Now I’m sure you’re all wondering why a Middle Eastern food blogger would be celebrating an Irish holiday. Yes, I am from the Middle East but my husband’s paternal grandmother was Irish and my brother’s wife is Northern Irish. That makes my daughter and nephew part Irish and the main reason I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. [Read more…]
As many of you may know, the month of October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. 1 in 4 women have gone through a miscarriage, infant loss or stillbirth. I know of so many women who have experienced this unbearable grief. With October 15th being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, it’s time for me to end my silence and share my story.
I have been building up the courage to share my story for months. I am pushing myself and fighting back tears but I’m hoping and praying that my story will encourage someone currently going through this or someone who has experienced this in the past. [Read more…]
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…]
Today is day 101, which means I have finished the Whole100! I’ve spent my entire summer eating a very limited diet; surviving parties, potlucks, picnics, holidays, special events, and many gatherings with family and friends. If you’ve read my first post, you know that I was doing this to reset my body and to prepare mentally for a long trip home to see my family. We leave soon to meet four beautiful newborn babies, all born in less than two weeks; my first nephew and the children of my very dear cousins who are like sisters to me.
Eating a Whole9 diet has become a part of my life as I have finished two rounds of Whole100 since July of last year. Going forward, [Read more…]
I’m finally starting to see the finish line and I can’t wait to cross it. It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and that I’m only 20 days away from completing another round of Whole100. Go me!
These past 20 days have been quite boring. My husband traveled, the weather has been foggy, cloudy and rainy, and I haven’t been feeling my best. With the weather starting to change, it’s more difficult to rely on outdoor activities like running; so when we do have a sunny weekend I’ve been trying to take advantage and run.
I’m sure the picture I chose for this post is confusing. You’re probably wondering if I fell off the wagon and ate all of that. [Read more…]
Musakhan (mu-Sa-khan) is the national dish of Palestine and one its people are very proud of. The Arabic word musakhan literally means reheated in English. The uniqueness of this dish is what makes it so special. Caramelized onions, chicken, sumac, a blend of spices, olive oil, toasted almonds and pine nuts on top of taboon bread soaked in the juices of the chicken and onions– the thought of it just makes my mouth water. All of these ingredients are cooked separately and then reheated together at the end, hence the name. Taboon bread (google for image) is a Middle Eastern flat bread that is baked on stones or in a cone-shaped clay oven. The bread is not Paleo friendly but I have found a way to still enjoy one of my favorite meals in a healthy way. [Read more…]
We’re nearing the end which means I’m more than halfway to my goal. I survived a summer holiday and my anniversary dinner, I tried a new workout routine and I went on a fun hike. My experience with this Whole100 has been very different from my previous one. I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days. Sometimes, my sugar dragon tried creeping in! [Read more…]
During this time of the year, when everyone is out grilling, it’s usually easy to find a Paleo meat option but it’s difficult to find a Paleo friendly salad. This red cabbage salad is Paleo approved and Whole30 compliant, made with ingredients you probably already have at home; all you need is a red cabbage. You’ll surprise all your friends when you take this simple healthy salad to a potluck. It’s so vibrant in color, fresh, crisp and tangy that they’ll never guess it’s Paleo. [Read more…]
Before we get into this recap, I have a confession. I did something that I wasn’t supposed to do until day 101. I’ve never done this before on any of my previous Whole30’s or Whole100’s and I’m usually really good at not doing this, but I messed up this time! Let me tell you what happened. On day 31, I woke up and started my day like any other, but halfway through the day I went down to the basement [Read more…]