• chicken & veggie casserole

    Chicken & Veggie Casserole

    I grew up eating this chicken & veggie casserole at potlucks and always looked forward to it. My mom and aunt would make it all the time for an easy dinner that we all loved or for gatherings. It is always a crowd favorite. I mean, why wouldn’t it be? Creamy vegetables, seasoned tender chicken, ‘topped with cheesy potatoes sounds amazing to me any day. I couldn’t even tell you what the best part of the dish is because it is all so good! Don’t have all the ingredients on hand? We literally make this casserole for Ramadan dinners, Thanksgiving dinner, or for a weeknight dinner. You can’t go wrong.…

  • lomo saltado

    Lomo Saltado

    I first had this delicious Peruvian Beef stir fry during my visit to California last year. Our friends took us to a local spot that had some of the best Peruvian we ever ate. One of the dishes we enjoyed was Lomo Saltado. I never had anything like it before and it just intrigued me. I devoured my plate. Lomo Saltado itself is saucy and full of textures and flavors. It goes perfectly with white rice despite already having potato as a component too. I just knew I had to recreate it at home for my husband and me to enjoy. I needed to share this recipe with you. It…

  • 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 book. I am actually giving away two copies of it on my instagram; so go ahead and check that out. Every time I post a recipe for pasta, I say its better than the last but honestly this pasta is darn good! The lemon and veggies add such great flavor and freshness. If you do not like a heavy pasta dish, then this is definitely for you. Super easy and quick to make as well an the chicken gives it more heartiness and protein to make it a full meal.…

    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Blackened Salmon Tacos

    First time I ever had Fish tacos was at this really cool tiny spot in Huntington Beach, California. It was so good!!!! Sadly, since that day I haven’t had any good fish tacos and really gave up hope when ordering them. For Taco Tuesday, I decided to recreate a fish taco using my favorite hearty fish with all the perfect garnishes. The salsa adds great acidity and an extra layer of flavor. The chimichurri mayo brings in that creaminess and garlic. All these flavors blend really well together. You can use your fish of choice for this taco if you aren’t a fan of salmon. It is recommended we eat seafood…

  • lamb chops & potatoes skillet
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Lamb Chops & Potatoes Skillet

    Hi, my lovely friends! The other night, I made hubby and I this delicious lamb chops and potatoes skillet and I would be lying if I said that I have ever cooked lamb before. I have always been hesitant to cook with it and honestly, I never really liked lamb growing up. It’s a taste I have learned to enjoy in my adult years. When I saw these marinated lamb chops grocery shopping this past weekend, I knew that I had to give them a try! My husband loves lamb and I knew it would be a treat since I NEVER make it. Potatoes and meat are the perfect duo…

  • pasta primavera
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Pasta Primavera

    I realized as I was looking through the archives of recipes on my blog that I barely had any pasta recipes if any. I couldn’t believe it! Pasta never really comes to our minds when we think of healthy eating but this one is just right you guys. Pasta Primavera is loaded with roasted veggies and doesn’t have that white or red sauce which holds plenty of calories especially in sugar. Instead, you use wholesome ingredients like olive oil, garlic sauce and even the pasta cooking liquid. If you aren’t lactose intolerant or vegan, then the parmesan cheese will melt and add a nice creaminess too! This pasta is also very…

  • stuffed chicken breast
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    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 LOVE it! To have a delicious stuffed chicken, the filling has to be on point and the chicken has to be tender and juicy. No one likes dry chicken! This recipe is super flavorful and very easy to put together too. Since I am lactose intolerant, I used dairy free cream cheese but of course, you can use regular cream cheese. I also had some roasted garlic aioli in my pantry and decided to add a little of that too but that’s completely optional! You can easily omit some of…

  • meatballs

    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.…

  • turkey meatloaf
    Dinner,  Keto

    Turkey Meatloaf

    Hi everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous start to the weekend! Ever since I got married, I have been trying to like ground turkey. My family never prepared anything with ground turkey but my in laws prefer it over ground beef. I know that it is leaner and overall better for you so I gave it a try and wasn’t really loving it till I made this meatloaf. In this case, the ground turkey worked beautifully because it is lighter than ground beef. It was moist; not dense and took on the flavors of the seasonings and veggies so well. Did i mention that it is super simple to…

  • dairy free pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Vegan

    Creamy Dairy Free Pasta

    Hey all! So, I have known for a while now that I was lactose intolerant. I was in denial though. I would still eat dairy because it’s my comfort food. Dairy especially cheese literally makes me happy and makes food always taste better. After suffering from stomach pains for a while now, I realized that I really just have to let it go and make due. Today I was craving some creamy pasta for dinner. I used to make a delicious shrimp Alfredo fettuccine all the time. I wanted to recreate it but dairy free and healthier! I think that I actually did a pretty good job of doing so…