Mediterranean

Pistachios and Walnuts: A Deeper Look at the Most Widely Used Nuts in Syrian and Middle Eastern Desserts

Nadia Hubbi of Sweet Pillar & Co. gives us her take on how two of the healthiest and most traditional nuts of the Middle East stack up in food history, health benefits and culinary use. It’s an interesting look at both walnuts and pistachios, some of the most widely-used nuts in traditional Middle Eastern cooking that are making big waves ... Read More »

Lebanese Kibbeh Patties

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to the world of Ramadan foods from Lebanon by way of the following recipe for Kibbeh Patties from my friends at Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen. If you’ve never visited their blog, please be sure to visit their site to take in all the wonderful, healthy Mediterranean dishes they offer in addition to this ... Read More »

Ground Turkey with Potatoes, Tomatoes, Mint & Parsley

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Mint | My Halal Kitchen

This is a quick weeknight meal if there ever was one. If you can’t find halal ground turkey you can substitute with ground beef or chicken instead; alternatively- and if you’re feeling adventurous- you can purchase the whole turkey (typically found in the freezer at most halal meat markets) and grind the meat yourself with attachments that can be used ... Read More »

Sautéed Spinach, Baby Zucchini and Mushrooms

Sauteed Spinach and Zucchini | My Halal Kitchen

The season in between spring and summer is the time to make the best use of delicious veggies- spinach, baby zucchini, fingerling potatoes, and white button mushrooms. Fortunately for us, they all go so well together in flavor profiles, too. Try this saute recipe over rice or pasta. We even had the leftovers stuffed in pita halves with melted cheese. Ah-mazing… ... Read More »

Spicy Olive Tapenade

Spicy Olive Tapenade | My Halal Kitchen

Appetizer aren’t just for entertaining guests. I’ve come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with hunger at the dinner table- not pretty. We definitely want to avoid that. Read More »

A Sicilian Cooking Class: Comfort Food For Everyone

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Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with how everyone’s lives have evolved, as well as meeting some new friends who I hope to meet again. I was asked ... Read More »

Tuna Pasta with Olives, Capers & Tomatoes

Tuna Pasta with Capers, Olives & Tomatoes

This is a great weekend dish- really healthy, light, and super quick to make. The only ingredient that’s actually cooked is the pasta. Read More »

Date and Walnut Tart

Date & Walnut Tart | My Halal Kitchen

Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking products soggy and they add just the right about of sweetness to a dessert. Below is a deliciously simple tart recipe adapted from one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks, Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna ... Read More »

Caprese Salad with Parsley

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Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in recent years. More and more people know what fresh mozzarella looks like and even prefer the boccancini, or the small fresh mozzarella balls, to processed and tasteless shredded ‘mozzarella’ cheese. I grew up on variations of Insalata Caprese. Caprese means of the isle of Capri, which is ... Read More »

Sauteed Zucchini with Yogurt & Basil

Zucchini, Yogurt and Basil

Our garden zucchini isn’t ready yet, but our basil plant is quite full and the local markets are carrying really nice and plump striped zucchini that I love so much. These two ingredients prompted me to come up with this dish which takes under 15 minutes to make. You could cook the zucchini longer, but that’s up to you. Insha’allah ... Read More »