Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Ramadan, Recently Discovered, Snacks, Sweets, Uncategorized

Costco Haul: June 2017

When I first heard of the big box stores that sold bulk items, I immediately thought that those stores existed only for business owners or rich people. Then I moved to California when I got married. I became my husband’s plus one (+1) to his Costco account. Since you only get one extra Costco membership card without any additional fees, I felt honored to have access to this store. I couldn’t wait to see what products were sold and what was the big deal (literally and figuratively). Once inside I immediately noticed how there is something for everyone in this huge store. If you are newbie shopper or a frequent shopper at Costco, it can get overwhelming.  I want to spotlight some items that you may not have noticed.

1. Organic non-dairy milk. As you know, an Allergic Halal Foodie is dairy free. Most likely you will drink non-dairy milk when eating your cookies. There is a lot of allergy safe cookie eating in an Allergic Halal Foodie’s life, so why not save time and money by buying your dairy-free beverage at Costco. It has a long shelf life, too.

2. Organic dates. With Ramadan this month, this item is a handy addition to your Costco shopping list. They’re organic and delicious. It is sunnah for the fasting Muslim to break their fast with dates and water. Not interested in sunnah practices of breaking your fast with dates, you have plenty of ways to eat dates like this homemade Twix bar that uses the dates for the caramel. Yum!

3. Organic maple syrup. The uses of maple syrup is vast. In addition to using it to drizzle onto homemade dairy free Belgian waffles, I like to use it for quick allergy friendly barbeque (equal parts of ketchup and maple syrup) and teriyaki (equal parts of soy sauce and maple syrup) sauces. Yes, it is really that simple to make those 2 sauces.

4. Halal Lamb Roast. Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to make an extra trip to your halal butcher. Alternatively, Costco has halal meat! It doesn’t get any sweeter than that…

5. Organic pasta. Most “gourmet” pastas have egg. Costco has an organic pack of pasta that is egg-free. True foodies know that there are endless options with pasta meals. 

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Breakfast, Ramadan, Uncategorized

Pre-dawn (Suhoor) Ramadan Menu

The pre-dawn meal called suhoor is eaten  before the Islamic dawn prayer Fajr. In addition to this meal being mandatory before one starts fasting each day during the month of Ramadan, there are blessings just in eating it. Make sure to load this meal with protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables, as well as hydrate yourself with water.  So don’t skimp on this meal as it provides you with blessing and feul for your day. 

  • Fruit and protein wrap. Take a flatbread and spread nut-free butter of your choice (I use this  soy nut butter because of a nut allergy). Slice some fruit and place on top of the nut-free butter. Sprinkle some cinnamon then roll it up to eat it as a food wrap or fold it in half and eat with a knife and fork. If you don’t have any flat bread, you can use any slice bread. Cut off the crusts of the bread slices and then use a rolling pin to make flat.
  • Bran muffins are a great source of fiber that you can easily make dairy-free with this recipe or buy them at the store. 
  • Oatmeal is a healthy suhoor staple  that is easy and filling. You can prepare your oatmeal and toppings in advance and just add your dairy-free milk and heat when ready to eat. Here are some DIY oatmeal packet ideas
  • Smoothies are a great way to get in protein, fruits, veggies, and liquids.  The picture is an apple, spinach, and ginger smoothie. Super easy and delicious. Add your dairy-free yogurt or dairy-free protein powder and you’ll have a quenching pre-dawn fiesta in your mouth.
  • Water. Simple, yet essential for suhoor. Make sure to include at least 2 cups of water before you start your fast. Not a fan of water, try drinking it room temperature or try putting some fruit slices for flavor.

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    Breakfast, Recently Discovered, Snacks

    Tasty Dairy-free Cream Cheese

    The New Yorker in me couldn’t help but to buy this and of course ate it with…a bagel. I was happy when I found this at Trader Joe’s for less than $3. I was happier (and relieved) that I didn’t have to trek to that very well known, very expensive natural foods store to buy a dairy-free product. This product gets two thumbs up from me and one of my children. I already have plans to make dairy-free cheesecake, dairy-free cream frosting, and…

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    Breakfast

    Blueberry Muffins

    What is breakfast without orange juice, milk, eggs, tea, pancakes, halal turkey bacon, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, muffins, bagels, fruit, and more? Okay, maybe that is the American (halal) continental breakfast menu, as most cultures eat a modest breakfast of just cafĂ© au lait and bread.  I introduce every food item permissible in my household. If I can’t find it in the supermarket, I just make it at home.

    Blueberry muffins were such a filling and quick breakfast item from my High School days in NYC. It didn’t help that I would wait for the NYC public bus right in front of Au Bon Pain shop. I bought more than just a muffin, but for the purposes of this post, I want to show how we replicated delicious blueberry muffins so easily.

    Ingredients (yields 12 muffins)

    • Frozen blueberries (1 cup)
    • Soy milk (3/4 cup)
    • Flour (1 1/2 cup)
    • Vegan butter (1/2 cup)
    • Sugar (1 cup)
    • Baking powder (2 tsp)
    • Salt (1 tsp)
    • Vanilla (1 tsp)

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    In a mixing bowl, I put all ingredients, except the blueberries, together (in no particular order) and stirred with a large spoon.  I didn’t want to take out too many appliances nor did I want much clean up afterwards. Line the standard size cupcake mold with cupcake liners. Then add the blueberries to the batter and stir once with the spoon. Fill liners halfway with the blueberry muffin batter. Place in pre-heated oven for 25 minutes (or until the desired brown color is achieved).

     
    Here is a picture of muffins while they were still baking.

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    Final product.

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    Deliciously soft, too.

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