Tag Archives: healthy

Crunchy Party Mix

Snack Mix

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. This snack mix, which is great fpr parties, is just one of four I’ll be making and our audience tasting ... Read More »

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 »

Date Nut Balls Rolled in Coconut or Pistachio

Date Nut Balls Rolled in Coconut or Pistachio | My Halal Kitchen

I have loved dates for a very long time. I do think they’re one of the world’s best food, and completely more versatile than they’re often understood to be. They’re not just for desserts, as in the recipe I’m about to show you, but they’re wonderful in salads, great to cook with when dried (I love when they’re part of a ... Read More »

Beet, Apple and Orange Juice Recipe

Fresh Beets at the Green City Market, Chicago

I’m simply amazed at how much everyone absolutely loved this ever so simple recipe for fresh beet juice, made with only three (four if you include water) ingredients. It is the simplest drink recipe to make and so good for you. See the recipe below. Read More »

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

yogurt salad with pita

Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »

Brunch: Poached Eggs & Salmon Over Vegetables & Greens

Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs Over Salad Greens

Last Saturday night, I watched a great documentary on how to reverse diabetes by going on a raw foods and vegan diet. I’m not a diabetic, alhamdullilah, I’m not a fan of veganism, and  I prefer to cook my food- however- I’m very open to the benefits of eating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets and how to reverse ... Read More »

Healthy & Economical Cooking Classes at UMMA Center

UMMA-Center-Garden-Class-Salad-Kids-Love1

During much of 2013 I had the incredible fortune of being invited to teach healthy and economical cooking to students at the UMMA Center (Urban Muslim Minority Alliance) located in Waukegan, IL.  Earlier in the year I spoke with Arshia Ali-Khan, Director, Business Development & Marketing at UMMA Center, about sponsoring one of their fundraisers. She told me more about the ... Read More »

Michael Natkin and the Herbivoracious Cookbook Giveaway

Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin | My Halal Kitchen

Several months ago I attended the Eat Write Retreat event for food writers and bloggers, which took place in Washington, D.C. It was a weekend filled with discussions and a chance to meet some very interesting people in the food industry.  Cookbook author Michael Natkin was one of those people. He talked about the process of writing Herbivoracious, an incredibly ... Read More »

Lemon Ricotta Dip

Ricotta Lemon Dip | My Halal Kitchen

For some reason, during Ramadan I tend to see, make, eat and enjoy appetizers the most. It’s nice to have something light but substantial at the initial breaking of the fast, but it’s more than that for me. Maybe it’s because when the fast-breaking time comes every evening, it’s one of the sweetest moments I experience (whether the appetizer is ... Read More »

Parsley-Stuffed Red Snapper

It’s hard to imagine being in the mood for whole fish, but if you live as close as I do to some spectacular indoor fish markets, it just might happen. When I’m in the mood for fish of any sort, I head out to the Super H Market, an Asian mega store that has become my favorite spot for locating ... Read More »