Zucchini Fritters

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Summer time means picnics in the park or even the backyard. These tasty little cakes are sure to please both kids and grown ups.

Get creative with dipping sauce…pictured here is a Thai peanut sauce. Ranch, applesauce, avocado or bean dip would be delicious ideas!

Zucchini Fritters

Makes about 20

1. Grate 2 medium zucchinis. Squeeze out as much water as you can using your hands or a tea towel. The more liquid removed the better the fritter will hold.

2. Mix in 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp garlic powder. A few shakes of pepper and a pinch of salt. Add a handful of shredded Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and form mixture into little flat circles. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

4. Enjoy warm or cold with your favorite dipping sauce!

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Creating a Global Birthday Party Theme

As a summer birthday kid, I always enjoyed creating my own themed birthday party. One year, I made homemade cow pies (out of dirt & wood boards obviously;) for a cowboy themed party and my favorite party of all was a carnival theme where neighbor kids could come buy tickets, have snacks and visit different stations….I always had to be the fortune teller!

Now as a grown up, I love to host parties and enjoy every step of the planning process. Hospitality is an important part of celebrating life events and traditions. Making people feel welcome and cared for makes us all feel amazing.

Kid parties can get really expensive so an alternative option is having a world themed party right at home. Let your kid choose the activities and plan the party so they can learn to host parties early on and use their creativity to plan a one of a kind celebration.

Global Birthday Party Ideas

  1. Pick a Destination. Have your kid choose a country or just do a world theme. For this post, I will pick Zanzibar to show you activity examples.
  2. Pick a Color Palate. Choose the colors of Zanzibar’s flag (green, black, yellow & bright blue) and find these colors for plates, cups, balloons, table cloths, streamers etc. iStock_000026487697_Large
  3. Teach Kids How to Cook a Meal/Snack. Find a simple recipe from your destination (Check out my Maharagwe recipe here) but try it out at home first. This will help you decide whether or not it’s easy enough for kids to do it within an hour or less. The less cooking time, the better since kids won’t focus for too long. Give everyone a simple task like peeling & chopping veggies with kid safe utensils (Curious Chef), measuring spices, rinsing beans, plucking herbs off stems. *Always be sure to ask about any allergies your guests may have!
  4. Activity Table. Set up a space with a few crafts lined up. Get some washable crayons, colored pencils, fun paper, stamps with ink and blank puzzles from a craft store. Some great ideas are making treasure maps & country flags. Give kids basic instructions or a template and let their creativity soar.canstockphoto16283272
  5. Play Games. Set up a scavenger hunt based off facts of Zanzibar. Example Zanzibar is known as the Spice Islands since they grow cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, where do you think the next clue could be hidden?” Hide the next clue in your spice cupboard of course. Or have kids come up with a list of 8 items they would pack for a trip to Zanzibar. Make it more challenging with using only the letters of the country. Example: Z= ziploc bag to keep things dry and so on.
  6. Goodie Bags. The very best part of the day! Fill them up with little maps, passports, stamps, stickers, the recipe you made, an apron, art supplies or a cooking utensil. Oriental Trading has adorable & affordable world themed trinkets and be sure to check your local craft store for other treasures.canstockphoto2088109

Planning a global birthday party doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Keep it simple, creative & joyful and your kid will have the best birthday memories!

From my kitchen to yours,

Sheila

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Persian Eggplant Stew

Khoresh gheimeh (stew) bademjan (Eggplant) has been my favorite Persian dish ever since I was a little kid. It was always my birthday dinner request. I wish I would have learned to make it as a kid, but my mom’s cooking is impossible to beat. 

Over the last few years, I’ve watched different people prepare the dish in their own way. Some use saffron to flavor the stew, others make it a tad bit spicy with red pepper. I love how different the dish turns out every time I have it and make it.


This classic Iranian dish invigorates the tastes buds with sweet, tangy and savory flavors. The combination of spices and ingredients are truly unique and unlike any other cuisine. Tomatoes, dried lime, cinnamon & turmeric are all flavors one would never expect to blend so well together. 

This recipe is versatile for any diet- Make it vegan or with stew beef. This recipe I’ve come up is an adapted vegan version that can be made in less than an hour. If you have more time, you can simmer the stew for a few hours or even prepare on low in a crockpot overnight. 

You can find dried limes in either whole or powder form. I prefer Sadaf brand, but Amazon has other options available. 


Khoresh Gheimeh Bademjan- Eggplant Stew. Serves 4

Market List

  • 1 medium Eggplant
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1-2 cups of French fries or 1 large fry from the closest drive thru 🙂
  • 1 cup of yellow split peas
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 dried lime or 1 tbsp lime powder
  • 1 tbsp tumeric
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions:

1. Turn oven to 400. Peel and slice Eggplant into long strips. Place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and a bit of salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until soft.

2. Bake French fries as directed on the package. Set aside. 

3. Rinse yellow split peas and cook in boiling water until tender. Skim off foam on top as it appears in the pot. 

4. On medium heat in a large frying pan, sauté thinly sliced onions with olive oil until translucent. Add tomato paste and water. Stir in spices and mix well. 

5. Once the yellow split peas are tender and eggplant is cooked, add them to the frying pan and simmer stew for 10 minutes. Remove whole lime is applicable.

6. Cook basmati rice as directed on the package.

7. Top the khoresh gheimeh bademjan with crispy french fries and serve over hot basmati rice. 

Nooshe Jaan- Enjoy your meal! 

Eat Your Greens Pasta. Kid Friendly Dinner Made in 20.

 

This dinner was a huge hit with my family. It’s flavorful and jam packed with nutrition- hello omega 3s and iron! Toss in what veggies you have in the fridge and make it meatless if you prefer.

1 cup shelled walnuts

2 cups spinach leaves

1 garlic clove

1/4 extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp water

1 cup sliced portobello mushrooms

1/4 cup small chunks haloumi cheese or Asiago. Whatever you’ve got in the fridge will do.

Fettuccine (enough for 4 people)

3-4 sweet chicken & kale sausages

1. Blitz in spinach, walnuts, garlic and EVOO in a food processor or blender until smooth & creamy.
2. Sauté sausages until cooked then add mushrooms and sauté until soft. Add cheese and pesto, stir for a few minutes until warm and melts.

3. Cook fettuccine as directed on package.

4. Toss everything together and make sure to share with others 🤣

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Toddler Approved!

   From my kitchen to yours,

    Sheila

                   

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