Monday, October 16, 2017

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Fall is here and that means the best apples are available!  Every year, we go apple picking but this year we haven't had a chance to go yet.  Hoping to go soon before the season is over.  Whenever we do go, we come back with way too many apples and one of my favourite things to do with apples is to bake with them!  The muffin recipe I am sharing with you today is our favourite Apple Muffin recipe.  My eldest son loves them for breakfast.  These are choke full of apples and a lot of cinnamon flavour!  I've made a couple of changes to the original recipe.  Mainly to replace the butter with oil and change the topping to raw sugar rather than brown sugar.  I hope you give them a try soon!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt Scones


This week I'm sharing another recipe for scones.  Early in July, we had gone Strawberry Picking at Organics Family Farm.  We haven't gone for the last couple of years because their strawberry picking season was during Ramadan.  We were very excited to be able to go this year.  We brought home a lot of strawberries and I used some of them to make these Strawberry Scones.  One of our favourite things about Organics Family Farm is the wood fired pizza they serve at lunch time.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

One Bowl Banana Bread


Whenever bananas have gone past their edible stage, the best thing to do is to make banana bread!  I have a recipe for Banana Bread currently on my blog but it makes two loaves and has a lot of sugar and oil.  It is delicious but I wanted something that would make a smaller quantity and had less sugar and oil.   This One Bowl Banana Bread recipe I am sharing with you today is our new favourite banana bread.  I've also mixed in some white whole wheat flour to make it "healthier"!  My boys loved to toast a slice and then slather on the butter which probably defeats the idea of making the banana bread healthy....

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cream Tea Scones

Cream Tea Scones

Usually when I make the Easy Tiramisu Trifle I shared recently, I have some cream leftover.  My boys love scones, so I use the leftover cream to make these Cream Tea Scones.  These scones are very simple to cutting in butter!  It is a one bowl recipe as well.  My boys like to have these for breakfast.  They would also go well with some jam and a cup of tea!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy Tiramisu Trifle {#EidEats2017 & A Giveaway}


This post is sponsored by Tea India

We are in the last week of Ramadan and today is the day for Eid Eats!  I pray that everyone has had a wonderful Ramadan and I wish you an early Eid Mubarak from my family to yours.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Healthy Whole Wheat Butterscotch Carrot Muffins


Where has the time gone?  Ramadan is already half over!  I hope we are all doing our best to make the most of this blessed month.  With the end of Ramadan approaching it also mean Eid Eats is coming up.  I had told you all about Eid Eats in my post for Chicken Kheema.  Eid Eats is a virtual potluck where we all "bring" a dish we would serve on Eid.  I hope you will join in with us.  You can find all the details in this post.  The link up is on June 20, 2017. I hope that you can join us!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Kale and Leek Quiche


Today I'm sharing a recipe for a Kale and Leek Quiche.  It is adapted from my Spinach Quiche.  The difference with this recipe is that I cook the leeks and kale on the stove top to soften them.  It is a simple recipe.  For the crust, I like to mix in some whole wheat flour.  For a more rich tasting dough you can use all all-purpose flour. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Cups


Ramadan Mubarak!  We began fasting this past Saturday which means a month of fasting and ibadah (worship).  Today I'm sharing a recipe for Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Cups which would be great for suhoor (the pre dawn breakfast).  For Suhoor, we don't like to have something very heavy.  Usually we have cereal, eggs or oatmeal.  

I like to make suhoor ahead of time, so all I have to do is warm it up in the morning.  These oatmeal cups can be made before and kept in the fridge.  When you want to have them, all you have to do is warm them up in the microwave.  I've adapted this recipe from my Baked Maple Walnut Banana Oatmeal Cups.  This recipe is very versatile so you can experiment with different fruits and nuts.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sheet Pan Spinach Quiche


Recently at my children's school, the parents arranged a surprise breakfast for the teachers to express our gratitude for all their hard work.  We all brought a dish to contribute to the brunch buffet.  I wanted to take something that was savory and took this Sheet Pan Spinach Quiche.  A long time ago I had shared a recipe for Spinach Quiche.  I continue to make this quiche but now use a different crust.  The crust I now use is half of the crust recipe below with the exception of mixing in some whole wheat flour.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chicken Kheema & Eid Eats 2017


Ramadan is almost here and that means we are prepping for the fourth edition of Eid Eats 2017!  Henna from My Ninja Naan and I are hosting this event.  For those of you that are not familiar with Eid Eats, it's a virtual potluck where we all make something that we would serve on Eid.  Then on June 20, 2017, we all add our post to a linkup on either Henna's or my blog.  All the details can be found at the end of this post.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Murgh Cholay {Chicken & Chickpea Curry}

Murgh Cholay (Chicken and Chickpea Curry)

When I first started cooking I used to use a lot of Shan Masala. For those of you who don't know what Shan Masala is, it is a spice mix and has simple directions for how to make the dish.  There are Shan packets for just about every Pakistani or Indian dish you can imagine.  I found them really helpful when I got married.  It helped me get familiar with the process of cooking and not get hung up on all the ingredients.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins


Just about every week I am baking muffins for my eldest son's breakfast.  He loves to have baked goods for breakfast while my youngest is an oatmeal fan.  These Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins are one of his favourites.  I make them half with white whole wheat flour to make them more filling and healthy.  In Canada, you can find white whole wheat flour at Bulk Barn.  I find it's lighter than regular whole wheat and isn't as dry.  I have used some coconut sugar in this recipe.  If you don't have any, you can substitute regular sugar.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chicken Bread


This Chicken Bread takes some work but the results are definitely worth it!  I have made the filling with boneless chicken breast and ground chicken.  I prefer the boneless chicken breast but find using ground chicken is much faster.  I've attempted mixing in some whole wheat flour into the dough but haven't been successful.  The dough came out very dry.  You can experiment with the filling as well.  This recipe makes two loaves.  It's great for school lunches as well!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Quinoa Mattar "Pulao"


Quinoa is something it's taken me some time to get used to.  I find it has a distinct taste that at first I did not like.  We've been eating quinoa for a couple of years but it's taken me awhile to find recipes that we enjoy.  Initially, I would make them into a patty and fry them.  Since then, I've learnt some methods that have made a big difference for me in the flavour.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cranberry Orange Loaf


I absolutely love baking!  Lately, I haven't been baking very much because we have been trying to eat more healthy and reduce the amount of sugar in our diet.  This past weekend we had an event at my boys' school and I volunteered to bring an item for refreshements.  I took a Lemon Almond Loaf and this Cranberry Orange Loaf so I could get a chance to do some baking.  This Cranberry Orange Loaf was a recipe I had pinned awhile ago and was excited to try.  I love the flavour of cranberries and oranges together and this loaf did not disappoint!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Vegetable and Lentil Soup


The weather in Toronto has been up and down.  Some days feel like spring is here and the next day we are pulling out our winter coats again.  These cold days are perfect weather for a hearty bowl of lentil soup!  I've been making this soup for about a year now.  The lentils make this very filling and perfect for lunch.  The original recipe has spinach which I usually don't have on hand so I omitted it.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Easy Little Bread

loaf of bread

This bread was made by my eldest son, Hasan.  Both my kids love to help in the kitchen.  It's definitely more time consuming have them involved but I think it's a good idea to capitalize on their interest now.  It's important for them to learn how to cook.  Hasan has made this bread a few times.  The first time was when he was in Grade 1.  He had won first place in the Speech Competition at school.  He had an amazing teacher and she worked with him a lot to help him prepare.  To thank her, he baked her a loaf of this bread.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in a Tomato Cream Sauce


I'm baaaaaack!!!  Sorry friends for being MIA.  My heart just wasn't into blogging this past year and I wanted to focus on other things in life.  One of those things was getting back to reading.  Before I had kids, I was always reading a book and I've really missed it.  I've read some great ones like The Pearl That Broke It's Shell and some not so great ones.  Right now I'm reading Charlotte's Web.  My son is in Grade 1 and his teacher is currently reading it to the class.  I've never read it so I thought it would be a good time and then my son and I can have our own book club 😉

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