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Banana Honey Walnut Toasts

Although Ramadan ended over a month ago, we are still having a difficult time breaking some of our Ramadan schedule and habits. Not only do we still stay up pretty late (midnight is the norm for me), but we also eat like mice early in the morning because it feels strange to fill up right… Continue reading Banana Honey Walnut Toasts

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Lebanese Green Bean & Tomato Stew (Loubya Bi Zayt)

Gardening season is officially in full swing and you know what that means, right?  Fresh, delicious vine-ripened tomatoes hand-picked from your very own backyard. After putting all that hard work into growing your garden, you'll certainly want to savor the fruits of your labor.  Fresh tomatoes are perfect for salads, salsas, and sauces but why… Continue reading Lebanese Green Bean & Tomato Stew (Loubya Bi Zayt)

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Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

We pride ourselves in our diversity as a family so this post will touch on that a little bit. Together, my wife and I, have roots from six different countries including where we were raised: Albania, Iraq, Lebanon, Poland, Sweden, and The United States. This specific recipe has been a breakfast staple in my household… Continue reading Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

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Lebanese Lentil and Rice Pilaf (Mdardara)

We know we haven't posted in a while but we have been a bit busy working on some fun DIY projects around the house as well as an exciting project that we will be announcing next week. Although our lives are busy, we wholeheartedly believe in eating healthy homemade meals. It might seem difficult to… Continue reading Lebanese Lentil and Rice Pilaf (Mdardara)

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Healthy Homemade Butterfingers

My brother recently brought over a PB&J  Chobani Flip for me because he's experimenting with "healthier" snacking and wanted me to try it out. Ignoring the fact that it had 18 grams of sugar, the crunchy peanut topping was quite good and reminded me instantly of the popular candy bar Butterfinger; something I haven't had… Continue reading Healthy Homemade Butterfingers

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Lebanese Stuffed Eggplants (Sheikh al-Mahshi)

Growing up in a Lebanese household meant that eggplant was no stranger to the dinner table. One of my favorite eggplant dishes was (and still is) Sheikh-al Mahshi; a Lebanese casserole made of golden fried eggplants topped with spiced beef or lamb and cooked in a light tomato sauce. My father, who loved to cook… Continue reading Lebanese Stuffed Eggplants (Sheikh al-Mahshi)

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Labneh Pizza Toast

Long before toast became a trend, my family had its own toast-y tradition. On weekend mornings that weren't filled with scheduled activities, we would make these labneh "pizzas" using toasted pita rounds, labneh, and vegetable toppings. If you've never had labneh, you are truly missing out. A popular Lebanese breakfast staple, labneh is a strained… Continue reading Labneh Pizza Toast

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Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes

We love autumn and pumpkin spice everything just as much as the next person but this year we had a bad experience with a pumpkin spice latte. Weeks of anticipation ended in utter disappointment as we found ourselves with a beverage that was sickeningly sweet and unbearably oily. After a few sips we tossed it… Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes

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Lebanese Cauliflower Stew

As the weather has started to cool down, I find myself turning more to preparing soups and stews for dinner. Particularly Lebanese stews, which are flavorful and hearty, and have always been some of my favorite meals growing up. No matter what the main ingredient is, I can eat the leftovers for a week and… Continue reading Lebanese Cauliflower Stew

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Mexican Rainbow Rice Bowls

It's almost the end of September and I'm starting to panic because my due date for baby #2 is less than two months away. I have no name picked out and I'm nowhere near as ready or organized as I need to be. Luckily, I am finding some success with meal planning in the sense… Continue reading Mexican Rainbow Rice Bowls