Turkey Burgers with Arugulamole – Perfect Summer Dinner

Oh hi. Do you like turkey burgers? Are you wondering what arugulamole is? Well, it’s your lucky day, habibi.

Recently, arugula has been by far my favorite green thing to eat. It’s light, full of flavor, and cheap.

Arugula has replaced the lettuce on my burgers (you will see soon!), the sautéed kale, and any other green leaves I used to eat in salads. It’s that good god damn it!

So, I wanted to put the mighty arugula to a test: how will it taste as the main ingredient in a guacamole-like dip?

Freaking delicious, that’s how it tastes! And this is where arugulamole was created.

This meal is simple, quick, and very healthy. It will probably be one of my main go-to meals as I plan my summer diet.

But you’re here for recipes, so let me show you how it’s done.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bag of baby arugula
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet potato

Directions:

Step 1

Throw that sweet potato in the microwave. Okay you can be fancy, and cut it how you like, and toss it in the oven. It will taste better, but take longer. I chose quick! Once cooked, slice it and set it aside.

Step 2

Get chopping. Chop all the parsley and the white onion very finely. This will give the patties a lot of flavor and make step 3 a lot easier.

Step 3

Prepare the turkey patties. In a large bowl, throw in the ground turkey, all the spices, the chopped parsley and white onion. Make sure you pre-wash your hands because it’s about to get messy. You want to use your hands to mix everything together until everything blends well together. Roll and shape patties!

Step 4

In a hot skillet, carefully place the patties. Let them sit there for about 3 minutes then flip them on the other side. Keep an eye on them and make sure you flip them regularly so they’re cooked evenly.

Step 5

Prepare the Arugulamole! This is a new thing I came up with and it’s incredibly easy and delicious. Roughly chop the arugula and put it in a large bowl. Now take your avocado and cut it in half. See this video on how to easily pit the avocado. Scoop the avocado out and start mashing it with a fork until it has the texture of a dip. Add that to the bowl with the arugula. Then chop the red onion and add it in. Toss in olive oil, salt, and some black pepper.

You’re all set! I hope you enjoy this light and summer-friendly meal.

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My Favorite Kitchen Project Yet

Habibis! First thing first, sorry for the hiatus. I just got back from a trip to Italy, plus a bunch of other excuses that you don’t care about.

But I know what you do care about. Food! And I applaud you for your interest in eating. That’s why you’re here after all, right? And speaking of food, I have this to share with you today: slow roasted pork loin!

By now, it shouldn’t be a surprise to you how much I love meat. But what I absolutely love is slowly cooked meat. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of cutting meat with a spoon? In Iraq, almost all meats are cooked low and slow. I grew up learning that you should respect the fact that making a delicious homemade meal cannot be rushed. Waiting makes your food tastes so much better.

That is why I decided to make this wonderful pork loin, slowly roasted for five hours!

Let’s get to it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion cut into 4 quarters.
  • 1-2 lbs pork loin
  • 1 tb turmeric
  • 2 tb black pepper
  • 1 tb kosher salt
  • 1 tb garlic powder
  • 1 tb onion powder
  • 1 tb red chili power
  • 1 tb all spice
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 container of beef, chicken, or vegetable broth

Directions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300 F degrees.

Step 2

Dry the pork loin with paper towels and let it sit for few minutes in room temperature.  Oh make sure the meat is not cold, please. Once dried, rub all the spices to both sides so the meat is evenly coated.

Step 3

Sizzle time! Place the pork loin in a hot cast iron pan and sear both sides till golden brown, about 5 minutes each side. This step is crucial because it will add so much flavor to the meat later on.

Step 4

Take the meat out of the skillet and place it aside. Add the broth in with the onion, bay leaves, and cloves.

Step 5

Grab some heavy duty foil and tightly seal the top of the skillet so you trap all the juice at the bottom and you don’t lose any steam. Then with a knife, make very small cuts in the foil to allow steam to come out. Make sure you make enough holes in the center, but you don’t need to poke the entire foil. We will cook the meat with steam! 

Step 6

Place the pork on top of the holes that you made in the foil. Now place two layers of foil to cover the meat and the skillet. Make sure it is nice and tight so you trap all the steam inside. It should look something like this:

Step 7:

Place the skillet into the oven, grab a beer, and go watch your favorite TV shows. I personally recommend watching The Office. The meat will now sit for 5 hours.

Step 8

After 5 hours, take the skillet out, and just let it sit for about 30 minutes. This is also a very important step as it will allow all the juices to distribute evenly throughout the loin.

Step 9

Carefully unwrap all the foil and very gently grab the pork with kitchen tongs and place it on a large plate or trey. The meat should be extremely juicy and tender. Let it sit for another 5 minutes. In the meantime, put the skillet on the stove to make a sauce. The broth now at the bottom of the skillet is going to taste incredible. Heat till boil, then reduce to low and let it simmer for a little bit. Once thickens, remove from heat and pour in a saucer.

Step 10

Best part!  Grab two forks and gently shred the meat. It should basically fall apart at this point with 0 effort. Once it’s all shredded, serve with your favorite side of roasted veggies, pour some of the sauce on top, get yourself a nice and well earned glass of red wine, and enjoy your meal!

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Steak Biryani with Fried Potatoes, Peas, and Carrots

Steak biryani, a classic Iraqi dish.
Steak biryani, a classic Iraqi dish.

If you are in Iraq one day, which I hope many of us will be able to visit sooner than later, you will eat this biryani at least once before your trip ends. That is a promise.

Although I am not exactly what the origins or biryani are, being the Iraqi that I am, I’m going to go ahead and make a big claim which might cause an uproar among all the biryani aficionado out there: this is an Iraqi dish god damn it!

No I do not have facts to back this up, and there is a good chance I’m wrong. But how can you learn if you’re always right?

Long story short, biryani (chicken or steak) is a very common meal in Iraq. So, I decided to share this recipe with all ya’ll habibis out there. Let’s get right into it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Basmati rice. Don’t cheap out on rice now
  • 1 lb cubed beef
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamon pods

Directions:

  1. Prepare the rice first. For every cup of rice, add 1 & 1/4 cup of water. Add 1 cardamom pods, 1 clove, and the turmeric. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer until done. Check on it every once in a while to make sure if it needs a little bit more water. You want the rice to look fluffy, not too soft and not too hard.
  2. While the rice is cooking, go ahead and start preparing the meat. We want the meat to be nice and tender. This means you will need to be patient. First, sear the meat in large pot. Use your biggest pot, you will thank me later.
  3. Once the meat is looking nice and brown, add a little bit of water, just enough to cover a quarter of the meat. Add the other cardamom pod and the clove.Bring the water to boil, reduce heat to very low, cover the pot, and let it sit for at least 45 minutes.
  4. While the meat is cooking, prepare your potatoes. Add some oil in to your skillet, make sure it’s nice and hot, then add in your potatoes. Once they’re golden brown, take them out and set them aside.
  5. After 45 minutes, take the lid of and make sure you boil off any remaining water. Once everything is dry, take the meat out of the pot and set it aside. Feel free to hit it with some salt now if you want to. I didn’t use any.
  6. Now, in the same pot, add in some olive oil, your all spice, and black pepper. Then add in your peas and carrots. Stir them in well and let them cook until the carrots soften up a little bit.
  7. Now you have the rice, meat, potatoes, and veggies done, all you have to do is to mix them all up together in the pot. See why I told you to use a large one? You’re welcome.
  8. Add the meat first, then rice, then the potatoes. Put the lid on, and reduce heat to low. Let everything sit for 15 minutes. This will allow all the flavors from the meat, cardamom,   cloves, and spices get mixed up together.
  9. Now gently stir everything together. You don’t the rice and potatoes to get mushy. Just take your time and stir all the ingredients so they’re nicely mixed. Let that sit for another 15 minutes on low heat.
  10. And Bon Appétit!

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Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Brown Rice

What’s up Habibis?! Sorry it’s been a minute since I last posted a recipe. Been hella busy with work. You know I have a full time job so give me a break would you?

Lot’s of folks have asked for this recipe, and because I’m super nice, I was like “why not?!”

This a super easy, quick, and healthy meal that anyone can make. So let’s dive right in:

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size chicken breasts
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1 cup of red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 can of baby corn
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Whip it up!

  1. Cook the brown rice first because it takes a while. In a medium size pot, add your brown rice, coconut milk, 1 cup of water, coconut flakes, cardamom, and clove.
  2. Bring everything to a boil, put the lid on, and turn the heat to medium low. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid is gone. The cardamom and clove will make your place smell amazing!
  3. Cube up the chicken, and hit it with some salt, pepper, and red pepper action. Then transfer the chicken to a hot and oiled cast iron skillet and cook until golden brown.
  4. Transfer the chicken into a bowl and drizzle the pan with olive oil.
  5. Add your vegetables in and cook until they lose all their water.
  6. Add your soy sauce, a pinch of red pepper flake, a pinch of black pepper, and stir all the veggies together.
  7. Then toss your chicken back in the skillet with all the veggies and mix everything together.
  8. Serve! I prefer adding the rice at the bottom of your plate/bowl then add the stir fry on top. But you can also just mix the rice together with everything.

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The Best Garlic Chicken and Mint Roasted Potatoes You’ll Ever Make

You’re probably wondering “mint potatoes?I came here for a dinner recipe, not a mojito!” Well, take a chill pill habibi and let me break it down to you. This is the best chicken I have ever made and I’m pumped to share my recipe with you.

The secret to this dish is time and foil. The reason why this chicken is so good is that it cooks very slowly until the meat falls off the bone.

As for the potatoes, I wanted to try something new. I was browsing through my spices and I saw a bagof dried mint which I haven’t used in a while. I really like dried mint in kebabs, but this time I wanted to add it to some potatoes because I freaking can. I am so happy that I did. The flavor was absolutely amazing.

Alright, enough talking and let’s get cooking! First let us start with what you need:

  • Chicken drumsticks: I did two per person, but ate about 5. I cook, I eat!
  • 6 medium size potatoes
  • 1lb green beans
  • 1 large onion: cut into thin slices
  • 6 large cloves of garlic. The more garlic the better.
  • Quinoa: 1 cup for two people
  • 1 bunch of finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Generous amount of salt and pepper

Time to cook!

  1. First, pre-heat your oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Grab a large bowl and dump all your chicken in.
  3. Using garlic press, crush all the garlic in the chicken bowl. If you don’t have a garlic press, you could use a cheese grater (what I did), or just finely chop it with a knife.
  4. Now add the parsley to the mix
  5. Add a generous amount of salt and black pepper. I did about one tablespoon each.
  6. Then add half a cup of olive oil in and get messy! Rub the chicken with all the ingredients that you added so that each piece is coated evenly.
  7. Please wash your hands thoroughly after that.
  8. Now move the chicken to a cast iron pan or a pyrex baking dish and tightly cover the top with foil. Make sure you seal it really well. I used two layers of foil. This will insure that the steam will stay inside which will make your chicken very juicy and tender.
  9. Now you will leave the chicken for 1 hour. Don’t touch it!
  10. Onto the potatoes: super easy. First cut them up into small pieces like in the picture above and put them in a baking dish.
  11. Add the dried mint, a touch of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix everything up. Use your god given hands. Best kitchen tools ever!
  12. In another baking dish, add your green beans and onions. Hit them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  13. Now toss your potatoes and green beans/onions into the oven.
  14. You thought we’re done didn’t you? How funny. Sorry, but there is one more thing: quinoa!
  15. Add your quinoa to a pot and then add some water. For each cup of quinoa add two cups of water. Now let it come to boil. Once it starts boiling, put the lid on, move it off the burner and let it sit there until the water completely disappears.
  16. Check on the veggies and potatoes every 15 minutes. They should cook in about 30 minutes. I like my potatoes to be nice and crispy on the outside so I let them sit in the oven longer.
  17. After 1 hour, take the chicken out and remove the foil. The chicken is now fully cooked, but not crispy. Who wants that right?
  18. Now turn your oven broiler on and put the chicken back in. Check regularly to make sure the chicken doesn’t burn.
  19. After the top side gets nice and golden, flip those drumsticks over and do the same.
  20. It took me about 30 minutes for the chicken to be golden brown on both sides. I promise you this: when you take the chicken out, you will be so happy. The chicken will look absolutely amazing!

Now you get to eat! I hope you enjoy this meal and share the recipe with your habibis

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