Are you ready?  Ramadan is here!  I know one of the most stressful parts of this spiritual month for me is having food on the table 3 times a day.  I always feel like I really can’t slack during this month because pizza for iftar just isn’t pretty.  I also feel that having a positive spiritual experience means filling our minds, bodies and souls with the good stuff.   I hope that throughout this month I’m going to be able to provide you with great meal ideas, some interesting products that I love and that I think will help you out during Ramadan (and really anytime), and some good conversation.  If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you will get this post in your email.  Email subscribers will receive the post of the day along with extra recipe ideas for drinks and desserts.  Once a week they will also get the weekly shopping list and recipe breakdown for the week.  So if you would like in on that, make sure to subscribe!  You can also pick up a copy of my e-cookbook Ramadan Nights: Easy Iftars for Busy Moms and Dads for even more iftar ideas!

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan but I’m posting meal ideas a day ahead of time so that you can get ready for the upcoming day.  The meal ideas for tomorrow are fairly traditional Moroccan foods (with the exception of suhoor).  Not all of the meal ideas will be traditional to Morocco but many are.  I hope that throughout the month you’ll provide feedback and even links to your own favorite recipes for the month.

Suhoor

Suhoor: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod with fresh fruit.  The pancakes can be made ahead of time, frozen and reheated throughout the month.  Serve this with a big bowl of fruit salad and drink plenty of water to get your day off to a good start!

Iftar: (always served with dates and Moroccan cookies at our house) Harira. This is another dish that can be prepared ahead of time and frozen in smaller portions for reheating throughout the month.  This recipe will serve about 8-10 people so if there are only two people eating, divide the rest of the soup into 2-3 potions, freeze and pull out later in the month.  You’ll be seeing this recipe come up again!  Soft Wrap bread from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe,  Boiled Eggs with salt and cumin on the side.  Cheeses and meats can be served with pita.

Dinner: Beef Kabobs To make marinate in red wine vinegar along with mixed vegetables that you have on hand; onion, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, eggplant etc.  Grill outside or in grill pan.  With Soft Wrap Bread or pita and a green salad.  Be sure to reserve some of the vegetables for breakfast tomorrow.