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Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Cilantro

Quick Kidney Beans in Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

It’s true, I travel with food. It’s not because I’m a food blogger, a halal foodie or averse to outside food. It’s because I like to feel good and comfortable by eating what I know is healthy, especially when I have the time to relax and cook (yes, cooking is relaxing to me).   Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

The Importance of Suhoor & a Recipe for Parmesan-Feta Quiche

parmesan and feta quiche cut to 600

Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not ... Read More »

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there’s no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before roasting. After roasting, I really wasn’t sure what exactly I waould even use them for, but I knew they would be ... Read More »

Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

three cheese baked ditalini

Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it’ll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can find halal cheeses on the front page under the category, Halal Cheese & Dairy. Three-Cheese Baked Pasta Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 ... Read More »

Homemade Pizza

Cuisinart Cast Iron Pizza Pan

  Homemade Pizza. It’s by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother’s homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the days she was making her homemade bread. The whole family would gather in the evening just to ... Read More »

Zucchini & Walnut Dip

Zucchini Walnut Dip | My Halal Kitchen

One of my dearest friends now lives far away from me, across the country. We stay in touch when we can and pick up our conversations where we left off the last time. What’s so wonderful about this friendship is the feeling that no matter how much time or physical space between us, there is a bond of deep and ... Read More »