Halloumi kebabs with couscous

I love making kebabs with cheese. Even though the usual choice is meat, fish, or veggies for a change, I tried halloumi cheese as the hero. Cheese is a relatively easy ingredient to work with, and it takes less time compared to others. I usually use Indian cottage cheese for making vegetarian kebabs. However, for a middle-eastern-inspired meal, I choose Halloumi. Honey and thyme roasted halloumi kebabs tasted perfect with couscous and salad. 

Thyme roasted sweet potato in yogurt sauce

When we decided to eat fewer carbs just for a week, I had to get creative. I rely on veggies and lean meat. Since the sweet potatoes are always a hit, I decided to pair them with whipped garlic yogurt sauce. Magic happens when they get roasted with a few herbs and spices. It is a perfect side dish, but we had it for lunch. Thyme roasted sweet potato is a delicious meal in itself and I am making some again.

Muhammara / roasted bell peppers dip

It’s wonderful to meet people from different cultures and learn a bit about them. It opens our minds and helps us grow. I find food as an interesting way to connect. Recently I got introduced to a unique dip called muhammara made with roasted red bell peppers and walnuts. 

Baked salmon and pearl couscous

Couscous with baked salmon makes for a quick and delicious meal. Add some fresh thyme and cherry tomatoes to elevate the taste. Dinner post Iftar calls for a light, nutritious meal, and baked salmon with couscous ticks all the boxes. 

Sweet potato falafels

Even though the classic falafel never fails to impress, I add a twist to keep the interest alive. Sweet potato falafels have a gorgeous color and taste delicious. Sweet potatoes help bind the falafel together. 

Curried chicken Fatteh

Here is my take on a popular Middle East dish called Chicken Fatteh. A beautiful layered dish with loads of flavors and textures. The base is crispy pita bread, followed by the chicken with chickpeas layer and then the garlicky yogurt sauce.