• beef empanadas
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    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 culture in the area, especially in the cuisine. Empanadas have always been a favorite of mine. My mom would actually make fried empanadas stuffed with chicken curry and veggies. This recipe, however, involves baking and puff pastry which is less traditional but definitely more flaky and simple to do. I guarantee once you try this; you will be making it over and over. It’s just that good! It is the perfect potluck dish or party food; a great accompaniment to a meal and both kids and adults enjoy them. The chimichurri sauce…

  • crudite platter
    Appetizers,  Snacks,  Tips

    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 with an assortment of fruit, vegetables, olives, deli meats, bread, dips, crackers and cheese! The term crudité is often used when making a vegetarian platter and charcuterie is mainly a variety of sliced meat. Today, I’m having a friend over and lately my go to when having company is to make these platters. Let me tell you why. You can prep it hours ahead of time; you are able to clean out your fridge and pantry a little bit, and as the host, you get to sit around and enjoy too…

  • quinoa tabouleh
    Appetizers,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Quinoa Tabbouleh

    Hi friends! Hope you are having a wonderful start to this holy month of Ramadan. Today, I am sharing with you guys a dish that I love to find on the dinner table. It is tabbouleh! How many of us love tabbouleh? It is so refreshingly good. This salad along with Fattoush are hands down my favorite Middle Eastern salads. The key is to have a balanced dressing and finely chopped veggies. Those finely chopped veggies are what make the tabbouleh a tabbouleh along with the cracked wheat which I substituted with quinoa to make this dish a tad healthier and gluten free! I also like the taste of some sweetness with acidity;…

  • carrot fries
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    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 beauty and versatility of carrots! Who knew carrots weren’t just meant to be in a cake or eaten as a snack? There is so much more that can be done with this delicious & healthy vegetable. I am sure we have all had fries using types of potatoes but have you ever made carrot fries? To be particular, these are oven baked carrot fries with an herb tahini sauce. These are extremely tasty and simple to make. They are also a much better alternative to french fries! Hopefully, this post will…