Walnut and Date Oatmeal




Walnut and Date Oatmeal

This is a really healthy and energetic oatmeal that is easy and delicious to make!  The amount of toppings is up to the oatmeal-eater so here it is:

Cook oatmeal according to package instructions.

Add milk, walnuts, flax seeds, maple syrup, and chopped walnuts.


What do you like to add to your oatmeal?

Mini Kabobs (recipe)

So overdue but so here!


ground beef

five spices


onion and garlic powder

chopped parsley


(a spoon of olive oil, just enough to moisten the meat)

1.  Add all the ingredients to the ground beef in a mixing bowl except the sumac and knead the meat well.

2. Heat a non-stick skillet and roll out the meat into small kabobs.

3.  Cook on both sides until meat inside is not red.

4.  Sprinkle some sumac over the mini kabobs.

Eat with sliced lemons, warm pita bread, fattoush, and garlic or cucumber yogurt.


Pinto Bean Stew (recipe)


(2) 15 oz. cans (rinsed) pinto beans (or dried beans that are cooked)

4-5 diced tomatoes

1 chopped onion

1 squeezed lemon

3-4 smashed! garlic cloves


Parsley (fresh or dried)



  1. Sauté onions in oil until transparent.
  2. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, lemon juice, cumin, parsley, and salt-cook until everything is soft.
  5. Adjust the flavorings to your liking (add more lemon, cumin, or oil if you prefer)
  6. That’s it!  Now eat it!

It’s easy, healthy, and full of flavor.

Good protein from the beans, lycopene from the cooked tomotoes, and cumin is a spice that is known to be good for the stomach (if I or my daughters’ bellies hurt, my husband makes potatoes and adds cumin to it and makes us eat it like medicine!).

Maybe I’ll share that recipe another time…

Share and enjoy!


No don’t worry, you won’t be adding any broken crayons to this dish but for my daughter apparently she thought this version would taste better.  She whipped up a batch of Chaat Masala Chickpeas with broken crayons.


Notice the crayons still with their wrappings?  Yes, well, I heard they taste better and gives the dish enough texture.  Oh yes, uncooked chickpeas seem the way to go for toddlers these days.  Yum.

So I promised a recipe.  Well here it is, but be warned it is my version of chaat masala chickpeas.  And for sure, they are better than my daughter’s way of making it.

You can adjust the measurements to your liking and add other things if you prefer.  I love that it is healthy, no cooking required (if your using cans), flavorful, very filling for the belly, and satisfying to the tastebuds.

Chaat Masala Chickpea Recipe

Cooked chickpeas

cooked pinto beans (optional) I added these because they were sitting in the fridge bored

3 diced Roma tomotoes

1/2 an onion, finely chopped

finely chopped cilantro and flat leaf parsley

one squeezed lemon juice

Chaat Masala seasoning (I used the Shan brand) sprinkled to your liking

1. Rinse the beans from the cans.

2. Mix beans and all the ingredients together well.

3. Add the squeezed lemon juice and garnish with a cilantro leaf.

3. Share with friends and family and don’t forget to say “Bismillah!”

Excuse me while I go pick the broken crayons out of my dried chickpeas…enjoy!


What ingredients would you add in your Chaat Masala dish?