• Dinner

    Stuffed Salmon with Bulgar Salad & Shrimp

    Today’s dish is all about the omegas’s! Salmon is known to be a hearty healthy fish that is super filling and easy to cook. I always have loved stuffed salmon when eating at a restaurant and decided to recreate that at home. What better than cheesy garlic spinach goodness as the filling? To complete this meal; I served it with a delicious and easy bulgar salad using Wild Garden foods wheat and tomato pilaf and some sauteed shrimp as the cherry on top! Now, this is one meal that looks like it took hours to make but promise it can be done in under 30 minutes. Bon Appetit! Servings: 2…

  • 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…

  • Kofta bil tahini - Ground Beef in a Citrus Tahini sauce
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Kofta bil tahini – Ground Beef in a Citrus Tahini sauce

    Growing up in a Middle Eastern household, we ate a whole lot of kofta. Kofta baked with tomatoes, kofta as out meatballs for spaghetti, kofta on the grill but one of my favorites is this variation of kofta in a citrus tahini sauce. It is absolutely delicious. We’ve been eating it my whole life but once I got married and moved out; I didn’t have my mom to make it anymore. Her kofta was always the best. She’s in town and guess what I asked her to make for me? This exact dish. I wanted to learn and enjoy another time from her hands. I hope you enjoy this family recipe.…

  • quinoa tabouleh
    Appetizers,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Quinoa Tabbouleh

    Hi friends! Hope you are having a wonderful start to this holy month of Ramadan. Today, I am sharing with you guys a dish that I love to find on the dinner table. It is tabbouleh! How many of us love tabbouleh? It is so refreshingly good. This salad along with Fattoush are hands down my favorite Middle Eastern salads. The key is to have a balanced dressing and finely chopped veggies. Those finely chopped veggies are what make the tabbouleh a tabbouleh along with the cracked wheat which I substituted with quinoa to make this dish a tad healthier and gluten free! I also like the taste of some sweetness with acidity;…

  • turkey kebabs
    Dinner,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Turkey Kebabs

    Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve been really busy with cake and treat orders this week but I knew I had to get this kebab recipe out there so you guys can try for yourself how easy and delicious this really is! I will be the first to say that I am not a big fan of ground turkey; I am a ground beef kind of girl but this was super good. So, even if you aren’t the biggest fan of turkey; try it! Also, try my turkey meatloaf recipe; that would win you over too! There are plenty of spices and veggies that go into this kebab…

  • pistachio ghoraibeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

    Hi friends! Hope you are all well. I’m super excited to share this Middle Eastern American hybrid of a cookie. This is one of the prettiest cookies to make in no time at all. It couldn’t be more simple to do too! It takes 5 ingredients and just a few steps to create absolute deliciousness! My mom loves to bake and she would often make ghoraybeh, which is a Middle Eastern shortbread. Often, it is just topped with one pistachio for decoration. I decided to incorporate crushed toasted pistachios into the cookie itself to really bring out the flavor of pistachio which I have been recently loving! I took another…

  • savory pies
    Appetizers,  Ramadan

    Cheese, Spinach, and Za’atar Pies (Mo3aganat)

    Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! It is beautiful and sunny out in Chicago today which makes me very happy 🙂 Today, I am sharing with you the much anticipated recipe for mo3aganat. These savory Middle Eastern pies are my absolute favorite things to snack on. I can have them any time of the day and I am one happy girl. I have always gravitated towards the cheese pies; the feta with the touch of spice and herbs melts in your mouth. I haven’t been able to enjoy these as much due to being lactose intolerant but I will have them every now and then because I…

  • meatballs
    Dinner

    Kufta Meatballs

    If you are from a Middle Eastern household, then I am positive you have had kufta before. This delicious spiced ground meat was a staple in our household growing up. The other day, I was making some gluten free pasta with a garlic olive oil sauce and I thought why not make the traditional kufta spiced meat but into meatball form to go along! It tasted amazing! The key in a good kufta recipe is actually a dash of cinnamon; cinnamon isn’t just used in sweets but great with red meat if used properly. I hope you enjoy this simple yet delicious quick dish! Total Time: 30 minutes Servings:  approx.…

  • labneh with pita
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes

    Walnut Yogurt Dip with Sesame Pita Chips

    Yogurt is found in almost every Middle Eastern household. It is also on almost every Middle Eastern brunch table as well. This variation of labneh (strained yogurt) is one of my favorite ways to eat it. There is texture from the nuts, creaminess from the yogurt, and immense flavor from the herbs & spices. It is also very easy to whip up making it perfect for a quick appetizer or brunch side dish! Often, pita bread is accompanied with labneh or hummus or baba ghanouj. That is the typical Arabic brunch. Sesame Pita chips is a tasty twist on the basic pita bread; which also takes little effort and time…