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Capturing Ramadan in Photos

Photographing Ramadan traditions around the world is a genius idea- what a way to educate, inform and inspire. I’m so glad much of it was captured through a competition called ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan’. Have you seen? 

The International Ramadan Competition It took us on journeys to far away places where we could view amazing images of Ramadan traditions and Islamic culture around the world.  

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Tell Your Neighbors About Ramadan and ‘Eid With Homemade Goodie Bags

Nearly ten years ago when I began speaking at local libraries, churches and schools about Islam, Muslims, Ramadan, and/or ‘Eid, I would carry a bag of educational materials like handouts, brochures, power point presentations and more instructional things of that nature. It wasn’t until I started going to public schools with my friends who have children that I realized how fun it would be to pass out gift bags of goodies that would also do their own explaining about Muslim holidays, something the kids could take home to parents. I quickly realized how much fun it was for adults to get them, too.

'Eid ul Fitr explained in a party favor bag

Explain ‘Eid with decorative inserts that talk about the holiday in a concise way

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Lebanese Kibbeh Patties

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to the world of Ramadan foods from Lebanon by way of the following recipe for Kibbeh Patties from my friends at Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen. If you’ve never visited their blog, please be sure to visit their site to take in all the wonderful, healthy Mediterranean dishes they offer in addition to this one below.

Mamas-Lebanese-Kitchen-Kibbeh

Written by Edgard Sammour of  Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen. Photo credits to Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen

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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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Ricotta Pie

The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it’s a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection, repentance and worship of the Creator. Most people aren’t thinking so much of food and gatherings … Read more

Cherry-Strawberry Frozen Juice

Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. There are people all over the world, especially in the U.S. who live far away from extended family whether overseas or across the country. There are those new to Islam who will be breaking the fast alone or with just one other person (i.e. couples, students, singles, etc.) during Ramadan.

If you’re one of those people, why not make iftar special (without all the fuss), even if it’s a small one?

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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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Welcome, Ramadan!

Ramadan Mubarak! 

Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We had a great suhoor (pre-dawn meal) of eggs with spinach, ground beef with Italian herbs and a side of black beans. For iftar (breaking of the fast) we had skirt steak with only four ingredients: olive oil, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Both were simple and quick to make, but very filling and nutritious. A lot of water and watermelon at the end of each helped so much to feel hydrated- something we’ll need all throughout the each day as we face a 16- hour fast.

There’s a lot going on around here and for those of you who haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, you may not know about the variety of upcoming events and ways you can chat or speak to me live throughout Ramadan to get tips on cooking, organizing the kitchen and just eating more healthy in general.

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Let Your Freezer Help You This Ramadan

Freezers are sometimes the most underutilized kitchen appliance in American homes. They tend to be quite small compared to the refrigerator, which is amazing considering how useful a large standing freezer can be to families striving to save money in a tough economy, or at any time for that matter. Large families can stock up on bulk purchases of meat, produce and halal, convenient yet healthy foods with deep freezers or just larger freezers than the average found in a side-by-side refrigerator appliance.

My last posts on 4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking and Kitchen Efficiency in Ramadan took you through the steps to getting ready to shop and how to keep the kitchen running smoothly throughout the month.

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Kitchen Efficiency During Ramadan

Being efficient is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to be incorporate efficiency into your life so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat during this blessed month.

Check out these ten tips to get you in and out of the kitchen quickly and efficiently, insha’allah:

1. Have a Plan For the Daily Iftar Menu: If you didn’t prepare one ahead of time, it’s not too late. Check out my 5 Simple Steps for Planning Ramadan Meals to give you an idea on how get you started at any point during the month. You don’t have to follow the steps exact- just have a plan for what you’ll be cooking for most of the month.

2. Buy What You Can In Bulk: Aside from food bought in bulk, purchasing things like dish soap, sponges, kitchen towels, paper towels, cleansers and disposable eco-friendly dinnerware and cutlery will save you time running out to the store for the little things, all of which eat up precious time. Buying in bulk will not only help you keep meal-prep moving along smoothly for regular dinner nights, it will also help reduce stress when surprise guests or planned iftars pop up.

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