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Just Add Dates

One of the easiest things  you can do to a salad to spruce it up is to add something surprisingly sweet. I love chopped dates in my salads, especially around the end of summer and early fall when things like pears and apples are in season. They pair so beautifully with the chewy sweetness of dates and … Read more

Alcohol-Free Sangria

One of the things I’ve been enjoying most about the summer has truly been all the Ramadan prep recipes I’ve been able to share throughout my cookbook tour, via Instagram and now on the website. It’s amazing how much food brings us all together and we can talk new ideas for healthy eating and living … Read more

Corn, Mango and Chile Salad Cups

I don’t know about you, but my time in the kitchen just keeps on getting shorter and shorter and my patience level for long, drawn out dishes and cooking is sort of unmentionable these days. I want fast, but delicious and healthy- unprocessed, non-GMO, organic, etc. etc. Not easy to do but once I find … Read more

How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of blooms that will emerge as  a result.

For those who aren’t familiar with forcing, it’s something that is often done with bulbs indoor, too, but the process is quite different. With branches, you need to carefully prune them from a tree (obviously one you have permission to cut) while making sure not to harm the tree in any way.  

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15 Ways to Avoid the Flu | My Halal Kitchen

15 Smart Things You Can Do to Avoid the Flu

Everyone knows the flu is absolutely no fun. In fact, from what I’ve heard it’s absolutely horrible this year. Actually, there are several types of flu going around that are quite scary- one was more respiratory while the other was gastrointestinal. What’s really bad is that both came earlier than the normal flu season this year, indicating that there’s likely more to come.

Raw Garlic | My Halal Kitchen

In fact, just today I read an article about a new stomach virus that is hitting the U.S. from Western Europe. If you dodged any of the first waves of the flu, what can you do to avoid the next one or simply to try and not get sick once again?  

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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

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