Even though we’re nearing the beginning of spring, it’s been cold and snowy on the East Coast. Cold weather reminds me of one of my favorite dessert drinks, sahlab. If you’ve ever been to the Middle East during the colder months, you’ve probably had this delicious treat as it’s sold in restaurants, coffee shops and street vendors. When I was home visiting my family this past fall, sahlab made its first seasonal appearance. [Read more…]
Paleo Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse, my absolute favorite dessert! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I occasionally crave something chocolatey– I mean, don’t we all? This Paleo chocolate mousse hits the spot every time. With a special star ingredient, it’s a healthier alternative to most desserts. It is so thick and decadent, your friends will never guess that it’s Paleo and that it took less than 5 minutes to make. No cooking or baking required; all you need is your trusty food processor or blender and a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
So what’s that star ingredient you may ask?
Middle Eastern Paleo Baba Ghanoush
I know I’ve been MIA for a while but life has been very busy. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am currently in the Middle East visiting my family. I had a few Fall recipes I wanted to share before I left but I didn’t get the chance. I got sick the week before we left and I spent that week cleaning, organizing, packing and doing some last minute shopping. Our journey to get here was long but needless to say, my daughter and I arrived in one piece and have been enjoying ourselves.
One of my favorite things about being home is spending time with family and enjoying all the delicious food the Middle East has to offer. [Read more…]
Middle Eastern Date and Pistachio Tiny Treats
I’m traveling to the Middle East next month to visit my family and to meet four newborn babies, including my perfect little nephew. He is just a week old and is already the cutest, most precious baby boy I have ever seen. My daughter is so excited and proud to be a big cousin and we are ready to finally get there to give him sweet cuddles and kisses!
During my trip home last year, I was in the kitchen a lot; helping, watching and learning. I was there for Easter and one of the things my Aunt taught me to make were Crown Date Cookies. They are special non-Paleo treats that we make during resurrection week- you can learn a little more about them here.
Even though Crown Date Cookies are not Paleo, I wanted to apply what my aunt taught me when I got home and so I brought back some packaged pitted baking dates in hopes of recreating her recipe. Unfortunately, months went by and I didn’t end up making the special Easter treats. I needed to use the dates before I traveled again, so I came up with a quick and easy Paleo/Raw Vegan recipe. [Read more…]
One of the most popular and delicious Middle Eastern salads is tabbouleh. Traditionally, it is made with tomatoes, parsley, mint, onions, bulgur, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. This is not your traditional recipe, this is my take on it. If you are eating a Paleo diet, then you know that bulgur is not Paleo approved. [Read more…]