made in under 30 minutes. Lettuce has become the ...
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strawberry banana muffins

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Who doesn't love the combination of strawberry and banana? It is heavenly! Now, imagine that in your morning muffin with ...
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shrimp quinoa bowl

Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

Lately, I have been focusing on getting more fit and eating cleaner more wholesome foods. This is one of those ...
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Chocolate Almond Date balls

Chocolate Almond Date Balls

I have so many dates left from Ramadan that I wanted to create some date balls which are super popular ...
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chicken gyro and baked fries

Chicken Gyro & Baked Fries

Servings: 5 sandwiches Total Time: approx. 45 min not including marinating time Chicken Ingredients 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut ...
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moroccan lamb stew

Moroccan Lamb Stew

Happy Weekend friends! When I was in California a few months ago, my good friend Ala whipped up this delicious ...
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eggplant fesenjan

Eggplant “Fesenjan”

I have been trying to make more vegetarian recipes and I remembered this favorite of mine. It is a classic ...
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no bake knafeh cheesecake

No bake Knafeh Cheesecake

I have been thinking about recipe developing this cheesecake for a long time! I have had so much love with ...
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makrouta

Makrouta

I would love to introduce you guys to Makuta, a delicious date filled cookie known for its aromatic anise flavor ...
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Roasted chicken and potatoes

Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

Ever just go in the kitchen, and see what you had then made a delicious meal out of it? This ...
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Ouzi (Spiced rice with lamb)

Hey friends! Long time no see. Sorry, I have been MIA. It has been a hectic few weeks for me ...
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coconut nut bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Servings: 24 pieces Total time: approx. 2 hours (20 min to make the rest is freezer time) Ingredients 4 cups ...
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moussaka

Middle Eastern Moussaka (Imsaka’a)

Many of us have heard of moussaka; that delicious greek baked eggplant and ground beef dish often topped with bechamal ...
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pistachio nice cream

Pistachio Nice Cream

You may be thinking what in the world is Nice Cream? Well, its basically ice cream made out of strictly ...
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barazek

Barazek (Sesame Seed Cookies)

Walking down the bazaar (souk) in the Middle East, your eyes will light up with joy. There is just something ...
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potato pancakes

Potato Pancakes

I was coring some potatoes today and of course, you guys know that I like to utilize everything. I was ...
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bamya

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 ...
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samoa donuts

Gluten & Dairy Free Samoa Donuts

Samoa Girl Scout cookies are my absolute favorite flavor. I haven't been able to enjoy those ever since cutting out ...
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Mediterranean stuffed peppers

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Servings: 4 pieces Total Time: approx. 1 hour Hi my lovely friends! I have a delicious vegetarian recipe for you ...
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almond butter cookies

Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

Hi my friends! Last night, it dawned on me that I had so much almond and peanut butter in my ...
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coleslaw

Refreshing Coleslaw

Hello my friends! I literally came up with this recipe on the whim last night when I was scavenging my ...
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baked turkey kebabs

Baked Turkey Kebabs

If you guys have been following me for a while now then you know that I never ate ground turkey ...
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cauliflower gnocchi bake

Cauliflower gnocchi bake

Lately, I have been seeing this cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe's circulate on my feed. I became super curious to ...
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poke bowl

Homemade Poke Bowls

The first time I had this, my hubby and I were visiting California and we were guided to a local ...
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chicken fatteh

Chicken Fatteh (Fattet Jaj)

Hi my friends! How are you? I am finally starting to feel better and I literally spent all day today ...
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lemon chicken rice soup

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup (Avgolemono)

This past week I was sick battling the flu and sinusitis. You can imagine that I had no appetite but ...
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beef stir fry

Beef Stir Fry

Need a quick weeknight meal that is full of veggies and protein? This is the dish for you. It is ...
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double chocolate chip cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Where were these my whole life?! Double Chocolate makes everything better even being trapped in my house for the last ...
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Greek Chicken

Greek Chicken with potatoes, mushrooms, & olives

Who doesn't love Greek food? I know I definitely do. It's been freezing here in Chicago this month and I ...
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brazilian cheese bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread

I don't know about you but I am hooked on Chama Gaucha's Brazilian cheese bread. It is so good! If ...
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chocolate lazy cake

Chocolate Lazy cake (Sookseeyeh)

You guys loved the Nescafe cake!!! Not only because of how tasty it is but how easy it is to ...
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nescafe cake

Nescafe Cake

Let me start off by saying that this is actually my favorite dessert. What's ironic is I don't even drink ...
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Zucchini carrot blueberry muffins

Blueberry Zucchini Carrot Muffins

This is what a healthy funfetti cake looks like! Oh man, these were so good. I couldn't control myself. They ...
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cauliflower puree

Cauliflower Puree

Monday night, I made my slow cooked pot roast recipe again and I wanted to pair it with something creamy! ...
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coconut shrimp pasta

Coconut Shrimp Pasta

Servings: 4 people Total Time: approx. 30 min Ingredients 20 large shrimp cooked, deveined & tail off 18 oz. of ...
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quiche

Almond Crust Quiche

Hey friends! I hope you are well. So the other day when I made the slow-cooked pot roast, we had ...
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honey roasted brussels sprouts

Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I haven't shared a quick side dish in what seems like forever! I made these honey roasted brussels sprouts for ...
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pot roast

Slow cooked Pot Roast

You guys this is my first pot roast recipe and my first slow cooker recipe too! Oh, and its my ...
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banana pudding

Magnolia’s Banana Pudding

So, the last 2 weeks I was in New Jersey visiting my family and one of those days included a ...
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khash khash

Khash Khash Cake

Last week my aunt made this cake for a get together and I fell in love. Today, my mom and ...
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kabseh

Kabseh (Middle Eastern Rice Dish)

This right here is one of my favorite Middle Eastern rice dishes. I love the taste of the aromatic spices ...
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anise biscotti

Anise Biscotti

My mom would always make these cookies around this time of year. Anise is such a warm spice that it ...
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chicken & okra saute

Chicken & Okra Saute

Lately, I have been super busy and quick dinner meals have been getting me through the evening. Saute's and stir ...
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veggie pasta

Lemon Veggie Spaghetti with chicken

Hey friends! The other day I received a fabulous book by Jamie Oliver and this recipe was inspired from that ...
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GF Almond cookie

Gluten Free Almond Cookies

This is the most requested cookie! I made these last week for my event and they were gone in seconds ...
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spanish style stuffed peppers

Spanish Style Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Hey guys, I know I have been MIA but for good reasons! I had my first event over the weekend ...
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coconut shrimp curry

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Hey friends! Lately, I have been overwhelmingly busy and I am sure many of you are too! So, this coconut ...
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sweet potato muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

We all probably have leftover Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving leftovers. I had some butternut squash & sweet potato mash from a ...
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cinnamon rolls

Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Hey, my friends! I have been working on a recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan cinnamon rolls for a while ...
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hasselback potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, can you believe it? It feels like it came way too early this year ...
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cranberry & pecan quinoa salad

Cranberry & Pecan Quinoa Salad

You guys already know that I love my quinoa. Something that you may have not known is I love the ...
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french toast

Healthier Stuffed French Toast

I think I have had french toast once in my life. Can you believe it? I have never been one ...
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chicken meatballs

Middle Eastern Chicken Meatballs

Okay, I am going to be completely honest with you guys. This is the first time I ever worked with ...
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Homemade Chipotle Bowls

I haven't met a person who isn't the slightest obsessed with Chipotle. It's one of those fast foods that you ...
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chicken veggie stir fry

Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry

Yesterday, I was in a rush to make a filling meal for lunch. I had just gone grocery shopping the ...
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lemon chia cookies

Vegan & Gluten Free Glazed Lemon Chia Cookies

Hey friends! I have been meaning to make a dessert with lemon for a long time. I am obsessed with ...
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2 breakfast ideas

2 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Recipes | Chia Seed Pudding & Overnight Oats

Breakfast is said to be the most important meals of the day yet so many of us do not make the ...
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Gluten free pizza

Gluten Free & Vegan Pizza Dough

If you love a good thin crust pizza and you feel like you have been missing out ever since becoming gluten ...
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granola

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola

Hey friends! I was shopping the other day, and I bought some dairy-free coconut yogurt. My favorite topping on yogurt ...
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chocolate chip tahini cookies

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

Ever mix in Tahini (sesame seed paste) into your cookie batter? If not, you got to try it! It adds ...
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shrimp scampi

Shrimp Scampi

This is one of the tastiest and easiest recipes I have made yet. It is perfect with spaghetti too and ...
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SALMON TACOS

Blackened Salmon Tacos

First time I ever had Fish tacos was at this really cool tiny spot in Huntington Beach, California. It was ...
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Meghli (Karawyeh) – Spiced Rice Pudding

This is the kind of dessert that you either love or hate. I know many who adore it because of ...
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apple crisp

Vegan & Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

It is apple and pumpkin picking season! My husband and I have this tradition where we go apple picking every ...
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lamb chops & potatoes skillet

Lamb Chops & Potatoes Skillet

Hi, my lovely friends! The other night, I made hubby and I this delicious lamb chops and potatoes skillet and ...
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gluten free coconut cookies

Gluten & Dairy Free Coconut Cookies

Hey friends! I made these easy gluten and dairy free coconut cookies the other week for my family and they ...
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Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs & Vegan & Gluten-Free Bechamel Sauce

I have been craving a creamy white spaghetti for so long! I thought that there was no way I would ...
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Za'atar & Cheese Puff Pastry

Za’atar & Cheese Puff Pastry

Hey friends! I made these beautiful puff pastry mana'eesh (flatbreads) last week for a brunch gathering at our place. They ...
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pasta primavera

Pasta Primavera

I realized as I was looking through the archives of recipes on my blog that I barely had any pasta ...
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pumpkin spice brownie cups

Pumpkin Spice Brownie Cups

You guys, its Fall! The most wonderful time of the year in my opinion. Crisp weather, flannel shirts and boots, ...
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chicken fajitas

Easy Chicken Fajita’s

Here is another quick and easy weeknight meal recipe that I whipped up the other day. Lately, I only have ...
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lentil skillet

Breakfast Lentil Skillet

Recently, my husband told me that he wanted to start eating more protein. So, of course, I came up with ...
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meat and veggies

Oven Baked Beef and Veggies (sneeyet lahmeh bil khodra)

Hey friends! I have been so busy lately and with that comes less time to spend on cooking. This dish ...
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herb crackers

Gluten Free Herb Crackers

I like to snack. You will always find me nibbling on something especially when I am too lazy to make ...
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coconut rice with cilantro lime chicken

Cilantro Lemon Chicken over Coconut Rice with Mango

The other day I made this meal for the first time for dinner. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it ...
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cheese garlic bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Okay, I don't know about you but I have always had a love affair with garlic. It is so good ...
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avocado egg salad

Avocado Egg Salad

Need an easy breakfast idea? You must try this especially if you love all things eggs and avocados. The avocados ...
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rice crisp bars

Chocolate & Almond Butter Crisp Bars

Hey friends! I haven't shared a quick and easy healthier alternative to a snack/dessert in a while so I am ...
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green goddess dressing

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

Okay, so for months now I have been obsessing over green goddess dressing. I first tried it at trader joes ...
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roasted eggplant saute

Roasted Eggplant Sauté

Anyone else a huge fan of eggplant?? I absolutely love it. It started with my love for baba ghanoush and ...
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potato salad

Herb & Olive Oil Potato Salad

Hey friends! I have been on a salad frenzy if you haven't noticed. First, chicken salad and now potato! This ...
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Refreshing Chicken Salad

Hey friends! I hope you are all doing well. Today, I will be sharing with you a delicious refreshing chicken ...
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musakhan tacos

Musakhan Tacos

For those who don't know, musakhan is a popular and traditional Palestinian dish. It's typically composed of fresh bread topped ...
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beef shawarma plate

Beef Shawarma Plate

My chicken shawarma recipe is one of the most made and liked on my blog. I decided to do a ...
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tomato and beef skillet

Tomato & Beef Skillet

Hi friends! My parents have been gone for about a week now and I miss them so much. I hope ...
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salmon recipe

Sweet & Tangy Garlic Salmon

We all need quick weeknight meals. Most of us lead busy lives so dinner ready in under 30 minutes is ...
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vegan berry and lemon oat bars

Vegan Berry Crumble & Lemon Oat Bars

I love experimenting with food if you guys haven't noticed! I enjoy eating oat bars as a snack but many ...
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Roz Mendi

Roz Mendi (Spiced Rice with Chicken)

I have got to say that my mom has been dishing out some delicious authentic Middle Eastern cuisine this past ...
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Kofta bil tahini - Ground Beef in a Citrus Tahini sauce

Kofta bil tahini – Ground Beef in a Citrus Tahini sauce

Growing up in a Middle Eastern household, we ate a whole lot of kofta. Kofta baked with tomatoes, kofta as ...
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makloubeh

Makloubeh – Upside down Middle Eastern Rice Dish

We all have childhood favorite meals; mine just happens to me Makloubeh specifically with eggplant and potatoes. It wasn't until ...
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beef empanadas

Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri dipping sauce

Hey friends! I'm back from my Miami trip which inspired these empanadas. There is such a huge presence of Hispanic ...
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chicken thighs

Oven Baked Mediterranean Chicken Thighs

Hi friends! Today, I am sharing with you a delicious chicken dinner dish that I made over the weekend that ...
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banana almond butter smoothie

Banana Almond Butter Smoothie with Coconut Whipped Cream

Do you have a favorite kind of smoothie? Well, I do and this is it! This banana almond butter smoothie ...
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crudite platter

Crudité platter 101

Hey guys! Have you ever wondered what the heck a crudité and/or a charcuterie platter is? It's basically a platter topped ...
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quinoa veggie soup

Quinoa Veggie Soup

Hey friends! Today, I bring you a super simple and delicious hearty quinoa veggie soup. Its super healthy, full of ...
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chocolate covered stuffed dates

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

Hey friends! Happy Monday 🙂 Today, I am sharing with you a quick healthy snack that is also perfect for ...
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kufta tarts

Kufta Tarts with Salad and Tahini Dressing

Hey friends! The other night, I was laying in bed and my creative juices were flowing. I knew I wanted ...
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turkey shawerma burgers

Turkey Shawerma Burgers

Hi friends! Hope you all are well. I've been combating some stomach discomfort on and off for over a week ...
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rice pudding

Vegan Rice Pudding (Ruz Ib Haleeb)

Hi friends! My mom always made us rice pudding growing up but honestly, she was the only one eating it! ...
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smoothie bowl

Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Hey, my awesome friends! Today I have for you a super simple brunch idea that can easily be considered a ...
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Mushroom & Turkey Quiche

Mushroom & Turkey Quiche

Hi friends! I made this quiche last week when I didn't have much time on my hands and wanted to ...
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banana bread

The Best Gluten & Dairy Free Banana Bread

I have always been intimidated when it comes to gluten-free baking and that is because it is something completely new ...
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stuffed chicken breast

Veggie & Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

Hey everyone! Today, I am sharing with you a recipe that I often make for my husband and I. We ...
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zucchini fries

Baked Zucchini Fries

Fries don't just pertain to potatoes anymore! You got carrot fries, zucchini fries, yucca fries and so much more! Also, ...
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greek salad

Greek Style Quinoa Salad

A few years ago, I visited a local Greek restaurant and ordered a delicious orzo salad. I decided to make ...
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chicken taquitos

Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Hey you guys! How are you doing? I hope you are having a wonderful Eid! Yesterday, I had a few ...
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chocolate nice cream

Chocolate Nice Cream

Hey guys! I have been super busy lately prepping for Eid but I have an awesome, easy, and delicious recipe ...
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mint lemonade

Mint Lemonade (Refreshingly Tasty)

Hi everyone!! I've been wanting to make mint lemonade for a month now but my mint plant did not grow ...
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3ijeh

Zucchini Egg Fritters (3ijeh)

Hi my friends! How was your weekend? I've been meaning to share this delicious simple egg recipe because I am ...
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ma3moul

Maamoul Date Cookies

Hi my lovely friends! We are half way through Ramadan; I cant believe how quick the time has flown. Eid ...
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shrimp avocado salad

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Ever have one of those days where you just feel like eating something light and refreshing especially with this hot ...
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Hilbeh

Hilbeh (Fenugreek seed Semolina cake)

Hi everyone! How are you guys enjoying your 3 day weekend? I go back to Chicago later tonight and I ...
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basboosah

Basbooseh (Semolina Cake)

Hi my lovely friends! For those who don't know, I'm in New Jersey visiting family for a week. My brother ...
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white lasagna

White Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing? I cant believe we are almost a week into Ramadan. I'm sharing a ...
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middle eastern stuffed pancakes

Atayef (Middle Eastern Stuffed Pancake Dessert)

Hi my lovely friends!! Today, I am sharing with a recipe that is often prepared for Ramadan and Eid time ...
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quinoa tabouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Hi friends! Hope you are having a wonderful start to this holy month of Ramadan. Today, I am sharing with ...
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ramadan

How to lose weight in Ramadan

Hello my lovely friends! Ramadan Kareem; may you and your family have a blessed Ramadan. For those who don't know, ...
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turkey kebabs

Turkey Kebabs

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I've been really busy with cake and treat orders this week but I ...
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LA Sunset

Our trip to LA

Hi my friends! How are you all doing? I've been meaning to write this post for a while now but ...
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Fattoush

Hi everyone! Today, I am bringing you a requested dish especially now that Ramadan is around the corner. Its delicious, ...
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Mango Mousse

This 3-ingredient mousse is absolutely divine! The other day, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that someone made mousse ...
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Parfaits

Fruit Parfaits

Hi my wonderful friends! Hope you are all doing well 🙂 Ramadan is literally 2 weeks away! Doesn't time pass ...
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Vegan Strawberry Banana Ice cream Sandwich

Hi, my lovely friends! Several bloggers and I are collaborating to celebrate the beauty and versatility of strawberries. Who else ...
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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 ...
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Mango Avocado Salsa

Hi everyone! I have got a delicious recipe to share with you all today that I have made twice this ...
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Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

I like to think of Baba Ghanoush as the sibling of the well known hummus! It is an appetizer that ...
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The Ultimate Steak Taco

I have had my share of tacos especially lately and I have got to say; steak is one of my ...
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Citrus Herb Chicken

Hey guys! I don't think Chicago got the memo that is is Spring time. Spring, the season of flowers and ...
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herb crusted salmon

Herb Crusted Salmon

Hi Everyone!! How you all doing? Lately, I have been inspired by the food I ate in California. Lots of ...
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butternut squash hash

Butternut Squash Hash

Hi everyone! Hubby and I are back from our trip to California which was amazing! I will write a blog ...
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barazek balls

Barazek Truffles (Sesame Balls)

Hi all! Hope you are good 🙂 My hubby and I are flying to LA tomorrow for a mini vacay that ...
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Almond flour cake

Almond Flour Cake

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 So, today is my 26th birthday and of course I had to make my own ...
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pesto

Spinach Kale Pesto

Who wouldn't love a 5-minute recipe that can be used in so many ways? This fast and delicious green sauce has ...
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pistachio ghoraibeh

Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

Hi friends! Hope you are all well. I'm super excited to share this Middle Eastern American hybrid of a cookie ...
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savory pies

Cheese, Spinach, and Za’atar Pies (Mo3aganat)

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! It is beautiful and sunny out in Chicago today which makes ...
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healthy banana cake

Healthy Banana Cake (Sugar Free)

Is there such thing as a healthy cake? Yes, folks, there is! This banana cake is absolutely delicious. It is ...
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chicken drumsticks

Oven Baked Drumsticks

Hey everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day. How many of us have a preference when it comes to ...
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steak stir fry

Steak Stir Fry

Lately, Stir fry meals have been my go to quick dinner. Things have been hectic and dinner still has to ...
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meatballs

Kufta Meatballs

If you are from a Middle Eastern household, then I am positive you have had kufta before. This delicious spiced ...
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quinoa stuffed peppers

Quinoa & Veggie Stuffed Peppers

It wasn't till recently that it dawned on me that I can stuff peppers with quinoa! I mean, I've always ...
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popcorn chicken

Pretzel Coated Popcorn Chicken

When I was in high school, I would often purchase popcorn chicken at lunch time. There was something addicting about ...
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turkey meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous start to the weekend! Ever since I got married, I have been ...
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weight loss

My Weight loss Journey: Part I.

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a spectacular day 🙂                 Today, I'm sharing you with guys something that I ...
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chocolate coffee cookies

Chocolate Coffee Cookies

Hey guys! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! So, my brother is in town for a good month on ...
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eggplant casserole

Eggplant Casserole

Growing up my mom always made a baked dish that incorporated ground beef, tomatoes, and eggplant. It was called imsaka3a ...
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asian chicken dinner

Asian Style One Pan Chicken Dinner

Ever have those nights where you really don't think dinner will get done? This is the dish for those nights! ...
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foul

Foul Mudammas (Fava Bean Breakfast Dish)

I always looked forward to Sunday because the family would always get together to have a traditional Arabic breakfast which ...
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veggie grape leaves

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Waraq Ainab)

Growing up in a Middle eastern household, stuffed grape leaves were a staple on a dinner table especially for occasions ...
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skirt steak

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri sauce

Who else loves a delicious steak dinner? My husband and I absolutely love it! I'm also a sauce and dip ...
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granola bars

Healthy Granola Bars

Have you ever looked at the nutritional facts on the back of granola and candy bars? There is so much ...
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chocolate cups

Stuffed Chocolate Cups

These delicious treats are super adaptable meaning you can mix and match endless flavors to your liking. All you really ...
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carrot fries

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 ...
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pepper dip

How to roast peppers & Roasted Pepper Dip

I think by now you guys know my motto; if you can make it fresh then it is always better ...
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brownies

Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Everyone likes to indulge every once in a while, right? These fudgy homemade brownies are spectacular! If you love chocolate; ...
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shrimp quesadillas

Shrimp Quesadillas

These shrimp quesadillas are just perfect for a quick delicious bite and a fantastic choice for Super bowl this weekend! ...
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macarons

French Macaron with lemon cream filling

Let me start out by saying that these were so much fun to make because not only did I get ...
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quinoa salad

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 ...
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choc. cake

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Who doesn't like to indulge every now and then in a rich chocolate cake? This cake is extremely moist and ...
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mac n cheese

Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese

Who doesn't love Mac N Cheese? I know I do! Thing is ever since being told I was lactose in ...
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yogurt cheesecake

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Hey everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This one of the those recipes that I cannot wait to ...
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herb chicken

Herb Chicken & Veggies

Put a healthier flavorful twist on the already great for you chicken breast. I know so many people who are ...
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berry jam

Homemade Berry Jam

You guys it is so easy to make your own jam that there is no excuse not to! Ditch the ...
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oats

Overnight Oats

I never used to eat breakfast; I just could never be bothered in the morning to actually make myself something ...
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dairy free pasta

Creamy Dairy Free Pasta

Hey all! So, I have known for a while now that I was lactose intolerant. I was in denial though ...
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Chicken Shawerma

Hey guys! I hope your week is going well. This recipe is one that I am super excited to share ...
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garlic sauce

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 ...
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granola cup

Granola Cups

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend is going great 🙂 I wanted to share with you guys this delicious recipe for ...
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egg muffins

Egg Muffins

Hi everyone! I think it is safe to say we have all had eggs before but have you ever had ...
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blueberry muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Hi Everyone! Let's start off the New Year with dessert, why not? This sweet treat is super delicious and easy ...
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beef stew

Beef Stew – Simple & Delicious

This is the ultimate comfort food on these snowy Chicago days. What I love about stew is you can just ...
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choc. hazelnut bark

Chocolate Hazelnut Bark

Hi everyone! It is almost the start of a New Year. How insane, right? Time really does fly. My 2017 ...
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choc chip pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Hello my lovely friends! Hope you are all well. Happy Holidays! While I was in New Jersey visiting my family, ...
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chocolate chip blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hi everyone! I am super happy because I am home for the holidays. I missed my family tremendously. It is ...
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baking 101

Baking 101 – 10 Tips to make baking a whole lot easier!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well. This post is for those who feel intimidated or not confident enough to ...
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phyllo meat pie

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! ...
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grilled chicken

The BEST Grilled Chicken

According to my husband, this is the best grilled chicken ever! He always requests this recipe and I am more ...
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tuna salad

Tuna Salad

Growing up, I never liked tuna yet alone tuna salad. The smell would just throw me off and I couldn't ...
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biscotti

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

I must say I think this is my favorite cookie I have made thus far. Visually, it is just stunning; ...
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ginger cookie

Spiced Ginger Molasses Cookies – Soft & Chewy

Why I love this time of year? I get to bake all the cookies I want and it is totally ...
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sugar cookies

Easy Roll out Sugar Cookies

Hi everyone! Happy Friday 🙂 I am really excited to be sharing this recipe with you. What some of you ...
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Date Pinwheel Pie Crust Cookies

For a month now, I have had extra pie dough leftover from baking pies for Thanksgiving. I have been thinking ...
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spaghetti squash

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto Cream Sauce

If you want a taste of the best thing next to pasta; try spaghetti squash without feeling all the guilt ...
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keto pancakes

Delicious Cream Cheese Pancakes – Low Carb

Hi everyone! It is almost the weekend; Woohoo! So, I used to think cream cheese was just meant to be ...
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creamy garlic mushroom chicken

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Hi my lovely friends! Happy Monday 🙂 Lets make this week a great one! So, as of yesterday, my husband ...
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vegan brownies

Date Brownies

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food and laughter! My husband and I had a ...
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tilapia

Oven Baked Spiced Tilapia with Herb Tahini sauce & Tomato Salsa

Hi everyone! Who is excited for Thanksgiving this Thursday? Ill be spending it with family and I am in charge ...
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labneh with pita

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 ...
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pecan pie

The Best Pecan Pie

Hi my friends! Okay, so you all know how I am all about healthy food but when it comes to ...
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energy date balls

Energy Date Balls

Hiya everyone! Hope you are all well. Several of you asked about these energy date balls and here is the ...
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cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away and I couldn't be more excited 🙂 Growing up ...
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zaatar chicken

Zaatar & Sumac Spiced Chicken

Hi my friends! I hope your enjoying your weekend 🙂 Today, I will be sharing with you a chicken dish ...
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zucchini & squash

Zucchini & Butternut Squash “Gratin”

Hi my lovely friends! Lately, I've been trying to incorporate more Thanksgiving or seasonal related dishes into the blog and ...
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mashes potatoes & gravy

Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is near and I couldn't be more excited! Get ready for an overload of staple Thanksgiving dishes! ...
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chicken soup

Tender Shredded Chicken 2 ways: Healthy Chicken Salad & Chicken Soup

Hi everyone!! Hope you are all well. I've been looking forward to sharing this multi use recipe all week! No ...
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Berry Crisp Tart with Oat crust

Many of us love dessert. Many of us also feel guilty after eating dessert. That's because dessert is known to ...
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zoodles & corn

Guilt Free Zoodles with Creamy Garlic Corn sauce

Hello My Friends! Did you know that Zoodles are the new spaghetti?! If you haven't tried making zucchini noodles yet ...
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acai

Acai Bowl – Easy & Yummy!

One of the biggest food trends of this year would definitely have to be Acai bowls! Acai pronounced (Ah-Sigh-Ee) is ...
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spinach pizza

Vegan Spinach Pizza on Garlic & Herb Crust

Hi everyone! It is Friday!!! SO, I LOVE pizza! I wish I could have it pretty much everyday but my ...
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garlic potatoes

Chimichurri Garlic & Herb Oven Baked Potatoes

Hi Everybody!!! I am so excited to share this tasty side dish with you that also happens to be Vegan ...
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chicken roll ups

Chicken Breast Roll Ups

Hi everyone! So, if you guys haven't noticed yet; we LOVE chicken breast in my household. Chicken pairs well with ...
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butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Soup – Comfort Food

Hello everyone! If you guys haven't noticed yet, I am completely OBSESSED with butternut squash. Hence, why I have uploaded ...
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vegan cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake with Lemon Glaze Icing

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing great 🙂 Today, I will be sharing with you this delicious vegan vanilla ...
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lemon garlic chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken Breast – Simply Delicious

Hello my lovely friends! This is a recipe that I made for dinner last night and couldn't wait to share ...
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dipped pretzels

Using & Decorating with Chocolate

In this blog post, I am going to go over basic tips on decorating treats using chocolate. Many of you ...
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granola

Healthy Granola

The granola we find in the supermarket is predominantly a fancy toasted oats mixture. It costs far less to make ...
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roasted peppers

Roasted Stuffed Peppers – Middle Eastern Style

We all have leftovers every now and then. This dish was inspired by having bulgar sitting in the fridge along ...
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roasted butternut squash

Roasted Butternut Squash – Super Easy & Super Flavorful

Happy Monday My lovely friends! I have NEVER had butternut squash till this Fall season. Can you believe that? My ...
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muhamarra

Muhamarra – Middle Eastern Red Pepper Dip

Hello everyone! Today I am going to share with you a common dip served as an appetizer in a Middle ...
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pesto pasta

Pesto Pasta – Simply Delicious!

Hello my lovely friends! Hope you are all doing great on this beautiful day! There are still days in Chicago ...
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kanafeh

Kanafeh – Middle Eastern Cheese Dessert

Hi everyone! Let me introduce you to Kanafeh; the mother of all Middle Eastern desserts. Growing up; I never had ...
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salmon

Oven Baked Salmon – Asian Style

Hi Everyone! Hope your weekend was great 🙂 Today, I want to share with you a favorite of mine. This ...
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oatmeal apple muffins

Oatmeal Apple Muffins- The perfect on the go breakfast!

Hello my lovely friends! Who is ready for the weekend? I know I sure am. Lately, I have been on ...
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Hello Everyone! Hope your week is going well 🙂 Whether we want to accept it or not; the summer weather ...
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Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Bars – A Sweet Bite!

Happy Monday Everyone! Who else enjoys the flavor combination of strawberry & coconut? I surely do! These bars are the ...
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Cajun Oven Baked Crispy Chicken Tenders

Hello my lovely friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend 🙂 If you were to ask my husband what ...
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oat bars

Trail Mix Oat Bars – No baking necessary!

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well 🙂 We all snack; whether we like to admit to it or ...
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Stuffed Butternut Squash

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week 🙂 I want to share with you this ...
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Berry Peach Smoothie – Yummy & Easy!

Hi my beautiful friends! Hope you are all having a wonderful day 🙂 Today I want to share with you ...
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Apple Cookies – Bring Fall into your Kitchen!

Hellllooo Everyone & Happy Wednesday! The weekend is coming up my friends and some of you may still be going ...
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Hummus – Middle Eastern Style!

I have been eating hummus my entire life; literally for as long as I can remember. Hummus is a chick ...
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Pesto Zucchini Noodle Pasta – A Guilt-Free Dish

Recently, my husband and I have decided to put rice, pastas, and bread aside. We wanted to implement more vegetables ...
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Pumpkin Smoothie – All things Fall!

Now that its Fall; my absolute favorite season of the year; I would like to introduce to you my version ...
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Banana Nut Raisin Muffins – Ripe Bananas You Aren’t Going Anywhere!

These are my go to dessert when I have people coming over; they always seem to be a crowd pleaser ...
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Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats – A Nutritious Bite!

My husband and I wanted to cut down on carbs and incorporate more vegetables into our daily diet; that's where ...
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Crustless Spinach & Mushroom Egg Quiche – Another way to enjoy your eggs!

I literally buy 2-3 dozen eggs almost every week; you can assume my husband and I eat a whole lot ...
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Lemon Muffins with Toasted Coconut – Refreshingly Sweet!

Lemons are literally an amazing fruit; you can use them in so many ways. Here, they will be used to ...
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Sweet Potato Hash – So simple & flavorful

My husband and I always pick up sweet potatoes when at the grocery store.  Sweet potatoes are lower on the ...
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Homemade Pizza Dough – Just 15 minute to make!

One day my mom was in the kitchen making these small meat, cheese, and spinach pies that were indicative of ...
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Shrimp & Quinoa – Healthy & Delicious

Shrimp has got to be by far my favorite seafood to eat; it takes on flavors very well and is ...
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Oatmeal Power Bowl – Jazzin’ It Up

Whenever you think of breakfast and eating right; oatmeal always seems to be the way to go. Many people don't ...
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Shakshuka – Middle Eastern egg & tomato dish

Some of you may recognize this authentic Middle Eastern breakfast dish; it's called Shakshuka. It is actually my father's personal ...
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Sautéed Zucchini & Mushrooms – Finger lickin’ good!

Vegetables are the perfect side for any meal. So why not whip up some Parmesan & Garlic flavored squash and ...
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Spaghetti & Meatballs – A twist on a classic favorite

Who didn't grow up eating spaghetti and meatballs? I know I did but my mom always added some Middle Eastern ...
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Linzer cookies – Easiest cookie you will make!

My mom introduced me to a version similar to this cookie not too long ago. This is literally the easiest cookie ...
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Chicken Veggie Curry Stew – A comforting nutritious one pot dish!

This dish has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember; my younger brother loves it ...
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Balsamic Glazed Tomatoes – Simple Yet Decadent

Tomatoes are that one fruit that you will always find in my fridge. Yes, it is a fruit! Who knew? ...
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Homemade Guacamole – Fresh, Easy, and Super Yummy!

From the first time I had guacamole; it was love at first sight. Cliche right? But Oh so true. Avocados ...
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