Energy balls

You know Ramadan is around the corner when you walk into a supermarket and see dates on sale alongside with unbelievable deals and special offers on food and drinks.

As part of the ” Ramadan rush”, some of us might get completely blown away and fooled by the multiple choices in front of us, but always remember that Ramadan is meant to be a spiritual test of self-discipline to remind believers of their own blessings as well as of the needs of other human beings.

In fact, Ramadan’s Ftour is not about the amount of dishes that one is serving on the Ftour table but the quality of food… Less is better! It’s important not to go overboard when eating during Ramadan, one should figure out how to feature good food with high nutritional value in small budget recipes!

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If you ask me, I always make sure to brake my fast with light dishes…

  • First, one cup of water,
  • Dates or energy balls,
  • A soup or Harira
  • One side dish

During summertime, I sometimes swap soups for rich salads! But one thing is sure, energy balls are essential for an energy boost and thus a healthy treat! These are the perfect fuel for your fast and the good news is that they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and thus, perfect for a fasting body…

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Ingredients: 

Date balls: 

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds + nuts
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • 1 tbs figs powder
  • Honey ( optional)

Toppings:

  • Dark Chocolate, coconut powder or pistachios!

Instructions: 

  1. Combine date balls ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Roll balls using your hands, and chill in the fridge for a couple of minutes.
  3. Dip the rolls in melted dark chocolate and top with coconut powder or pistachios crumbs.

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Spinach Smoothie

Being healthy is more than just having good food and exercising, it is a way of living…

Before staring to convert into healthiness, I prepared myself for it… My mind had to accept many things about being healthy and part of it was that it was not only a matter of watching my diet. In fact,  it is a sort of triangle that links the mental , physical and emotional health all together…

The first question that one should answer is: why having a healthy lifestyle? Following a trend is not especially what you should look for as an answer, because if you are not mentally convinced then it wouldn’t work out as it should be…

On a personal note, I started this way of living because I wanted to maintain a sort of balance. At the end, it is not about following a schedule or a set of rules… It is mainly about letting go, being free to choose, assuming one’s actions, following instincts and learning good habits without forcing oneself to…It takes time, but when you finally get there it feels like a triumph.

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A cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Making exceptions doesn’t mean breaking up with a healthy lifestyle… After all it is part of your own pack of choices. For example, I do allow myself to eat cakes, snacks loaded with sugar… I do eat at McDonald’s sometimes and I definitely skip meals when I feel like doing so. I do not count my calories or the number of pushups that I need to do to cover up an excess of sugar in my blood. Because a ZEN attitude is enough to make it up for you, a good laugh with friends arund food is more treasured and the irony is that you know that a cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle… Ths is why the mental part matters as well!

But, this is not an excuse to have a cheat meal every single day … Throught your journey, you will learn to enjoy food without disregarding the taste, to subtitute junk food with healthy… Honey instead of sugar, baking instead of frying, fuit snacks instead of biscuits, Ricotta or Jben instead of cream cheese!

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There are so many options to enjoy good food and so here is my own version of a healthy smoothie featuring spinach and a hint of sugar flavour ( thanks to dried figs).

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of spinach
  • 2 small Apples
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbs dried figs powder
  • Vanilla extract

What I love about smoothies is that there is noo complication to make it. Only one way to go, mix all the ingredients in a blender ( start with the liquids first) and enjoy!

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Muesli

When it comes to oatmeal, you can’t really count the tons of recipes you can make with; from cookies, to granola and muesli! So as you might know, my birthday was the 21 February and I was lucky enough to receive a Gordon Ramsay’s book which included a simple recipe of Muesly.

I just love how simple yet rich Museli is! loaded with fiber and vitamins, it is a great way to benefit from a balanced meal and start your day on the right foot! So I decided, to share with you this easy recipe made with ( basically) 3 ingredients.

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Muesli is a sort of nutty combination that you can prepare the night before and have it for breakfast at home maybe pack it for work or school. Kids would totally love it, especially if you teach them how to make it themseves!

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Inspired from Chef Gordon Ramsay

CHEAP, QUICK, EASY: this is what we love right?

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • Berries (bluberries, raspberries…)
  • Milk
  • Dried fruits ( almonds, raisins…)

Instructions:

The Gordon Ramsay’s version doesn’t include boiling the milk, but I do.

  1.  So start off with mixing oatmeal, milk, almonds and raisins then bowl the mixture.
  2. Let it cool, then store in a airtight container.
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Almond hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is a kid’s first guilty pleasure and parents love it as well, even if they won’t admit it in front of their children ( don’t worry, your secret shall be safe with me)… For all the sweet tooth out there, It’s Hot Chocolate O’clock!

So, as we, my sister and I, were having fun at the kitchen. She suggested that we should organize a sort of a Friday girls night in ( winter edition)… Which means, a couple of movies, a blanket and a hot drink. Of course, we wouldn’t have settled with a regular hot chocolate because both of us are FOODIES and we want to send our energy and insulin levels crazy!

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This is how the almond hot chocolate idea came out, it combines the crunchiness of almonds, the sweetness of caramel and the tenderness of condensed milk. This unique recipe might turn into a real ritual and thanks to its rich intense flavor, one sip could be a killer.

So if you are a chocolate addict and love nothing more than drowning into a dreamy cup of hot chocolate to warm colder nights and adding a magical touch to a normal life, you might want to check out this -easy peasy- recipe!

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Thus, I have to warn you that it might be addictive… But if you’re feeling extra decadent, add a splash of heavy cream or ice cream to it just before serving…

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Flaked almonds and chopped walnuts
  • 1tbs Sugar
  • 1 tbs Dark Chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp Raw cocoa powder
  • Nestlé condensed  milk ( 1/2 can)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • Cinnamon ( optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the sugar in a frying pan over a low heat it has melted. When the caramel has turned golden-brown, carefully pour over the almonds and nuts to coat and leave to cool.
  2. Place Nestlé condensed milk,  dark chocolate chips, vanilla, cocoa powder  into a medium sauce pan. Stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Gradually add the milk without boiling it. When it’s ready, pur it into cups and garnish with caramilized nuts and cinnamon.

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KAAK of Safi

If by any chance you were to pass by Safi in Morocco, you don’t want to miss the ultimate ” kaak ” of the city! A cookie ring 100% VEGAN, without eggs made with fresh products and lots of seeds. This is what I call: THE perfect snack!

Safi or Asfi ( which means river in Berber) isn’t on everyone’s itinerary, but it is one of the oldest cities in Morocco. It took me 20 years to be able to travel there and I was not disapointed by my sudden decision to discover this new town. This coastal city is well known for its pottery, artisans are famously painting their plates and tagines with turquoise, white and green emerald; thus, creating a beautiful work of art!

 

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Change your daily life: in 3 steps!

Back to my thing!!! It has been a while since I wanted to write a post where I can share my breakfast routine. Here comes the right time to do so, this article is all about how my summer would last the whole year. Thanks to an easy breakfast trend, winter feels more warm than ever!

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Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Good evening,

If you are following me on Instagram you probably know the news… If not, I am glad to announce to you that I am officially a graduate from the National school of Management. Last Friday, I took part of the graduation ceremony and gave one last speech! It was tremendous; my favorite part was when I ended the speech with a favorite quote of mine by Eric Roth from his screenplay for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”:

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

This quote always inspires me to do whatever I want as long as I love it! This is how I started the food blogging experience, learned crochet, stepped up my game in Volleyball and became a better person who is proud of what she is doing… No matter what others would say or think!

 

Speaking about doing what you love, I felt like eating some muffins with bread crumbs while maintaining my weight… I know, it sounds like a bad idea! But, hey! One can live a healthy life and tolerate some sweetness in from time to time… As long as you make sure to exercise more often!

They say that regular muffins are pleasing but these crumb muffins are scrumptious!! So let’s check out this amazing recipe!!

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 1 1/2 flour
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1/3 veg oil
  • 1/3 milk
  • 7g baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • Blueberries ( Strawberries or rasberries might do the trick)

Crumbs:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C ; lightly grease muffin cups, or line with muffin papers;
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the batter ingredients. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups;
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the crumbs ingredients. Sprinkle topping over muffins;
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Homemade Brioche

Happy Saturday Everyone,

So it’s been a week since we started fasting the Holly Ramadan in Morocco. I have been experiencing so many new recipes everyday… I am trying to follow a healthy life style by avoiding Deep-fried foods.  They are unhealthy because they tend to be very high in fat and calories wich increases risk for numerous health problems. I know you may often find yourself tempted by foods deep-fried; They may be tasty, but they are definitely not healthy! So I am switching my fried pan for the oven instead, it’s such a game changer! I am curious to know your life style during Ramadan? Have you succeded the healthy life stye challenge?

Have I mentionned that I finished my internship in Rabat? All I want right now is to go back to Tangier, and visit once again the Kasbah Museum!  It brings together an amazing number of exhibits tracing Morocco’s history.

It includes finds from the ancient time covering early history when Berbers ( the native people) were living safe and sound, when the Roman inhabited once the lands of Morocco and ‘New Era’ of its Modern History which has partly influenced its culture in religious orientation.

In this article I am mainly talking about the traditional courtyard garden of the museum, It’s a hidden Jem in the middle of the Kasbah. You, Unconsciously,  feel liketrespassing time and space while crossing the gate doot to the gardens. What I loved the most about it is its simplicity yet impressive sophistication! The paths, the doors, the plants, the floor and the genral architecture of the garden is such a perfection…

We should thank The sultan Moulay Ismael for thinking about buildng the Kasbah. After having expelled the English from Tangier, he has ordered to construct the Kasbah with this garden at the end of the XVIIth century to protect the town against further invasions. Now, it’s one of my favorite places to escape the Medina noise and enjoy a good hour of meditation.

So I promissed myself to go back there and I might also bring with me some brioches (’cause I am always hungry). So, I am pretty sure that you’ve been waiting for the recipe since you saw me making it on my instagram story a while ago.

So, Brioche is the classic French yeast bread that’s rich, golden and delightfully tender with a milky flavor that makes you feel like a kid taking a snack after waking up from a nap. I mean look at those braids, the texture is PERFECT… Each bite is divine.

The dough is enriched with milk, sugar, eggs and butter and it is not difficult to make, absolutely workable! Honestly, I am horrified of the idea of working with yeast… It feels like the dough will fail to rise ( which is a nightmare!! ). Luckily, I took a huge step by perfectly making these Brioches.

Gathering and measuring the ingredients is such a decisive part for me, because if I ever forgotten a single one; I am pretty sure that it will be too late when I realize it… Menwhile, I kept checking the room’s temperature, the windows and the doors ( close or turn off every source of air because it will prevent the bread from rising).

Indeed, the dough should be placed in a warm place protected from any source of air (between 20 and 30°C). The ideal is25 °C (knowing that the dough rises very slowly even in the fridge at 4 °C). But Do never reach 40 ° C  because the yeast will die.

Another Aspect to keep in mind is that you sould Keep working the dough until you don’t feel any salt or yeast granules left, it should be elastic and doesn’t stick to your fingers.

You might wanna keep this recipe for later, it’s totally doable!!!

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Surimi egg rolls

Surimi makes a wonderful snack all by itself, but what if we turn it into a light, easy to pack meal sponsored by the number one ingredient that all students have at home? You’ll get a stuffed tamagoyaki with surimi!!

So you’ll be asking me what is Tamagoyaki?  It’s the common type of cooked eggs in Japanese cuisine, this dish is made by rolling together thin layers of egg in a frying pan until you get a solid piece of rolled up egg. In other words, it’s something that you’ll fall in love with as soon as you taste it!

Check out this easy recipe! And don’t forget that you may add anything into the mixture;  from bell pepper to tomatoes? Or maybe you can stuff it with minced meat? Or chicken leftovers? I mean if you’re a student then you definitely have enough creativity to deal with it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 surimis
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Salt & pepper
  • Coriander
  • 1 tbs olive oil

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix the eggs, the chopped coriander and season the mixture.
  2. Whisk it together very well;
  3. Add olive oil to grease the pan then pour enough mixture to make a thin layer; Wait 2 to 3 min, place the 2 Surimis at the edge then start rolling the egg. Move the rolled layer in the middle of the pan.
  4. Add more mixture, wait another 2 min and repeat until there is no mixture left!

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Almond Ghriba

Dear foodies,

I’m really happy to share with you this special moroccan recipe, we call this “ghriba bahla”.

  •  Ghriba= mysterious
  • Bahla = silly

I’m not really sure why are we calling it this way but the legend says that this Moroccan cookie was first introduced by people from Andalusia who fled the region to come and settle down in Morocco…So it was a  “Ghriba” new thing ! As for the “habla” part; it’s due to the cracks on the cookie, somehow they saw a smile on its face… If you see it too let me know on the comments below. 

Anyway these moroccan almond cookies are so crumbly. Perfect with a glass of moroccan mint tea or simply milk!!

Ingredients:

  • 500 g Flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 175 g sugar
  • 125 ml oil
  • 45 g toasted sesame seeds
  • 75 g toasted almonds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 7 g baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F.
  2. Use a blender to mix sugar, add almonds then blend again.
  3. Now combine all ingredients then add the mixture into it; keep working the dough.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, let it rest for 2 hours.
  5. Form little dough balls and place on a baking sheet!
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.

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