Quinoa Salad

I’ve always needed some extra encouragement when it came to eating salad. For one, we can all admit it’s the type of food that’s more than likely only eaten if put on front of us than if we were to hunt for it ourselves. Secondly, it never really filled me up. There is no denying,…

Wholegrain Stroganoff

As if the limitations of what can be done with quinoa were in sight. This high carb wholegrain is pretty bland by itself, but it can be used as the foundation of many foods, be they muffins, the base of cheesecake, sprinkled on a salad or used as breadcrumbs. I loved growing up with rich…

One Pot Chilli

Who doesn’t love a warm, hearty chilli on front of the TV or amid good conversation with friends? It’s one of those meals you can make in batch and not have to worry too much about fussy eaters. This was a home-staple of mine growing up. We always used to have beef chilli con carne…

Feel Good Week: Day Seven – Spicy Lentil Burgers

Red lentils have fast become one of my favorite pulses because of their high versatility. Not only do they make a delicious Moroccan soup or Dahl, as seen in my earlier posts, but they can even be molded into delicious pâtés or burgers. Once you soften the lentils, all it takes is draining them and…

Rainbow Risotto

One quick fact about me is that I like cheese. A lot. From swiss to edam, mature cheddar to edamski, cheese has always been the icing on the cake for me in terms of my savory dishes. And so, when I made the decision to introduce more plant-based meals into my diet recently, this became…

Feel Good Week: Day Three – Baba Ghanoush

It took me a while to discover this dish because, like much of Middle Eastern cuisine, the exotic names on these dishes in restaurants and on blogs can make trying them a bit tougher sometimes. These days I try to be braver about what new dishes I try – after admiring the images that come…

Ramadan Recipes: Spiced Chicken or Tofu Hummus

Hummus was the first exotic food I remember trying as a child. I remember my brother loving it when my mum used to make it all the time, but it took me a few goes to get used to it’s distinctive taste. Since then, unfortunately, it’s developed into a dangerous addiction for me. Nowadays, hummus…

Ramadan Recipes: Mo-Rockin’ Soup

My third Ramadan inspired recipe happens to be one which I often integrated into my college meal prep – lentil soup. In the Arab world, they have a lentil-based dish called Harira which originated from Morocco and is traditionally eaten as a starter or a snack. Although this Moroccan style soup is eaten excessively throughout…

Ramadan Recipes: Pesto Shakshouka

Ramadan has begun, and more than just being intrigued by it, I want to get myself in on the culture. The best way of doing this, I figured, is by looking into the traditional meals that not only the Emirati locals enjoy during Iftar (evening meal), but the millions of other Muslims living in the…

Roast Vegetable Soup

After a hectic day’s work, there’s little needed more than an effortless, cosy and comforting meal to help us decompress and unwind. For me, roasted vegetables are the embodiment of comforting, especially when blitzed into a tasty thick soup. The beauty of this recipe, is one, how easy it is to throw together and two,…