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Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Garlic

If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it’s this one. Whether you’re a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is savory, delicious and filling.

Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Pasta | My Halal Kitchen

Perhaps the trick is using fully aromatic Crimini mushrooms whose texture is full and meaty, giving your mouth and your taste buds the illusion of eating meat. I simply didn’t have any meat in the refrigerator when I made this dish and we were too hungry to wait for anything to thaw before cooking. I’m glad we didn’t wait- this dish was a wonderful surprise and testimony as to what can happen in the kitchen when you use what you’ve got and pair ingredients that have complimentary flavors. In this case, spinach, garlic and mushrooms taste good in eggs (i.e. omlettes), over steaks and even in rice such as arborio.  

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Winter weekend mornings are the perfect time to cozy up to a pancake breakfast. I can eat them without all the side fixings of eggs and {halal} sausages, as long as the pancakes are flavorful. That’s why I like to make these pancakes with creamy buttermilk and the zing of citrus zest or peels. You could replace the orange with lemon and they’d be just as delightful.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

I’m not a fan of store-bought syrups unless it’s a real maple syrup (Vermont is, of course, one of world’s very best) and if I don’t have that then I will use warmed honey or blackstrap molasses to drizzle on top.  

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10 Recipes for Halal Grub on Superbowl Sunday

If there’s one thing I’ll take on Superbowl Sunday, it’s the fun of planning and executing the game-day menu. I’m not a fan of football, though. I don’t really know the rules of the game, despite being a cheerleader (which was a long time ago) and attending countless Friday night games during high school. Realistically, most of us girls were not there for the game but to socialize and have fun with our friends in the small, quaint all-American town where I grew up.

Excuse the veer off topic, but the point is that the aura of a football game draws a lot of people together, mostly around some really good grub, which in this case is halal grub.

See for yourself my suggestions for some of the tastiest recipes I’ve made this year that will be great to serve on game day. Make them all and you’ve got a really good spread to serve a crowd. At the end I link to a past post with more recipes all summed up from previous years.

Click on the photos to get the recipes featured in this post.

1. Buffalo Wings with Creamy Feta Dip

What would game day be without an awesome Buffalo Wing recipe (plus the creamy dipping sauce)? I absolutely love this recipe. And what I love even more is that you can buy Crescent’s chicken wings which come ready for you to make the full wing or cut in half like the picture shown. I guarantee you, this was not possible just a few short years ago before Crescent made these so widely available in our Chicago stores. I hope you can find them near you, too.

Halal Buffalo Wings

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Caribbean Shrimp Salad | My Halal Kitchen

Caribbean Shrimp Salad

I used to do a lot of traveling in the winter months- short escapes to warmer climates like anywhere in Florida or south of the border to Mexico.  Coming from the Midwest, I was indeed a  young snow bird of sorts. Sometimes I did it with the excuse of studying (i.e. taking intensive Spanish language courses in Merida, Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico; other times it was just a gift-to-self for studying so hard throughout a college quarter to places like Playa del Carmen along the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.

first photo shrimp salad

While I sadly haven’t been back to either places in a very long time, I still have fond and special memories of the food, the people and the experiences there. The fish, in particular was so fresh- coming straight off the Caribbean– that it was served as ceviche in restaurants just a short time after being caught.  

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Savory Party Snack Mix

Party season is well underway, whether you get into it or not. People are off work and ready to gather with family and friends to enjoy some great food. And almost everyone laments eating all that rich food and all those amazing cookies and other sweets that seem to find their way on your plate– even if that plate is the last thing you take home at night after visits.

party mix in individual cups

I am personally not fond of too many snack foods because I don’t like to fill up before meals, but nibbling on something healthy and tasty is something I enjoy because it doesn’t ruin my appetite for other great food to come. 

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Beef Stew Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

Slow Cooked Beef Stew- A Classic Comfort Food Recipe

I always crave comfort food in the winter time, but right now as a nation and a global community, it looks as though we could all use a lot of comforting, whether it’s through the gathering together of a community or our small family meals we need to be there for one another and offer support, a lending ear or a shoulder to lean on. To all of those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and everyone affected around the world by crimes of violence, my prayers, thoughts and sincere condolences are with you…

Beef Stew in Crock Pot

The smell and taste of my mom’s recipe for classic beef stew is one that has been with me since I was a small child. Although she was a working mom, on her shorter days or days off she would often begin making it early in the morning and put it in the crock pot to cook all day long so it would be ready by the time I arrived home from school. I still remember all of the ingredients by heart  and how they looked on the kitchen counter as she prepared it. I also remember being in a bit of awe as to how it would all fit so neatly into her round crock pot with the glass cover that eventually began to steam underneath. Later in the day she made white rice on the side, which indicated that it was almost time to eat since that was the last thing to do before getting ready to serve what to me was the ultimate comfort: knowing exactly what to expect in this meal and feeling cared for, loved and comforted through every bite. 

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Acorn Squash Hummus | My Halal Kitchen

Acorn Squash Hummus

Years ago I would have never openly served a hummus dish other than one made strictly from chickpeas and tahini (sesame seed paste). I thought I might offend a guest or anyone who thought it would be impossible to enjoy alternatives, although I’ve been playing around with recipes that used red pepper and different types … Read more

Saffron Mousse

This Indian dessert recipe is brought to us by food blogger Lubna Karim, based in Bangalore, India where she shares her love of family meals and traditions. This recipe is one she makes in particular for ‘Eid ul Adha, which is also known as Bakrid in her part of the world.

Saffron Mousse by Lubna Karim

photo courtesy of Lubna Karim 

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Spinach Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Creamy Spinach Dip

The last article I posted was about how to put together and decorate a beautiful ‘Eid appetizer table and I hope you were inspired by the tips and ideas for serving ware and the quick and easy foods you can offer your guests. One of the dishes mentioned still needs a recipe to go along with it, so here it is: Creamy Spinach Dip. It’s so quick to make and can be served with raw vegetables, baked pita chips, and more.

pour into gravy boat

Start with about 1-2 cups whole milk yogurt 

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