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Welcome, Ramadan!

Ramadan Mubarak! 

Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We had a great suhoor (pre-dawn meal) of eggs with spinach, ground beef with Italian herbs and a side of black beans. For iftar (breaking of the fast) we had skirt steak with only four ingredients: olive oil, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Both were simple and quick to make, but very filling and nutritious. A lot of water and watermelon at the end of each helped so much to feel hydrated- something we’ll need all throughout the each day as we face a 16- hour fast.

There’s a lot going on around here and for those of you who haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, you may not know about the variety of upcoming events and ways you can chat or speak to me live throughout Ramadan to get tips on cooking, organizing the kitchen and just eating more healthy in general.

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Kitchen Efficiency During Ramadan

Being efficient is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to be incorporate efficiency into your life so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat during this blessed month.

Check out these ten tips to get you in and out of the kitchen quickly and efficiently, insha’allah:

1. Have a Plan For the Daily Iftar Menu: If you didn’t prepare one ahead of time, it’s not too late. Check out my 5 Simple Steps for Planning Ramadan Meals to give you an idea on how get you started at any point during the month. You don’t have to follow the steps exact- just have a plan for what you’ll be cooking for most of the month.

2. Buy What You Can In Bulk: Aside from food bought in bulk, purchasing things like dish soap, sponges, kitchen towels, paper towels, cleansers and disposable eco-friendly dinnerware and cutlery will save you time running out to the store for the little things, all of which eat up precious time. Buying in bulk will not only help you keep meal-prep moving along smoothly for regular dinner nights, it will also help reduce stress when surprise guests or planned iftars pop up.

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About Citrus Zest

Did you know that most citrus fruits were traditionally grown for their zest, not for their fruits?  When you zest, or peel away the skin of citrus, you get all the flavor of a lemon, lime or orange in this skin- without all the acidity of the flesh. One has to just be careful not to zest … Read more

35 Wonderful Uses for Vinegar in Your Kitchen

Years ago, I was turned on to vinegar as a non-toxic alternative to harsh cleaners. I had to stay away from products with heavy fragrance or else I would suffer allergic reactions. I was also concerned about environmental pollution and inhaling toxic fumes or touching products with too many chemicals. The following tips are just … Read more

10 Tips for a Productive Ramadan Kitchen

I was asked to contribute to a site that has a great concept: ProductiveMuslim.com. It exists to encourage Muslims to be productive in all aspects of life, although I think anyone can benefit from the tips posted onto the site from various talented contributors. Please check out this link to my article entitled “Top 10 Productivity … Read more

Must-Have Tools to Help You in the Kitchen

I must say, over the last couple of years I’ve become obsessed with simplifying my life. I’ve tossed, donated and gifted numerous items around the house that I just knew were causing unnecessary clutter because I rarely used them. The kitchen, however, is another story. Because I love to cook, I kept rationalizing my “need” … Read more

My Cleaning Tip on Ehow.com

I’ve had so much success in my kitchen with this tried and true method of removing food after frying and cooking in other ways that I just had to share the how-to. Click on the link below to read the article and let me know if you try this method: How to Removed Caked-On Grease … Read more

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