Avocado Banana Shake

Continuing on the beverage train, today I’m sharing a recipe the was inspired by our last trip to Toronto, Avocado Banana Shake.  It’s healthy, filling, cooling, and perfect for either Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) or Iftar (meal at sunset).

This literally takes a few minutes to throw together. Dump everything in a blender and blitz away!




Avocado Banana Shake

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 bananas, peeled and diced
  • ½ avocado, peeled and pitted


Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Mango Chickpea Salad

Ramadan Kareem!

The holy month of Ramadan has graced us once again, and I pray that our fasts and prayers are accepted, and we leave the month renewed in faith and spirituality!

I had originally planned to post a recipe for every day of the month, but life got the best of me and I wasn’t able to prepare 30 days worth of recipes for the blog. I will however be posting family favorites regularly throughout the month, and I hope that you are able to take some inspiration from them 🙂

Recently I stopped by to pick up a few essential items from a local Indian grocer, and I stumbled upon freshly arrived mangoes! Now if you’re desi (person of South Asian descent), I’m sure you can imagine my excitement. If you’re not desi, let me explain: we live for mangoes. It’s in our DNA. The love for them courses through our blood.

We went through most of them as is, but I got creative with a few. Some were blitzed into milkshakes, and a few were chopped up and tossed into this delicious Mango Chickpea Salad (recipe from Green Evi). It’s amazing on its own, and would also pair well with a grilled protein as a main entrée.




Mango Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 cups (one 14-ounce can) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green chili, seeded and diced small
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and toss to combine.

Refrigerate leftovers.


Blueberry Iced Green Tea

How is the weather in your parts? Here in Ohio, it has been unseasonably warm! As I speak, there is not a single fleck of snow to be seen! This time last year we were buried deep in snow and freezing our tushies off in subzero temperatures. I can’t be happier (cannot stand the cold!) 🙂

So anyway, about this drink- I love hosting dinners at our home, and I love to serve nontraditional foods at these get-togethers. I first tried my hand at this (recipe found at Closet Cooking) delicious Blueberry Iced Green Tea (along with a mango shake) at an Iftar (break fast) party this past Ramadan. It was a hit and gone in no time. Since then, I’ve made this countless times and it is always a something that gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. It is quick to throw together, and is a great alternative to serving soda at gatherings!



Blueberry Iced Green Tea

Yield: 8 Cups


For Blueberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ lemon, juiced

For Iced Tea:

  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 4 green tea bags
  • Ice, to serve


Make Blueberry Syrup:

Place blueberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain the mixture into a container (discard solids). Mix in lemon juice and set aside to cool.

Make Iced Tea:

Pour 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add ½ cup water and tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.

Stir in remaining 5½ cups water and prepared blueberry syrup. Refrigerate until ready to serve, adding ice as needed.

Blackberry and Oat Smoothie

I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting smoothie recipes.  I think they’re a great way to get your fill of fruits and veggies, but in a more fun way!  Lately I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with various fruit and veggie combinations, and although we’ve had some fails, we’ve also had lots of hits (more recipes to come your way soon!).  This delicious Blackberry and Oat Smoothie is a great recipe I stumbled upon from Joy the Baker.  My son loves it so much that he’s officially renamed it Purple Juice 🙂





Blackberry and Oat Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour (old-fashioned rolled oats ground in a spice grinder)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Alhumdullilah (praise be to God) the iftar party I was freaking out about went without a hitch. Our apartment was cramped, but there was plenty of food to go around and not too many leftovers, but the best part was that everyone had a great time!

This fruit tart was actually one of the desserts that we served.  The kick here is that instead of a regular pastry cream, I filled this beauty with a white chocolate filling.  The number of compliments I received about this fruit tart are too many to count… So if you have anyone you want to impress I suggest you give this tart a try 😉

(By the way, I’ve included the recipe for both fillings. So go ahead, knock yourself out)

(By the way, I’ve submitted this recipe to The Halal Foodie for their Ramadan Event, a place where you can find an awesome array of iftar recipes!)


Adapted from Taste of Home and Paula Deen.

Fruit Tart

Yield: 12 Servings


For Crust

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup butter, softened and sliced

For White Chocolate Filling

  • 10 oz. white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

For Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Any fruits of choice


Preheat oven to 300°F.

Combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture start to come together and form a ball.  Remove the dough and press into an ungreased 11-inch tart pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool completely.

For white chocolate filling, beat chocolate and cream.  Add cream cheese and beat until smooth.

For cream cheese filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Spread desired filling over crust.  Arrange fruit and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Note:  A glaze can be applied on top of the fruit too. Combine 1 tablespoon of apple or apricot preserves with 1 tablespoon water and microwave to a boil.  Strain the seeds and brush the glaze over the tart.