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Zabiha Halal Iftaar Party

IMG_2434The blessed month of Ramadan is the busiest month of the year for Muslims, with all of us trying to juggle fasting and night prayers with our family and work commitments. This is where Zabiha Halal comes in with their new line of frozen products. When you are in a time crunch in Ramadan, what better to save time than to prepare and serve your family a delicious meal from Zabiha Halal’s range of products. We believe that Ramadan is not the time to spend in the kitchen, as we should be using our time wisely to increase our acts of worship. The best part about all of this is that Zabiha Halal has partnered up with Islamic Relief Canada for the ‘Do Good, Eat Good, Feel, Good’ campaign and proceeds for selected products go towards helping the needy.

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We had the opportunity to try out Zabiha Halal products for our Iftaar Party, which included the Puff Pastry Hors D’oeuvre’s Collection, Chicken Fries, Homestyle Hawaiian Pizza, Homestyle Pepperoni Pizza, and the Chicken Lasagna. We were pleased with how easy it was to prepare all of these products; just stick them in the oven, put the timer, and they were ready!

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The Chicken Fries were the perfect finger food and were a hit with all the kids at our party. We saw our two year old nephew with chicken fries in both hands and he was happily munching away on them. The crunch on the Chicken Fingers also made them a popular iftaar item with the adults. We served ours with ketchup and chipotle mayo and these made for ideal dipping sauces.

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The Puff Pastry Hors D’oeuvres Collection was our personal favourite. Each box consisted of 40 pieces in total, with individually wrapped packages inside with the four different flavours. The Fresh style puff pastry comes in four varieties: Buffalo Chicken (our favourite), Chicken Sausage, Cheese & Spinach, and Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese. These appetizers were ready in 15 minutes and were devoured by our guests in minutes! They were so light and flaky, and were the perfect size for appetizers. We highly recommend these. IMG_2435

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For the entrees, we served Chicken Lasagna and the Homestyle Pizzas. We absolutely loved the Chicken Lasagna. It had the perfect ratio of sauce, to minced chicken meat, to cheese, to noodles, and it was perfectly seasoned. The lasagna came out very easily from the container to serve: just flip it over from the container onto a plate and it came out clean.

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The Homestyle Hawaiian Pizza had smoked chicken strips and pineapple, and it was a combination that our guests found different, yet exciting. The Homestyle Pepperoni Pizza was a classic, and a kid favourite. Both pizzas had a generous amount of cheese and toppings, and were crowd pleasers.

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Overall, we found that Zabiha Halal’s frozen products were not only incredibly easy to prepare, but they were delicious and filling. The portion sizes were generous and justified the price. We salute Zabiha Halal for taking part in the ‘Do Good, Eat Good, Feel Good’ campaign, as consumers can feel good about their purchases as the donation will add to their good deeds.

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Authentic Asia – Thai Green Curry & Shrimp Wonton Soup

We are always looking to try new, halal food products. When we were the Halal Food Festival a few weeks ago, we got to sample delicious food from many vendors we had never heard of before. The one that stood out was CP’s Authentic Asia who introduced us to their frozen entrées. On the day of the Halal Food Festival, we had a few bites of their Thai Green Curry and Chicken Pad Thai and were amazed at the quality and taste of the food. We were told that these can be found in the freezer aisle of almost all big grocery stores.

Not surprisingly, we were craving their food just a few days after and began our search in the freezer aisles at our favourite grocery stores. We were unable to find it at Sobeys but found it easily at Loblaws. We were tempted to try their entire selection of products but forced ourselves not to get carried away. We bought the Thai Green Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice ($3.99) and Shrimp Wonton Soup ($2.50). The halal symbol can be found on the boxes but you may need to check all 6 sides of the box to locate it.

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We tried the Thai Green Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice first. In just 5-6 minutes in the microwave, the entrée was ready to eat. The green curry was bursting with Thai flavours of coconut milk, basil and lemon grass. It was absolutely delicious and went really well with the rice. We did find the curry to be a bit on the salty side and the rice wasn’t as fluffy and light as we we would have liked. However, for a frozen dinner this was pretty darn good.
photo 2-13The Shrimp Wonton Soup was ready in 3 minutes in the microwave. Don’t be fooled by the picture, the wontons were huge! Although there were only five wontons in the total, they were filling. The soup was well seasoned and the wontons were scrumptious. Although both products were great, we enjoyed the Shrimp Wonton Soup more.

We look forward to trying more of Authentic Asia’s products, inshallah.