• honey roasted brussels sprouts
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    I haven’t shared a quick side dish in what seems like forever! I made these honey roasted brussels sprouts for dinner today and they were super easy to whip up before work. It’s the perfect healthy side with any meal really. Today, it’s being served with a stuffed chicken as the main course. Maybe, even your kids will enjoy it since its a tad sweetened from the honey! Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs of brussels sprouts Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp honey or agave if vegan Instructions Preheat oven to 400. Cut off the stem of the brussel sprouts and take off excess surrounding leaves.…

  • cheese garlic bread
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Okay, I don’t know about you but I have always had a love affair with garlic. It is so good on literally everything! When you add cheese to it then it’s even more special. Before finding out I was dairy and gluten intolerant, I would devour these cheese garlic bread any chance I got. Now not so much, but if you use gluten-free bread and dairy free butter and cheese you are set. I am going to try that next time. These are quick and easy to whip up for guests or for pasta night dinner. Give them a try and let me know! Ingredients A French baguette or Italian loaf 3…

  • roasted eggplant saute
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Roasted Eggplant Sauté

    Anyone else a huge fan of eggplant?? I absolutely love it. It started with my love for baba ghanoush and manifested into using eggplant in so many other dishes. Here is the perfect example of a deliciously easy side dish where eggplant is the star. I make this for weeknight dinners as a side and my hubby loves it. Several of you have been asking for more meatless recipes and this is an amazing one which happens to be vegan as well. Servings: 2-4 Total Time: approx. 35 minutes Ingredients 2 medium eggplants sliced into batons 1 red onion finely sliced 1 yellow onion finely sliced 3 garlic cloves minced 1/2…

  • beef empanadas
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri dipping sauce

    Hey friends! I’m back from my Miami trip which inspired these empanadas. There is such a huge presence of Hispanic culture in the area, especially in the cuisine. Empanadas have always been a favorite of mine. My mom would actually make fried empanadas stuffed with chicken curry and veggies. This recipe, however, involves baking and puff pastry which is less traditional but definitely more flaky and simple to do. I guarantee once you try this; you will be making it over and over. It’s just that good! It is the perfect potluck dish or party food; a great accompaniment to a meal and both kids and adults enjoy them. The chimichurri sauce…

  • 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…

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

    Fattet Makdous (layered baby eggplant dish)

    If you ask me what my favorite Ramadan side dish is; it would be this exact dish right here. I am obsessed with fattet makdous which basically is a layered baby eggplant dish with ground beef, bread, and sauces. It literally has all my favorite things in a dish. I have been craving this more than ever lately and with Ramadan right around the corner; I knew I had to come up with a recipe for you all that was just as good but a tad healthier and better for those with gluten and dairy intolerance. Yes, there are several steps to this meal but they are all crucial and…

  • butternut squash hash
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Butternut Squash Hash

    Hi everyone! Hubby and I are back from our trip to California which was amazing! I will write a blog post entirely dedicated to our experience there, where we went to, the best food stops and more! Our trip to Cali has influenced me tons in the food realm; the west coast is known for its fresh and healthy way of eating. I was exposed to tons of delicious cuisines from all over the world. Today, I am sharing with you a hash recipe. I had hash for breakfast almost every day in Cali; the best I have had really. I am guessing it’s because of the quality of the…

  • carrot fries
    Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Baked Carrot Fries drizzled with Tahini

    Hey guys! Happy Wednesday 🙂 Today’s blog post is extra special because I am part of a collaboration emphasizing the beauty and versatility of carrots! Who knew carrots weren’t just meant to be in a cake or eaten as a snack? There is so much more that can be done with this delicious & healthy vegetable. I am sure we have all had fries using types of potatoes but have you ever made carrot fries? To be particular, these are oven baked carrot fries with an herb tahini sauce. These are extremely tasty and simple to make. They are also a much better alternative to french fries! Hopefully, this post will…