• kufta tarts
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto

    Kufta Tarts with Salad and Tahini Dressing

    Hey friends! The other night, I was laying in bed and my creative juices were flowing. I knew I wanted to make something with ground beef for the following day but not sure what! Yes, I often plan my meals the night before! So, I wanted to do something different when the idea of a kufta tart popped into my mind. Often, I utilize things I already have in my pantry or fridge and that is what I did in this case. I thought it was an awesome idea especially since it is keto friendly which is perfect for hubby, it is dairy and gluten free which is perfect for me…

  • greek salad
    Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Greek Style Quinoa Salad

    A few years ago, I visited a local Greek restaurant and ordered a delicious orzo salad. I decided to make a dish that showcases the same flavors but using quinoa instead since its healthier than orzo which is a pasta by the way. This recipe is super simple and proves that just several fresh ingredients make such a difference in a meal. This is the perfect meal prep for lunch or side dish to a dinner. The salad pairs beautifully with plump grilled shrimp or chicken. I hope you enjoy this yummy salad with Mediterranean flair. Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup finely…

  • 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;…

  • 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;…

  • Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Fattoush

    Hi everyone! Today, I am bringing you a requested dish especially now that Ramadan is around the corner. Its delicious, its healthy, and its super easy to make. Plus, everyone loves it! I don’t know about you, but fattoush is a staple on our dinner table in Ramadan or in gatherings. You will always see it offered at any Middle Eastern restaurant as well. Its one of the most popular Mediterranean salad’s next to tabbouleh. Its a simple chopped salad but what really elevates it; is the zesty dressing. The best part about the dish in my opinion is the crisp bread that soaks up some of the flavors of…

  • quinoa salad
    Side Dishes

    Quinoa Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

    I love quinoa and I love salads; so why not combine the two with a tasty vinaigrette? How many of you have heard of quinoa but never gave it a fair shot? Quinoa is an amazing wheat free alternative to starchy grains. Wheat free makes it gluten free as well which is another bonus! Lots of people assume that most things that are healthy doesn’t taste good but that is not true at all! For those who don’t know what quinoa tastes like; it has a subtle nutty flavor. Quinoa also picks up flavor very well which you will see once you make this dish! This quinoa salad will be…