• arayes
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner

    Arayes

    I am so excited to share this delicious and simple Middle Eastern recipe with you. It’s one of those 30 min meals that will make the whole household satisfied! Imagine crispy toasted pita stuffed with well seasoned tender ground meat. It is so delicious and easy. Pop them in the oven or grill them; either way, these arayes will be mouth-watering. Traditionally, ground beef or ground lamb is used as the meat in the stuffing. You can even mix both if you would like. You can use fresh or leftover pita for this too. I personally, love to stuff my arayes to medium thickness but you can over or under…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan

    Malfoof (Stuffed Cabbage Leaves)

    I grew up eating Malfoof, which are stuffed cabbage leaves. There are so many different preparations for this dish dependent on the region. Almost every country in the Middle East has their own twist on it with various seasonings. European countries also make stuffed cabbage too! Today, I’m sharing with you my mother’s way. In the Middle East, stuffing vegetables is very common as not only is it delicious but also inexpensive. The two most common are stuffed grape leaves (dawali) & stuffed cabbage leaves (malfoof). These are both a favorite of mine but in the colder months, I always find myself craving malfoof more. Cabbage leaves are also easier…

  • musakhan tacos
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Musakhan Tacos

    For those who don’t know, musakhan is a popular and traditional Palestinian dish. It’s typically composed of fresh bread topped with tangy cooked sumac onions then layered with roasted spiced chicken. Often it is served with toasted nuts, parsley garnish, salad and/or yogurt. I’ve been meaning to make this dish for a while now, over a year to be exact. I wanted to put my own twist on it since I am gluten and dairy intolerant. Plus, I LOVE tacos. So, I combined the flavors and fundamentals of musakhan into a corn tortilla. Genius, right?! Hands down, one of the best tacos I ever had! There are 3 main components…

  • beef shawarma plate
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Beef Shawarma Plate

    My chicken shawarma recipe is one of the most made and liked on my blog. I decided to do a beef shawarma recipe as well for all you meat lovers. I can’t believe I didn’t make this sooner. Shawarma is extremely popular in the Middle East especially in a wrap, but in this case, I made a shawarma plate to omit the bread making this even healthier than it already is. My husband is doing a low carb diet known as keto; therefore carbs should be to a minimum. This plate is wonderful for those who want a filling healthy dinner for their family. You get your protein, plenty of vegetables…

  • kufta tarts
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    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 to make something with ground beef for the following day but not sure what! Yes, I often plan my meals the night before! So, I wanted to do something different when the idea of a kufta tart popped into my mind. Often, I utilize things I already have in my pantry or fridge and that is what I did in this case. I thought it was an awesome idea especially since it is keto friendly which is perfect for hubby, it is dairy and gluten free which is perfect for me…

  • turkey kebabs
    Dinner,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Turkey Kebabs

    Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve been really busy with cake and treat orders this week but I knew I had to get this kebab recipe out there so you guys can try for yourself how easy and delicious this really is! I will be the first to say that I am not a big fan of ground turkey; I am a ground beef kind of girl but this was super good. So, even if you aren’t the biggest fan of turkey; try it! Also, try my turkey meatloaf recipe; that would win you over too! There are plenty of spices and veggies that go into this kebab…

  • Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Fattoush

    Hi everyone! Today, I am bringing you a requested dish especially now that Ramadan is around the corner. Its delicious, its healthy, and its super easy to make. Plus, everyone loves it! I don’t know about you, but fattoush is a staple on our dinner table in Ramadan or in gatherings. You will always see it offered at any Middle Eastern restaurant as well. Its one of the most popular Mediterranean salad’s next to tabbouleh. Its a simple chopped salad but what really elevates it; is the zesty dressing. The best part about the dish in my opinion is the crisp bread that soaks up some of the flavors of…

  • Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    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 am obsessed with fattet makdous which basically is a layered baby eggplant dish with ground beef, bread, and sauces. It literally has all my favorite things in a dish. I have been craving this more than ever lately and with Ramadan right around the corner; I knew I had to come up with a recipe for you all that was just as good but a tad healthier and better for those with gluten and dairy intolerance. Yes, there are several steps to this meal but they are all crucial and…

  • barazek balls
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Barazek Truffles (Sesame Balls)

    Hi all! Hope you are good 🙂 My hubby and I are flying to LA tomorrow for a mini vacay that is well needed! I wanted to share this quick and easy dessert/snack with you before I left. I had two trials with these before posting this recipe and my husband devoured almost all of them so I knew they were good enough to share with you all! So, if I had to choose what my favorite Middle Eastern cookie was it would be barazek. It is a delicious crisp sesame honey cookie that tastes absolutely amazing; it is quite addicting really. My parents would bring them back from overseas in these tins…

  • meatballs
    Dinner

    Kufta Meatballs

    If you are from a Middle Eastern household, then I am positive you have had kufta before. This delicious spiced ground meat was a staple in our household growing up. The other day, I was making some gluten free pasta with a garlic olive oil sauce and I thought why not make the traditional kufta spiced meat but into meatball form to go along! It tasted amazing! The key in a good kufta recipe is actually a dash of cinnamon; cinnamon isn’t just used in sweets but great with red meat if used properly. I hope you enjoy this simple yet delicious quick dish! Total Time: 30 minutes Servings:  approx.…

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