• 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…

  • 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,…