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  • Quinoa salads for Ramadan

    Hello Bokitta Followers, Welcome back to our blog!

    We have prepared for you a list of recipes made with Quinoa. You probably heard of this power seed, it is a complete protein and a great wheat-free / gluten-free alternative. Quinoa has the perfect balance of all nine amino acids essential for human nutrition. This type of complete protein is rarely found in plant foods, though common in meats. Quinoa also offers a good dose of fiber and iron.

    There are different colors of quinoa, white, red and black. The white one is the fluffiest, while as the rest have a more crunchy texture.

    Here are few quinoa salads, that will make you feel full, they also make a great complete meal for suhoor or iftar.

    Traditional Quinoa Salad: (For one person)

    • 1/4 cups Red Quinoa, cooked together in 1/2 cup of cold water (put to the boil and leave it until it drinks all the water)
    • 1 beet, sliced
    • A bunch of baby spinach leaves
    • A bunch of baby rocket leaves
    • A small tuna can
    • fresh white mushrooms
    • 5 walnuts
    • 1 boiled egg sliced into 4 pieces.
    • 100 grams or 5 pieces boiled long green beans
    • 100 grams broccoli boiled
    • 100 grams baby carrots boiled
    • few pitted black olives sprinkled over

    seasoning: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon mustard dijon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons Apple vinegar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

    Mix them all together, keep the greens at the bottom, add quinoa, and then sprinkle the colorful veggies at the top. you wont regret this, it has a long lasting flavor that will make you come back for more!

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    Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: (For one person)

    • 1/4 cups white Quinoa, cooked together in 1/2 cup of cold water (put to the boil and leave it until it drinks all the water)
    • A bunch of cherry tomatoes
    • 6 pitted black olives (kalamata olives if available)
    • 1 cucumber, sliced
    • 200 grams Feta cheese, cubed and sprinkled with dry oregano
    • A bunch of romaine or iceberg lettuce, preferably romaine
    • 1 small sweet red pepper sliced
    • 1/5 spring onion sliced
    • 3 thin apple slices

    seasoning: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil,  1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons red vinegar, 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup.

    Quinoa Lebanese Tabbouleh

    • 1/2 cup white quinoa, cooked together in 1/2 cup of cold water (put to the boil and leave it until it drinks all the water)
    • 4 firm tomatoes, very finely chopped
    • 2 bunches parsley, part of the stems removed, washed and well-dried, very finely chopped
    • 12-15 fresh mint leaves, stems removed, washed, well-dried, very finely chopped
    • 4 green onions, white and green parts, very finely chopped

    seasoning: Salt, 4 tbsp lime juice (lemon juice, if you prefer), 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    Mix them all together. Add Romaine lettuce leaves to serve, optional

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    picture courtesy of : Tabbouleh http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/tabbouleh

  • The Pursuit of Happiness


    Life is an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs, turns and curves, bumps and hurdles. Our aim in life is to be happy. All of our current actions are for the most part, for the pursuit of happiness. Education, work, marriage, children, and so many important milestones in life are for one objective. Even research from Harvard suggests that being happy contributes to better health and a longer life.  Sounds easy and great, but Continue reading

  • Fashion Trend - FALL 2016/7

    So fashion week has come and gone for fall 2016. Like always designers gave viewers some outrageous looks that make you think, “Who would ever wear that?!” Eventually these styles will be toned down for the average consumer’s market and will be seen this fall. What is the trend this fall? Lots of reinvented retro and new designs that you will either love or hate. Take a look:

    Bell Sleeves/ Extra Long Sleeves


    IMHO, I LOVE bell sleeves! So feminine and they make you feel like you’re back in the 17th century. Is this trend practical? Of course not! Wearing bell sleeves or extra-long sleeves may look cool and pretty but try reaching out for a dip of hummus or writing, drawing, or painting wearing it. Very difficult and very messy. So this look is just a look, meant to be worn and seen in, but not to work or eat in. Continue reading

  • Simple Carrot Soup

    carrot soup carrot soup

    Winter is coming and this soup is a must to keep you warm and increase your & your kid's immunity. You can alter this recipe by adding sour cream.


    Makes 4 Servings



    • Cut 3 pcs of butter
    • 1 BIG  chopped onion
    • 1 tsp powder ginger or fresh ginger
    • 3 pcs minced garlic
    • 4 big carrots carrots, peeled, chopped
    • 1 big tomato, chopped
    • 1 chicken / vegetable maggi cube, or 1 cup chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 3/4 litre of water
    •  garnish with cilantro, or shredded carrots.



      1. Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add chopped carrots, tomatoes ; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly.
      2. Puree soup in batches in blender. Return soup to pot. Mix in lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)
      3. Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more stock, if desired.



  • The Four Women of Paradise


    The Four Women of Paradise

    We all live our life with a goal to achieve, paradise. When we act according to the command of Allah, we are doing so with a goal in mind. If we please the Almighty then He will please us with a rewarding afterlife and moreover His love and rida (acceptance). That’s the whole point of living in this world as we know it. Those who commit suicide and believe they have no reason to live are gravely mistaken. As Muslims we know we must fulfill what has been commanded on us in the worst and the best of times. But imagine if you didn’t have to worry anymore about attaining God’s mercy and pleasure, knowing that you have achieved it in this world. Four great women did reach this ultimate goal. They all had the highest virtue, ultimate conviction, and greatest unwavering faith. Who were they? Continue reading

  • Fashion Faux Pas

    A long time ago I was visiting family during a cold and rainy winter day in Lebanon. While sitting in a room with about fifteen or so women, an older aunt commented on my clothes. “Who wears white in winter?”  She asked me. “Here in Lebanon, we don’t wear white in winter.” I felt horrified! Continue reading

  • The History of the Head Cover

    In today’s modern secular world, Islamic dress is seen as oppressive to women. Women are seen as submissive and un-free. In Islam we know that this is untrue. Much of this thought is well construed and planned through media outlets. Continue reading

  • Are you a good person?

    Everyone would like to believe that they are a good person. No one will say that they are not, even if they were the most horrible people in the world would probably believe he/she are good. They would have many justifications for the way they behave.  They could lie, steal, cheat, kick animals and enjoy making babies cry and somehow they would justify their behavior.  Continue reading

  • Fashion That Ages You


    You may be in your early twenties and dismiss this article, but if you’re lucky, the inevitable displeasure of aging is going to get you. So if you’re in your twenties, thirties, or forties pay attention to the top five fashion styles that age you. We all can learn from this and pass it on to our moms, grandmothers, aunts, or even neighbors. I’m sure they will all appreciate the advice. Continue reading

  • What is the right color for you to wear?

    warm vs cool tones

    Do you have warm or cool undertones? If you know the answer then you’re by far ahead of the rest of us when picking the right colors to compliment your complexion. There have been many times when I’ve worn hijab that just didn’t look good on me. It made me look tired or washed out.   It turns out that there is a reason for this. One color that looks amazing on one person may not work on another. Continue reading

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