• almond semolina cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Almond Cake

    I was visiting my family in New Jersey several months ago when my aunt served me a slice of almond cake. Now, I love my aunt’s cooking and baking; and she had never served me this dessert before! So, I was intrigued to try and let me tell you; it is delicious! This almond cake recipe is actually addicting and I don’t even like cake! If I do eat cake, it has to be light, moist, and not overly sweet which this cake recipe hits all those notes. I did tweak the recipe by cutting down the sweetness but this is purely inspired by my aunt’s cake. Potential of this…

  • cheese danish
    Brunch,  Dessert

    Crescent Roll Cheese Danish

    You need to try this shortcut version to the danishes you all love to buy at the local supermarket and bakeries! This crescent roll cheese danish is absolutely light, not too sweet, creamy with a hint of citrus. I was very pleased with how these came out and I couldn’t wait to share with you as I know how much you guys love an easy sweet treat! The touch of jam on top really takes it over the top with flavor. You can use any jam that you prefer for this cheese danish; I went ahead with fig! Crescent rolls really come in handy when in a pinch. It is…

  • chicken penne pasta
    Dinner

    Chicken Penne Pasta

    This chicken penne pasta is everything you would ever want in a pasta dish. It is creamy, packed with flavor, has the best of both worlds with a white and red sauce, and that tender chicken; just wow! With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I wanted to make an easy pasta recipe that can be enjoyed for all the quarantine dinners that will be happening this year. Now, what better than a pink sauce chicken penne pasta to go right with the theme. Plus, who doesn’t love an indulgent meal that will leave you so satisfied at any time in the week! It honestly takes just a little prep…

  • chocolate mousse
    Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Easy Chocolate Mousse

    Okay, drop everything that you are doing and go get the ingredients for this super easy chocolate mousse. It is amazing! Anyone who has tried it while recipe testing will concur. Imagine a very creamy, chocolate forward, silky smooth mousse. It is light and not overly sweet; honestly it is perfection! Oh, and there is no baking required! So, this no bake dessert is perfect for those who shy away from the oven. It is fairly simple to make too, just need to follow a few technical steps carefully and you will achieve chocolate perfection. I promise this easy dessert will be a winner in your household amongst your family…

  • healthy egg salad
    Brunch,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Healthy Egg Salad

    Okay, would you believe if I literally said I randomly whipped up this healthy egg salad and fell in love? It is true. I’ve been brainstorming for days of Arabic inspired dishes and kept drawing a blank. Then, I was in the kitchen wanting to make some boiled eggs. I saw labneh sitting in my fridge and thought this would be a fantastic substitute for mayo. And it just went from there! That is how I came up with this delicious healthy egg salad! And if you are anything like me, I used to not even be able to boil an egg properly. Can you believe it? I can make…

  • cheesy garlic bread
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Bread is one of my weaknesses. Honestly, it is the one food I probably could never give up! Who else is with me on that? Combine garlic, cheese, and a good loaf of bread and you have this delicious cheesy garlic bread. Literally, all of my favorite things combined into one bite. It isn’t hard to execute a delicious garlic bread. In fact, it is super simple and requires just a few steps. 3 things you need to make a cheesy garlic bread A fresh loaf of bread. For this, either a French or Italian baguette would work perfectly. You can find either in a bakery at any supermarket. The…

  • Shrimp Fajitas
    Dinner

    Shrimp Fajitas

    These shrimp fajitas are so amazing that you would never think that they are good for you too! Every element of this fajita is jam packed with flavor. From the perfectly cooked shrimp to the zesty guacamole and refreshing pico de gallo; it is a home run. Ever since coming back from visiting my family over winter break, I have been trying to add healthier meals into my diet. More so to balance all the rice and bread I ate while at my parents house! When I came back and went grocery shopping, I spotted some beautiful fresh shrimp. Then it hit me! I am going to make some shrimp…

  • Veggie Moussaka
    Dinner

    Veggie Moussaka

    Who doesn’t love a layered casserole bursting with flavor? This veggie moussaka utilizes zucchini, eggplant, and potatoes that are roasted in olive oil then topped with a delicious tomato sauce and homemade bechamel. It is simply fantastic. The ultimate comfort food but utilizing veggies too so you can’t feel that guilty about it! I was inspired to make this veggie moussaka when I decided to implement more vegetarian-based or veggie-based meals into our weekly diet. My husband is a huge meat lover and most of the time he doesn’t think a dish is a full meal unless meat is included. Let’s just say he loved this dish and wasn’t looking…

  • linzer cookies
    Dessert

    Linzer Cookies

    This post was sponsored by Kroger and Vermont Creamery. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of The Kroger Co. It is that time of year where holiday baking is in full effect. One of my absolute favorite desserts to bake are cookies! They are easy, pretty, and always so delicious. You can’t go wrong! These Linzer cookies not only look festive but are melt in your mouth good! If you didn’t know, a linzer cookie is basically a shortbread cookie sandwiched with raspberry preserves. And a shortbread cookie is mainly a sophisticated butter cookie. I worked at a bakery for 10 years, and one…

  • Classic Meatloaf
    Dinner

    Classic Meatloaf

    Hey, my friends! Hope you are all doing well! It has been getting cold here in Chicago and with winter fast approaching, what is better than some comfort food recipes. One that my husband loves is a classic meatloaf. You really can’t go wrong with a nice tender slice of flavorful cooked beef! It pairs so well with my creamy mashed potatoes or even my cauliflower mash for a healthier option. I like to make this when I have ground beef and don’t want to make kofta! It only takes a few components to make a mouth-watering classic meatloaf that everyone will enjoy. All you need is some good quality…

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