Unity through food is one of the best ways there is!

UNITY THROUGH FOOD IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS THERE IS!

DIY Ramadan Iftar Baskets

Peace & Blessings!

For the past few years, our family has prepared Iftar (meal that's eaten to break the fast) plates, boxes, and platters to share with our neighbors. We enjoy spending time with members of the community, our beloved family, and dearest friends. We love to share a small piece of our kitchen table and tradition with our neighbors who now look forward to receiving our homemade goodies and treats in Ramadan!

We continued the Iftar-sharing tradition again this year with these beautiful Iftar baskets! These fun, colorful festive baskets are filled with Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Pizza, a date and almond salad, refreshing lemonade and sparkling water, local alfalfa honey, homemade rosemary infused olive oil, half-moon shortbread cookies, and - the gift that keeps on giving - a mini cilantro plant.

It was so much fun putting the basket together this year! The main star of the basket had to be these Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Pizzas. We went shopping at our local Walmart store for our ingredients and were so thankful to and choose our preferred cut of chicken from the wide range of Crescent Food options in the meat section! It was so nice to not have to go elsewhere to buy halal, healthy, and humanely-processed chicken and beef for our homes! Thank you so much to Crescent Foods for collaborating with us on this special project!

Here is how we made our pizzas!

Chicken topping:
1 pound x Crescent Food chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tbsp. minced garlic
3/4 to 1 tsp. salt (as preferred)
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. cooking oil

5 x naan bread
Basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
Mozarella cheese, grated
Spinach, roughly chopped
1 red onion, roughly chopped
Jarred artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
Crumbled feta
Chopped cilantro, garnish

Preheat your oven to 385 degrees. In a saucepan, heat up the cooking oil and toss in the garlic. Let it sizzle for a few seconds before adding in the rest of your ingredients. Cook until chicken is tender and bits have started to caramelize for that fantastic garlic flavor! While your chicken is cooking, prepare all the toppings. Spread the basil pesto as a sauce base and generously add on the spinach, onion, artichoke hearts. Add on your cooked chicken and top with mozarella and feta cheese. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and naan has formed a light crust. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro.

Once cooled, we wrapped the naans in patterned parchment paper and tucked it into our baskets filled with the rest of our goodies. We added in this years Iftar Printable, which included a fun, informative poem about Ramadan written by my 11-year-old son Abdullah Dadabhoy. On the last panel, we included an Iftar menu to showcase all the items in our basket.

My family loves going door-to-door wishing our neighbors a Happy Ramadan! They are always so delighted with the gesture and are happy we included them in our celebrations and cheer.

If you haven't already done so this Ramadan, try reaching out to connect with your neighbors by sharing something from your home. It can be as small as dates or cookies, or a full-fledged meal! I know it will be well-received and one step further in building relations and understanding each other's traditions, cultures, and faith. Unity through food is one of the best ways there is!

From me and my family to you and yours,
Lubna Dadabhoy
Waafia