Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor

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Last weekend, Hussein and I hosted our first installment of Dinner With You Muslim Neighbor. We invited, friends, colleagues, and religious leaders from other faith groups, to join us in our home (well the common area of our condo) for food fun and dialogue!

Dinner with Your Muslim Neighbor

The idea came to me, as I sat on the couch watching the news after work one evening. I was frustrated by the misrepresentation and flat out lies that were being broadcasted to millions after my faith! I decided that I needed to do more, to be more available, open and welcoming of any and all questions from the people in my life. We often get so caught up in the day in and day out and never stop to realllly get to know the people around us.

I had previously seen a post by my friend Amnah of Little Life Of Mine and was inspired by the theme of ‘I am Your Muslim Neighbor’. (Side note: Amnah is awesome and super creative).

I shared a post on my thoughts for the dinner on Facebook. It was well received and many expressed their interest in joining! I actually had to turn people away (so sorry! I am so humbled that you wanted to join us and will have another dinner soon). I made it “official” with a lovely little design from Karama.

dinner with your muslim neighbor, interfaith eventThe evening started everyone gathering and mingling. Hussein welcomed our guests and shared our thoughts and intentions behind this dinner. We enjoyed dinner together (menu below), and opened the discussion for questions.

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I want to express my heartfelt love and appreciation for everyone who joined us. Your friendship means so much to Hussein and I and we cherish these relationships!

I am also grateful that so many people are encouraged to have their own #DinnerWithYourMuslimNeighbor!!! yay!

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Some questions I received:

How do have this type of dinner?  Invite people who have questions about Islam to enjoy some delicious food with you and your family. Food really brings people together.

Who did you invite? We invited our colleagues, friends and some strangers that we met on the internet (these were trusted internet friends that we had gotten to know over time-stay safe). 🙂

All my friends already know about Islam, should I still have a dinner? Yes, it helps create a safe, intentional space for dialogue and understanding. Also, it would be good to ask your friends to bring someone you don’t know with them!

Why did you decide to have this dinner? With all the negativity around Islam in the media, we decided we wanted to share our true Islam with those around us. 

Any tips for having this type of dinner? Start with an intention to please God and to do good. Be comfortable with being vulnerable and reach out to your community for support around planning.

Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor

 

During our conversation, we came to focus on our similarities (of which there are many) and not on differences (which are so few). It was wonderful to come to this place so naturally in our discussion 🙂

It was a beautiful evening and I look forward to many more dinners in the future, God willing 🙂

 

-Amanda

 

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Chickpeas

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Can I get it a hip-hip-hooray for healthy yet delicious, satisfying dinners?

I’ll be the first to admit that I usually don’t by the ‘healthy substitutes’. Because in my mind, if something is good, there’s no reason to substitute.

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But this is a good one! Even for me 🙂

I used Simple Truth Organic Ingredients to create this recipe! I have used their product line for a few years and was excited for the opportunity to create a recipe featuring the products.

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Disclaimer: This recipe is sponsored by Fred Meyer Stores!

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Chickpeas
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • ⅓ cup sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Simple Truth Organic Marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1 (15 oz) can of Simple Truth Organic Chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Split spaghetti squash in half and clean out the seeds.
  3. Place the two halves of squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Add one cup water to the baking sheet and roasted for 30 minutes, until tender.
Chickpeas
  1. In a large bowl, toss chickpeas with garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt, paprika and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, until crunchy and slightly golden
Sauce
  1. Add olive oil to a skillet with the heat on medium low.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic and sautee until fragrant and lightly browned.
  3. Add in the sun dried tomatoes and the Simple Truth Organic sauce.
  4. Add in chopped basil.
  5. Reduce heat and allow to simmer.
Assembly
  1. Scrap the insides of the spaghetti squash using a fork.
  2. Add the sauce to the top of the 'noodles'
  3. Sprinkle with roasted chickpeas
  4. Enjoy 🙂

 

 If you make this dish, I would love to see! Use #CreateAmandasPlate to show me!

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Homemade Granola Bars

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With many of you taking on a healthy ‘diet’ or ‘lifestyle’ in the new year, I wanted to share a healthy snack. These granola bars are super easy to make! By making them at home, you can control the sweetness and add extra that you like most.

I added mini chocolate chips, but feel free to omit them or substitute for dried fruit, freeze dried fruit, raisins, banana chips, coconut flakes, pistachios, pecans, walnut ect…

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Chicken Shawarma and Exciting News!

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I am so excited to share with you all, that I will be developing recipes for Crescent Foods! This is a new and exciting partnership for me to start off this new year.

I first learned of Crescent Foods from a friend who was raving about how delicious their chicken was. It was shortly after, that I tried Crescent Foods myself. Hussein and I were instant fans!

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Fennel Apple and Pomegranate Salad

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Let’s be honest, resolutions are hard.

Finding a change in yourself and then committing to it everyday can be exhausting!

I read a post someone shared on Facebook, that encouraged people to strive for realistic resolutions; such as resolving to stop being unrealistic!

So, I will strive to be

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