• chicken shawarma tacos
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Chicken Shawarma Tacos

    One of my fondest memories traveling to Jordan was eating shawarma with my cousins at 1 am while watching a movie. It was our thing. In Jordan, restaurants and shops would literally stay open into the night for people to enjoy. I love the nightlife over there; never a dull moment. The shawarma was unlike no other. Anyone who has tried it will tell you that but here in the states, we do our best to make shawarma as close as possible to what we know. Today, I made some chicken shawarma tacos using Wild Garden’s Marinade. I know, tacos are not traditional at all but this meal super delicious…

  • middle eastern baked kufta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

    My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household! Servings:…

  • fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Greek Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • pan-fried halloumi
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Pan-Fried Nabulsi Cheese

    I have a love-hate relationship with cheese. I love it so much that growing up my family would call me Ms. Cheese. I am not even kidding! Unfortunately, I developed an intolerance for dairy in the last few years and can’t enjoy cheese as much as I used to. These however always hit the spot when I do decide to enjoy some dairy. They are lightly crisp on the outside yet super soft and melt in your mouth. How can you not give in? My mom made this all the time for Arabic breakfast and now I make it for my husband who loves it even more than I do!…

  • cod dinner
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Cod Dinner

    Hey friends! Lately, I have been a little obsessed with cod. I literally just discovered it a month ago and now I cannot get enough. We have it every week. If you arent familiar with it, it a white fish mild in taste but literally melts in your mouth. It takes on flavor really well. Growing up, my mother made one particular salad next to any fish dish she served and that is this parsley tahini-based salad known as bakdoonseyeh. It is creamy, citrusy and so delicious! I share the recipe with you all below because it pairs just beautifully with seafood. This cod dinner is a must-try and it…

  • summer corn salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Summer Corn Salad

    The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks. I couldn’t help myself and bought a few without even knowing what I would make with them; I just couldn’t resist their beauty. They stayed in the fridge for a few days before I realized that they would make for a deliciously refreshing salad near a seafood dish. Yesterday, I whipped up some blackened salmon steaks and made this beautiful summer corn salad to accompany it and boy was it amazing. I am going back today to get more corn; let’s just say that! This would also be amazing as…

  • Mansaf
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Mansaf

    Okay, hands down this is one of my favorite traditional Middle Eastern rice dishes. Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian meal comprising of a layer of bedouin flatbread, rice, dried yogurt sauce, lamb, and toasted nuts and parsley. This is often served for big dinner parties in our culture since it is preferred by many and seen as a sign of generosity when offered to guests. Although it takes some time to make; it is very much worth it! If you are a visual learner, there is a tutorial on my Instagram too. Servings: 8-10 people Total Time: approx. 3 hours Meat Ingredients 5 lbs of Lamb Shoulder cut into medium…

  • knafeh with nuts
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Knafeh with Nuts

    There is nothing traditional about the recipe I am about to share with you guys but is it good? Heck yes! It isn’t the typical knafeh we all know and love that is tinted orange with melted cheese in the center and garnished with pistachios. This variation is one my mom started making a few years ago with the extra nuts she had in her pantry and my family really enjoys it! It’s a lighter alternative and can be easily dairy free if using vegan butter. For even more decadence or if you are missing that creaminess in a traditional Nabulsi knafeh then top it off with a scoop of…

  • lemon garlic cod in a skillet
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Lemon Garlic Cod in a skillet

    Hey friends! Lately, my husband and I have been trying to eat more seafood in our weekly diet. We are lessening our red meat consumption and adding more fish instead. Cod is a fish that I never grew up eating but unlike other fishes; it is actually quite affordable. I bought a pound for $12 from Whole Foods which is a steal for seafood! Let’s just say this simple recipe will make its weekly routine into our lives. It is so easy to make after a long day of work and really healthy too. Ingredients 1 1lb of cod fillet ( about 4 pieces) 4 tbsp unsalted butter (you can…