• bulgar salad
    Dairy Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Bulgar Salad

    Bulgar is one of my favorite grains to eat especially in the summertime because it goes so well with BBQ. My mom always made bulgar as opposed to rice with our kebabs and I truly prefer it! It is so good! This bulgar salad makes for a refreshing and really simple side dish to any meal really. It is packed with nutrients and loads of flavor. It is bright and leftovers taste even better because the flavors will have more time to mesh with one another. I often make this Bulgar Salad for meal prep since it lasts for a good week in the fridge covered in an airtight container.…

  • chicago style deep dish pizza
    Dinner

    Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

    I know what you are thinking. I was born in raised in Jersey just a few miles away from NYC where you can find some of the best pizza in the world! Now, let me tell you. On the East coast, we don’t mess around with deep dish pizza. It is thin crust all the way, Brooklyn style, or Sicilian. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago 3 years ago that I had my first ever experience enjoying deep dish pizza. Chicago style deep dish pizza is known worldwide. It’s a pizza you can basically eat with a fork and knife from how stuffed it is with yummy goodness. I…

  • tahini date loaf
    Dessert

    Tahini Date Loaf

    Two ingredients you can almost always find in a Middle Eastern pantry are dates and tahini. They happen to go really well together too! Tahini has a nutty slightly bitter taste with a creamy consistency while dates offer natural sweetness and a chewy bite. Ths tahini date loaf really shines the best of both ingredients. I am known to like desserts that are mildly sweet; I prefer it that way and if you are like me and don’t have a major sweet tooth but want to enjoy a treat with a cup of tea or coffee then this tahini date loaf is for you. The cinnamon and nutmeg offer a…

  • scalloped potatoes
    Dinner

    Scalloped Potatoes

    This is the most delicious side dish you will ever enjoy. Cheese and potatoes are just meant for one another. These scalloped potatoes are AH-mazing and Oh, so easy if I might say. Comes together quickly; pop in the oven and let it do its thing while you do something else. This dish goes great with BBQ, Smoked meat, any steak or chicken dish really too. I especially love with my slow baked beef short ribs. This dish is pretty flexible; use the cheese available to you or in your fridge and any potatoes you have on hand other than sweet potatoes. What to expect with these scalloped potatoes? Expect…

  • easy date shake
    Dessert,  Drinks

    Date Shake

    Smoothies and shakes are an awesome healthy option for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or post-workout fuel. They are super popular because of how easy they are to put together and packed with so much flavor. This date shake is what dreams are made of. It is perfectly naturally sweetened from the dates and so creamy from the banana and nutty from the almond butter. All the flavors go so well together; it’s almost like a treat! You will be addicted to this drink; I promise. Not only is this date shake gluten free, dairy-free, and vegan but it is also a fantastic way to utilize dates in your pantry year round.…

  • date walnut cookies
    Dessert

    Date Walnut Cookies

    I have so many dates leftover from Ramadan and I wanted to create a series based on this amazing fruit; dates. They are naturally sweet, high in fiber, and antioxidants, and overall very nutritious. One of the first recipes that I am sharing is these Date walnut cookies which I may say are heavenly. They are soft in the center, chewy, and have the perfect crunch from walnuts and sweetness from the dates. All of the flavors and textures go so well together! I really hope you try these super easy date walnut cookies. They are a great way to use up the dates in your pantry. You can substitute…

  • boneless beef short ribs
    Dinner

    Slow-cooked Beef Short Ribs

    These slow-cooked beef short ribs are one of those meals that you just season, toss in the oven, and bake to perfection. It bakes for 3 hours giving you enough time to nap, do errands/chores, and catch up on other things. It is delicious with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and/or cheesy scalloped potatoes. My husband who is a meat lover enjoyed these so much that I made these 3 times in a week’s time! Yes, insane right? It is tangy, slightly sweet and super tender. Many recipes call for ketchup and BBQ sauce for slow-cooked beef short ribs. I used a common pantry staple of mine; pomegranate molasses.…

  • creamy lemon baked cod
    Dinner

    Creamy Lemon Baked Cod

    Need a weeknight meal? Trying to have more seafood in your weekly diet? Then, you need to try this creamy lemon baked cod dish that was inspired by Recipe Tin Eats. I can’t tell you how delicious this meal is! You just have to try for yourself. It takes almost no time to put together too; you can have dinner ready in just 30 minutes. A meal that is hearty, healthy, nutritious, and something the whole family will enjoy. I use Sitka Salmon Shares Cod in this recipe. They have the best quality fish I have ever tried. The best part is the seafood comes right to your door frozen…

  • philly cheese steak
    Dinner

    Classic Philly Cheesesteak

    Growing up on the East coast, I loved a good Classic Philly Cheesesteak. It was definitely one of my favorite comfort foods and sandwiches as I am a huge sandwich lover. Now, years later and in the city of Chicago; you cant find a classic philly cheesesteak anywhere! So, leave it to me to make some for dinner for my husband to experience for the first time and for me to have all these nostalgic feelings come up. These sandwiches came out fantastic and I cannot wait for you to try them and see for yourself how easy and flavorful they are!

  • Creamy lemon pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Lemon Pasta

    How can I describe this creamy lemon pasta sauce to you? It is creamy, cheesy, yet refreshing from the fresh lemon juice and zest. All these simple ingredients work together so well to create such a delicious bite of food. You can’t help but go back for more and before you know it; your plate is done! This creamy lemon pasta is a meal that you can get on the table in 15 minutes! Yes! You heard that right. You can have a fantastic meal for everyone to enjoy that fast. This dish pairs beautifully with chicken or shrimp as well if you would like to add that in but…

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