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Saffron Road’s New Line of Vegeterian Entrees

SR Manchurian Dumplings

You may have already heard about Saffron Road’s new vegetarian entrees, which are making quite a buzz on places like Facebook and Twitter. Vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten-free are raving about the flavors and quality of these products, and I couldn’t agree more. These Manchurian Dumplings photographed above were soft, saucy and had a nice kick of spice to ... Read More »

Oven-Roasted Vegetables

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I can’t think of a more perfect fast food dish that’s homemade and healthy. Roasted vegetables warm up the house in the winter while warming up our plates, too. They add such great color, nutrition and taste to other dishes served alongside main courses. Additionally, roasted vegetables can be puréed and blended into soups or used an incredible flavor base for soups, stews and braised meat ... Read More »

Fresh Organic Produce Straight to Your Door– Enter the Giveaway!

kale and onion from door to door organics

After recent holidays like ‘Eid ul Adha and Thanksgiving, everyone is tired- tired of shopping, cooking, and maybe even tired of eating! It is, however, a great time to get healthy and commit to eating more fresh produce to detoxify the body and rejuvenate health. My sauteed organic kale and onions that came fresh from Door to Door Organics You might ... Read More »

Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

lamb stew with plantains pumpkin chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?                                                                                      I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by ... Read More »

Roasted Pumpkin

roasting pumpkin

If there’s ever one recipe that will help create even more recipes, it’s those for roasted vegetables. I absolutely love to fire up the oven and get my produce seasoned and roasted to eat them as-is, puree them into soups or throw them into stews. You can be as creative as you want to be or simply enjoy them straight ... Read More »

Pink Pasta: Penne with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves

Penne Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves | My Halal Kitchen

I didn’t intentionally set out to make pink pasta; it just happened as a result of my love affair with seasonal produce like swiss chard and beets, both of which were plentiful at the farmers market last weekend where I organized a Culinary Tour of the Green City Market here in Chicago. And then it occured to me that October is National Breast Cancer ... Read More »

French Beans with Garlic, Cumin and Toasted Sesame

Green Beans and Toasted Sesame

French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I’m getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil, but this time I opted to satisfy my craving for something Asian. I had some lovely fresh ... Read More »

Heirloom Tomato & Chickpea Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad | My Halal Kitchen

I wanted to share this recipe with you before it gets too late to use any of those summer tomatoes around here in the Midwest. Some people around the country still have a nice harvest coming in; others around the globe are actually experiencing a completely opposite seasons than us. In theory, I suppose someone around the world at any ... 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 »

Summer Squash Soup

Summer Squash Soup | My Halal Kitchen- Yvonne Maffei

I’m a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the smells that permeate my home from the dried or fresh herbs I’ve added. I love that soup can feed many people ... Read More »