As April has been officially recognized as Arab American Heritage Month, Arab Americans are flooding social media with their favorite family recipes, from overfilled shawarma wraps and crispy falafel, to artistic hummus plates and buttery baklava. I was excited to be featured on NBC’s “California Live” this week to share one of my own favorite…… Continue reading Sharing My Viral Fattoush Recipe with NBC!
Hello Friends, Hope you are all doing well amidst the chaos that surrounds us. When I feel like everything is spiraling out of control, the one thing I try to maintain is my health. I feel I can handle anything if my health is in top tip shape. If you have been following my work…… Continue reading I Got My Gut Health Tested-the Results Shocked Me!
As someone that takes fitness and nutrition very seriously (with some occasional decadent treats along the way) I love delicious new food discoveries than fit into my eating plan. If you have followed this blog long enough, you know that I favor the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in fruits, veggies, with moderate meats and…… Continue reading My Secret Indulgence- Revealed!
When times get crazy, sad or even terrifying, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood more often. I play old songs in my car, look at family photos, or bring back the foods that I cherished when I was a child. This is how I center myself during trying times. Today I thought I would…… Continue reading Baba’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Have you ever read the book by Michael Pollan called “Food Rules?” I love the simplicity of it. The premise is we should eat and view food the way our great grandparents did. I know my great grandparents would freak out if they saw all the unidentifiable processed rubbish in a standard supermarket. They would…… Continue reading The Most Delicious Way to Prepare Greens: Hindbeh!
Everyone I have been talking to lately is depressed, like severely depressed. This is totally normal as there are so many challenges to deal with all at once. Children’s grades and morale dipping from home schooling (something I am dealing with as well) overwhelmed parents who have lost their jobs, deaths in the family (in…… Continue reading Treating Yourself this Holiday Season:The Keto Box
It seems like every day there is a new horrifying catastrophe, so before I begin this blog, I want to reach out to my Lebanese brothers and sisters to say I feel your pain so acutely and hope your loved ones are safe. So far 300,000 people in Beirut have been displaced from their homes…… Continue reading What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet
Hello Friends! As each day passes and the status quo remains the same, I find it is easy to get disheartened. But two phrases continuously resonate with me: 1) Let food be thy medicine and 2) A strong body leads to a strong mind. Both of these mantras inspired me in this recent interview with…… Continue reading Staying Strong in Quarantine
Even though I run a food blog and cooking show, there are times when I am not as motivated to spend long hours in the kitchen, especially during the summer. During sweltering hot weather I would rather just eat a dinner of what Arabs called “nawashif” or a collection of finger foods that don’t require…… Continue reading Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…
Sometimes, the best discoveries are off the beaten path. It was a sweltering day in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and I was with a tour group exploring the architecture of gorgeous limestone homes in the middle of their downtown. One of my uncles in the group motioned me to a corner shop, where this…… Continue reading Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets