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Let Your Freezer Help You This Ramadan

Freezers are sometimes the most underutilized kitchen appliance in American homes. They tend to be quite small compared to the refrigerator, which is amazing considering how useful a large standing freezer can be to families striving to save money in a tough economy, or at any time for that matter. Large families can stock up on bulk purchases of meat, produce and halal, convenient yet healthy foods with deep freezers or just larger freezers than the average found in a side-by-side refrigerator appliance.

My last posts on 4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking and Kitchen Efficiency in Ramadan took you through the steps to getting ready to shop and how to keep the kitchen running smoothly throughout the month.

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4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking

Ramadan is such a great time to get your home organized. Actually, for me all the organization happens way before the month of Ramadan when I begin planning how to plan it all out. Last year, much of what I did to prepare for Ramadan actually lasted for most of the year (i.e. drying citrus peels and saving herbs).

First, I plan the planning. I know Allah swt is the Best of Planners. He also likes us to be organized, clean and efficient, which involves being as prepared as we can and leaving the rest up to Him.

Here’s what I mean:

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How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just need to be broken down a bit in order to be perfectly good again. I think that’s the case with blessed bread and all the blessings that come with extending food to serve more purpose than throwing it away as soon as we think we’ve run out of options for it.

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Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

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.

gorgeous bean dip trays at MCWS
This demo was conducted in conjunction with IFANCA‘s initiative to talk to kids about what’s halal in commercial food products as well as how to make healthy food choices on their own. Our all-American kids love all-American food as well as food from their ethnic families’ culinary heritage, but the halal factor in store-bought products can be a bit confusing.

Asma Ahad, a food technologist at IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America), was there to dispell many of the myths surrounding food ingredients and what makes them halal or not. She did a great job engaging the kids in a hands-on activity and the kids were great listeners who were totally present during the entire presentation, including, of course the one that involved the food tasting.

I showed them how to make a Five Layer Bean Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips and also had a few helpers along the way who came up to do some of the prep with me, which was so much fun.

The recipe is below and I’ve also created this video to show you how to make it.

 

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My Special Announcement: I’m Coming to a Home Near You!

I’ve been really excited to make this announcement for months. With lots of projects related to food and cooking and much buzz around the My Halal Kitchen blog, I’ve finally decided to launch my In-Home (Halal) Cooking Classes in order to bring you everything I know about making every meal halal. I hope you’ll be as … Read more

How to Roast Garlic | My Halal Kitchen

How to Roast Garlic

Raw garlic is a bit…raw. And Strong. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic. Maybe too much. There is a way, however, to soften the taste of garlic and pack a punch of flavor to certain recipes by using oven-roasted garlic. From here on out, I’ll often refer to roasted garlic in many recipes, linking back to this … Read more

Sour Cherry Syrup & Flavored Yogurt

Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I’m absolutely against the addition (and creation of) high fructose corn syrup in anything. Additionally, foods with swine … Read more

10 Tips to Keep You Efficient in the Kitchen During Ramadan

Efficiency & productivity in the kitchen is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to maintain these qualities in order to spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat (worship) and good deeds. Check out these ten tips to get you … Read more

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