Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican fried rice – gosh there are a myriad ways of making this favorite Mexican dish.  One afternoon I was sharing a menu with my friend Iya for a quiet Friday night dinner with a plan to make Mexican rice and Mexican mashed pinto beans . Iya, who loves to cook was curious about my rice recipe and asked me how I make my Mexican rice. Honestly, I just came up with this recipe years ago and have been making it like this forever – I use taco seasoning in my Mexican fried rice. When Iya heard that I use taco seasoning she was surprised, she had never heard of that before.  I shared my recipe and since we were sharing recipes Iya shared her version of Mexican fried rice as well and I decided to give her recipe a try that same evening.  The rice turned out awesome 😋. Very different in flavor from mine but delicious nonetheless. Here are a couple of recipes for Mexican fried rice – one with spices and one without. Give each of them a try and you may find you like them both. Continue reading Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Hey folks, are you looking for a quick and easy dinner option with a Mexican twist? Give this menu a try with Mexican fried rice and pinto beans. Add some avocado, salsa, and queso fresca cheese if you like and you have a delicious quick and easy vegetarian meal in just 30 minutes.  And you haven’t even heard the most unique feature of this menu – there are no spices in any of the dishes! Just flavorful veggies, salt and jalapenos for a little heat. Continue reading Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

This is a filling soup chock full of mixed vegetables and white beans also known as lima beans. The extra kick of flavor comes from caramelized onions. Frying the onions and then adding them after the soup is cooked gives the onions a chance to keep their caramelized flavor more pronounced. Continue reading White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

☘☘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘☘

In the spirit of sharing something green for St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share this quinoa pilaf recipe with good for you leafy greens. Collard greens are wonderful greens to cook with in a quinoa pilaf. I used over eight cups of chopped collard greens in this recipe, mainly because I had just received bunches of collard greens from my friend Rita, and a quinoa pilaf seemed the perfect way to use these greens. Continue reading Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry


  • 3 bunches of Swiss chard – about 6-8 cups finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste or shredded fresh ginger
  • 1 block paneer or tofu cut into small chunks
  • 1 green chili – seeds removed and cut length wise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Oil

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

I have been craving pumpkin spice cake lately even though it’s not Fall. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we had in the peak of winter in February, or maybe it’s because our cool rainy winter temperatures are back in March – just like in Autumn when our temperatures fluctuate from warm to cold, and back to warm and cold. Whatever the reason maybe, one doesn’t need a fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin spice cake, a can of pumpkin flesh will do just fine. On a cold rainy afternoon a pumpkin spice cake with a hot cup of tea ☕️🍰 is the perfect feel good treat 😋. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Hodgepodge Soup with Carrots, Fennel, Peas & Parsnips

It was a Sunday evening and I hadn’t done much by way of grocery shopping the week leading up to it, and here I was wondering what soup to make for dinner. I looked in the refrigerator and I had a little of this and little of that – i.e. little bit of carrots, two fennel bulbs, parsnips, and peas in the freezer. Hence the name hodgepodge soup for this concoction of a veggie soup. Continue reading Hodgepodge Soup with Carrots, Fennel, Peas & Parsnips

A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

The twins turned sixteen last week.  Where do the years go? Ever since the twins became teenagers they have wanted to celebrate their birthdays separately with their own group of friends. Funnily my twins are nothing alike, have absolutely nothing in common except of course their birthday and that they are twins. Continue reading A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

Lakshmi’s Out of this World Veggie Pakoras

Happy International Women’s Day! 🌹🌷

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This is the perfect recipe to share on International Women’s Day as I made these delicious pakoras with my girlfriends Lakshmi and Basanthi. Pakoras are deep fried Indian fritters made with chickpea flour and vegetables. Some of the best pakoras I’ve had are made by my friend Lakshmi. She makes the most delicious pakoras I have ever tasted. Any time Lakshmi is invited to a dinner gathering or a party, she brings her signature appetizer – her veggie pakoras. Lakshmi’s pakoras are in a league of their own – full of a wide variety of vegetables, crunchy, with a kick of green chili spiciness, they are so good that you could never have just two or three. It’s the variety of vegetables that makes her pakoras taste so good. The veggies add so many flavors that there are no spices in these pakoras, just salt and green chilies for a little heat. Continue reading Lakshmi’s Out of this World Veggie Pakoras

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