Feeling Sad , Can’t Fast

As Salam Alikum Readers

I am feeling a bit sad and melancholy, I’ve been dealing with a few health issues and got the results of my blood work back and my ferritin levels are very low they are a ten and I had a follow up appointment with my doctor to see what it means and now I have to follow a specific diet / eating plan and am not allowed to fast this Ramadan doctors say it’s to dangerous with my iron reserves being so low. The diet / eating plan I’m on is very healthy lots of fresh leafy dark vegetables as they are high in iron beets and oranges as well a quinoa fish and oatmeal lots of red meat and eggs. Basically the doctor wants me to eat my iron and vitamins and to be honest sometimes it’s hard as I don’t feel hungry or have a appetite, I am also taking a multivitamin called alive women’s chewable and a liquid plant based iron supplement to see if this will help improve my iron stores .

I will be feeding hungry people to make up for my missed fasts , I was actually looking forward to fasting but now I have to make plans and adjust because ones health is important. I have noticed a improvement with my feet and legs since I started taking the vitamins and plant based iron supplement they don’t go numb as much . 

Meat stuffed khobz 

1 pound ground beef, 

1 onion minced 

1/2 each of parsley and cilantro minced 

3 pieces garlic minced

Salt tt(I used 1 teaspoon). 

Pepper 1/2 tsp 

Cumin, 1 teaspoon 

In big cast iron skillet saute everything above for 5 minutes then add

Paprika, 1tsp 

Add water as needed I used a cup sauté 5 minutes then add

1 cup minced kalamata olives, 

Saute 5 minutes 

Cool and used as stuffing for bread or egg rolls, also can use puff pastry or filo dough
I added shredded Cheddar cheese over top of meat before folding dough closed 

Use whatever kind of cheese suits you or no cheese.
Below is bread recipe I used

2 cups flour, 

2 cups semolina flour

1 teaspoon salt, 

2 cups warm water 

Place everything in food processor and blend till forms a ball mix about 5 more minutes then hand knead for few minutes using semolina flour to keep from sticking 

Oil well and let rest for about 1/2 hour then using oil divide into 6 pieces. 

To shape flatten out using well oiled hands to flatten to desired thickness. 

Add filling fold then cook over medium high heat. Till brown flip to other side brown serve hot or cold if not eating right away wrap in cloth and set aside .


Green Smoothie 

If you are new to green smoothies, This is the place to start.

 This was the first green smoothie that I tried and my whole family has loved it from the start. 

I promise that you can not taste the “green” in this smoothie. 

Yield: (2) 10-ounce servings 

1 cup orange juice 

1 very large handful baby spinach leaves 

1 cup green grapes, frozen 

1 medium banana, frozen 

Layer the ingredients into the blender in the order listed. 

Puree until completely smooth. 

Strawberry Date Smoothie 

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Thick enough to pour into a glass and eat with a spoon or slowly sip, 

This smoothie is a naturally sweetened strawberry milkshake that can’t be topped. 

Yield: (3) 8-ounce servings 

1 cup milk 

2 medjool dates, pits removed 

1 small banana 

12 frozen strawberries 

Pour milk into the blender and add the dates. 

Blend until the dates are dissolved into the milk, about 30 seconds. 

(The goal is to have a sweetened base for the smoothie, without chunks of dates.) 

Add the banana and berries.

 Puree until the smoothie is thick and smooth.

Life Is Short

It was early in the morning at four,When death knocked upon a bedroom door,

Who is there? The sleeping one cried.

I’m Malkul Mawt, let me inside.

At once, the man began to shiver,

As one sweating in deadly fever,

He shouted to his sleeping wife,

Don’t let him take away my life.

Please go away, O Angel of Death!

Broccoli, Potato and Chedder Cheese Soup 

6 small potatoes peeled and chopped into cubes

8 cloves of garlic minced

1 onion minced

3 tablespoons butter

1 bag broccoli florets about 5 cups 

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 cups half and half

1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese grated 

Salt 

Pepper 

4 cups water

Melt butter in big deep pan add minced garlic sauté two minutes stirring constantly add onion and sauté until it is translucent add potatoes, salt and pepper cook two minutes then add water and simmer until tender.

In a separate pan bring water to boil and Blanche broccoli until bright green remove from water 

Grate cheese and set aside ( I use my Cuisinart food processor)

In cuisinart with blade run broccoli through until small pieces , and other bowl run until its creamy then add to potatoes add cheese and stir taste for seasoning check and add more pepper if needed 

Mix one cup cream with corn starch add rest of cream when it’s boiling add the cream with cornstarch and stir until thick then remove and serve hot .

Ugh Mood update 

As Salam Alikum Readers

Just a quick note about my mood, I haven’t been doing very well in the last few days there have been more tears and I really care to admit. Some of the things that bring me to tears are absolutely silly , today I broke down into tears over dishes maybe it is because it is that time of month a.k.a. Aunt Flo is here and I have had horrible cramps the weather isn’t helping it’s cold and rainy I don’t really have any friends and I feel alone I miss my monkeys aka  children it is hard to be so far from them. In sha Allah tomorrow is a better day