• autumn pearl couscous salad
    Appetizers,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

    Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad

    I have a thing for pearl couscous; I am honestly kind of obsessed with its taste, texture, and overall beauty. Truly looks like pearls that you can eat! This autumn pearl couscous salad is inspired by all these wonderful fall vibes Chicago is currently having. I included flavors reminiscent of Fall in this recipe too like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and pecans. This Autumn pearl couscous salad is the perfect side dish this time of year with almost anything. I am serving it with salmon tonight but it can go fantastic with steak, chicken, shrimp, or even on its own! I know how much you love my easy salad recipes…

  • pesto pasta salad
    Salads,  Side Dishes

    Pesto Pasta Salad

    I have made my share of homemade pesto this summer due to the abundance of fresh basil growing in our garden. Pesto is one of my favorite things to make with basil. It goes great with so many dishes like this pesto pasta salad. Not only that, but it is also fabulous on a sandwich, pizza, or even spoon on some fish or chicken. This pesto pasta salad came into fruition after wanted to create a dish that can be made ahead of time and can be eaten as a side to many meals. I noticed how much you guys have been enjoying my Bulgar salad which is also a…

  • spanish style stuffed peppers

    Spanish Style Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

    Hey guys, I know I have been MIA but for good reasons! I had my first event over the weekend and it was a success alhamdulilah (Praise God). Soon, I am traveling to New Jersey to see my family so things have been hectic around here! Don’t you worry though, I got an amazing recipe to share with you guys that is also a vegetarian option that packs so much flavor. I also recorded a video on how to make it! As you know, my husband and I have been trying to consume less meat and incorporate more vegetables so this is a perfect option for Meatless Mondays. Enjoy the…

  • zucchini and mushrooms
    Side Dishes

    Sautéed Zucchini & Mushrooms – Finger lickin’ good!

    Vegetables are the perfect side for any meal. So why not whip up some Parmesan & Garlic flavored squash and mushrooms? Garlic and cheese with anything will win me over. Who’s with me? I grew fond of squash after my parents started growing it in our backyard-it’s a versatile vegetable that can be cooked several ways. Today we will be sautéing them with some spices and mushrooms. By the way, zucchini is a type of squash so the two terms are interchangeable. Total Time: 20 min Serving size: 4 people Ingredients 1 yellow zucchini 1 green zucchini 1 package of white mushrooms (any kind would do) 2 cloves of garlic…

  • balsamic glazed tomatoes

    Balsamic Glazed Tomatoes – Simple Yet Decadent

    Tomatoes are that one fruit that you will always find in my fridge. Yes, it is a fruit! Who knew? Ever since I enjoyed a caprese salad; I love the pairing of tomatoes with balsamic. Sweet and tang is a great duo. Fresh tomatoes on their own are beautiful and delicious to eat but I decided to experiment the idea of sauteing the tomatoes and smothering them with balsamic….Result? A caramelized roasted color and deep flavor. This is super easy to make and will definitely elevate your palette for tomatoes! Balsamic Glazed Tomatoes- Simple yet decadent Total time: 15 min Serving size: 4 people Ingredients 4 Roma Tomatoes Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 tablespoon…