O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint _ Quran 02:183.
As salamu’alaykum warahmotullahi wabarakatuh, I am Khadeejah Adepoju (Another Muslimah’s Kitchen) and in this post, in shaa Allah, I’ll be talking about easy to prepare meals for Sahuur. Yes, the best of months, Ramadan, is around the corner and I am super excited. I know we all are preparing towards Ramadan already and to help with preparations, we have decided to share some easy to make meals with you for Sahuur (mostly) and Iftar.
One of the most important (or difficult, sometimes) questions in life is deciding what to eat. Trying to decide what to eat on every other day is difficult enough as it is and in the month of Ramadan, you don’t just get to decide what to eat, you get to decide what to eat at one of your most inactive moments (middle of the night). The purpose of this post is to help take the stress of thinking about what to eat off you.
Sahuur is important as it is the first meal of the day and also the meal that keeps us going during the day. If you are like me, if you are thinking Sahuur, you are thinking healthy meals which are also very easy to make. Foods that fall into this category are:
Rice: Rice is quite easy to make and is a good option for Sahuur as it is a high-fiber carbohydrate food. White rice can be served in various ways like with tomato stew and protein (fish, beef, chicken, egg), vegetable and protein, salad and stew, dodo and stew.
You can also make your rice into jollof rice or fried rice, check the recipe for fried rice here
Tip: I like to have my stew, soup or whatever I’ll be serving my white rice with ready in the fridge in the refrigerator (I make my stews, soups in large portions and store) so that I only wake up to pray tahajuud and boil rice (boiling rice takes 20 – 30 minutes).
Bread: This requires very little (or no, if you’ll be having just bread) prep time. You can have bread and tea, bread with egg (boiled, fried), bread with spread (mayonnaise, butter, peanuts butter), bread with vegetable (I eat bread and efo riro, some of my friends think it’s weird). You can also make your bread into a sandwich (spread a slice of bread with mayonnaise then layer some veggies (shredded or diced carrot, cucumber, cabbage, tomato), cover with another slice of bread and enjoy.
Pasta or Noodles: Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti e.t.c), noodles is a quick one for sahuur. They are easy to make and take little time. They can be enjoyed with salad, eggs, veggies stir-fry e.t.c.
Fruits and vegetables: These ones are essential during fasting as they increase the feeling of fullness, they also prevent constipation. What fruits or vegetable to take for Sahuur?
Vegetables: Carrots, Lettuce, Spinach, Cabbage, Cucumber e.t.c.
Fruits: Tomatoes, Bananas, Watermelon, Mangos, Avocadoes e.t.c.
They can be made into salads or smoothies.
Oats: Oats is very easy to make and takes little time to prepare in the kitchen. Oats can be made into porridge, healthy pancakes, healthy oats muffins, oats cookies https://sekinatsanni.com.ng/oat-meal-raisin-cookies-2/amp/, overnight oats (oats, fruits, nuts, milk, yogurt left in the fridge for 6 – 8 hours).
Swallow: I know some of us don’t joke with our swallow and are already looking for ways to enjoy our swallow in this month of Ramadan. Also, some of us dread waking up to start battling with turning stick all in the name of making amala so I’ll be sharing a tip. Tip: You don’t necessarily have to wake up to the stress of making amala, semo or eba; you can make it the night before, wrap in a wrapper (cloth) and store in a flask to preserve the hotness so that when you wake up, you only need to heat up the soup and enjoy (Because I am a student and I barely have enough time, I make my soups, stews in large portions then store in the fridge so I really don’t have to worry myself about meal prep every time).
Yam: Yam can be enjoyed boiled or fried with beans, garden egg sauce, egg sauce, fish sauce, vegetable stir-fry or as it is.
Water: You might be asking yourself that why is water singlehandedly on the list but yeah, water is an option too. Some of us, myself inclusive, do not have the appetite to eat at Sahuur sometimes and that is why water is here. You could wake up and take water for Sahuur so that we can get some of the blessings in Sahuur for ourselves.
Abdullah Ibn Haarith said that one of the Sahabah (companion) said: “I entered the house of the Messenger (Peace be upon him) whilst he was taking the Sahuur and he (Peace be upon him) said: “Indeed, it (the Sahuur) is blessing that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out, even if one of you just takes a (gulp) of water, since Allah sends mercy and His angels seek forgiveness for those who take the Sahuur.
I know it seems like I’ve mentioned just few foods but remember that I’ve shared a number of ways in which you can enjoy them.
I hope this post turns out to be helpful for you, may Allah (in his infinite mercies) grant us the blessings in this beautiful month, may He grant us the strength to immerse ourselves in productive acts and may He grant us many more Ramadaan on earth in good health.
As salamu’alaykum warahmotullahi wabarakatuh.