• Air fried chicken tenders with cauliflower mash
    Dinner

    Air Fried Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower mash

    Hi Everyone! I got a recipe for a delicious healthier meal that I am positive will make it to your weekly dinner rotation. These air fried chicken tenders with cauliflower mash are not only comforting and healthier but so good and easy. We are going to be using some amazing seasoning blends from Veggie Seasons to really elevate this dish as well! If you ask my husband what his favorite cheat meal is; it would be Culver’s Chicken tenders and yes they are so good but they are also fried which isn’t so good for you. I wanted to recreate a home-cooked meal based on this so he doesn’t have…

  • autumn pearl couscous salad
    Appetizers,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

    Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad

    I have a thing for pearl couscous; I am honestly kind of obsessed with its taste, texture, and overall beauty. Truly looks like pearls that you can eat! This autumn pearl couscous salad is inspired by all these wonderful fall vibes Chicago is currently having. I included flavors reminiscent of Fall in this recipe too like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and pecans. This Autumn pearl couscous salad is the perfect side dish this time of year with almost anything. I am serving it with salmon tonight but it can go fantastic with steak, chicken, shrimp, or even on its own! I know how much you love my easy salad recipes…

  • Knafeh Na'ameh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Knafeh Na’ameh

    The ultimate Middle Eastern dessert is knafeh. There is no debate about it. Almost every region in the Middle East has its own variation of it. Knafeh has become so much more universal now where you can find it in frozen aisles of supermarkets but nothing is better than homemade. The quality is unmatched. How can I describe this dessert to you? Knafeh Na’ameh is delicately crunchy yet smooth with a layer of gooey sweet cheese and a drizzle of simple syrup. Nablus, Palestine is most known for its Knafeh Na’meh. Some of the best in the world can be found in the streets of Nablus. I am not even…

  • tomato beef saute
    Dinner

    Tomato Beef Saute

    I got a recipe for you that I promise will be on repeat in your household and guess what? This tomato beef saute only takes 20 minutes to make it onto that dinner table. Talk about a super easy, fast, and delicious meal! You have a protein, vegetables, and grain for a complete meal. It is so good that I am making it again today as both my husband and I love it. This tomato beef saute was brought to my attention by a fellow friend who suggested what to make with my excess tomatoes from my garden. So, she mentioned this super simple Syrian dish known as imnazaleh. This…

  • Easy Bruschetta
    Appetizers,  Vegetarian

    Classic Bruschetta

    First, let me say this classic bruschetta has now become my new favorite appetizer of all time. Maybe it is the seasonal fresh tomatoes from my garden paired with good quality olive oil on crispy bread that won me over. Or perhaps the whole combination dipped into a creamy burrata cheese that is just so heavenly. Whatever it is; I can’t get enough of it. This recipe I can eat every day and I am tempted to with all these fresh tomatoes growing in my backyard. Honestly, my Roma and cherry tomatoes are what inspired me to create this lovely classic bruschetta. Only a few simple ingredients and you can…

  • Beef Kofta Kebab
    Dinner

    Beef Kofta Kebab

    This is the only recipe you need for an authentic and super tasty beef kofta kebab. An amazing grilled Kofta kebab is a summertime essential recipe in any Middle Eastern home. These beauties are typically made with ground beef along with minced parsley, garlic, and onions. These beef kofta kebabs are a crowd pleaser and go so well with side dishes like rice, fatoush, hummus, baba ghanouj, and so much more. I am sure we all have heard of kebabs. Kufta kebab however refers to ground meat kebabs so ground beef is specifically used for this recipe but there are recipes with ground lamb, ground chicken, or even ground turkey.…

  • semolina cake with vermicelli
    Dessert

    Semolina Cake with Vermicelli

    Hi everyone! I am back with a dessert recipe for you! This is a semolina cake that is soaked in a milk mixture and topped with vermicelli. It is called basbooset sha3reeyeh in Arabic which literally translates to semolina cake with vermicelli. I have never heard of this dessert until my parents came to visit last week. My mom told me she made a dessert that my dad really enjoyed because it wasn’t too sweet and that she wanted to teach me how to make it. She knows that I too prefer desserts that aren’t too sweet. Of course, I was so excited to learn! While watching my mom prepare…

  • Farayek Za'atar
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread)

    If you were ever curious as to what recipe made me feel like I was back home; it would be this. Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread) has got to be one of my favorite things to eat when visiting my parents and even when visiting family overseas. The bread is just so soft yet crispy at the same time and filled with tons of oregano. Often, we paired it with homemade fresh Arabic cheese and a cup of mint tea. It is truly the best breakfast and snack. I sat down with my mom and made this with her. I am taking every opportunity I have with her visiting me to…

  • pesto pasta salad
    Salads,  Side Dishes

    Pesto Pasta Salad

    I have made my share of homemade pesto this summer due to the abundance of fresh basil growing in our garden. Pesto is one of my favorite things to make with basil. It goes great with so many dishes like this pesto pasta salad. Not only that, but it is also fabulous on a sandwich, pizza, or even spoon on some fish or chicken. This pesto pasta salad came into fruition after wanted to create a dish that can be made ahead of time and can be eaten as a side to many meals. I noticed how much you guys have been enjoying my Bulgar salad which is also a…

  • Za'atar knots
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Vegan

    Za’atar Knots

    Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer. Today, I have wanted to share with you the recipe for this yummy treat for over a year now. And I must say that they are always a crowd-pleaser! Not only are these Za’atar knots visually appealing but the taste is just as good with only 3 ingredients being used! Wow, right? Za’atar has been truly a game-changer to anything it touches. In my youtube video below, I demonstrate how to make two different designs using the same method for these knots. This skillset can be utilized using dough in many ways and will surely elevate the…

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