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Middle Eastern

Iraqi Makhlama

a rich spicy meat sauté topped off with soft-cooked eggs and garnished with fresh greens The epitome of Iraqi comfort food. I grew up eating this recipe, graciously made by my mother on vibrant mornings the whole family ate together. For many Iraqis living…

Savory

Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple-Chicken Skewers

sweet, savory, spicy chicken skewers that scream summertime Pineapples being bright, sweet, and juicy are the perfect fruit to offset with grilled spiced chicken in the heat of the summer. Pineapples are loaded with nutrients and disease-preventing antioxidants. These antioxidants are bound and are…

Nutrition & Health

how nutrition stopped me from bulimia.

I was a college student. Like many others I had an undecided major. I was full of doubt, anxiety, and self criticisms. I had no concept of wellness. I was tired all the time. I was unhappy and I was in pain. I developed…

Dressings, Dips, & Condiments

Mango & Avocado Salsa Salad

a summer salad or salsa to brighten anyone’s palette with sweet ripe mango tossed with chili and fresh lime juice Mangoes are one of the most widely consumed foods on our planet, and there’s a reason for that! They’re sweet, smooth, juicy, delicious, and…

Sweet

Berries & Rhubarb Crisp

a warm dessert, sweet and tart beaming with a brightness that will have you going for more Berries and rhubarb are a classic combination and that’s with a simple, great reason – It’s just delicious! It’s a perfect mouthwatering blend of sweet and tart.…

Savory

Pan-Grilled Ponzu & Honey Dressed Salmon

rich salmon fillets, marinated in mouthwatering Asian flavors grilled to perfection Want a salmon fillet that doesn’t flake or stick to grill grates? Read in the directions below! Also, a cast-iron grill pan was used for this recipe. Salmon is a rich and fatty…

Middle Eastern

Iraqi Salad

a simple salad with roasted beets and earthy chickpeas with a bright dressing of fresh lemon juice and smooth olive oil Iraqi cuisines hold such a special place in my heart. Throughout my childhood and into my adult life Iraq has been plagued with…

Savory

Spring Salad with Ginger Honey Vinaigrette

lots of spring greens, and sweet berries topped off with a bright ginger honey dressing A fresh bright salad with a zing in the dressing perfect for springtime. The base is leafy greens and try opting for dark leafy greens that are packed with…

Middle Eastern

Roasted Garlic Hummus

the creamiest homemade hummus, blended with whole chickpeas, roasted garlic, and nutty tahini An authentic Middle Eastern appetizer, oftentimes served with warmed pita bread or fresh crisp vegetables. Hummus is a mixture where the base is chickpeas. Achieving that perfect blend of garlic, tahini,…

Sweet

Hazelnut and Goji Berry Granola

sweet, nutty, crunchy, and delicious – everything you’d want your granola to be Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup hazelnuts 1/4 cup goji berries 1/4 cacao nibs 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Directions:…