Category Archives: Pastas, Grains and Legumes

Polenta with Braised Greens and Stir Fry Asparagus

I had received my farm box last week and in it were beautiful veggies such as chard, turnip greens and a big bunch of asparagus. I usually like to make pasta or risotto with these veggies to show off their delicate flavors, but this time I wanted to try something different, like polenta. Continue reading Polenta with Braised Greens and Stir Fry Asparagus

Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Hi folks. Is it just me who has become a little lazy because of this quarantine?  Perfect example is how I came up with this recipe last week.  I needed to pick up a few ingredients for a lunchy type of meal but honestly I was being lazy – I didn’t want to bother going to the grocery store if it meant wearing a mask, standing in line, and then wipe down everything when I came home, so what did I do?  I rummaged in my freezer for ingredients on hand and found cauliflower rice, frozen artichokes and quinoa and used these three to make a mash up of Mediterranean and Indian flavors. Continue reading Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those classic decadent pasta dishes that everyone loves. Interestingly however it never appealed to me much as the veggie version always seemed overly stuffed with cheese that even when it was called a veggie lasagna there was very little vegetables in it.  Enter this veggie packed delicious lasagna!

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Pasta with Buttery Caramelized Onions and Braising Greens

This recipe is one that I got in a newsletter from Nickel and Nickel Winery in Napa during our Shelter in Place time, and the recipe wasn’t even a complete typed up recipe.  It was more of a narrative on what the vintner had for dinner.  All it said was .. Continue reading Pasta with Buttery Caramelized Onions and Braising Greens

Spring Garlic and Asparagus Risotto

In the springtime around here farmer’s markets bring out some uniquely springtime produce such as tender garlic.  These garlic actually look like small pale pink onions.  The flavor of spring garlic is like a cross between garlic and green onions.  Continue reading Spring Garlic and Asparagus Risotto

Jazzed up Ravioli with Sautéed Vegetables

Looking for an easy way to turn simple store-bought ravioli into a gourmet restaurant style pasta?  Try jazzing them up with a variety of sautéed vegetables all presented in a way that gets a “Wow that looks so good” type of reaction.  Continue reading Jazzed up Ravioli with Sautéed Vegetables

Mint and Lemongrass Sweet Potato Veggie Noodle Bowl

I made this Asian inspired noodle soup  for our Sunday evening dinner recently and it was enjoyed by the whole family.  With loads of vegetables all seasoned with herbs and spices, this recipe makes a giant pot of vegetable noodle soup floating in a flavorful coconut broth.  Continue reading Mint and Lemongrass Sweet Potato Veggie Noodle Bowl

Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds

My Mom-in-law used to make this savory oatmeal in the mornings when she visited me here in California a while back and I remember looking at it with such curiosity.  It was a very simple dish really – creamy oatmeal with a touch of spices and a pinch of salt. Continue reading Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds