What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet

It seems like every day there is a new horrifying catastrophe, so before I begin this blog, I want to reach out to my Lebanese brothers and sisters to say I feel your pain so acutely and hope your loved ones are safe. So far 300,000 people in Beirut have been displaced from their homes…… Continue reading What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet

Staying Strong in Quarantine

Hello Friends! As each day passes and the status quo remains the same, I find it is easy to get disheartened. But two phrases continuously resonate with me: 1) Let food be thy medicine and 2) A strong body leads to a strong mind. Both of these mantras inspired me in this recent interview with…… Continue reading Staying Strong in Quarantine

Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…

Even though I run a food blog and cooking show, there are times when I am not as motivated to spend long hours in the kitchen, especially during the summer. During sweltering hot weather I would rather just eat a dinner of what Arabs called “nawashif” or a collection of finger foods that don’t require…… Continue reading Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…

Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets

Sometimes, the best discoveries are off the beaten path. It was a sweltering day in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and I was with a tour group exploring the architecture of gorgeous limestone homes in the middle of their downtown. One of my uncles in the group motioned me to a corner shop, where this…… Continue reading Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets

THE ULTIMATE OLIVE OIL…

  Hello FITME Fam! I have been looking for ways to spice up life from my home, and I thought it was time to engage with viewers on a live feed! I shared my thoughts on holistic Middle Eastern health remedies, fair trade food finds, and announced my exciting new partnership with Harvest Peace Olive…… Continue reading THE ULTIMATE OLIVE OIL…

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Quarantine Eats Part 3

Hello Dear FITME Family, Today’s recipe came from pure frustration. Frustration from a super long line at Trader Joes, another super long line at Costco, and an absolute food desert at Safeway. This is all so surreal I feel like I have to pinch myself to remind me that this is all really happening. But…… Continue reading Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Quarantine Eats Part 3

Ful Mudammas- Arab Style Favas (Cheap Quarantine Eats Part 2)

I thought that market shelves would have more consistent food stock by now, but sadly that is not the case in my neighborhood.  If there is ever a nutritional staple that can get you through tough financial times and food insecurity, it might very well be the overlooked fava bean. During this Covid-19 crisis when…… Continue reading Ful Mudammas- Arab Style Favas (Cheap Quarantine Eats Part 2)

Stress Eating, and Stress Free Carrot Cake

Hello FITME Family! How are you all holding up these days? Doing well I hope?  This week I decided to deviate from the norm, because I noticed that friends and family in my inner circle are crumbling under the pressure and boredom.  My sister just bought 3 grocery bags of Doritos, Kettle Corn, chocolates and…… Continue reading Stress Eating, and Stress Free Carrot Cake

Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

  Hello Dear FITME Family! Are all of you okay? Hoping that you are well stocked with necessities and that you are healthy? Thinking about you all during this surreal time and can’t wait for this to be over.  This whole thing has taught me to appreciate valuable time with my family even more–even if…… Continue reading Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)

Middle eastern desserts from centuries ago did not require many ingredients to create a rich yet healthful treat. Some desserts did not even require an oven, like the sweet Iraqi snack called “Madgooga”, also known as “Madkooka”. Madgooga is basically an Arab style energy bar, comprised of natural yet decadent tasting  ingredients like mejdool dates…… Continue reading Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)