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Easy Bulgur and Vegetable Salad

This Ramadan, I’m all about quick and easy. With such a long fast and so much to do, I just don’t want to fuss with food- do you? This salad has been a mainstay- it’s got the bulgur wheat, which gives it some substance, but the veggies add flavor, crunch, texture and lots of good nutrition.  … Read more

Fresh & Fruity Coconut Water

There’s no doubt that one of the hardest part of the fasting day might not even be going without food, but going without water. That’s why it’s super important to hydrate during the non-fasting hours, all throughout those hours. It’s easy to remember to do if you make a huge jar of a natural, hydrating … Read more

Pan Roasted Lamb and Potatoes

Each Spring I wait with anticipation to make my favorite lamb dishes. I’m not sure why I don’t crave it as much in the Winter season, but I think it has to do with the perfect pairing lamb makes with fresh herbs, garlic, potatoes and carrots. What’s nice is that combination can go on to … Read more

Spicy & Sweet Tropical Snack Mix

Snacks are so popular in America, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love something crunch, salty, even spicy any time of day? We work long hours, get hungry, don’t have a lot of time for complete meals, etc. etc. etc. The problem with snacking is that much of the pre-packaged options are filled with too much salt … Read more

Nut-Filled Dates with Melted Chocolate

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These uber delicious Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and topped with melted chocolate and pistachios … Read more

Chocolate & Banana Smoothie

One of the things I really love doing is showing people how to make simple, all-natural recipes using truly wholesome ingredients. It’s an additional bonus when those products have been halal-certified to ensure that the entire process of bringing that product to market is also halal, as there can always be issues with other ingredients … Read more

Thai Beef Curry Stew

This recipe comes from Derya Singhsumalee, a former teacher colleague of mine who is such a fun and interesting person.  She is very well-traveled, is of Turkish ethnicity and married to a man from a Thai Muslim family. In the school lunch room we used to talk quite a bit about cultural diversity and, of course, … Read more

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