• creamy mashed potatoes
    Side Dishes

    Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    A classic creamy mashed potatoes recipe is one of those staple side dishes that almost everyone loves. I, for one, am a huge lover of anything with potatoes! Potatoes have to be one of my favorite vegetables because of their versatility. In this case, I transformed some golden potatoes into this classic creamy mashed potatoes. This is a recipe I use often with my short ribs or even with a hearty beef stew. It is definitely one of the most popular, tastiest, and easiest accompaniments to make for many dishes. It goes perfectly with turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving. That is precisely why I am sharing the recipe with you…

  • honey jalapeno cornbread
    Side Dishes

    Honey Jalapeno Cornbread

    Thanksgiving is coming up and one of the best recipes to have on hand is a good cornbread! This honey jalapeno cornbread recipe is easy, moist yet crumbly, and has great flavor. You will feel the slight heat but also the slight sweetness from the honey. It can be served as is or with a slather of room temperature butter. It is best eaten warm or even at room temperature. Cornbread is one of those comfort food side dishes that goes well with so many meals. I love to serve it with my slow-braised short ribs or a nice juicy turkey in this month’s case. What I enjoy about this…

  • za'atar cake
    Brunch,  Snacks

    Zaatar Cake

    My mom called me last week and told me she has been making this cake for the past few months and it has been a hit with the family and her friends. I didn’t know what to expect but let me tell you this is a fantastic recipe! It is darn good and so easy to make that no one is intimidated to make it! This zaatar cake needs very little effort and only a handful of ingredients to be made. It is full of flavor, super moist, and gives the house such a beautiful aroma. What Zaatar is used in this Zaatar Cake? For those who may be wondering,…

  • Lentil Soup
    Ramadan,  Soups,  Vegan

    Creamy Lentil Soup

    This is a classic Middle Eastern creamy lentil soup also known as shorabet adas. It is amazing how a few simple ingredients can make such a phenomenal dish. This soup is not only vegan but gluten free and super easy to prepare. Growing up, my mom always made this up and I was never a fan until my adult years. I don’t know why it took me so long to fall in love with this creamy lentil soup. It has such amazing flavor and texture. It goes so well with crispy pita chips and a fresh squeeze of lemon. For this soup, red lentils is used as opposed to brown…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan

    Sayadieh

    This post is sponsored by Filippo Berio. All ideas are my own. Sayadieh is a classic Middle Eastern rice and fish dish that consists of fried white fish, fluffy spiced rice, caramelized onions, and a tahini salad. For this recipe, I decided not to deep fry my fish like most traditional sayadieh recipes to make it healthier and less messy! Trust me, it is just as good this way and better for you too! Now, if you ask me, my favorite part is the caramelized onions in the rice and the whole dish in general paired with the refreshing tahini salad. It is so so good and doesn’t take much…

  • Cajun Creamy Pasta
    Dinner

    Cajun Creamy Pasta

    Hey friends! Do I got an easy and delicious recipe to share with you! This cajun creamy pasta is the perfect quick weeknight meal. It is so full of flavor and luscious; trust me you will not get enough. I am a big fan of pasta but I don’t eat it too often. Every now and then I like to indulge and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. This cajun creamy pasta was actually was inspired by Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Pasta when I came up with this recipe. That was the pasta dish my friends and I would almost always get when we dined there and…

  • pumpkin bread
    Dessert

    The Best Pumpkin Bread

    Hey guys! It is officially Fall and I have the perfect recipe for you to celebrate! I present to you the best pumpkin bread that you will ever eat. It is so moist, the perfect amount of spice and pumpkin flavor, and easy to make. I literally cannot wait for you all to try it! Heck, I don’t even like pumpkin and I couldn’t stop eating this. What makes the best pumpkin bread? The texture– this is super important as no one wants to eat a dry loaf of anything. That gooey moist texture is key in fantastic pumpkin bread. This recipe has just the right amount of pumpkin puree…

  • 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…

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