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Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowl

One of the only ‘restaurants’ I ever go to is Chipotle. I’ve always loved how fresh their ingredients are, but never eat any of the meat because it’s not dhabiha. I actually don’t eat out very much anymore mainly because I’m always testing recipes for my latest cookbook and this site, but I do crave certain dishes I really … Read more

My Visit to Barkaat Foods

Whenever I decide to use a halal meat product in my own cooking, I like to know as much about the company as possible so that I can get a very good sense as to how they operate behind the scenes to understand that the sourcing of the animal- it’s feed and how they’re raised- are also … Read more

Lime Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer’s Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so did a few fortunate halal foodies out there in the audience. It was so much fun- I … Read more

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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Mexican Black Bean & Corn Soup

If you can imagine having soup in the summer time, this Mexican Black Bean & Corn Soup is one that doesn’t heat up the kitchen, uses up fresh summer produce and has a wonderful kick to it.  It also freezes well, which is wonderful for any pre-Ramadan cooking you’ll be doing (which I hope you are, or planning to!)

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Soup | My Halal Kitchen

The ingredients you’ll need are quite simple and you may have most of them already.

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San Diego Farmers Markets | My Halal Kitchen

Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic food.

I was also surprised to learn how many of you shared my love of vintage pieces, which I believe is a great way to have unique, inspiring pieces of home decor and furniture without being wasteful. One person’s junk can truly be someone else’s treasure, especially when one has a vision for old pieces recycled as new. Lots of older pieces are also incredibly sturdy and have character not often found in cookie-cutter items mass-manufactured with synthetic, perhaps toxic materials.

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Chilaquiles

I love to use leftovers at any meal, and suhoor (the pre-dawn meal eaten before a day of fasting) is no different. I also like a simple, uncomplicated yet versatile meal that will fill us up with good nutrition to get us through the day ahead.

This recipe for chilaquiles, often called ‘Migas’ was introduced to me by my husband who grew up eating them at his Mexican grandmother’s home. It’s basically a mixture of scrambled eggs + broken tortillas + anything else your heart desires.

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Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn on a stove.

gorgeous bean dip trays at MCWS
This demo was conducted in conjunction with IFANCA‘s initiative to talk to kids about what’s halal in commercial food products as well as how to make healthy food choices on their own. Our all-American kids love all-American food as well as food from their ethnic families’ culinary heritage, but the halal factor in store-bought products can be a bit confusing.

Asma Ahad, a food technologist at IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America), was there to dispell many of the myths surrounding food ingredients and what makes them halal or not. She did a great job engaging the kids in a hands-on activity and the kids were great listeners who were totally present during the entire presentation, including, of course the one that involved the food tasting.

I showed them how to make a Five Layer Bean Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips and also had a few helpers along the way who came up to do some of the prep with me, which was so much fun.

The recipe is below and I’ve also created this video to show you how to make it.

 

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Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It’s local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to the line of Rick Bayless restaurants, it’s one of the newest he’s added to his very … Read more

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