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Healthy Ramadan Ideas

5 Tips to Help You Have A Healthy Ramadan

Today is the 4th day of Ramadan in the United States and the hottest Ramadan I’ve experienced – and I’m not fasting!  Unfortunately my surgeon would not clear me to fast, preferring me to wait at least a year after having gastric sleeve surgery to attempt fasting.  Truthfully I’m not sure I would be able to do it even if he were to allow me. We begin fasting at 3:15am and the fasting day ends around 9pm. I simply wouldn’t have the space or ability to eat enough food or drink enough water in 6 hours to be safe.  Right…

Ginger Sesame Ghriba

Sesame Ginger Ghriba

For Ramadan this year I decided to re-make several traditional Moroccan pastries. Usually MarocBaba’s mom sends us a big box of Moroccan cookies.  The problem with that is they all have gluten. Between MarocBaba’s celiac disease and my difficulty eating gluten after gastric sleeve surgery we’re pretty much a non-wheat home. The only thing to do is to make all of our favorite sweets gluten-free.  I’ve shared my recipes for vanilla, almond, and preserved lemon ghriba and pistachio rosewater ghriba – they’re our favorites.  These are a little different. Ghriba are traditionally made a lot of different ways.  There are…

Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba

Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba

Before I went to Morocco I had never eaten a pistachio. The closest I had come to a pistachio was in the Jello pudding my dad ate. But, once I ate one, well I was hooked – and a little upset that I had missed out on this delicious nut for the first 20 years of my life. I’m making up for it now. Like the lemon, vanilla, and almond ghriba I shared earlier this week, these ghriba are gluten-free and delicious. Pistachios have a unique flavor that some people really don’t like.  As I began to look for a…

Ramadan Meal Plan 1

I’ve Got Your Ramadan Meal Planning Covered!

Do you struggle to find meal ideas for your family during Ramadan?  Not this year!  Today my first Ramadan meal plan is available to make your Ramadan meal planning easier. One of the biggest complaints I hear from women during Ramadan is, “I have no idea what to make!”  I know meal planning isn’t for everyone. It’s a big process to find meal ideas, create a list, shop, and then either prepare one evening, or nightly meals.  Whew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it!  Last year I created a cookbook titled Ramadan Nights, this cookbook is still available but this…

Gluten Free Almond Ghriba

Gluten Free Ghriba for #SundaySupper

Moroccan pastries are small, bite size gems of deliciousness.  Most have nuts, usually almonds, honey, and powdered sugar. Sadly, the majority also have wheat making them off-limits for us.  Ramadan is right around the corner and I have been re-making all of our favorite treats into gluten-free replicas. Are you ready for a ghriba-a-palooza?  I’ve created four new ghriba recipes that I’ll be sharing over the next few days. I think you’ll have a hard time choosing your favorite! What is a ghriba? Ghriba are one of the most well known Moroccan cookies.  They are easily identified because of their…

Rogan Josh Stuffed Bread 2

Rogan Josh Stuffed Bread {Whole Foods Giveaway}

Cooking in someone else’s kitchen is no easy task. When it’s a bachelor’s kitchen the challenge is ten-fold. To prepare for our trip I packed two boxes of food and flours (gluten free) as well as kitchen tools that I thought I would need. I should have packed more. I tossed in a few packages of Saffron Road Simmer Sauce for quick and easy iftars and dinners. When we’re at home we tend to make a big iftar that includes dinner. We do this so that we can all eat together instead of having to feed the kids one dinner,…

Chicken Salad and Harissa Dressing

Chicken Salad with Harissa Dressing and Date, Tamarind, Walnut Briouats

The first few days of Ramadan I am always excited to prepare meals that we rarely have during the rest of the year.  However by the end of the first week I start to notice bits and pieces of leftovers in my fridge and my enthusiasm begins to wane. Some of my favorite dinners are conceived using leftovers and pantry items that are taking up space.  Normally I don’t serve leftovers to guests but sometimes a last minute visit occurs and I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a big meal. This salad was born with that thought…

Warka Opacity

Gluten-Free Warka {Moroccan Phyllo}

Ask any Moroccan chef or home cook what is the single item they would buy over making and chances are pretty good they will say warka (sometimes spelled oarka). Traditional warka is a pain to make. It is closely related to phyllo dough but is a little sturdier and has a crispier texture when cooked. It is time consuming, and involves a lot of stretching and pulling to make paper thin sheets. In her book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, Paula Wolfert details the process through illustration.  Recently she made a video with Alia from Cooking with Alia…