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Sup up your sandwich 1 – grilled halloumi with pesto and tapenade


Many of you find no time to cook dinner after long days at work, with kids or simply not fan of cooking. Sandwiches come to rescue the situation and satisfy your cravings; You can sup up any simple sandwich to become a consistent delicious meal. Not just that, it’s a pleasure to the eye also with all these colors blend .

All you need is the right and a smarter choice of pairing your sandwich ingredients. I will start with the grilled halloumi and pesto sandwich. They say pesto perks up milder ingredients and i confirm that! You need:

  • 2-3 slices of grilled halloumi
  • 1 tsp pesto
  • 1 tsp olive tapenade
  • roasted\grilled bell pepper (i had orange capsicum at home, you can choose from red, orange or yellow)
  • rocket leaves
  • 4-5 seedless olives
  • your choice of bread, mine is a multi-cereal bun


Spread pesto and tapenade on the bread. Top it with a layer of rocket leaves, this very low in calories vegetable; 100 g of fresh leaves hold just 25 calories. Nonetheless, it has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may immensely benefit your health. Lay the grilled halloumi slices then roasted bell pepper. One half bell pepper supplies all the vitamin C and 80% of the vitamin A you need in a day. Bell peppers are naturally sweet, and roasting them adds a smoky accent to make a balance with the salt in cheese and olives. You can repeat or shuffle the ingredients as per your taste.

This sandwich presents the right harmony without having any ingredient overpowering the other.


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orzo, spinach and chicken salad

orzo, chicken and spinach saladCraving a dinner that is delicious, nutritious, and simple to make?

This salad is a full meal. It contains all the nutrients you need at one time.

The first time i tried this salad was in an italian restaurant. I loved it and decided to do it at home, and the result came tastier!

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • orzo pasta 500g
  • grilled chicken breast 400g
  • fresh spinach 350g (chopped)
  • feta cheese 80g (cut in small cubes)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (cut in medium cubes)
  • olives 50g
  • roasted pine seeds (a handful)

Dressing: lemon and olive oil

Why lemon? because there’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C.

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cheese mouse breakfast

breakfast mouseNothing is worth the look on your baby’s face when he sees this breakfast! it’s friday meaning it’s the weekend in Qatar. No work, no nursery let’s have fun. It’s breakfast time.

It’s a smart way to let your baby eat his breakfast if you find difficulties. In the same time he learns the colors and shapes.

All you need is to buy a flower shape cutter and I am sure the rest is available at home.

IMG_8392Use the cutter to prepare the carrots for the flowers. You can cut tomatoes and cucumbers as well, choose the vegetables your baby like.

IMG_8394– Cucumber peels for the flower stem and the mouse tail.

– Lemon slice for the sun shape

– Cut a triangle out of your baby’s favourite cheese.

– Two slices of the cucumber for the mouse ears.

– Cut the end of the olive for the nose and two small pieces for the eyes.

Would you try it?