Summer

Smoothie Packs

Smoothie Packs | My Halal Kitchen

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. But what I decided to ... Read More »

Cucumber Spritzer

Cucumber Spritzer | My Halal Kitchen

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 need one. Add more if ... Read More »

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade | My Halal Kitchen

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 Country Time® lemonade packets, paper ... Read More »

Strawberry & Watermelon Zipzicles®

Strawberry & Watermelon Zipsicles | My Halal Kitchen

 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 bag. I loved the various ... Read More »

Refreshing Limeade

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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, so why not drink it ... Read More »

Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken | My Halal Kitchen

I wasn’t sure how I was going to post this recipe during the summer since everyone wants a good BBQ recipe that actually uses a grill, but here I was preparing an oven-baked BBQ chicken recipe because that’s what I do most of the time. I know how to grill, but I don’t like to start it out of fear ... Read More »

Watermelon & Feta Salad

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I have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat it as much as possible and in as many ways as possible. Being a coffee drinker, it’s super important to stay ... Read More »

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries | My Halal Kitchen

If you’ve never tasted keema, or that wonderfully spiced Indian-style ground beef, you’re totally missing out on some great flavor. Surely every family makes it a little different- even I have a few different versions, but for samosas I like to recreate a certain flavor. The first time I ever had it was at a suhoor in which I was ... Read More »

Just Add Dates

Add chopped 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 are delicious topped with a ... Read More »

Kumato Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

I feel like every year there has to be a late summer salad made of just tomatoes (in terms of produce) and I like to experiment by making a unique one. Last year, I made salads with a lot of heirloom tomatoes and salsa with the tomatillos from my garden. This year, since moving I haven’t been able to grow much except for ... Read More »