OLIVE OIL, YOGHURT & ZUCCHINI CAKE

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As I told you before, I am not a professional baker but serving my family a homemade cake every week is a must so I am always playing around in the kitchen :)

I was never a fan of frosted cakes (except for carrot cake of course), I always prefer old fashioned cakes that you enjoy with a cup of coffee without feeling so guilty & heavy! I have been trying to develop a honey cake recipe for almost 2 years but they always came out a total disaster.

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CHICKEN FILLET WITH HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE

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It’s been a month & half since I last blogged; it feels like ages & I extremely miss my kitchen but it was a much needed vacation :)

The good news is I am back with so many new recipes, tips & tricks.

We are all getting ready for school, our winter routines & busy schedules. Yet, no compromise on good food that gathers the whole family together.

Easy recipes prepared in no time has always been my specialty :) This dish fits all the criteria! Grilled chicken gets smothered in a sweet & tangy honey mustard sauce!

Extremely delicious & Extremely easy!

 

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HOMEMADE CHICKEN NUGGETS

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It’s summertime!! There is no room for spending hours in the kitchen preparing lunch! We all want to be on the beach with our kids yet no compromise on delicious homemade food.

Nuggets is one of those dishes that’s both kid & adult friendly. With all the big fuss about the horrific ingredients of store-bought nuggets, there is nothing safer than preparing your own recipe at home!

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LIGHT BECHAMEL SAUCE

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The Holy month of Ramadan is 2 weeks from now & I can’t wait for my favorite 30 days to start :) The month of unbelievable spirituals, gatherings & food!

Unlucky me, I am one of those people who finishes Ramadan with 3-4 extra kilos on my waist line. I don’t know whether it’s the fasting or the amazing gatherings that make my appetite go crazy or the delicious food that makes me think of nothing but food!

But lately, I have been making some changes that proved to be working! For me, Ramadan is not the month of healthy food; I eat, I indulge & never deprive myself but with 3 new rules:

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CHOCOLATE DIRT CAKE

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Yes, I don’t like dirt cake at all. I bought it from every single store that sells it & still … I HATE it. I don’t know but I always find it too sweet & watery; mmm … not my kinda dessert.

This Easter my kids are almost 2 years old & I really want them to start enjoying all our Easter traditions but they are still too young for coloring/painting eggs (we will end up with an EGG mess … I am sure hahaha). I searched the Internet for other creative ideas that my kids can enjoy & came across hundreds of dirt cake recipes. I liked the idea a lot as my kids will love decorating those little pots because they are now very interested in learning about trees, flowers & plants.

Besides, I couldn’t believe how easy it is to prepare this stunning looking dessert. NO baking whatsoever is required, just some crushing, mixing & whipping woohooo.

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BAKED POTATO WEDGES WITH LIGHT RANCH DRESSING

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If you have been following my blog recently, you would notice a slight shift in my cooking approach. It’s not that I am going healthy as you will never find words like “gluten free” & “vegan” on my blog but I am trying to find lighter versions of the food I love!

This doesn’t mean that you won’t find chocolate-y & creamy recipes here but I started to believe that a “balance” is always required to maintain a healthy diet & a decent jeans size :)

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VEGGIE LOADED CLASSICAL BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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Believe it or not, bolognese sauce is one of the most difficult pasta sauce I have ever tried to cook. As basic as it may sound, it took me years to find the perfect recipe.

After over 10 total failures, I gave up & for the past year I never cooked bolognese sauce at home. It always came out very watery & very meat-y; you could feel the chunks of minced meat in your mouth & the sauce never stuck to the pasta! NEVER!!

Three months ago; I felt really offended! Seriously?!! Bolognese sauce!! One of the most basic pasta sauces ever!! I challenged myself & my research trip started :)

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SHRIMP CEASER SALAD

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Happy mother’s day to myself, my mother, my grandmothers & every single mother out there trying to stay sane in the middle of this crazy thing called “motherhood”.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you would notice that I always talk about my mother’s hatred to cooking or actually anything kitchen related even if it was boiling an egg or microwaving a pre-cooked meal.

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