To Ghee or Not To Ghee, That Is The Question.

Ghee has officially made a comeback. You see it being recommended by nutritionists and dietitians and lately it has made its way into coffee as well.  Ghee, as it is known in the South Asian Subcontinent, is clarified butter, which simply means that butter is boiled to separate the liquid fat from the milk solids.  The milk solids sink to the bottom and the liquid fat can be strained and stored in a cool dry place for later use. Continue reading “To Ghee or Not To Ghee, That Is The Question.”

A Few of My Favorite Things

What would conscientious living be without some dependable go to products that one can truly count on? I, for one, have been struggling to find products that would make packing lunches easier and more organized. Then there are things I have recently come across and found to work rather well in my kitchen. Here I have compiled a list of my go to favorites and one that has been on my wishlist! Continue reading “A Few of My Favorite Things”

2017 A Year of Reflection

Can you believe we are already into day three of 2017? It is just amazing how time flies! With every new year we make new resolutions and goals and try to maintain them as the days go on. How often is it though that we swerve off the path and go back to our old ways? Perhaps the goals seem  unattainable because they are too unrealistic? Continue reading “2017 A Year of Reflection”

Chicken Kofta Curry

Chicken Kofta Curry

Ok guys so today I have a super simple recipe for you! It is something you can whip up on a week night and transform it into something special. Growing up, I don’t remember having Koftas (meatballs in curry) all that often, possibly because of the labor involved in cooking them. It was always something we ate at dinner parties and on special occasions. Continue reading “Chicken Kofta Curry”

Healthier Coconut Truffles

Often, when you start eating healthy, the first thing to go on your list of taboo foods is dessert. But I love dessert! It can be a struggle. I never knew what a mean sweet tooth I had till I had my boys. I crave something sweet right after a meal and this is one habit I don’t see changing. But then it doesn’t have to. With so many healthier alternatives out there like honey, maple syrup, dates, agave and stevia (still haven’t tried this) it is easy to swap out the sugar for a healthier, more wholesome experience! Continue reading “Healthier Coconut Truffles”

A Few Things to Keep in Mind When Eating Out

I would be lying to you if I told you we didn’t eat out at all. Maybe not as much as we used to before, but eating out is still very much part of our weekend ritual.  Every Friday night or Saturday we allow ourselves one meal out. Okay sometimes two, but as we evolve into healthier versions of ourselves we avoid fast food, choose healthy eateries and even if we end up going to  chain restaurants, we consciously pick out the healthier entrees on the menu.

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Cauliflower in Cashew Sauce

So let’s talk about cauliflower. It’s big and It’s beautiful. Always fascinating to look at but never fun to eat. At least that’s how I felt growing up. I seldom touched it at the dinner table. In Pakistani and Indian cuisine it is often paired with the potato. Aloo Gobi.  Continue reading “Cauliflower in Cashew Sauce”

Why You Need To Give Up Diet Soda Today

My relationship with diet soda began about sixteen years ago. It’s as old as my marriage. “Fresh off the boat” and straight into life in the good old U.S of A.where “diet” everything was  a sign of being fit. I don’t recall the diet variety being available back home and even if it was, it wasn’t very popular. Back in college days, I was always the one shunning regular soda because of it’s sugar content but this, this was different. I could have my cake and eat it too! Not once did it occur to me that it could be detrimental to my health. I even remember reading an article about it being as safe as water!

Articles such as these, aggressive marketing and the general lack of information as to the adverse affects of  the component in these drinks had a whole generation guzzling down diet pop without a care in the world. I, for one was hooked. I loved the stuff. When eating out I would nod every time the waiter asked if I wanted a refill, usually two or three and at home I would chug down at least one a day. Not as bad as some I guess but everybody’s tolerance level is different and it wasn’t long before my habit caught up with me. Continue reading “Why You Need To Give Up Diet Soda Today”

Healing Turmeric Milk

My mind is screaming after this past week. Thanksgiving came and went and we did our fair share of feasting. It wasn’t just the one day however, it was the whole week. My boys were off from school the whole week! I love my kids but to entertain them that long can get tough, unless of course I am okay with the Xbox and the iPhone babysitting. Continue reading “Healing Turmeric Milk”

My Halal Kitchen

My Halal Kitchen Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration by Yvonne Maffei~ Review

You may remember reading my blog post about my attending the My Halal Kitchen cooking demo a few weeks back. Well, I have been busy reading and cooking from it and am happy to report my findings below. Continue reading “My Halal Kitchen Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration by Yvonne Maffei~ Review”