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Chicken Quesadilla

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As some of you may know one of us sisters does food demonstrations at a local community centre and this is one of the recipes we made awhile back that the participants loved. We got this recipe from a newsletter by the Dietitians of Canada. Each serving has 35 g of protein. We used a bit of mayonnaise (shhh…) for when we made it just because we don’t like a dry tortilla. It you do use it, try to get the fat-free kind and use it sparingly.

This recipe is quick to put together and we can assure you and your kids will enjoy it. We are not even fans of spinach, but in this recipe we loved it.

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Prep time: 8 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

8 small whole-wheat flour tortillas

6 oz (175 g) Brie cheese, thinly sliced (we used mozzarella cheese)

2 cups (500 mL) shredded cooked chicken (can substitute mashed chickpeas if preferred)

1 cup (250 mL) shredded baby spinach

1 sweet pepper, sliced into thin strips

1 apple, thinly sliced

Olive oil for cooking

Directions:

1) (Shh..Spread fat-free mayo sparingly on each tortilla). If you can skip it, then great.

2) Divide the cheese into eight portions. Place on portion of cheese on half of each tortilla. Top with chicken, spinach, pepper, apple and another cheese portion.

2) Fold uncovered half of tortilla over filling and press gently to seal.

3) Place a skillet over medium heat and add a little olive oil. Place one tortilla at a time in the pan and cook for 2 minutes until browned. Flip and cook the other side for 2 additional minutes.

Bon appétit!


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Shrimp Fettuccine with White Sauce

IMG_8780This is one of our favourite recipes from our blogger friend Ikhlas Hussain. We have made this recipe a few times and it is always so tasty that it leaves us with tears of joy. This white sauce recipe will have you forget the Fettuccine Alfredo you get at restaurants.  This is one of the things we enjoy eating at iftaar. It’s an ooey gooey pasta that is super satisfying after a long day of fasting.

The first time we made it we followed the recipe exactly (pictured above). The second time around we added sautéed vegetables (green bell pepper, mushrooms and onions) and crushed red pepper flakes and skipped the cheese (pictured below), which we thought turned out great.

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Here is the recipe from Ikhlas’ website:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Butter
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 a 250g package of cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 1/2 cup of cheese (we skipped this)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pasta of your choice
  • (we added) Sautéed vegetetables (mushrooms, onions, green bell pepper)
  • (we added) Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Frozen shrimp

Directions:

  1. Start by boiling your water for the pasta. In a large saucepan, fry up the garlic in a bit of butter. Then dump in your can of soup, giving it a good mix to make less clumpy. Feel free to use a whisk to break up the consistency a bit.
  2. Add the softened, cubed cream cheese, and again, stir well to ensure that the mixture is smooth. Pour in the chicken brother soon after, and mix well to ensure that there’s no clumps or lumps.
  3. Add salt, pepper, spices, and Italian seasoning to taste. Turn the heat down to ensure that your sauce doesn’t burn. Once the mixture is smooth, add most of the cheese, reserving a bit.
  4. Drain pasta and toss into the sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and serve warm.
  5. (Additional step) In a frying pan, heat a bit of oil and add 1/2 tsp of chopped garlic. Once the oil is heated, add the frozen shrimp. As the shrimp start to cook, add salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Take out the cook shrimp and add to the saucepan with the pasta and sauce.
  6. (Additional step) In the same frying pan that you used to cook shrimp, add in chopped onion, mushrooms and green bell peppers. Sautée and season to taste. Add the sautéed vegetables to the pasta and sauce mixture.
  7. Enjoy!


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Nana Ice Cream

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This ice cream recipe is so ridiculously easy that you will think that it probably doesn’t taste all that great. But, we challenge you to actually make it and taste how delicious it is. This ice cream is vegan friendly and can be topped with whatever your heart desires: chocolate syrup, caramel, brownie bits, etc. You can also mix in any other frozen fruit that you like. Frozen strawberries and chocolate chunks are a popular choice. It is a healthy alternative to store bought ice cream and definitely fulfills the craving.

Ingredients:

3-4 cups frozen bananas

2 tbsp almond milk (or regular milk if you are don’t want make it vegan)

Directions:

1) Cut up bananas and put them in the freezer to freeze. The more ripe the bananas are, the better.

2) Put the frozen bananas pieces in a food processor or a high quality blender and blend away. Blend until the consistency is that of ice cream. Add the milk as needed to keep the machine going. Blend, blend, blend.

3) Scoop, top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!


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Bruschetta

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We are little embarrassed to admit this, but we tried this recipe last Ramadan and it was a huge hit. We had meant to share this recipe way back when, but hey…better late than never right? We came across this recipe on Fatima’s Bridal House and decided to make it because it seemed easy. It was our first time making bruschetta and we wish we had made more of it because it was delicious!

Below is the recipe from Fatima’s page:

Ingredients:

6 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil

3 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (we used regular vinegar because we prefer to avoid balsamic vinegar)

1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 French baguette

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven on broiler setting.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the plum tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cut the baguette into 3/4-inch slices.
  4. Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the baguette slices. Top the slices with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

 

 

We recommend trying this recipe for iftaar. It is easy to put together and requires only a handful of ingredients you probably already have at home. We hope you enjoy this recipe by Fatima as much as we did.

Enjoy!


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Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

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After months and months, we finally decided to wait in line at Uncle Tetsu’s for their famous Japanese cheesecake. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake is the latest craze in downtown Toronto and it is located just minutes from Ryerson University on Bay and Dundas. There is always, and we mean always, a long line up outside the shop. Typical wait time is about 1.5-2 hours. We were lucky to get our goodies in about 45 minutes.

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When we were finally inside the store, we looked around in amazement. There were numerous staff members working diligently at producing the desserts. The staff and the service definitely lived up to the gold standard of the Japanese work ethic that most of us are aware of.

Currently, the Toronto location only sells the plain cheesecake ($10 including tax) and the Madelines (4 for $7). The Madelines are basically vanilla/honey cupcakes without frosting. They are buttery, soft and have a hint of honey flavour. These were good but not outstanding. We thought they were a bit overpriced.

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The main attraction, the cheesecake, can be eaten warm (i.e. fresh out of the oven) or cold. When we tried it warm it was spongy and had mousse-like texture, that was not really to our liking. A bit disappointed, we put the cake in the fridge and tried it again after a few hours. The texture was more firm and at this point, it was very light and fluffy and we enjoyed it this time around. It is not comparable to the regular cheesecake you may be used to. It is not as sweet, or as rich as the New York style cheesecake.

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So was it worth the wait? We think so. It is something that we think people should try at least once.

Have you tried Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake yet? If so, let us know if you liked it or not.