• potato samosas
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Potato Samosas

    Lately, one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy is Indian. We have a local Indian restaurant that we order takeout from at least once a week and one of my go-to menu items is always their potato samosas. The soft well-seasoned filling with that crunchy exterior is such a delicious combination. With Ramadan around the corner, potato samosas make for a fantastic make-ahead appetizer since they are freezer friendly; the only thing needed is to cook it the day of. These can be air fried, deep-fried, or even baked to crisp perfection. I actually was not only inspired to make these because I love Indian food and they make for…

  • healthy oat recipe
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Healthy Oat Crepes

    Want to know one of my weaknesses when it comes to my sweet tooth? Crepes. So, you can only imagine my joy when I developed these healthy oat crepes using Hearthy Foods Oat flour. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I knew I had to get the recipe out to you guys asap! Not only will you love it, but so will your children and this is a great way to get some extra nutrients in using oat flour and adding fillings like fresh fruit and nut butter. Let me tell you something about me. Anywhere I go that has crepes on the dessert menu; you bet…

  • 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…

  • Panna Cotta
    Dessert

    Panna Cotta with Berry sauce

    Where it all Started: I worked in an Italian bakery for 10 years where my true passion for desserts blossomed. Although, we didn’t serve panna cotta; I have always wanted to try it myself. Panna cotta is a delectable Italian custard-like dessert that comes together in just a few minutes. It is served chilled and often with a berry or chocolate sauce. Hearthy Foods Halal Gelatin: To make panna cotta with berry sauce, gelatin is required and it wasn’t until recently that I came across Halal certified unflavored gelatin by Hearthy foods. I was elated, to say the least, to try the Gelatin and I have come to love it.…

  • Chai Spiced Almond Cookies
    Dessert

    Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

    Hey friends! Happy Sunday 🙂 Do you love a good Snickerdoodle? Ever thought of using Chai instead of solely cinnamon? It works and it works really well! If you don’t know, chai is a blend of spices often used in South East Asian cuisine. It is a blend of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Now, I have a GF almond cookie on my blog which is super delicious. When I realized that I was out of vanilla to make this cookie but had almond flavor; a lightbulb went off in my head. So, I combined the flavor and texture of almonds with the chai; the result were these…

  • salatat jarjeer (middle eastern arugula salad)
    Salads

    Salatat Jarjeer (Middle Eastern Arugula Salad)

    I cannot count the number of times I had this salad on my recent trip to NJ. I have always enjoyed Salatat Jarjeer as I am a big fan of textures, acidity, and arugula in general. I however almost forgot about this salad until recently when almost every household I visited in NJ made this salad to accompany dinner. That is when I knew I had to make this when I got back and share it with you guys. It is just so simple but so good especially if you love a strong citrus flavor as I do. It pairs well with seafood especially but just as good with anything…

  • Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • shepherd's salad
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Shepherd’s Salad

    Hi, my friends! I am so excited to share with you this super simple salad recipe as it is one of my favorites. I first knew about Shepherd’s salad a few years ago while I was eating at one of my favorite Turkish spots in NJ, not far from where I grew up. I was sold when I realized the salad had feta which is one of my go-to cheeses. Don’t get me wrong, this salad would still be delicious without the feta so if you are vegan or dairy intolerant; just omit it. Recently, I visited my family in NJ over winter break. It is now our tradition to…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • peanut butter cookie with pink Himalayan salt
    Dessert

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Pink Himalayan salt

    There is something about a sweet and salty duo that is so satisfying. You literally get the best of both worlds in one bite. This Peanut butter cookie with Shan foods pink Himalayan salt hits the spot. Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Both children and adults rave over this nutritious snack. Peanut butter naturally has sweet and salty components in it making it the perfect foundation for this cookie. Top it off with some white chocolate and pink Himalayan salt and the flavor profile goes to the next level. You will see what I am talking about once you try this super easy 20-minute cookie recipe. There are a few…