Yalla Eat! Instagram Takeover Chef Series

AANM presents a Yalla Eat! series in the form of weekly Instagram Takeovers by different Arab American chefs, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Each guest chef will cook and demonstrate a delectable recipe on AANM’s Instagram stories, with the dish and ingredient list announced ahead of time so that audiences can prepare and follow along. All recipes are archived in our Instagram Highlights to refer back to. 

New guests and recipes announced weekly. Join us and learn and make some unique, delicious dishes! Sahtain!

Nada Keaik (Cooking with Nada K) presents Meat Pies

Nada Keaik's passion is cooking and teaching others how to cook, which she does through her instagram page, Cooking with Nada K. She loves trying new recipes, and taking her mother's old recipes and making them her own with her own touch. Besides Middle Eastern and American cuisine, she loves making African meals since living part of her life in West Africa.



For the dough:
1 teaspoon yeast
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon canola oil
3 cups white flour
1/2 cup warm water

For the meat:
3/4 pound ground beef
2 medium onion chopped small
3 medium ripe tomato chopped small
1 teaspoon 7spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon canola oil

Loubna Zouiten (Louz Kitchen) presents Fish Tagine

Loubna Zouiten is a Moroccan chef who loves cooking all types of food. She owns a Mediterranean restaurant in Parker, Colorado called Sahara, and loves sharing her recipes and passion for food with others and does so regularly on her Instagram page, Louz Kitchen.



Fish fillet, 3-4 pieces
1/2 lb shrimp

For the fish sauce (charmoula):
1 cup chopped cilantro
3-4 garlic cloves minced
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili flakes
Salt & pepper
1 can tomato sauce

For the vegetables:
1 large carrot, sliced and boiled halfway
2 potatoes, sliced and boiled halfway
1 red pepper sliced
1 green pepper sliced
Sliced preserved lemon
Kalamata olives

Amina (Meals With Amina) presents Atayef

Amina is an Egyptian American living on the East Coast. Ever since she could remember, she was fascinated by the food world. She was labeled from a young age as the friend that can cook. From the clacking of pans to the constant “winging it” vibes that cooking embraces, she loves every single minute of it. As the years go by, she still finds that she is always the happiest in the kitchen. Now she shares that passion through her Instagram page Meals With Amina.



For the Atayef:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water (have some water on the side just in case)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt

For the filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey

Yumna Jawad (Feel Good Foodie) presents Mujadara

Yumna Jawad is the founder of Feel Good Foodie – a blog dedicated to sharing modern healthy-ish recipes with feel good ingredients. Yumna has a business degree from the University of Michigan and a background in Marketing. Without any formal cooking training, she started sharing recipes she cooked her family in 2013 and eventually garnered millions of followers on social media and millions of monthly page views on her blog. Her recipes have been featured by Parade, BuzzFeed, Women’s Health, Greatist and Good Housekeeping. She was a guest on ABC’s Live with Kelly & Ryan, and was named by US Weekly and SELF Magazine as a top healthy food blogger.



2.5 cups green or brown lentils

1 cup rice

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons olive oil divided

6 onions 5 chopped, and 1 sliced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

Amanda Saab (Amanda's Plate) presents Chocolate Halawa Cookies

Amanda Saab was born and raised in Dearborn, MI where her love for baking began in her mother’s kitchen. Amanda earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, before pursuing her passion for baking in December 2017, by launching butter bear shop. Amanda was named a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and received the Arab American Professional Network Rising Star Award. Amanda has since moved to a new role with the City of Detroit in the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity department.



1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temp

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 whole egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup shredded halawa

Amjaad Al-Hussain (Sifra wa Safar) presents Yemeni Style Stewed Potatoes

Amjaad Al-Hussain is a health administration professional with over 9 years of experience working across healthcare systems. In her free time, she loves to cook for her family and enjoys educating her online audience about Yemeni cooking. She believes food is the perfect way to introduce individuals to new people and cultures. Her self-published cookbook, Sifratna, was featured in the Washington PostMiddle East EyeWashingtonian MagazineNorthern Virginia MagazineEaterDC and more. In 2019, she expanded her brand, Sifra Foods, and began offering an authentic Yemeni Hawayij spice blend. In Spring 2020 she published her second book, Eid Ka’ak, a kids’ book about how Yemeni Americans celebrate Eid in the U.S.



4 large golden potatoes

6 garlic cloves

2 cups diced tomatoes

2 cups diced yellow onions

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Yemeni Hawayij or alternative spice mix: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp black pepper

Salt to taste

4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Optional: ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

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