• date walnut cookies
    Dessert

    Date Walnut Cookies

    I have so many dates leftover from Ramadan and I wanted to create a series based on this amazing fruit; dates. They are naturally sweet, high in fiber, and antioxidants, and overall very nutritious. One of the first recipes that I am sharing is these Date walnut cookies which I may say are heavenly. They are soft in the center, chewy, and have the perfect crunch from walnuts and sweetness from the dates. All of the flavors and textures go so well together! I really hope you try these super easy date walnut cookies. They are a great way to use up the dates in your pantry. You can substitute…

  • Shish Barak
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Shish Barak

    These Middle Eastern homemade meat-stuffed dumplings are to die for! They are the ultimate comfort food and every minute that goes into making these are well worth it. Shish Barak can be considered the ravioli of Arabic cuisine; they look just like them except the stuffing must be minced meat and the sauce it is cooked in is yogurt-based to be considered traditional. Often, ground beef or lamb or even a mixture is used to make this hearty meal. Making the filling and the dough is the easiest part. It is the tedious repetition of making the dumplings by hand. First, you have to lay the dough flat and then…

  • potato samosas
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Potato Samosas

    Lately, one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy is Indian. We have a local Indian restaurant that we order takeout from at least once a week and one of my go-to menu items is always their potato samosas. The soft well-seasoned filling with that crunchy exterior is such a delicious combination. With Ramadan around the corner, potato samosas make for a fantastic make-ahead appetizer since they are freezer friendly; the only thing needed is to cook it the day of. These can be air fried, deep-fried, or even baked to crisp perfection. I actually was not only inspired to make these because I love Indian food and they make for…

  • mint lemonade
    Ramadan

    Mint Lemonade (Refreshingly Tasty)

    Hi everyone!! I’ve been wanting to make mint lemonade for a month now but my mint plant did not grow till recently. Yay! My dad also handed me some fresh mint with its roots before leaving New Jersey which I did bring with me and placed it in a glass to use out of my kitchen. Now that I had all this mint, I knew it was time to make this delicious drink that is so popular! I opted to use honey or agave as my sweetener instead of sugar because its simply¬† better for you and I wanted to make a lighter simpler version than the average mint lemonade.…

  • 3ijeh
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan

    Zucchini Egg Fritters (3ijeh)

    Hi my friends! How was your weekend? I’ve been meaning to share this delicious simple egg recipe because I am sure just like me you guys must be sick of eating chicken or red meat every day for iftar. Every now and then, my family would make an iftar meal known as nawashef where basically we would eat baba ghanouj, hummus, pita bread with other dips along with eggs and other veggie dishes with soup and salad. Those were always one of my favorite meals! It was like a cleanse from eating so much meat. One aspect of those dinners always included 3ijeh which is this zucchini and veggie egg…

  • shrimp avocado salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan

    Shrimp Avocado Salad

    Ever have one of those days where you just feel like eating something light and refreshing especially with this hot weather? Yesterday was one of those days for me. I was pretty much sick of eating chicken or red meat and needed some change. One of the dishes I prepared was this delicious super easy shrimp avocado salad. It’s the perfect appetizer or side dish to any meal even a perfect lunch that can be made ahead of time. The radishes and nuts give a nice crunch while the mangoes add a subtle sweetness to the tangy salad. You can even substitute the mangoes for sweet corn if you prefer;…

  • hilbeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hilbeh (Fenugreek seed Semolina cake)

    Hi everyone! How are you guys enjoying your 3 day weekend? I go back to Chicago later tonight and I am already missing my family by just the thought of leaving. I did promise you my mama’s hilbeh recipe before I left and here it is! Hilbeh is one of those Middle Eastern desserts that you either love or hate. Some people do not like the smell of the fenugreek seeds but it doesn’t bother me. The cake itself is not sweet at all. The syrup is what adds the sweetness to this dessert. Fenugreek seeds actually have severeal benefits. Its great for decreasing inflammation and cholestorol. It is said…

  • white lasagna
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    White Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna

    Hey Everyone! How are you all doing? I cant believe we are almost a week into Ramadan. I’m sharing a delicious comfort food dish with you all that is easy to whip together and everyone in the family especially the kids will enjoy it. Lasagna is one of those homey dishes that make everything feel just right. I’ve always been a fan of white lasagna and even more with garlic, mushrooms and spinach. I made this for a family gathering the other night for dinner and it was a hit! I even showed you all how to make it on my highlights on my Instagram @fufuinthekitchen. I hope you enjoy…

  • middle eastern stuffed pancakes
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Atayef (Middle Eastern Stuffed Pancake Dessert)

    Hi my lovely friends!! Today, I am sharing with a recipe that is often prepared for Ramadan and Eid time in a Middle Eastern household! It’s a dessert thatsi extremely popular, irresistible and its shaped like an empanada! What can it be? Atayef, is a delicious baked treat usually filled with nuts or cheese but people get creative and fill it with nutella and other things too. Atayef, for those who don’t know, literally looks like a pancake except its porous and thinner than your average pancake. Atayef are nostalgic to me; its something I remember making with my parents growing up and being super excited about it too! I…

  • ramadan
    Ramadan,  Tips

    How to lose weight in Ramadan

    Hello my lovely friends! Ramadan Kareem; may you and your family have a blessed Ramadan. For those who don’t know, Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all around the world. It is a month where we not only fast from sunrise to sunset if healthy of course but also a time to purify one’s heart and become closer to God among other things. This is a true story. A few years back when I was a college student; I hit 190 lbs on the scale and I wasn’t happy with my appearance and I knew my health was going to suffer if I continually gained weight. Something had to…

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