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Towards A Healthier Ramadan ~ An Interview With Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen

With Ramadan right around the corner and my commitment to eating healthier this year,  I thought it would be fun to take a peak and see how some of my favorite personalities in the blogosphere stay energized and fit during this month and learn their tips and tricks. This week we have Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen!

In case you are unfamiliar with her work, Yvonne is the publisher behind the ever popular blog, myhalalkitchen.com. She provides artful substitutions for non halal components in global cuisines and is an untiring advocate for halal and  wholesome living. Love that! She is also a published cookbook author. Her latest cookbook  My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration has offerings for people of all backgrounds with recipes that, I can attest to, are absolutely scrumptious! Read my review of the book here and about my experience meeting her in person here!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look into Yvonne’s Ramadan:

 

Q. How do you prepare for Ramadan? Many people bulk cook for the month. Is that something you do?  

A. I don’t always cook in bulk for Ramadan because I really like to enjoy variety at Iftar and Suhoor. Also, since we’re in a great time of year to enjoy fresh foods, I like to see what’s available at the farmers market that is seasonal and fresh, which is usually in limited quantity but makes for some very nutrient-dense, delicious foods to include in these meals. ​

q. WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE FOOD TO PREPARE for iftar? 

A. My favorite summertime Iftar is actually a vegetarian one- Ratatouille. I love it because there are so many fresh vegetables and herbs and since those veggies have a lot of water in them, it’s actually a very hydrating meal. I serve it with either couscous, rice or tiny pasta and it’s a super filling meal. It’s also a great way to eat less meat- you an always add some on the side, if you like, of course. 

q. How do you stay productive during the month? Is there any particular food you eat at Suhoor that you feel helps you stay hydrated/energized?

A.At Suhoor, I’m really partial to having some sort of protein, whether it’s a small portion of eggs, meat (i.e. Sejouk with eggs), or a bean dish like Ful Mudammas, it’s something I like to make sure is part of the meal because that really helps me get through the day much easier. Fasting isn’t meant to make us miserable and the Suhoor is a Sunnah, so I think this is a good way to take care of oneself and prepare for a long day of not consuming anything at all.  

q. what is Your best go to quick and easy recipe?

A. Quick and easy recipe for Iftar would be my Mediterranean Chicken recipe– it’s so easy to make and takes less than 20 minutes. You only need oil, salt and pepper and your favorite type of vinegar. Once it’s done, you can throw it in a pita to make a wrap or eat it over rice or couscous. Done. http://myhalalkitchen.com/chicken-pita-rolls-hummus-tabbouleh/

Chicken Pita Roll
Photo: myhalalkitchen.com

For Suhoor, I recommend poaching eggs since it’s super quick and also light on the stomach- no oil include unless you add it after cooking. Here’s how you can do that easily: http://myhalalkitchen.com/how-to-poach-eggs-and-other-foods/

Q. Any other advise for our readers to ensure they have a healthy Ramadan?

A. Stock your kitchen, fridge and freezer with healthy foods. That way, there isn’t any temptation to pick up any unhealthy items in the first place! Shop farmers markets and grocery stores for the freshest, prettiest and most seasonal food items and you’ll be excited to cook and consume them for Suhoor and Iftar. Get the family involved by either shopping together when you can or telling them more about why you chose certain ingredients. In the summer, many food ingredients have their own beautiful story to tell and when we appreciate how they’ve arrived on our plate, it’s not only a lot more interesting to eat but it also makes us the conscious halal consumers we were intended to be in the first place. 
 
I just loved Yvonne’s take on a healthier Ramadan! It promotes eating mindfully and scoping out foods that nourish and hydrate the body. These are both essential if you want to experience Ramadan as it is meant to be, productive and beneficial.
 In honor of the upcoming month and to help make cooking easier this Ramadan, Yvonne is kind enough to give away to one lucky winner, her cookbook, My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration  as well as a PDF of her cookbook  Summer Ramadan Cooking: Recipes & Resources for Healthy Meals All Month Long. 

Here’s how you can enter to be considered for a copy:

  1. Subscribe to my newsletter, its easy! http://www.eatdrinkpure.com
  2. Comment on this post how you plan on eating healthier this Ramadan.
  3. Like me on Facebook Eat.Drink.Pure.
  4. Follow me on Instagram @eatdrinkpure

Official Rules:

  • There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
  • Eligibility: This giveaway is open only to U.S. citizens and legal residents of the continental U.S. (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories) who are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (19 years of age or older if a resident of AL, DE or NE; 21 years of age or older if a resident of MS).
  • Giveaway is void outside the continental USA and where prohibited by law.
  • Entries are limited to one per person.
  • This giveaway begins on Saturday 20 May  2017. Entries must be submitted by Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm (midnight) Central Standard Time (CST).
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
  • One (1) Winner will receive an email notifying them that they’ve won.
  • Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received.
  • A winner’s list may be made available to anyone who inquires.
  • The winner is subject to eligibility determination before prizes will be awarded. If it is determined that a winner was not eligible, their entry will be voided.
  • Any federal, state or local tax or other fees or charges associated with the receipt or use of any prize is solely the responsibility of the winner.
​Good luck!
Stay tuned for more great interviews with women who inspire!
UPDATE: The winner of the  My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration  AND PDF Summer Ramadan Cooking: Recipes & Resources for Healthy Meals All Month Long is Chealsea! Please email us your details so that we can have your prize on the way!

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4 thoughts on “Towards A Healthier Ramadan ~ An Interview With Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen

  1. Ohh I’d love to win a copy in shaa Allah! I go to a lot of community Iftar dinners at my local masjid so my plan is to try and bring a healthy dish of my own each time…and to stay away from sweets…ok maybe just a small little piece 😉

  2. Eating healthy in Ramadan is a challenging feat, especially since we group up with Ramadan favorites such as samosas, pakoras and other fried deliciousness. We can tweak these things so they are more healthy, air frying and baking are options I hope to try during Ramadan. I think hearty soups are also a great, healthy alternative. I am excited to try out some of the recipes in the book as well.

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