Sunday, August 17
Ramadan will be coming around the corner any week now and what a better time to start blogging again and sharing recipes with you all. Enjoy!
Monday, February 11
Yes I guess considering how much ve been around lately its inevitable that I would take a break from blogging! I started this blog to share my recipes and life with anyone who would be interested in it, and i do hope that i have acheived my goal in doing this.
BUT, for now with everything going on in my life, i have lost space and time for blogging on a daily basis temporarliy, inshallah......not permanently!
So, please feel free to travel through my dusty pages for any inspiration or info you might need to get a meal on the table and if you need anything or just want to say hello feel free to email me!
I dont know how long I will be gone, but, inshallah, not long!
Thanks to all of my blogger freinds who ALWAYS comment on my blog(you know who you are)! I will really miss you!
Your time and comments here are precious to me and I cannot thank you enough for taking time out from your own day to make mine brighter with your lovley and flattering comments and compliments to me....
Wednesday, February 6
Cut up all the kinds of veggies you want to roast. I used garlic heads,bell peppers,onions,tomato,potato,carrot,and zucchini.
Sprinkle over this any spices you like the tastes of. I used garlic salt and ras el hanout spices with salt and pepper.
Stuff the chicken with sliced onions and a garlic bulb and a half a lemon which you used for putting over the chicken.
Rub spices over the chicken and the juice of half of that lemon you used to stuff the chicken. Put it all in a pan like above and drizzle over this olive oil.
Roast in a moderatley hot oven for one hour and for crispier chicken put it closer to the heat source in the last 5-10 minutes. Then serve!
Tuesday, February 5
Wednesday, January 30
Friday, January 25
Wednesday, January 23
Thursday, January 17
To be honest, I'm so drained of energy from the Gym and College...Not to mention the Cats and their need for affection 24 hrs a day, oh yeah, AND my husband...lol...Phew! My coffee no longer works as effectively as it should to wake me up. On top of all this I haven't lost anymore weight, but I know its too early to tell, but i still wish i could have lost a teeny bit more from all that running and climbing on the StairMaster and Treadmill! On top of all that "something" is wrong with my stomach. The Doctor says theres nothing wrong, but I keep getting this nauseous burning feeling and bloating in the middle of my stomach. It comes and goes in waves...I don't know what to do now that my Dr says it nothing! Drinking laban or eating yogurt seems to help, but that's not a solution.All I want to eat is cereal and milky stuff because of it, and that makes my blog suffer too!...I just hope it goes away!
I made Vegetable Soup 2 days ago for dinner but did not take pictures, so below you'll find a link to a similar recipe to the one I made. Try it out! Its delicious!
And.....Here is the cereal I eat for breakfast and sometimes dinner too. It doesnt need anything added to it but milk, unlike cornflakes that I always have to sweeten myself. It is VERY good!
Thursday, January 10
Wednesday, January 9
Total hours spent in Gym-8
Number of times my toes went dumb from the Ski machine-4
Time spent "running" on the treadmill in one session-5 minutes
Time spent on the treadmill in one session- 2o-30 minutes
Amount of time it took before i thought about giving up- 3 minutes
Total amount of time since the Diet started- 7 days
Over this week I have eaten is various Soups and Veggie salad, Orange juice,Water,Coffee,Yellow cheese and cornflakes, and halloumi with bell peppers. THAT'S IT...
I can honestly say I have given "my all" in the Gym this week...I'm doing treadmill,2 different "ski machines", bicycle, crunches with and w/out machines help, 3 different leg machines, arm and chest weights, and leg exercises w/out machine. I spend 2 hours a day in the gym 5 days a week...I have lost 2 kilos in 7 days... I know its probably water, but hey, its 2 kilos!
-When you think you cant give more to an exercise, add one more minute to your exercise.
-Look at your weight loss weekly, not monthly. Set a 5 kilos weekly weight loss MAX work your butt off for that 5 kilo goal!
Saturday, January 5
YES! A Diet!
Not the kind of diet where all you eat is chocolate shakes or crackers, but "a good food" diet.
I have a diet plan based "a little bit" on the South beach diet, but basically just good instinct on what works for me.
Below you'll find the diet plan and above 2 meals that Ive had since starting.
The Tuna and Egg is simply Tuna in a can fried in its own oil with a diced tomato and a tsp of cumin powder and a pinch of red pepper flakes and fresh coriander(optional). After the tuna, just throw some beat eggs into the same pan and till scrambled. Eat this with pita bread and fresh sliced tomato or alone if you like.
The salad recipe is simply:
1 bell pepper diced
1 tomato diced(take out seeds)
1 cucumber sliced in four length ways and diced
1/2 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup diced fresh coriander
1 can of chick peas
Mix all together and eat alone or with some low fat soft salty white cheese sprinkled on top.
These two dishes are fast easy and filling!
The Diet Plan
*i am in no way qualified to give nutritional advice to anyone! I eat and do what I think is best for me and what Ive found works for me. If you are looking for a nutritionsit please find a qualified one!
*Drinks: Coffee, green tea, low fat milk, normal tea and milk, juices (no sugar added) *Foods: Oatmeal, cornflakes, eggs and spinach, egg omelet with tomatoes, or Fool (cooked, smashed fava beans)with Arabic bread and homemade orange juice.
You can use store bought juice but make sure the ingredients says “NO SUGAR ADDED.”
Salad First! Then, Soup (based with tomato or broth) or Vegetables, Then meat or fish dish.
DRINK ONE GLASS OF WATER!
*Salad: Arabic salad, Fattoush, any salad you like but NOT a lot of dressing with cream or mayonnaise in it. Use apple cider vinegar and olive oil and Italian salad dressings more, also, hummus works as a delicious topping on Arabic salad! You can also make only a salad as your lunch with cut chicken in it or tuna too (protein in meat is important for lunch), serve it with a bowl of soup. You can also have Waraq Ainab(grape leaves stuffed).
*Soups: vegetable soup, spicy tom yum soup, chicken soup, cabbage soup, no cream based soups!
*Vegetables: Any veggies you like cooked in a healthy way!
*Meat: Tuna Fish, Salmon Fish, Chicken breasts without skin, Beef or Lamb without a lot of fat (called LEAN meat), shrimp. NO processed meats like hot dog, frozen kebab in packets… Cook your meat by grilling or baking or gently frying in olive oil or boiling in water or sauce.
Do not fry your meat in yellow oil or butter! You can use olive oil to fry it gently. No Deep frying food.
“3 cow” cheese slices, cucumber sliced thin with low fat white cheese wrapped inside, tomatoes with halloumi cheese and sautéed bell pepper slices, nuts of your choice(not a lot) Fresh fruits like grapefruit, watermelon, oranges, apples, cherries, and many others and you can eat with a bit of natural honey if you like. Carrots dipped in hummus.
Don’t eat a lot of bananas, pears, peaches, mangos, fruit with lots of sugars, dates with syrup in it.
Dinner should be lighter than lunch. Try to avoid eating after 8 pm. If you feel hungry after dinner then drink a glass of water then wait 10 minutes, if you’re still hungry you can have any of the foods listed under “Snacks”.
Drink one glass of water!
Soup: as above.
Salad: as above.
Meat: as above
Vegetable: as above.
To clean out your body from “the bad stuff” and give weight loss a jump start you can:
-Drink 1 tsp of honey mixed with a glass of warm water in the morning after breakfast
-Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp lemon juice also after breakfast
Thursday, January 3
Wednesday, January 2
"LOOMI" above, is dried lime
This is for all fo you who have emailed me or asked me about Madhrooba. I never expected to get such an interest in this dish as i did! I decided it was time to make it finally and to be honest, i missed eating this dish so much, it is one of my all time favorites. Its really great though and i do hope some of you try this recipe if you can and let me know what you think about it.