How to shop a Middle Eastern Food Market

Growing up in the Middle East, certain staple items like spices, breads, and cheeses were always stocked in our pantries and refrigerators. That’s why specialty and gourmet food stores and markets are extremely valuable in the United States. Arabs frequent these stores to stock up on foods and ingredients that remind us of home.

Travel Guide: Dearborn Michigan Arabic Food Tour

When I visit Dearborn I feel like I stepped back in time to my childhood days growing up in Amman, Jordan. Located in Wayne County, Michigan, this city is home to the largest Arab American population in the United States. The streets are lined with hundreds of Arab-owned businesses and restaurants serving authentic Middle Eastern food.

Homemade Graeter’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

So here’s the deal: my husband isn’t big on desserts (GASP!) but the one thing we can agree on is ice cream sandwiches, so I decided to make my own by using Graeter’s vanilla bean and salted caramel chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between two homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Meal Planning Ideas

Happy Monday! Here’s a fresh new list of ideas for you this week:
• Oven roasted chicken and veggies with carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes
• Fish tacos with slaw
• Chipotle inspired homemade burrito bowl with chicken or steak, rice, cilantro, beans, corn, avocado, tomato salsa
• Turkey chili
• Pan-seared salmon with mango avocado salad

Weekly Meal Plan Ideas – Dinner

We’re excited to start this new series on the blog. Check this space regularly for menu and recipe ideas to get you through the week! Have ideas to share? Post them in the comments section.
 
Dinner Ideas:
• Lemon pepper grilled chicken with baked kale and quinoa rice mix.

Meal Planning

Three months: the longest I’ve stuck with meal planning. It takes a lot of time up front but ends up saving us so much time and money throughout the week. I’m sharing the steps that have helped me stick with it, should you be new to meal planning or find that you can’t stick to a routine. Have tips and ideas to share? Leave them in the comments!
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10 Healthy Snacks

I haven’t posted a recipe on here in a weeks because frankly, I haven’t been cooking. I’ve been totally uninspired to cook and eat healthy. It’s such a great feeling when you’re on a roll with clean cooking and sensible snacking. Perhaps this post will inspire me to get back on track.

Shrimp and Turkey Sausage Paella

 
This is one of those recipes that involves a whole lot of ingredients but packs in a whole lot of flavor. I followed this recipe and replaced the chicken chorizo with Italian turkey sausage.  This serves at least 8 people so don’t make the mistake and cook for one and then have to beg your friends to come over for dinner (what in the world was I thinking?).