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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

No-Bake Maple Cheesecake Cups

This scrumptuous, quick and so easy to make dessert comes from my good friend and someone I look up to in so many ways, Susan Labadi.  She’s an educator by profession and also has a great big voice in the halal industry as an active promotor of halal products and services. She is often called … Read more

Moroccan Tagine with Meatballs and Eggs

Any type of Moroccan tagine is something I’ll try and usually love, really any Moroccan dish at all, especially ones that you don’t even actually have to cook in a ‘tagine’ pot, per se.  In this recipe I used Saffron Road’s Moroccan Tagine Simmer Sauce to make something I’d always wanted to try- a tagine … Read more

Smoothie Packs

This past Ramadan I got really used to drinking smoothies at iftar and sometimes even at suhoor.  Now here were are a couple of months out, and they are very much still on my radar, especially since I’ve frozen so much of the fruit that was leftover and still gets left over from weekly shopping. … Read more

Cucumber Spritzer

Even though we’re almost at the end of August, the weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter. This cucumber spritzer is the perfect way to stay cool and refreshed at this time of year. All you need is sparkling water, lemons, and cucumbers of course! There are two cucumbers photographed below, but you only … Read more

Strawberry Lemonade

Lemonade is the quintessential summer time drink in America, isn’t it? I absolutely love it and it will always remind me of my childhood days when I had my own lemonade stand outside of my house where I grew up. I set up a small table with my mom’s pitcher full of lemonade made from … Read more

Strawberry & Watermelon Zipzicles®

 As a kid I remember having popsicles from those thin and vertical ziploc-like bag almost every day of the summer. My mom used to buy them from the grocery store and many times they weren’t frozen until you put them in the freezer; instead they had some sort of colored juice or syrup in each … Read more

Refreshing Limeade

It’s been a hot, steamy summer around Chicago- lots of rain, lots of heat. If you wouldn’t know it, you might think we’re sitting in the middle of the tropics. And that’s what makes me think of drinks with citrus, especially lime.  It makes me think of Mexico where limes are everywhere and in everything, … Read more

Date Nut Balls Rolled in Coconut or Pistachio

I have loved dates for a very long time. I do think they’re one of the world’s best food, and completely more versatile than they’re often understood to be. They’re not just for desserts, as in the recipe I’m about to show you, but they’re wonderful in salads, great to cook with when dried (I love … Read more

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