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Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Blue Corn for Microwave Popcorn | My Halal Kitchen

I recently heard that it was possible to make microwaved popcorn without buying bags of pre-seasoned, ready-to-pop-into-the-microwave popcorn in a bag. It sounded so much healthier to be able to put whatever I want into my bag so that I know exactly what we’re eating, but also not as messy as heating oil in a pan and covering it to wait for ... 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 »

Oven Roasted Lamb Chops

raw lamb chops

I don’t normally set out to by lamb chops, but instead I wait for the Qurbani meat to come when there are so many included in the package.  It gives me something to look forward to and I know they’re super-fresh. Today, I didn’t plan on making lamb chops. Instead, I planned on making a lamb stew with pumpkin, sweet ... Read More »

The Many Varieties of Traditional ‘Eid Foods & a Giveaway from Saffron Road

long eid table setting

Muslims all over the world will soon be celebrating the ‘Eid ul Adha, or the celebration of sacrifice, commemorating the completion of the Hajj, or annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The ‘Eid ul Adha is one of two major celebrations for Muslims, the other being the ‘Eid ul Fitr, or the celebration commemorating the end of fasting in the month of ... Read More »

2 Easy Dips for ‘Eid Appetizers: Chipotle Dipping Sauce and Yogurt Dip with Fresh Greens

Two Easy Eid Appetizers | My Halal Kitchen

Whether you’re planning an ‘Eid celebration at home or bringing a dish to your host, you’ll want some recipe ideas for appetizers that are easy to make while healthy for everyone you serve. Chipotle Sauce and Yogurt & Cream Sauce are two variations on dipping sauces that go great with chicken bites In this post are two quick and easy ... Read More »

Super Quick Cherry Galette

Cherry Galette

Let’s face it- we’re all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients in our food products for safety and for their halal factor, but it isn’t always possible to do absolutely everything from scratch, nor is it practical for most people. I’ll be the first one to say that it used to be a huge stress on ... 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 »

Chorizo and Eggs

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It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork. Read More »

‘Eid Cupcakes with Vanilla Orange Mascarpone Frosting

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It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is over and we’re now celebrating ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the three-day long holiday that Muslims all over the world will be celebrating. After 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset, it seems appropriate to enjoy family and friends–and some great food, including healthy sweets. I made these cupcakes just before ‘Eid to test on family members- ... Read More »

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

Cuban Potluck Iftar Party

Potluck parties are nice, but just the word ‘potluck’ is a bit unappealing to some people who say that the idea of hoping to be ‘lucky’ about what ends up at a dinner where everyone brings a dish is more risk than they’d like to take with regards to their food. Jokes abound about this concept of communal eating, but ... Read More »