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Quick Apricot Jam

4 Steps to Quick Apricot Jam

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a sort of lazy cook recently. With a super busy schedule of writing, cooking classes, publishing my Clean Your Kitchen Green book and spending quality time with family, there isn’t much energy left over to stand over a stove and sterilize dozens of jars to preserve jam. And, because I have ... Read More »

Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn on a stove. This demo was conducted in conjunction with IFANCA‘s initiative to talk to kids about what’s halal in commercial ... Read More »

Chocolat Uzma Sharif & a Lovely Chocolate Giveaway

Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Some time ago I sat down for coffee with the very talented local pastry chef, Uzma Sharif. I had just approached her after noticing she was donating her ‘East meets West’ chocolates to a charity event we were mutually involved in, though we had never met. She was energetic and enthusiastic about our meeting and was thrilled to share her ... Read More »

Roasted Pepper Frittata

red pepper frittata

Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in glass jars from most grocery stores How to Roast Peppers Peppers of all kinds can be fire roasted in a ... Read More »

Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

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Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it’ll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can find halal cheeses on the front page under the category, Halal Cheese & Dairy. Three-Cheese Baked Pasta Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 ... Read More »

Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

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I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It’s local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to the line of Rick Bayless restaurants, it’s one of the newest he’s added to his very popular, Topolobampo (a favorite of ... Read More »

Chicken Soup with Cabbage & Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Sweet Potatoes | My Halal Kitchen

One of the reasons this soup is so delicious is because it creates a rich chicken broth as it cooks. Use a whole, cut up chicken with all its bones and skin to get the most flavor and nutrition out of the bird that has been sacrificed for our health benefit.   Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil one whole chicken, ... Read More »

Sun-Dried Tomato & Cheese Appetizers

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Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an event or someone’s home? I had a meeting over with the awesome folks at Crescent Foods and decided I wanted to bring something. Last time it was my banana blueberry loaf, but this time I wanted to bring someting savory so I decided on this super ... Read More »

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan ... Read More »

Superbowl Foods

Football Party Sub Sandwiches

I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. Actually, I really don’t understand the rules of the game. I know what a touchdown and a field goal is, but that’s about it. All the other things the players do to bring each other down is just one big question mark in my head.  I’m ok with that- I prefer to ... Read More »