Photos from the First 2014 IFANCA Workshop on Halal & Healthy

Last month I had the pleasure and honor of working with IFANCA (Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America) to present a new series of Halal & Healthy Workshops (we’ve done this in the past), this time focusin on how our bodies and minds work to desire certain flavors, textures and qualities of food. In the workshop we talk about a lot of things related to how the food industry works to develop products that they know we’ll like and how we as consumers can make good and healthy choices at the grocery store that translate to healthy cooking that is simple and easy to do for the whole family.

Our most recent workshop took place at Masjid al-Farooq in Chicago. It’s a one hour workshop that we’re repeating throughout the city over the next several months. Here are a few highlights from the recent workshop and links to the recipes we demonstrated and sampled are at the end of this post. 

Asma Khan, Food Scientist at IFANCA, shares a photo with the very happy winner of our workshop giveaway
Audience at Masjid al-Farooq (Chicago)
Flatbread Triangles- Food Samples at the IFANCA Halal & Healthy Workshop

Recipes from our workshops:

Crunchy Party Mix using halal-certified chickpeas from Saffron Road and halal-certified pistachios from Awesome brand. Get the recipe here

Stuffed Dates with Melted Chocolate and Pistachios using halal-certified Natural Delights dates stuffed with halal-certified Awesome brand Almonds and topped with halal-certified brand Awesome brand pistachios and halal-certified Godiva chocolate. Get the recipe here

Flatbread Triangles with Veggies & Cheese using halal-certified Kontos bread and halal-certified Cabot cheese. Get the recipe here

Chocolate & Banana Smoothie using halal-certified Organic Valley milk and halal-certified Godiva chocolate. Get the recipe here.


Please check back with us or check out the IFANCA website for more information and to see if we’ll be in your neighborhood soon. 


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